Senate hopeful and surprise Tea Party-backed Republican nominee Christine O’Donnell is now saying she regrets the “I’m Not A Witch” ad that spawned hundreds of parodies and thousands of jokes. In an interview with ABC News, O’Donnell said that they had intended to kill the witchcraft story that was generated from the viral video unleashed by comedian Bill Maher from an old video clip of O’Donnell on his previous show, “Politically Incorrect.” Instead, it had the opposite effect and even got parodied on “Saturday Night Live.”
“I haven’t publicly stated this and I don’t know if I will get in trouble for saying that,” O’Donnell told ABC News, “but our intention was to kill [the witch story] and that’s not what happened.”
The ad began with the sincerely delivered lines: “I’m not a witch. I am nothing you’ve heard. I am you.” Instead of downplaying the viral video, it only intensified the scrutiny on her “dabbled in witchcraft” video clip and other comments she had made in the past.
O’Donnell said that she hoped when people voted, they would think of her as a fiscal conservative and not “this is a woman who is not a witch.”
On a lighter note, when asked about her Halloween costume, O’Donnell revealed that her sense of humor was still intact. “I was thinking about just going as Dorothy,” she said. “I killed the witch, there you go!”
But she didn’t.
Christine O’Donnell’s real “witch” is the perception of her as incompetent, scatter-brained, and politically extreme. Through numerous old video clips, quotes, and audio sound bites, Christine O’Donnell has dished out opinion after opinion that by most standards are part of the lunatic fringe. She has stated that masturbation is adultery, that “evolution is a myth,” that women in military institutions “cripples” our “defense readiness,” that the ’60s sexual revolution led to HIV/AIDS, and that there were biogenetic experimental lab mice with human brains.
Even members of her own political party have attempted to ostracize her. Former White House advisor Karl Rove described as “nutty things” some of the comments she has made.
On Sunday’s “This Week,” political pundit Meghan McCain noted, “Christine O’Donnell is making a mockery of running for public office.” She added that she had “no real history and that “…it turns people off because she’s seen as a nutjob.”
O’Donnell most recently came under fire for her recent comments made at a Delaware U. S. Senate debate at Widener Law School. When Democratic opponent Chris Coons brought up the separation of church and state issue, O’Donnell kept asking where in the Constitution the separation of church and state idea was written, which set off a furious debate afterward over O’Donnell’s seeming ill knowledge of a document of which she had on numerous occasions claimed to be a scholar.
O’Donnell told ABC News that she was the victim of media distortion with regard to her statements and her position.
Media distortion, true perception, or perhaps a combination thereof — regardless, Christine O’Donnell’s “witch” might be too powerful to kill, especially before Election Day. And there’s no Glenda in sight…
In the latest Real Clear Politics average of polls, Christine O’Donnell trails Chris Coons by 17.6 percent.