Fred Barnes knows who's hot and who's not in Delaware.
When Christine O’Donnell and Chris Coons emerged from an ornate Hotel du Pont ballroom, the world media were ready for them. They’d debated for 45 minutes with few harsh words passing between them, and now reporters (and TV cameras) from the Irish, French, British, Asian, and American press were eager to pump them with questions.
But O’Donnell, the young (41), pretty, and very conservative Republican candidate for Delaware’s open Senate seat went one direction and Chris Coons, her Democratic opponent, the other. The media swarm had to decide quickly whom to pursue. It was nearly unanimous. The horde rushed en masse after O’Donnell. Only a few followed Coons.
“I looked over my shoulder and there was my opponent taking my leftovers,” O’Donnell told a TV reporter later.