Christine O’Donnell witchcraft buzz ended last week on a down note. With the Christine O’Donnell witchcraft admission brought to light, O’Donnell may have the witchcraft clip stick to her up until November. The new Republican nominee for the Delaware Senate already faced long odds of winning, according to both Republicans and Democrats. But just as the Republican establishment was set to support her anyway, Bill Maher threw his own monkey wrench into the works. Since Maher dusted the Christine O’Donnell witchcraft admission from his archives, the Tea Party darling has been under pressure to explain herself.
On the season premiere of Real Time with Bill Maher Friday night, Maher pointed out that O’Donnell was a frequent guest on his old ABC panel show, Politically Incorrect. In fact, back when she was a guest in 1999, she confessed that she had “dabbled in witchcraft” in high school.
The Christine O’Donnell witchcraft clip quickly took off, leaving Republicans scrambling because of her once again. Establishment Republicans were already upset that she left them with a worse chance to win Delaware, and the Senate in general. Now, just as they were resigning themselves to supporting her, they have a new obstacle ahead.
Yesterday, O’Donnell joked about the controversy at a picnic in Delaware, saying that she merely hung out “with questionable folks.” But she said that she hasn’t been into witchcraft since — otherwise, “Karl Rove would be a supporter.”
Although she is laughing this off for now, the Christine O’Donnell witchcraft controversy has provided a fresh round of ammunition. Once again, Democrats can say that Tea Party candidates and supporters are on the fringe, and too radical to be general election threats. But since O’Donnell was already a long shot, perhaps this won’t change the upcoming election one way or the other.
Yet the Christine O’Donnell witchcraft clip is not technically a new kind of controversy. Back when fellow Tea Party leader Sarah Palin ran for Vice President, a clip was found in which a bishop asked Jesus to protect her from “every form of witchcraft.” However, although many used this video to claim that Palin believed in witchcraft, she didn’t admit to “dabbling” in it on TV.
Of course, even though O’Donnell said this on TV, clearly no one had remembered it until Friday. Back in 1999, she was not on the political radar, and Maher was still on a network. As such, even if O’Donnell remembered making this statement, she likely didn’t believe it would play a part in the campaign.
Unfortunately for her, the Christine O’Donnell witchcraft statement was made to someone who got back on the air right after her victory, and who has it out for Republicans. What’s more, unless she comes on Real Time, Maher promises more embarrassing old Politically Incorrect video clips to come, so the worst might not be over.
WhoSay- “Bill Maher”
Yahoo News- “O’Donnell makes light of witchcraft comment”
The Atlantic- “O’Donnell, Palin And Witchcraft”