Now for something completely different-but otherwise pretty much the same story UPDATE

Christine O'Donnell is not likely to be the next senator from Delaware (keep praying), making Saturday's profile in the NYTimes fun to read. From a large Catholic family with a lot of diversity (three Republican and three Democrat siblings, one lesbian, and a father who was Bozo the clown), she resembles many Catholic girls we all know and have known--endowed with a sense of humor and the gift of gab. Her garrulous style may exceed that of one former senator from Delaware, Joseph Biden. But where she got her politics?Here: fabulist heroine has been corrected by her father:To be an official Bozo, you had to go to a special school in Texas, explained Mr. ODonnell. He never did. Instead, he was asked to fill-in for the official Bozos whenever they would have to travel out of the Philadelphia area for acting gigs. They would leave, I would come in and work for two or three weeks, whatever, until the regular Bozo came back, Mr. ODonnell said. I was the fill-in Bozo.

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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