Christine ODonnell debunks Darwin: “Why arent monkeys still evolving into humans?”

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Put on your head vises.  Here’s more brain busting must-see-TV from the one-time dabbler in witchcraft and full-time GOP Senate candidate, courtesy of Bill Maher, via a TP cross-post:

For the second week in a row, HBO’s Real Time host Bill Maher revealed a previously-unaired clip of Christine O’Donnell on Politically Incorrect. Recall, last week Maher showed a clip of O’Donnell professing to dabble into witchcraft, and pledged to show a new clip of O’Donnell every week until O’Donnell agrees to appear once again on his show.

So tonight, Maher played a clip from O’Donnell’s appearance on Politically Incorrect on Oct. 15, 1998, in which she professed her view that “evolution is a myth”:

O’DONNELL: You know what, evolution is a myth. And even Darwin himself -

MAHER: Evolution is a myth?!? Have you ever looked at a monkey!

O’DONNELL: Well then, why they “” why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?

Previously, New York Magazine had dug up a 1996 appearance by O’Donnell on CNN, during which the Delaware GOP Senate nominee insisted “hard evidence” proves evolution is “merely a theory” and God’s creation of the world occurred in “six 24-hour periods.”

After airing tonight’s clip, Maher remarked with astonishment that this is “someone that could be in the Senate.” He added, “See this is the point I want to make “” is the stuff from the witch from last week was silly. Who cares what she did in high school, if she dabbled in witchcraft. But this is someone who could be in the Senate, who thinks that mice have human brains and doesn’t understand ‘oh my God, that monkeys don’t evolve in the time that it would take to watch them.’”

– For more on O’Donnell’s record, check out our ThinkProgress report: The Old Adventures of New Christine.

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51 Responses to Christine ODonnell debunks Darwin: “Why arent monkeys still evolving into humans?”

  1. Lars Karlsson says:

    Darn, I need to buy a new head vise.

  2. John McCormick says:

    Wait. Who’s to say they are not.

    I can name lots of repub politicians that act like monkeys gone wild.

    John McCormick

  3. Ominous Clouds Overhead says:

    More proof that humans can devolve.

  4. BBHY says:

    The Tea-publican Party is evidence that evolution can also run in reverse.

  5. PSU Grad says:

    On the same episode, Andrew Breitbart repeated the ridiculous claim that climate researchers are promulgating the global warming “myth” due to two words…”government grants”.

    I was shouting at the TV begging anyone on the panel to challenge Breitbart to state how much of total university grant funding comes from climate change research. After all, he brought it up, he should know, right? Let’s take Penn State and Michael Mann as an example, since Breitbart brought up the “hockey stick”.

    Breitbart is an unmitigated coward and exhibit #1 in the collapse of a nation.

  6. _Flin_ says:

    Actually that part about the mice isn’t true.
    She doesn’t think mice have human brains, but that there are American scientific companys that are crossbreeding humans with mice so the mice end up with human brains.

    You make it sound as if she thinks mice have a human brain by default.

    Which of course isn’t true. At least not until them Frankenstein scientists are done with them.

    The way you say it, it would be rather cute. Like… when a four year old girl says it. What she said is more like some paranoid manga fan not being able to differentiate between real world and comics. Which can’t be cute at any age.

  7. Colorado Bob says:

    While more than two-thirds of likely voters surveyed said global warming is a “very important” or “somewhat important” issue to them, only 40% favor the ballot measure and 38% oppose it, reports the Los Angeles Times. One-fifth have yet to take a position. The Times says a ballot initiative with less than 50% support at this point of a campaign typically has trouble because undecided voters often end up voting no.

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/greenhouse/post/2010/09/californians-greenhouse-gas-law-/1

  8. Chris Winter says:

    The nefarious Tea Party plan becomes clear at last. They mean to disable the brains of all thinking people through overloading them with cognitive dissonance.

    Then, once the possibility of rational objection has been eliminated, they will command their drones to vote them into office. Having obtained total command of the government, they will proceed to cut taxes to 0.1 percent, privatize the military, and drown the remaining government in the now oil-covered Gulf of Mexico.

    Bill Maher may be an unwitting dupe in this plan. Or perhaps not so unwitting…

    We now return control of your political process to you — until next week, when the control voice will take you to The Tea-Party Limits.

    ;-) ;-)

  9. Mark S says:

    Is there any evidence that Ms. O’donnell is not, in fact, a human with a mouse brain? This would explain soooo much.

  10. Peter M says:

    As time goes on- and hearing from Ms. O’Donnell

    the republican party has not evolved much from the ‘Scopes Trial’ of the 1920′s

    but hey that’s their ‘social gig’ economic philosophy for the 21st century??

  11. Rob Honeycutt says:

    Bill Maher must just be beside himself these days owning all these old tapes of O’Donnell. Bill is like a kid having six weeks of early xmas.

  12. Rob Honeycutt says:

    My one hope is that these kinds of things spur democrats to get off their butts Nov 2 and get down to the polls. This is as important an election as there has ever been.

  13. Jim Groom says:

    I find these weekly tidbits from Maher very amusing. Christine is the poster child for what is wrong with America. Unfortunately, Bill apparently does not understand evolution either. However, I’ll give him a pass for exposing this self-loathing woman who is so afraid of her own genitalia. I feel sorry for the intelligent people of Delaware who must suffer each day everytime that poor soul opens her mouth.

  14. Christopher S. Johnson says:

    It was very unfortunate to hear Maher plainly say that some fudged findings were found at the CRU. What the Hell? And it was never corrected. THAT was the worst thing said because it came from the normally supportive side. What a mess.

  15. Wit'sEnd says:

    Flat Earth TV, has a video: “Tea Time with Sarah Palin.” You can take the pledge to only vote for candidates who acknowledge the reality of climate change and support clean energy policy. And laugh too! Oh, you will laugh!

    http://www.flatearth.tv/

  16. Terrakian says:

    No self-respecting coven would have a moron like this woman in their group. Seriously. Wicca is an actual religion. Mind you, what SHE “dabbled in” was likely some dime-store drivel she picked up out of a silly “hexes for love and power” type book.

    She really thinks we can “watch monkeys evolve into humans”? WTF? She claims that there’s no “hard evidence” for evolution, yet says in the SAME BREATH that “god created the world in six-24-hour days”. Wow. Please, please, Delaware, vote this idiot out of office. Oy.

  17. Terrakian says:

    Ooops, my bad- that should be “don’t vote her INTO office.”

  18. villabolo says:

    O’DONNELL: Well then, why they — why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?

    Let’s see.
    Why aren’t wolves still evolving into dogs?
    Why aren’t lions still evolving into cats?
    Why aren’t mice evolving into rats?
    Why should we answer a stupid question?

  19. Colorado Bob says:

    Been looking at the rainfall this past week . There is hell of a lot of water coming out of the sky now. Just in the past 3 days the lower 48 have set 554 new rainfall records, and only 13 of them were ties.

    9.02 inches at Amboy, Minn. on the 23th, mind boggling numbers -

    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/extremes/records.php?ts=daily&elem=prcp&month=9&day=24&year=2010&sts=US&submitted=Get+Records#recs

  20. Daniel J. Andrews says:

    Mark @9; that was my thought too. Darn those incompetent scientists trying to put human brains in mice…they got it all backwards and now we have the Tea-Party.

    Incidentally, Maher isn’t exactly a critical thinker himself. He has his own strange ideologies. I won’t sidetrack the thread here, but if you’re interested you might Google some “respectful insolence” from an Oracle that highlights this antiscience side of Bill.

  21. Edward says:

    I would like to read a psychiatric analysis of Christine O’Donnell.

  22. Edward says:

    From the thinkprogress web site http://thinkprogress.org/christine-odonnell-record/:
    “O’Donnell believes God speaks to her personally and guided her campaign. “During the primary, I heard the audible voice of God. He said, ‘Credibility.’ It wasn’t a thought in my head. I thought it meant I was going to win. But after the primary, I got credibility.” [Wilmington News-Journal, 11/12/06]”

    There you have it: auditory hallucination. She is schizophrenic.

  23. Colorado Bob says:

    I made a few screen shots from the radar out of Brownsville this week ….

    In a Warmer World, it will Rain ……

    The Lower 48 states have set 824 rainfall records this week , only 23 were ties.

    http://coloradobob1.newsvine.com/_news/2010/09/25/5179055-in-a-warmer-world-it-will-rain-

  24. peter whitehead says:

    Folks have a problem with TIME. In the case of some people, that has become a problem with Tea Time. The Mad Hatter’s watch was stuck at tea time, because ‘butter didn’t suit the works’.

    The Taliban and Bin Laden, like some Wahabi Muslim clerics, also don’t go for evolution – or even for the Copernican model of the Solar System. Perhaps this interesting GOP lady would like to give her opinion on the geocentric/heliocentric ‘controversy’ – after all, like all other scientific matters, it’s just a matter of opinion. Evidence? Who cares?

  25. peter whitehead says:

    In contrast to the TeaPotty Party, the UK Labour Party has just elected its new leader, Ed Milliband.

    He was in the last UK government as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and in interviews has clearly got climate. He mentioned working with Secretary Chou, and may be the first major party leader in any country who has had experience of responsibility for climate change.

    What he says about it from now on, we can only wait and see.

  26. Invers says:

    Maybe monkeys are a more intelligent life form and dont need to evolve. Why do humans always think they are the master race and everything should evolve to be like us, our only achievment to date is to over populate the world.

  27. Bob Lang says:

    Here is a single person with no employment history to speak of, a string of financial problems (1993 unpaid tuition fees, 2008 mortgage default, 2010 IRS back taxes, alleged personal use of 2010 campaign funds).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christine_O'Donnell

    Perennially running for a US Senate seat (2006, 2008, 2010).

    Can’t blame people for wondering whether she’s in this for the money.

  28. Colorado Bob says:

    The ice age is coming …….

    Evidence From Solar Scientists Raise Fears of Imminent Ice Age

    gozounlimited.newsvine.com/_news/2010/09/24/5171940-evidence-from-solar-scientists-raise-fears-of-imminent-ice-age?last=1285449040&threadId=1084776&sp=0&pc=25#last_1

    Follow the seed , a new denier ?

    John O’Sullivan

    Contributing Writer

    Science writer and legal analyst specializing in anti-corruption, John O’Sullivan was born in Berkshire, England, of immigrant Irish…

    [JR: Bizarre. The next solar cycle has already started up -- and, of course, the "weak" solar forcing can't compete with the immense GHG forcing, as Hansen has shown.]

  29. catman306 says:

    Invers, I suggest that polluting our entire ecosystem to near the point of failure is another achievement, though dubious.

    Some people, maybe Christine O’Donnell, have a mindset that if they and many other people really believe something, it must be true. For them, believing makes it real. They might not know the difference between belief and reality. Most everyone here knows that science doesn’t work that way. Verifiable facts, verifiable by anyone, anywhere, is the stuff of science. Only true believers of exactly the right persuasion can relate with the O’Donnells of the world. I hope there aren’t too many of these folks come election day.

    As for the monkeys, maybe they had a big powwow about 5 million years ago and and all agreed to play dumb. They decided to only evolve to the level we find them at today, because they could see where intelligence, belief, and greed were going when combined. Our pre-historic ancestors must have missed the memo.

  30. David B. Benson says:

    Ought to go off to join the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

  31. Ryan T says:

    Too funny. The timescales involved aside, whoever said monkeys were expected to evolve into humans, given that even hominids as a group are a separate branch (from early monkeys) in the evolutionary tree?

  32. Christopher S. Johnson says:

    Really, what does it mean that even Bill Maher misunderstood the final outcome of the CRU email “scandal”? What does this say about communication? It really concerned me. The misunderstanding is so vast.

  33. Janet says:

    It deeply concerns–and saddens–me that more and more people with beliefs similar to O’Donnell’s are being elected into powerful positions. I worry about the damage these folks will ultimately wreak on this great country.

  34. malcreado says:

    “why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?”

    They are! It is just real hard to see it. You see since the earth is only 6000 years old evolution occurs almost instantaneously. One second they are chewing on a banana, poof, the next thing you know they are running for the Senate.

  35. Edward says:

    There is something so bizarre about Christine O’Donnell that I keep coming back to this article while shaking my whole body. Is schizophrenia the whole diagnosis, or is there more to it that that? This is a lesson in abnormal psyche. Can a significant fraction of the country really be that crazy? Joe, do you know any psychiatrists who would look at this subject for us? Is an Alfred Hitchcock type writing scripts for Christine O’Donnell?

  36. Darryl Williams says:

    I’m not sure where else to post this, but unfortunately, Canada’s supposedly national newspaper has published an outrageous piece of trash on global warming. I really can’t tell if its supposed to be sarcastic, or if its another in their ongoing special series on “Dementia”.

    Read this and weep. I am really embarassed by Canada today.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/canada-in-2050-futures-so-bright-you-know-the-rest/article1724598/

  37. Wit'sEnd says:

    Palingates, which generally is confined to the topic of Sarah Palin’s pathological lies, has done some excellent analysis of the influence of the Koch brothers, and ripped to shreds the Forbes magazine profile on Obama, all in one post.

    Well done and deserving of wide readership!

    http://palingates.blogspot.com/2010/09/us-politics-today-koch-brothers-profit.html

  38. Heraclitus says:

    Is it possible that election of O’Donnell and her only slightly less bizarre counterparts will be a ‘Pearl Harbour’ moment for the more moderate US voters?

    The election of Ed Miliband as Labour leader here in the UK is hopeful, but maybe we should have been rooting for Monckton intstead. We need something to fight against!

  39. björn says:

    Reminds me of “genious” Hank Johnson and Guam tipping over :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNZczIgVXjg

  40. Steven Leibo says:

    I think she has a great question there. For myself I have long wondered why German Shepherds are not still evolving toward Collies!

    p.s. these people are so cute!

  41. mike roddy says:

    Christine reminds me of a cheerleader I knew in high school. Charming, bubbly, and scary in a weird kind of way.

  42. John McManus says:

    Maybe its time for a Wake Up and Smell the Coffee Party.

  43. Wit'sEnd says:

    Okay this is funny and should not be missed! The Saturday Night Live video…
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/26/christine-odonnell-snl_n_739503.html

  44. Richard Brenne says:

    It seems O’Donnell has evolved into a female Jiminy Cricket, a “half-woman, half-bug who knows what’s best for everyone,” to quote Ned Flanders.

  45. Stephen Watson says:

    This woman gives us witches a very bad name. I think she’s been watching way too many B-movies and mistaking them for reality.

  46. John Kazer says:

    The thing that makes me wonder the most is why she feels the need to make a comment in the first place – does she really think she understands the issue enough to avoid saying “I just don’t know enough to comment”?

    Is it a case of political fear that forces someone to pronounce an opinion about everything, regardless of competence?

  47. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    I remember reading the musings of some astrophysicist, when asked why years of SETI investigatinging had revealed no signs of other intelligent life in the cosmos. After proffering a number of astronomical possibilities, like the cleansing of vast regions by hypernovae, he suggested another possible explanation. That ‘intelligent’ life was somehow unstable, and, when it reached a certain level of technological and scientific capability, it just obliterated itself.
    I must say that I found it chillingly plausible even then, and everything that I’ve seen since simply confirms its terrible logic. I mean, any species that not only produces Tony Blairs, George Bushes and John Howards by the gross,let alone allows the likes of Palin and O’Donnell and the Mad Hatters of the Tea Party to achieve power, or even come close to power, is in deep,deep danger. Just say that O’Donnell is elected and is nominated by Palin as running-mate in 2012, to the acclaim of the Dunning-Krugerites, Rightwing Authoritarians, ‘dominionists’, ‘intelligent design’ numb-skulls and all the other inmates of the Rightwing bestiary, and Obama, as planned,does all in his power to lose, what then? I make it a firm principle to expect the worst, and am rarely surprised.
    Clearly there is a range of human intelligence, from just below ‘average’ to just above, where everything in existence is classified as a matter of opinion. These creatures lack the cognitive skills to examine evidence, and are lacking in self-confidence so avoid changing their minds at all costs, preferring obdurate certainty to the horrors of introspection and rational thought. They become ready fodder for ‘emotionally potent over-simplifications’ and dogma, because acceptance of dogma relieves one of the burden of rational thought and the exchange of ideas and intellectual growth. They prefer blind faith in revealed truths to the pursuit of knowledge gained by intellectual effort. They therefore become not only impervious to argument or evidence, but openly and ferociously hostile to it. And they are on the march, and they see those who oppose them as their enemies, which we must, regretfully, become, or mankind’s voice will disappear from the cosmos forever.

  48. dbmetzger says:

    Another member of the Flat Earth Society but she is not alone.
    Republican Hopefuls Deny Global Warming
    All but one of the 48 Republican hopefuls for the Senate mid-term elections in November deny the existence of climate change or oppose action on global warming, according to a just released report. http://www.newslook.com/videos/253243-republican-hopefuls-deny-global-warming?autoplay=true

  49. Bob Doublin says:

    Maybe she read Zeena LaVey’s (daughter of Anton) The Satanic Witch? And watched Rosemary’s Baby a few too many times. Satanism is strictly a christian heresy. Wicca is a completely different religion whose gods and goddesses have nothing to do with the former.

  50. From Peru says:

    malcreado says:
    ““why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?”

    They are! It is just real hard to see it. You see since the earth is only 6000 years old evolution occurs almost instantaneously. One second they are chewing on a banana, poof, the next thing you know they are running for the Senate”

    Well, monkeys are NOT still evolving into humans. Evolutionary history is like human history: the past events do not ocurr today.

    Some 5 millions years ago, in the Pliocene Epoch, a primate species splitted into two branches: one led to chimpanzees, the other to hominids. This happened only once, long time ago. This common ancester between chimpanzees and hominids went extinct, and with it any chance of a repeat of the event.

    Today both the species (chimpanzees and humans) and the environmental conditions are a lot different from the ones of the Pliocene, making impossible to a repeat of human evolucion.

    Like history events, evolution of a species NEVER happen twice.

  51. matt says:

    From Peru: They were employing humour.