“Christine O’Donnell is clearly a criminal, and like any crook she should be prosecuted,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a release. “Ms. O’Donnell has spent years embezzling money from her campaign to cover her personal expenses. Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but both sides should agree on one point: thieves belong in jail not the United States Senate.” CREW is requesting that the U.S. Attorney’s office in Delaware open a criminal investigation and asking the Federal Election Commission to audit O’Donnell’s campaign expenses.Watchdog: Christine O’Donnell “Clearly a Criminal”

It’s stunning hypocrisy that shouldn’t surprise anyone.

Christine O’Donnell’s senate candidacy represents all that is wrong with politics today and why so many people are checking out of both big political parties. The mentality that if she’s on our side her unpreparedness, lack of accomplishments, not to mention dubious behavior, is just fine. One of us, she’s good. One of yours, she’s bad. Because we all know the ruckus that would ensue if Ms. O’Donnell was a Democrat. Wingnut radio and Fox News would be raising the roof on the illegitimacy of her dubious candidacy.

I have no idea is Christine O’Donnell is as Ms. Sloan says, “clearly a criminal.” That’s up for lawyers and a court to decipher. But now that the charge has been levied, Ms. O’Donnell must defend herself aggressively to prove her innocence.

The entire brouhaha around O’Donnell does reveal the first crack in the Tea Party takeover, as well as what could await once some of these eccentric right-wingers get into the Senate, beyond the 2010 midterms. The Tea Party crew in a general election atmosphere could be the gift Pres. Obama needs to get back in the game. Or they may actually inspire an Independent bid, considering the White House seems reluctant to take the Tea Party on.

O’Donnell is no Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman, Nikki Haley or even Linda McMahon, who is actually coming off in her race in Connecticut as a sober businesswoman, contrary to what was expected from the former pro wrestling biz queen. O’Donnell is the very definition of wacky woman candidate, someone who doesn’t even have Sarah Palin’s grass roots outsider cred.

Christine O’Donnell is a Tea Party hail Mary in a moderate, Democratic voting state who has to convince voters that being representative of your average broke American is qualifications for Senate, amidst outlandishly fundamentalist statements that do not represent the state for which she’s running for office.

If she wins it will be an historic loss for Democrats, but to do so she won’t need a wave, she’ll need a voting tsunami. If that happens, and I still say it’s a huge if, the Senate is lost, too.