Christine O’Donnell is making headlines for more than her conservative Republican politics and her self-proclaimed traditional Christian values.
With video of an 11-year-old television appearance resurfacing, in which the 41-year-old Delaware Republican Senate nominee made light of youthful dalliances in witchcraft, Christine O’Donnell may find herself doing some serious damage control, as the video-clip scandal haunts her U.S. Senatorial campaign like a ghoulish specter from the past.
Is it possible for Christine O’Donnell to hang onto the enthusiastic support of her conservative backers, in light of her earlier experimentation in black magic? Can this peppy political still bewitch Tea Party followers?
What will it take to break the spell of scandal and keep Christine O’Donnell’s circle of support intact?
Who is Christine O’Donnell?
Christine O’Donnell is the 2010 Republican candidate for representing Delaware in the U.S. Senate.
Tea Party candidate and television personality Christine O’Donnell handily bested U.S. Congressman Mike Castle (R-DE) on September 14th to grab the Republican candidacy for the November 2, 2010, Senatorial election in Delaware. In fact, Christine O’Donnell snatched 53 percent of the votes in the Delaware Republican primary election.
Republican leaders like U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney endorsed Christine O’Donnell in the primary.
Christine O’Donnell initially announced her candidacy for the U.S. Senate during a gathering on March 10, 2010, at the University of Delaware’s Wilmington campus. Her ultra-conservative valued included advocating chastity, supporting the pro-life movement, speaking against pornography, coming out against homosexuality, decrying premarital sex and masturbation (tagging it adultery) and even suggesting women might not be permitted to serve in the U.S. military.
As a conservative television commentator, Christine O’Donnell has appeared on Entertainment Tonight, The Glenn Beck Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Live Desk, The O’Reilly Factor, the Sean Hannity Show and other programs.
Born August 27, 1969, in Moorestown, New Jersey, Christine O’Donnell holds a B.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University. The youngest of six children, Christine O’Donnell was raised in a Catholic home.
This is not the first time Christine O’Donnell has run for a the U.S. Senate in Delaware. In 2008, she won the Republican nomination, but lost the general election to Democrat Joe Biden (now the Vice President of the United States). In 2006, Christine O’Donnell entered the primary election, but finished third.
What happened in Christine O’Donnell’s 1999 television interview?
Christine O’Donnell appeared on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect program on October 29, 1999, just before Halloween. (CTRL-click here to view the interview on YouTube in a new internet window.)
During the interview, Christine O’Donnell quipped, “I dabbled in witchcraft. I never joined a coven.”
The interviewee went to describe a visit to a black magic site. “One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn’t know it,” Christine O’Donnell said (in 1999). “I mean, there’s little blood there and stuff like that. We went to a movie and then had a little midnight picnic on a satanic altar.”
In the video clip, a young Christine O’Donnell is seen, laughing and making light of her occult experiences. Perhaps her tune has changed.
What can Christine O’Donnell do to minimize the political damages?
So far, Christine O’Donnell has attempted to make light of the entire wicked deal, inferring her dalliance with witchcraft was merely child play, as she was a teenager at the time.
In fact, Christine O’Donnell canceled appearances on CBS’ Face the Nation and Fox News Sunday (both scheduled for Sunday, September 19th) shortly after the decade-old witchcraft play confession video resurfaced.
Republican strategist Karl Rove offered this advice for GOP Senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell (speaking to Fox News): “In southern Delaware, where there are a lot of church-going people, they’re probably going to want to know what was that all about,” Karl Rove said, inferring Christine O’Donnell will need to make a fuller explanation of her previous witchcraft experience and where she now stands on the occult issue.
“She can’t simply ignore it,” Karl Rove added. “She’s got to deal with it and explain it and put it in its most sympathetic light and move on.”
Conservative political pundits and members of the religious right tend to agree.
Will Christine O’Donnell’s teenaged exposure to occult followers and practices hang a proverbial millstone around the neck (Luke 17:1-2) of the Republican 2010 bid for Delaware’s U.S. Senate seat? Unless the self-proclaimed Christian conservative comes clean publicly and earnestly with a testimony of personal repentance and growth, Republicans (particularly those of the Judeo-Christian persuasion) may fear it will be so.
On the other hand, people of faith also preach mercy, grace and forgiveness for those who seek it.
On which altar will Delaware’s U.S. Senatorial prospect Christine O’Donnell stand?