Whether you believe Christine O’Donnell is ready for prime time or not, you have to cringe at the Gawker story, “I Had a One-Night Stand with Christine O’Donnell.”  Just for the record, the “date” was on Halloween, which, as we know, is real special to witches. 

I was going to quote some of it, but on rereading it, I decided it was too depraved. I don’t happen to believe it, but that doesn’t make putting it on our website as an example of malice in politics a good thing to do. The author of the piece was “Anonymous.” Perhaps “Paid” would have been a better penname for Ms. O’Donnell’s attacker. The Smoking Gun appears to have tracked him down.

This is just one example of what conservative women have had to put up with in this election cycle. It may be more depraved than Maureen Dowd’s “Mean Girls” column, but Ms. Dowd’s “respectable” attack was also something she would not have dared for a liberal women. (The O’Donnell item was so bad that, to their credit, the National Organization of Women issued a statement, something they rarely do for a right-of-center woman. Kathryn Jean Lopez wonders if they might have refrained if O’Donnell were not so far behind in the polls.)

Politics is a rough game, but I can’t help feeling that right-of-center women get roughed up the most.

But, as Michelle Malkin observes, they are “standing tall:”

 My military friends have a favorite saying: “If you’re not catching flak, you’re not over the target.” This campaign season, conservative women in politics have caught more flak than WWII Lancaster bombers over Berlin. Despite daily assaults from the Democratic machine, liberal media, and Hollyweird – not to mention the stray fraggings from Beltway GOP elites – the ladies of the Right have maintained their dignity, grace, and wit. Voters will remember in November. …  

Pundits and late-night TV pranksters have ridiculed O’Donnell for exposing liberal bias against conservative female candidates. But these same smug mockers have spent the past two years deriding Republican vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, her children, her body, her accent, and her brain. They snickered at reports of Democratic California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown’s campaign calling GOP challenger Meg Whitman a “whore.” …

The bashers of conservative women can laugh all they want. On November 2, success will be our best revenge.