Is Christine O'Donnell planning another run for office?(Read article summary)
What if Christine O'Donnell's publicity-grabbing walk-off of 'Piers Morgan Tonight' was not about selling books, but instead about selling a candidate?
Christine Oâ€™Donnell, the former GOP Delaware Senate candidate and self-professed non-witch, walked off Piers Morganâ€™s CNN show yesterday, if you havenâ€™t heard. The precipitating moment was a query about gay marriage, but prior to that Mr. Morgan had been going into what Ms. Oâ€™Donnell considered a fairly personal line of questioning. So she bolted.
On Friday Oâ€™Donnell told NBCâ€™s "Today Show" that she wanted to stop â€śthe borderline sexual harassment that was going on.â€ť
The incident bought Oâ€™Donnell more buzz than you get from a stadium full of crickets. Did she plan the whole thing? Possibly. Her new book â€śTroublemaker: Letâ€™s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again,â€ť could use a boost. It was sitting at number 3,329 on Amazonâ€™s bestseller list, last time we looked.
(However, the e-book version is No. 2 in the â€śState and Local Governmentâ€ť nonfiction category. So thatâ€™s something.)
But hereâ€™s another thought: possibly this is not about books, but about politics. Is Oâ€™Donnell planning another run for office?
At the end of her "Today Show" appearance Oâ€™Donnell was asked if she plans to be a candidate again. She said, â€śYou know, honestly I donâ€™t know. But what I hope is that I can, going into 2012, continue to remain a voice. Iâ€™ve been honored that some people have called me a leader in this movement and I want to hopefully continue that."
That sounds like a non-denial denial to us. What upcoming races might she jump into?
She could run for the Delaware Senate again, for one. Yes, she lost to Democrat Chris Coons in 2010 â€“ but the stateâ€™s other seat, currently held by Democrat Tom Carper, is up in 2012. We bet you didnâ€™t know that.
Of course, Senator Carper is a Delaware political legend, one of the stateâ€™s most dominant electoral officials of recent years. Heâ€™d be as tough to beat as, say, Mike Castle, the Tiny Stateâ€™s longtime GOP congressman.
Oh, right â€“ Oâ€™Donnell handed Mr. Castle his retirement papers by beating him in the 2010 GOP primary.
Thereâ€™s also the matter of Delawareâ€™s lone seat in Congress. Thatâ€™s up in 2012, as all such seats are. But currently it is held by a first-termer, Democrat John Carney. If you want to unseat an incumbent, itâ€™s best to do it as soon as possible, before they dig in and build statewide goodwill from providing services to constituents.
So the opportunity is there. Is she already planning a reentry into politics? We donâ€™t know â€“ weâ€™re not Sybill Trelawney. But Delaware generally is a blue state, meaning there arenâ€™t lots of Republicans jockeying for electoral posts. So we think she should go for it. We could use the copy.