Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware confessed to having experimented with witchcraft. Cohen says the entire party appears as though under a spell. Newt Gingrich’s pronouncement of the president’s “anti-colonial” perspective and the growing misperception of the president as a Muslim both defy logic, as do partisan attacks on President Obama after his actions drew banking and investment industries–traditionally conservative structures–back from the brink. But the national mood is such that this irrational behavior may still result in strong electoral gains in November.
Cohen is a weekly columnist for The Post, writing on domestic and foreign politics.