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September 18, 2010

O'DONNELL'S BANDAID COMES OFF SLOWLY, CONT'D.... Christine O'Donnell's (R) Senate campaign in Delaware has a variety of problems. I made the case yesterday that near the top of the list is the fact that humiliating examples of her extremism keep dribbling out, day after day, each generating a story reinforcing the Senate hopeful's radical qualities.

ThinkProgress flagged a new one, aired last night by Bill Maher, who's had O'Donnell on as a guest 22 times over the years. Maher aired a clip from 1999 in which O'Donnell explained that she "dabbled into witchcraft," and even had a date that included a "midnight picnic on a satanic alter."

She was, by the way, completely serious. In context, O'Donnell seemed to be arguing that she's a credible person to talk about the dangers of witchcraft because she "dabbled" in it herself.

By the way, Maher added, in reference to his video collection of her appearances on his program, "I'm just saying, Christine, it's like a hostage crisis. Every week you don't show up [on my show], I'm going to throw another body out."

One can only wonder what else O'Donnell said. It's hard to imagine her record getting any worse, but then again, her record thus far is already one of jaw-dropping insanity, so stay tuned.

On a related note, Greg Sargent flagged a 2006 item from Delaware's Wilmington News Journal that says O'Donnell "considers homosexuality an identity disorder."

If you're wondering if there's a point at which the Republican Party will pull its support for O'Donnell's U.S. Senate campaign, let's set the record straight -- no, there is no such point. The GOP wants the seat, and so long as O'Donnell has an "R" after her name, she will enjoy the party's backing.

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Yes, but: she's cute, and has nice teeth, so none of that "other stuff" matters. . .

TeeVee viewers- the only kind that matter- look at the image, but the actual words sail by. For an example, listen to Sister Sarah's "speech" last night. She didn't actually SAY anything. (But then, she never does. . .)

Posted by: DAY on September 18, 2010 at 9:00 AM | PERMALINK

"She's a WITCH! Burn her!!!"*
Bill Maher better not have her on anymore, she may turn him into a newt (or worse, a Newt Gingrich).


*You might think that this might not 'fly' with the Chrisitan crowd of conservatives until you remember that if she asked for God's forgiveness, everything's ok. But only if you're a Republican.

Posted by: c u n d gulag on September 18, 2010 at 9:07 AM | PERMALINK

And the more 'stuff' that comes out about this lunatic of a women the more the tea party crowd sheers on, getting ever louder, ever more excited, and then the involuntary drool begins to manifest as yet more 'stuff' comes out. And then she is made into a Senator of the United States Of America. This, so fucking sadly, is what our once great country has become.

Posted by: stormskies on September 18, 2010 at 9:09 AM | PERMALINK

The GOP wants the seat, and so long as O'Donnell has an "R" after her name, she will enjoy the party's backing.

At least O'Donnell will vote with the Republicans, which is more than the Democrats can say about the Blue Dogs. Yet the Dems keep giving them the party's backing.

Posted by: martin on September 18, 2010 at 9:10 AM | PERMALINK

Folks don't take her for granted. The unelectable and outrageous Sharron Angle has edged out ahead of Harry Reid.

There is something going on outside the beltway the contemputous assholes running our party and government don't even begin to acknowledge let alone understand.

Posted by: Ron Byers on September 18, 2010 at 9:18 AM | PERMALINK

O'Donnell explained that she "dabbled into witchcraft," and even had a date that included a "midnight picnic on a satanic alter."

So at what point did O'Donnell have her "Tom Delay" conversion to Christianity?


The GOP wants the seat, and so long as O'Donnell has an "R" after her name, she will enjoy the party's backing.

Technically, shouldn't she have a "T" after her name?

And yet the media insisted that (and even continues to insist) the teatards are a diverse group of restless unhappy voters of all stripes. Curiously though, the teatard captain,Sarah Palin, is a republican. And the teatard captain requires that the republican establishment "buck up" to support her teatard shipmates.

Posted by: Oh my on September 18, 2010 at 9:26 AM | PERMALINK

It's a satanic altar, not alter.

Posted by: noncarborundum on September 18, 2010 at 9:50 AM | PERMALINK

The Satanic priest didn't cut her throat to Satan, so she must have had sex with him. At least she wasn't masterbating.

Posted by: Ron Byers on September 18, 2010 at 9:56 AM | PERMALINK

"It's a satanic altar, not alter."

Steve's just trying to help her out by showing how much she's 'changed!'

Posted by: c u n d gulag on September 18, 2010 at 9:57 AM | PERMALINK

"The Satanic priest didn't cut her throat to Satan, so she must have had sex with him. At least she wasn't masterbating."

************

Wonder if that counts as adultery ?

Posted by: stormskies on September 18, 2010 at 10:04 AM | PERMALINK

AGREED, The GOP wants the seat, and so long as O'Donnell has an "R" after her name, she will enjoy the party's backing.

Meanwhile, Washingtion Week in review was too kind to her last night, "Checkered background" was the phrase used.

The media has got to treating this like a horse race and take some responsibility for our democracy. If a candidate holds bizarre views, has a strange background, we need to know.

They sort of need to be like the American Bar Association ranking a candidate "qualified" or "unqualified."

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on September 18, 2010 at 10:07 AM | PERMALINK

Keep laughing, guys, she'll probably be Sarah Palin's running-mate in 2012, and people will be running to the polls to vote for them ("Oh, they're so cute and white and they love America and Jesus! Better than having that black Muslim Obama!)

Posted by: Speed on September 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

YOU GOT THAT RIGHT, SPEED! And, the older I get the more convinced I am that America will get another bite at the IGNORANT apple that apparently didn't satisfy the during the BUSH YEARS!! It's all about the guy behind the curtain folks...and it's NOT JESUS!!!

Posted by: Dancer on September 18, 2010 at 10:39 AM | PERMALINK

As we in Massachusetts have learned, a pretty face trumps intelligence and ability. Thus we have bestowed on the Senate, and ourselves, dim-witted Scott Brown - to our eternal shame and regret.

Given how big pharma has succeeded at selling their toxins directly to the American public using smiling images of sexy young (or old) people at play, while devastating side effects are recited quietly in the background, why are we surprised when political strategists do the same by presenting us with shallow (or batshit crazy) pretty faces? Words, positions, intellect no longer matter. It's the image, stupid.

Soon our Congress members will all have perfect teeth, flowing hair, sexy legs or abs, a seductive wink. They will pose nude for centerfolds, and appear in ads for their most ardent corporate sponsors. But have not a thought worth considering in their empty heads.

Where is H.L. Mencken now that we really need him?

In 1922, during the Harding (Tea Pot Dome) administration, Mencken wrote: "And it is my...conviction that the American people... constitute the most timorous, sniveling, poltroonish, ignominious mob of serfs and goose-steppers ever gathered under one flag in Christendom since the end of the Middle Ages, and that they grow more timorous, more sniveling, more poltroonish, more ignominious every day."

Well, there have been many days since he wrote those words.

Posted by: rrk1 on September 18, 2010 at 10:48 AM | PERMALINK

@ rrk1

That quote is pretty damn funny.

Posted by: SWENXOF on September 18, 2010 at 11:41 AM | PERMALINK

WITCHES ARE NOT SATANISTS. We don't believe in Satan, or the Judeo-Christian God. Even Satanists know this - to the point where no real Satanist (and there are a few) would self-describe as a witch in the first place.

So the only conclusion is that O'Donnell was making shit up and did so in a way that, even a decade ago, comprised a bigoted and xenophobic attack on Wiccans. There are over 800,000 Wiccans in the U.S. with thousands of them fighting and even dying for their country. We deserve the respect accorded to any other religion.

Regards, Steve

Posted by: Steve Hynd on September 18, 2010 at 1:13 PM | PERMALINK

Having ties to Fundamentalist Christianity dating all the way back to the 'Washington for Jesus' rally in 1980 (where, if I'm not mistaken, the movement jumped into bed with radical right-wing politics), I have to say 'Steve Hynd' is correct @ 1:13.

While I've never understood the motivation behind it, this has always been an ever-present phenomenon in 'born again Christian' circles. I guess it is testament to the pervasiveness of hucksterism in religion that stories like this are a dime-a-dozen without a whit of evidence that there's any truth to them.

They call them 'testimonies' and it seems that, the seedier and more shocking the background from whence the individual was 'saved', the more credence it lends to the testimony... and the more inspirational audio cassettes can be sold!

If I had a nickel for every 'testimony' I'd heard about someone saved from the clutches of Satanism... well, let's just say I'd have more nickels than there are *actual* Satanists in the world!

Posted by: JTK on September 18, 2010 at 2:01 PM | PERMALINK

LOL!, this place is hilarious. Now Christine O'Donnell makes bigoted and xenophobic attacks on Wiccans? Good one.

Posted by: dualdiagnosis on September 18, 2010 at 2:51 PM | PERMALINK
dualdiagnosis@2:51: LOL!, this place is hilarious. Now Christine O'Donnell makes bigoted and xenophobic attacks on Wiccans? Good one.

I believe what the original poster was pointing out is the fact that O'Donnell is a liar; not her 'insensitivity toward Wiccans'.

If you'll read my follow-up post, you'll see that I agreed and shared my own anecdotes that suggest that stories like these are common among adherents to Fundamentalist Christianity... but are completely false.

That 'witchcraft' with 'Satanism' are so interchangeable, suggests both that the stories are baseless, and that typical Fundamentalist Christians are hopelessly ignorant about the religions with which they disagree (Wicca). Moreover, they are abnormally fascinated by the ones they just make up to scare each other ('Satanism').

Posted by: JTK on September 18, 2010 at 3:30 PM | PERMALINK

We finally have video from her debate with Chris Coons. She's saying plenty of crazy stuff in 2010.

Posted by: Unstable Isotope on September 18, 2010 at 3:31 PM | PERMALINK

There are over 800,000 Wiccans in the U.S. with thousands of them fighting and even dying for their country. We deserve the respect accorded to any other religion.

I agree. So I will be sure to accord Wiccans the same respect I accord other religions. None.

Posted by: President Lindsay on September 18, 2010 at 3:41 PM | PERMALINK

C. O'Donnell's shtick seems to be that everyone should submit to the higher authority. For example, women should submit to their men and everyone should submit to god. Does this mean that she will submit to the will of the Republican Machine or will she actually make decisions based on her own sense of right/wrong/free will.

Posted by: Dylan on September 18, 2010 at 3:52 PM | PERMALINK

We've all had some wierd dates, blind or otherwise, we learned from them and didnt do it again. What happened to all that tolerance from the left. You want to forgive the toppling of the world trade centers and the death of 3000 Americans but no tolerance for a bad date. This is from someone who will not vote for every thing the "Wicked Witch of the West" puts on the House floor. Pun intended.

Posted by: June Moore on September 18, 2010 at 6:17 PM | PERMALINK

Maher's building a hell of a record, as he is now recognized as bringing both Christine O'Donnell and Ann Coulter to the mass media audience.

Much as I enjoy Maher, I think maybe his balls need an exorcism.

Posted by: labradog on September 18, 2010 at 6:17 PM | PERMALINK

Shoot, even some of the GOP don't want her running. They might tolerate Palin's antics to a point and even rally around Quayle's son for that outrageous commercial that got him the nom in Arizona, but they won't back a complete and total idiot like O'Donnell. I bet serious hard currency some of the state bigwigs are trying to get Castle to do a write-in.

Posted by: WeirdArchives on September 18, 2010 at 11:38 PM | PERMALINK
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