Christine O'Donnell has a habit of getting attention for all the wrong reasons. During the Delaware Republican Senatorial primary in 2010, she famously released an ad clarifying that she wasn't a witch, and her candidacy quickly turned into a walking 'SNL' parody. O'Donnell made headlines again last night, when she abruptly walked off in the middle of an interview on CNN's 'Piers Morgan Tonight.'
O'Donnell was there to promote her book 'Troublemaker: Let's Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again,' and grew strangely offended when Morgan began to ask her about gay marriage and Don't Ask Don't Tell, issues she'd campaigned on in the past and wrote about in the book.
"Why are you being so weird about this?" Morgan asked.
"I'm not being weird, you're being a little rude," O'Donnell responded.
The Tea Party favorite announced the invite on her Facebook page Monday: "I just got the Official 'Ask' from Dancing With The Stars !! Although I am utterly flattered, my initial thought was to decline, as 2 year old nephew has more rhythm than me, and my two left feet!!"
The conservative Republican, who lost her bid for a Delaware senate seat amid controversy over statements that she had dabbled in witchcraft, says she's still mulling it over.
Christine O'Donnell Accuses Barack Obama of Using 'Tea Party Sound Bites' in State of the Union (VIDEO)
"Well, yeah. There was lot of things that I liked," O'Donnell responded. "But those catch phrases sounded familiar because he took them right from Tea Party candidates, which I thought was funny. For example 'we have to spend within our means,' that's something that many (Tea Party) candidates, including myself, said on the campaign trail several times. So, he used Tea Party sound bites to announce more big government spending programs."
We're not quite sure that the phrase "we have to spend within our means" is officially the property of the Tea Party. If it is, we're just happy Obama swiped that sound bite from the movement, and not the one about "second amendment remedies" or how "scientists are creating mice with human brains."
Christine O'Donnell Claims Joe Biden and 'Thug Politic Tactics' Are Responsible For Campaign Probe (VIDEO)
On 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7 AM ET on ABC) O'Donnell denied that she'd done anything improper, and alleged, without offering evidence, that the probe is a result of "thug politic tactics" perpetrated by people close to Vice President (and former Delaware Senator) Joe Biden.
"Do you really believe the Vice President has a part in this?" Roberts asked.
"You don't need a tipster to show this is politically motivated," O'Donnell explained. "We were informed that the Delaware political establishment was going to use every resource available to them . . . including launching phony investigations, making false accusations and tying me up with lawsuits."
And that's pretty much the problem with denying you're a witch. Once everybody knows you can't cast spells, they start messing with you.
"I hope she runs for president," O'Donnell said. "I would love to see her take out Obama in the primary. I would even be tempted to change my registration so that I could vote for her in the Democratic primary."
O'Donnell then added that while she would ultimately vote for the candidate the Republicans nominate for president in 2012, her primary vote for Hillary wouldn't be because she would be easier for the GOP to beat, but because O'Donnell believes Clinton would be a better president for the country than Barack Obama.
With this endorsement from the most prominent member of our nation's not-a-witch community in her pocket, we can only imagine that Hillary is now seriously considering a 2012 run.
O'Donnell regrets the infamous witch ad. "I feel like the whole message got lost. The purpose in that ad was supposed to put it all behind me." But she added that seeing the 'Saturday Night Live' skit mocking the ad was "probably the first time I laughed at a 'Saturday Night Live' skit since he left," motioning to fellow late-night guest David Spade beside her.
Jay Leno then asked her to explain the whole anti-masturbation thing. "For me, that was more of a ministry opportunity than a political statement." Leno responded: "So it's not so bad now?" She refused to comment.
What made all the focus so unusual was the fact that O'Donnell never had much of a chance of actually winning her race. She also tried her best to stay away from the national media, which may have only fed into the excessive coverage.
With the election behind her, O'Donnell was willing to appear on 'The O'Reilly Factor' (weekdays, 8 PM ET on Fox News), where she offered up an explanation as why she was such a focus of negative press attention.
"It could be I'm a strong woman who had the audacity to challenge the system, and I busted up the back room deals," she explained.
A strong woman who also bravely refused to allow the press to pigeonhole her as a witch, we might add.
McCain said she's pleased Christine O'Donnell won't be joining the Senate. "I was never a fan ... She's out of her frickin' mind," she said on 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).
The author made a prediction as well. Jay Leno asked, "You think [Sarah Palin] will run in 2012?" McCain answered, "Oh yeah, hell yeah. She's getting that ready right now." And when discussion of the party's socially conservative shift oddly segued into talk of sex tapes, Leno gave her a creepy compliment.
They also suggested this only makes O'Donnell into a more sympathetic character.
"I don't think O'Donnell should hold elected office, but this story, in a weird way, kind of humanizes her," said writer John Devore, to the agreement of the panel. "In a way, she is so flawed and genuine and human, and for the first time I'm like, she is probably one of the most genuine politicians."
The Gawker piece seemed particularly gratuitous in light of the fact O'Donnell was already a virtual lock to lose her race on Tuesday. But on the other hand, who could blame them for riding out the Christine O'Donnell storyline for every last pageview. It may not be around much longer.
Larwence O'Donnell Blasts Reporter From Christian Broadcast Network For Asking Christine O'Donnell Question About God (VIDEO)
"Seriously, what is a reporter doing, asking how does God factor into your campaign. How did we get there?" Lawrence O'Donnell asked his panel, after playing a clip of the incident in question. (Which he had prefaced by harshly criticizing the reporter a first time.)
Clear from the watermark on the clip was that the reporter was from the Christian Broadcast Network, which would explain why he was asking religious-based questions that would be inappropriate in the secular press.
As the segment progressed, the panelist moved away from O'Donnell's criticism of the reporter, and instead had a more coherent discussion about why Christine O'Donnell only grants interviews to networks like CBN.
Nevertheless, O'Donnell's denunciation of the reporter cast an awkward pall over the discussion, and seemed to reflect a somewhat reckless desire on his part to squeeze every last drop out of the Christine O'Donnell story before it disappears forever in about a week.
Lopez wasn't a fan of Ms. O'Donnell, calling her a "anti-masturbation witch." At this point, Maher raised his hand in the air -- and took the credit (or the blame) for Christine. "Well, I'm responsible for [her,]" he said. O'Donnell first gained national prominence on 'Politically Incorrect,' Maher's old show.
Well, it appears no one had that talk with Delaware's Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell. Even though she regularly promises to uphold the Constitution if elected, she argued that the separation of church and state is not even in our founding document during a debate yesterday.
Of course, the late night shows couldn't pass up this golden opportunity. Jimmy Kimmel jumps on O'Donnell in his monologue and even presents a new TLC show for her, 'Christine O'Donnell's 'No Way!'
"My problem is, no matter what, Christine O'Donnell is making mockery of running for public office," McCain explained. "She has no real history, and no real success in any kind of business, and what that sends to my generation is one day you can just wake up and run for Senate no matter how lack of experience of experience you have.
"I know in my group of friends she just turns people off because she is seen as a nutjob," McCain added.
After O'Donnell inevitably loses her Senate race on November 2nd, (recent polling has her facing a twenty point deficit) and becomes the high profile TV pundit she's always wanted to be, maybe she and Meghan McCain can debate whether or not the Tea Party is turning off young voters on shows like 'This Week.'
Bill Maher Shows Montage of Christine O'Donnell Exasperating a Bevy of Panelists on 'Politically Incorrect' (VIDEO)
"I saw (O'Donnell) debate this week and, I thought, she is exasperating this poor guy. And I wanted to send (Coons) this clip . . . to show that she has exasperated a lot of people," Maher explained, before showing a hilarious montage of O'Donnell befuddling a range of guests on Maher's old show, 'Politically Incorrect.'
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