For Delaware 'tea party' Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, witchcraft – and a 1999 talk show admission that she dabbled in it in the past – could prove a political liability.
Christine O’Donnell does not now practice witchcraft. We’ll say that right off. If she was an actual witch, we would not be having this discussion. The Ministry of Magic would have arrived during the night and wiped any memory of an O’Donnell-witchcraft connection out of our poor Muggle heads.
But she may face a serious problem related to her comments about witchcraft. And that could explain why Republican strategist Karl Rove, among others, remains dubious of her chances to win Joe Biden’s old Delaware Senate seat in the fall.
Let’s start at the beginning, for those who’ve arrived late and are standing in the back. More than a decade ago Ms. O’Donnell, appearing on comedian Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect” show, made comments to the effect that she dabbled in witchcraft when she was a teenager. (Watch video.)
“I never joined a coven,” she said.
O’Donnell canceled appearances on several Sunday news shows after clips of her old witchcraft talk surfaced. Since then she has made light of the whole matter.
“How many of you did not hang out with questionable folks in high school?” she laughed at a Republican picnic in Delaware on Sunday.
“There’s been no witchcraft since. If there was, Karl Rove would be a supporter now,” she joked.
(Hmm. How would a spell like that go? “Supportus Totalificus!”)
And really, she did say this on a show that was not exactly “The News Hour.” You go on a comedy show, you try to say something funny. Or outrageous. Mission accomplished.
Rep. Mike Pence (R) of Indiana, the third-ranking Republican in the House leadership, said Monday that O’Donnell has an obligation to explain these public comments, but that the fact they are surfacing now just shows the political “silly season” is upon us.