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Christine O'Donnell on human mice, lying to Nazis, and the women of Middle Earth

I've long belittled Delaware for contributing little to the nation other than traffic jams and toll booths. But if the First State sends Christine O'Donnell to Washington, all will be forgiven.

She has been the Republican Senate nominee for mere hours, but already those investigating her past have come up with enough curiosities to fill a wing at the Smithsonian.

Three years before she discovered that her opponents were lurking in the bushes, it turns out O'Donnell was a "Republican strategist," volunteering her scientific expertise on Fox News's O'Reilly Factor. It was there, as part of a debate on stem cell research on Nov. 15, 2007, that she broke the news to Bill O'Reilly that there are mice with human brains:

O'REILLY: Everybody knows that scientists have enough knowledge to clone a human being if they wanted to.

O'DONNELL: Right.

O'REILLY: But they're not, at least not that we know of. And now they're in the monkey realm. And I don't understand, if that's the possibility that people might be cured, why the objection. Because I never buy the slippery slope....

O'DONNELL: By their own admission these groups admitted that the report that said, "Hey, yay, we cloned a monkey. Now we're using this to start cloning humans." We have to...

O'REILLY: Let them admit anything they want. But they won't do that here in the United States unless all craziness is going on.

O'DONNELL: They are -- they are doing that here in the United States. American scientific companies are cross-breeding humans and animals and coming up with mice with fully functioning human brains. So they're already into this experiment.

And if you don't believe her, just ask Mickey and Minnie.

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We know that O'Donnell was telling the truth about the mice with human brains. We know this because, several years earlier during an appearance on Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, she made clear that she would never lie -- not even to a Nazi to protect Jews from being captured:

By Dana Milbank  | September 17, 2010; 12:13 AM ET
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