10/19/2010 09:49 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Howard Fineman On What Christine O'Donnell's Constitutional Ignorance Says About The Tea Party (VIDEO)

HuffPost Senior Politics Editor Howard Fineman appeared on MSNBC's "Countdown" Tuesday night to discuss Christine O'Donnell's apparent lack of awareness that separation of church and state is enshrined in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution -- and what her nomination says about the tea party more broadly.

"What's really killing here, what's damning here, is that the tea party is run in the name of rights and freedom," Fineman told guest host Cenk Uygur. "And all of those rights and freedoms are enshrined in the very amendments that she seems totally ignorant of."