‘Unfilled Twinkie’ didn’t stop Gawker’s nasty post. And it didn’t stop 1 million people from reading it.

Gawker drew a quick one-million views to its post headlined “I Had a One-Night Stand With Christine O’Donnell”.

Slate crudely points out that its anonymous author, writing in first-person, admits he stopped short of “filling the Twinkie” of the  “I’m not a witch” Tea Party favorite from Delaware.

“I barely knew Christine when she turned up at my door at around eight o’clock on the night of Halloween,” begins the author, purportedly a 25-year-old Philadelphian. The picture of O’Donnell as a ladybug is part of a slideshow that accompanies the Gawker post.

Slate’s point:

As sex scandals go, Gawker’s O’Donnell story is a small sack of limp…

Where I come from, it’s not a one-night stand unless you fill the Twinkie. But we know from Mr. Anonymous’ own admission that the couple didn’t make pastry that night or any other night.

Because the folks at Gawker—[Nick] Denton especially—pick their words shrewdly, the publication knew exactly what it was doing when it tarted up the story with the headline.

A story headlined “Controversial Senatorial Candidate Passes on Sex and Passes Out” isn’t the sort of traffic driver Gawker specializes in.

Over 2,700 comments are attached to the Gawker post, including this from “badluckgirl”:

“There are many, many reasons not to vote for Christine O’Donnell. But the Ladybug costume and this douchenozzle with the photographic memory are not one of them.”

Also linked, an official reaction to Gawker’s nastiness from the O’Donnell camp that begins: “This story is just another example of the sexism and slander that female candidates are forced to deal with.”

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We might easily agree that the level of political discourse this season is pretty low, but we should not forget just how low it sank during the Bush years (when some Democrats couldn’t stop complaining that GWB had “stolen” the election — first in 2000 and again in 2004). Venomous attacks on both at Presidents Johnson and Nixon in the late 1960s and early ’70s were especially rough.

Now, here’s a reminder of how bad things were way back when, at our country’s start, during the contest between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams—

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