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Why isn't Christine O'Donnell's witchcraft story a forgivable sin? [Updated]

In this age of overexposure, under what conditions do politicians benefit from sketchy anecdotes, and when do they stumble over them?

My generation is quickly growing accustomed to the notion that some of our lowest moments will be among the highest items that come up when you Google us. As in the Christine O'Donnell witchcraft story, the political world is still adjusting to this reality.

Everyone errs somehow, somewhere, sometime -- especially if that time is your late teens or early 20s -- and, these days, it's likely that someone with a cellphone camera will catch you drunkenly torturing live chickens, or whatever you did to get into that fraternity. Yet we Millennials still maintain Facebook profiles, decline to untag ourselves from embarrassing photos and write things on each others' walls that would make our parents nervous. Why do we do this? Because sometimes you want to broadcast to those in your social network that you're not perfect -- just like them -- and you, too, can dance on tables.

I'm convinced that, eventually, we'll all get so used to being so overexposed that evidence of high school- and college-age indiscretions won't matter that much. It's the logical extension of what happened once the boomers got their first president -- so what if Bill Clinton didn't inhale, or did, or whatever. Didn't everyone back then? Politicians will get a pass, even if there are incriminating pictures or wall posts. Eventually, we'll all have those.

So shouldn't Christine O'Donnell benefit from this? (There are no pictures on Facebook, but there is a preserved-forever video of her describing the bloody satanic altar she visited.) She's trying draw some understanding: "How many of you did not hang out with questionable folks in high school?" she said. But lots of people on Google today -- not to mention almost all the Sunday-morning talk show hosts over the weekend -- seem to be having a hard time simply writing off her witchcraft story as youthful excess.

O'Donnell's first problem is that her bewitching tale isn't something most Americans can relate to. She's not describing the kind of student you'd like to have an underage beer with. She's describing the sort of student you'd be tempted to report to the campus police. Still, she was young, right? But -- and this is the critical distinction -- the story fits into a broader narrative about O'Donnell, one describing a volatile candidate who continues to do and say bizarre things. It's sort of like when Mike Huckabee admitted that he fried squirrels in a popcorn popper in his dorm room. It made him seem even more like a stereotype -- beyond just what having a last name like "Huckabee" and being governor of Arkansas did for him. Only at least Huckabee could appeal to a swath of the GOP primary electorate by fitting that stereotype. I'm pretty sure O'Donnell's not going to benefit much from seeming beyond idiosyncratic.

Americans often want leaders who are like us, not necessarily better than us. As more and more personal information becomes publicly accessible, people will become more tolerant of -- and may actually expect -- more imperfection from their leaders' pasts. This logic reverses, though, when the blotches on your record stress personality traits that make Americans worry about you. And O'Donnell is a great example of this.

Update, 4:01 p.m.: Commenter simpleton1 makes a good point: "But giving mistakes a pass isn't always a good thing. Just because many Americans want politicians who are just like them, warts and all, doesn't mean that we should have politicians who are just like us." Pgr31 adds, "We are talking about…one of the hundred seats in the United States Senate. This is an important body, not just in the U.S., but globally. We need people who are better than average -- wiser, more considered, more thoughtful and, most of all, with good judgment."

I agree with much of what these two have to say. Americans should elect representatives who are smarter and wiser than average; politicians who would make effective lawmakers, even though they did some stupid things in college that are preserved on YouTube, shouldn't be disqualified from office. Increasing numbers of Americans will accept this. That's good -- they should pay attention to things that matter instead of holding politicians to near-impossible standards regarding the past. Some politicians might even become more approachable this way. Though I don't fully understand the importance some place on politicians being personable in this manner, it seems to matter a lot to many voters. But, again, this doesn't work when a politician's indiscretions fit into a broader narrative about his or her unsuitability for office, as they do in O'Donnell's case.

By Stephen Stromberg  | September 20, 2010; 2:21 PM ET
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In other words, we're going to revert to the old practice of looking the other way at politicians' private lives. After all, it's not like the media ever showed FDR in a wheelchair, or JFK leaving his mistress's bedroom (not to equate polio with adultery).

But giving mistakes a pass isn't always a good thing. Just because many Americans want politicians who are just like them, warts and all, doesn't mean that we should have politicians who are just like us. Many Americans are idiots. Example #1 being Christine O'Donnell.

Posted by: simpleton1 | September 20, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Why would anyone outside Dover care?

Posted by: whocares666 | September 20, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hold on there a minute. Sure I can excuse her youthful indescretions, but we are talking about her occupying one of the hundred seats in the United States Senate. This is an important body, not just in the US, but globally. We need people who are better than average -- wiser, more considered, more thoughtful and most of all, with good judgement.

So far, this woman has demonstrated none of these.

A Senate seate is not a reward for people who have managed to attain a modicum of maturity and/or successfully completed rehab.

Posted by: pgr31 | September 20, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, who really cares about what a young woman did as a teenager? We seemed to not care about BHO or Clinton's exploits. Is it a slow day in the newsroom or are men trying to find something to pick on a woman about? Give you certain times of the month and many of us could be accused of witchcraft. By the way, some of us do have ancestors who were accused of the craft by men who wanted to control their land, money and resources. Some things do not change even after hundreds of years. Time to move on people.

Posted by: Tinker4 | September 20, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

58% of americans believe in Ghosts.
71% believe in UFO's,
and there are even 42% who still believe
obama might do something besides fill his
campaign coffers and give 'why you should
hate John Boehner' Pep Rally's.

a little witchcraft is butter on your potato'...
yes michele, you can have Sour Cream on your's...

Posted by: simonsays1 | September 20, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

She was in high school for God's sake. Move along. Nothing to see here.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | September 20, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Spare me the pop culture psycho-babble?

It's BS - for proof - I give you Senator Al Franken - major cocaine user, wild-eyed tackler of old men, and victim of profanity-laced oral diarrhea.

If Christine O'Donnell was a Democrat, the media would be protecting her from an evangelical onslaught against a poor Wiccan trying to make her way in a bigoted world.

Posted by: pilsener | September 20, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

You have to look at all her "youthful indiscretions" together - witchcraft, not paying school loans, questionable income (who pays her?), her lawsuits, her over-the-top "Christian" campaigns, lying about her schooling, mortgage default, her social agenda, etc.

Do you really think this person has the makings for a Senator? Have we sunk that low?

Posted by: dc1955 | September 20, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad O'Donnell visited a satanic alter in her wild youth, it can only broaden her world experience making her wiser and probably a more dedicated Christian in the long run.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | September 20, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't think that the witchcraft story should disqualify her. She is completely right that most people have done something crazy while in high school. And that's probably the only thing that she and I would agree on.

What should disqualify her is that, even according to some of her own colleagues in the GOP, she is completely incompetent to be one of the hundred US senators. Sure, they're trying to kind of rally behind her now, but they have already spoken.

Posted by: sharedgum | September 20, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"Do you really think this person has the makings for a Senator? Have we sunk that low?"
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Compared to Ted Kennedy, she is virtually a saint. So far no one has died as a result of any of her activities.

Posted by: amazd | September 20, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

First of all, I doubt an argument can be made that we want to elect people "just like us". Where are they? How many average Americans from either party have been elected? I suppose we want to relate to them in some way but most the time we want someone better than us, and then we are upset to find out they have the same flaws or even worse flaws than we have.

Regarding Christine O'Donnell, I doubt anyone that was going to vote for her will be swayed by the witch comments. If she had been involved in witchcraft over the last 20 years it would be a serious problem for her but what we've heard so far is nothing. In fact, the attacks on her may backfire as they get more and more ridiculous. The people attacking her claim she can't win the general election yet they continue to attack. Why? Is it giving the impression that they really think she can win? In addition, all the attacks are starting to look like a bunch of bullies picking on someone who does seem a lot like the rest of us, someone that is not a member of the political elite and I think it might create a sympathy vote for her. We may not normally elect those just like us but we will come to their defense when we think they are being unfairly persecuted.

I don't live in Delaware so I can't vote for her, and I will admit that I really don't know all that much about her, but I can tell she has a chance to win and I can tell she is not an idiot as was suggested by someone else that commented on this article.

The left has a habit of insisting that Democrats are all very smart and Republicans are all stupid. President Obama was supposed to be so smart, it was suggested that Hilary was the "smartest woman in the world", while it was suggested that Ronald Reagan and George Bush were nothing but affable puppets being manipulated by the evil smart Republicans behind the scenes. I think President Obama is a bright man and Hilary is smart enough as well, but I see no evidence that they are any brighter than the people on the other side of the isle.

Posted by: strapstop | September 20, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican, let me say that from what I've heard of her education (or lack there of) and financial issues, she is not qualified for any elective office.

That said, it seems that the main streem media is happy to ignore democrat/liberal issues (FDR's health, JFK's, Bill's and every other liberal's fooling around) while they attack conservatives.

Why can't we have one standard? if not, will the MSM please admit that Palin is right on the current double stantard.

Posted by: cdrdavy | September 20, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

What's politics coming to? 1st we're told we accept a coke snorting, no experience Pres candidate whose mentor and spiritual leader for 20 years is a racist, hating, nut job, now this.

There has GOT to be better people in both parties who can run for office...

Posted by: illogicbuster | September 20, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Anything seems to be okay with the Republicans, so long as it's a Republican who's doing it.

If it were a Democrat, they'd probably burn her at the stake.


Posted by: lindalovejones | September 20, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Dare I say it? How does this compare with any of the Kennedy's exploits when they were young? Or probably many other members of congress? Barney Frank? Or are the criticisms reserved for conservative females? Seems like liberal elitism to me. I am glad I did not run for elected office after I started that fire on the pile of leaves behind the local gas station. Probably would have gone to jail. But then a small felony on my list of accomplishments would fit right in with some of the politicians in the headlines today - particularly in Illinois!

Posted by: fcrucian | September 20, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

TO: amazd who wrote:
"Do you really think this person has the makings for a Senator? Have we sunk that low?"
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“Compared to Ted Kennedy, she is virtually a saint. So far no one has died as a result of any of her activities.”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

We usually don’t grant the title of “saint” to people who have practiced witchcraft.
That said, Bush was responsible for more deaths than Ted Kennedy, but that’s not what you care about.

You couldn’t care less of how many died and how many were wounded as a result of lying for oil, lying to gain the spoils of war, and a 2nd term as POTUS.

Just admit it, Republicans love bottom-dwellers.


Posted by: lindalovejones | September 20, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

"Do you really think this person has the makings for a Senator? Have we sunk that low?"
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At least she hasn't admitted to using cocaine as a teenager--like our current President has. Compared to Obama, her record is impecable.

Posted by: amazd | September 20, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

For me, some of the concern is about how and where O'Donnell talked about it. Something about her tone and tossing it into a conversation on national television gave me the feeling that she tried anything that would generate some attention. I don't think it should disqualify her from public office but I don't know if I will ever be able to take what she does at any moment seriously.

Posted by: kcollier | September 20, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"We usually don’t grant the title of “saint” to people who have practiced witchcraft."
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Wow! Someone who thinks they have the power to grant the title of saint... What a delusional person.

Posted by: amazd | September 20, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

That story is nothing compared to the Democrat running against her, who is Harry Reid's best friend, and a picture of Obama with his arm around him and Biden singing his praises because he is a self acclaimed Marxist and has been since he first admitted it when he was 21. You might just admit it this administration loves Marxist. Remember Anita Dunn who looked up to Mother Teresa and Mao Tse Tung and this she was speaking to a high school audience.
I rather have a teenager who liked witchcraft in high school then a man who believes in Marxist. I have got to admit that Biden, Obama and Reid's endorsement of this Marxist should be telling you something! Wouldn't you say?

Posted by: egw7777 | September 20, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

uh, has anyone noticed that she claimed to be 'dabbling in witchcraft' (that implies practice of Wicca, not satanism), while at the same time participating in a ceremony with a 'satanic altar'?

Sounds like she didn't even know what she was doing, while 'dabbling.' Since she can't even keep religions straight, how could she be expected to keep important legislation straight?

Unfortunately, her communication about this incident in her life perpetuates the erroneous notion that being a 'witch' means being a satanist. Ironically, satanism seems to be nothing more than extreme selfishness (such as that espoused by Ayn Rand and 'free market' types), so maybe as a tea-partier she ought to go for that religion. It seems to exemplify that for which tea-partiers are standing nowadays ("I got mine, don't care about yours").

Posted by: kwickersham | September 20, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Unemployment has been nearly 10% for over a year and the Dems think the primary issue of the day is what Christine O'Donnell did in high school. Talk about out of touch with Americans.

Posted by: amazd | September 20, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

For evaluating all controversies, I use the Barney Frank test.

If Barney Frank told us he hung out in high school those that may have made animal sacrifices, would anyone care? Would your opinion of Barney Frank change? If not, it is not a legitimate controversy.

Based on the Barney Frank test, move on.

Posted by: scottNV | September 20, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Who cares who she dated as a young adult?

I'm much more concerned with her fundamental Christian views of today. She has come out and said that we have to legislate morality in this country. As one of 100 Senators in a country of 300 million, this is cause for concern.

But the biggest down side of her is that she's a thief. She stole campaign contributions to pay for personal expenses and then lied about it to the FEC.

She'll be in jail before she'll be elected anything........

Posted by: steve-2304 | September 20, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"Sounds like she didn't even know what she was doing, while 'dabbling.' Since she can't even keep religions straight, how could she be expected to keep important legislation straight?"
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As a high school student, more than two decades ago, she was rarely asked to "keep important legislation straight."

Posted by: amazd | September 20, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

She's a walking joke. And the people of Delaware will make their state a laughingstock if they elect that idiot right wing nut in November. She didn't even have the guts to go on Fox News Sunday where she'd probably get a friendly reception.

Unless the Democrat runs a poor campaign, he should probably win. Delaware's general electorate is not the 5000 some odd primary voters who put her in. If history is any guide, the only Republicans Delaware elects are moderates like Mike Castle or Bill Roth. She is neither. Karl Rowe is right - they are going to go down in flames in a race that was theirs to lose with Castle because of the tea bagger ideological purity test.

Posted by: da55 | September 20, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, I guess now we can't disagree with conservatives who declare this a witch hunt.

Posted by: moto-d | September 20, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey Teabaggers - I see your "secret Muslim" and raise you one "Satanic picnic." Ready to shut up yet?

Posted by: KIMBER120 | September 20, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The Right, meaning Tea Partiers, GOPers in general, birthers, deathers, and and Fox News, want us to forgive and forget some past transgressions on the part of the folks they favor (including Goldline Inc). But anyone on the left, with or without a similar story, are evil through and through and can not be forgiven, no matter.

This hypocrisy is itself, unforgivable!

Posted by: Roofelstoon | September 20, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Who cares about her witchcrafting? This is a distraction. What the Tea Partiers should care about is the fact that she is a volatile candidate who continues to do and say bizarre things....things to bizarre to dismiss. She is a liar and a greedhead.

Posted by: Chagasman | September 20, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

The question is less about what Christine O'Donnell did or didn't do in 1988, and far, far more about her do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do hypocricy. I don't care if she toyed around with Wicca at the ripe old age of 19. But I'm a progressive, so some rightwingers might expect that.

Suddenly, though, her socially conservative blowhard supporters are in my camp! The nation's nannies now apologize for her "youthful indiscretion. Hmm ... seems their self-righteous bar for morality raises and lowers easily, evidently depending on the "R" or "D" following the name.

Can't call others hypocrites when one's own sincerity is now in doubt.

Posted by: moto-d | September 20, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"She's a walking joke. And the people of Delaware will make their state a laughingstock if they elect that idiot right wing nut in November."
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How many times did the people of Delaware elect and re-elect Joe Biden? If they have any concern about electing a "joke" or being a "laughing stock", that ship sailed when they first elected Biden.

Posted by: amazd | September 20, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Is dabbling with witchcraft now part of the acceptable "indiscretions of youth" to those who claim the mantle of societal protectors? I have the feeling it will be. Now were it a Democrat admittedly dabbling in witchcraft ... well, run that headline through your imagination a few times, and replace "O'Donnel" with "Boxer" or "Pelosi." Uh-huh.

Posted by: moto-d | September 20, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

You libs act like she killed someone... But then you thought that killing someone was OK when it was Ted Kennedy doing the killing, so why the uproar over this?

Posted by: amazd | September 20, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

So now those who consider themselves the vanguard against moral decay have no problem with a woman who admitted she dabbled in witchcraft? Good Lord, your hypocrisy has no bounds.

Posted by: moto-d | September 20, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Actually NYC elected a Pagan Councilmember who happens to be a Republican.

http://www.doublex.com/blog/xxfactor/last-nights-real-winners-pagans

It's O'Donnell's other views which should be more of a concern for most people.

If Christine O'Donnell was a Democrat, the media would be protecting her from an evangelical onslaught against a poor Wiccan trying to make her way in a bigoted world.

Posted by: pilsener

Posted by: MerrillFrank | September 20, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

If Christine O'Donnel were a Democrat, we would be interviewing her from a pillory in the town square.

Posted by: moto-d | September 20, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

Frankly, I expect my leaders to be more than ordinary. I want them to be smarter than I am, to work harder than I do, to be more temperate in their decision-making.

On the other hand, I also remember the kids who didn't smoke dope or drink in high school -- and I still wouldn't vote for any of them.

Posted by: Ralphinjersey | September 20, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Can't we get rational about this for a minute? What she did in high school is of course irrelevant. What JFK did in his mistress's bedroom is irrelevant, too, as long as it wasn't illegal. What Ted Kennedy did or didn't do to try to save the life of Mary Jo Kopechne is NOT irrelevant, since leaving the scene of an accident, especially when someone's life is at stake, is illegal and should be. He should have been nailed for that. If O'Donnell misappropriated campaign funds to pay her rent, etc., then that's illegal and unethical, too, and she should be nailed for it.

Posted by: Dan4 | September 20, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Last week, conservatives were disecting President Obama's supposed "Kenyan Anti-Colonial Mindset", gleaned from his dad at the ripe age of 2.

This week, they gleefully defend their star candidate's alledged "dabbling" in Satanism (not Wicca) as a young adult.

And these people want to run our government again?

Posted by: hoos3014 | September 20, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Amazd wrote:

Compared to Ted Kennedy, she is virtually a saint. So far no one has died as a result of any of her activities.

My Comment: A distinction, however, needs to be drawn. Ted Kennedy never tried to impose "his" moral code on the rest of us. If someone calls for the return of prohibition, then the fact that this candidate is also a social drinker is relevant. If the candidate is not calling for prohibition, then being a social drinker is not relevant. The problem is often the hypocrisy. Its why when you hear Alaska and much of the former confederacy decry Federal Spending programs, its hypocrisy. These places get a lot more than one dollar for each dollar collected in tax revenue. If you are going to talk the talk, be prepared to walk the walk.

Posted by: dcraven925 | September 20, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"What she did in high school is of course irrelevant."

Of course it is and we all know it. What isn't irrelevant is how easily her supporters are ready to let this one go, when you'd expect these defenders of morality to be grabbing their pitchforks -- if nothing else than to make political hay.

Posted by: moto-d | September 20, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

NO ONE in my class of "68" made out on a satanic altar. It's not done at every high school. Some of us smoked pot - and inhaled - but I'm sure the Christian right is more concerned about the pot smokers being elected. Hmmmm?

Posted by: therev1 | September 20, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Altar, not alter.

What happened to WaPo editors?

Posted by: Amminadab | September 20, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Dear Mr. Stromberg:You really stepped into this one. So allow me to wipe it all over you.Wicca is upset with Christine O'Donnell.I don't know why?She'd be a perfect candidate for getting witches on the party ticket.Am I making fun of wicca and witches,satanist and so on. Ya Betcha. It is so stupid of you Mr. Stromberg to even dignify them with this stupid opinion piece. You are a waste and so are they. Any sin can be forgiven. It was moronic of you to even ask that. Murder,incest,rape,robbery with death can all be forgiven. So why not witchcraft. From the way you make light of what Ms. O'Donnell did as a sophmoric or college prank you no nothing of wicca or witchcraft. So I hope that the readers will not think what you wrote as that serious. I chalk it up as fluff. But those into wicca,witchcraft,satanism and the like get into a world that is almost impossible to get out of. I don't think you want to visit it. As one that knows alot about what I am talking about. Let this be your first and last piece on hyperbole of wicca. Or rather quit while you are behind. Better to be thought a fool than to put your pen on paper or computer and show that you really are a fool and the ilk that believe your way.

Posted by: ggfree57 | September 20, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I urge my fellow Tea Party Patriots to GIVE GENEROUSLY to this little filly's campaign. Her house needs a new deck and she has her eye on a dress at Macy's that is just calling out to her. Don't let the little lady (and your country) down. New set of towels in her bathroom would be nice too.

Give to her just as you have patriotically shelled out your hard earned cash to similar Patriots all over the country. They aren't like those other politicians. These say "Freedom" every five minutes! That's gotta mean something.

Give Give Give!

Tea Party in 2010 AND 2012!!!
Be sure to get out to the polls this year!

Posted by: TriCorneredHead | September 20, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Stephen. I'm shocked, however, that you didn't endorse my "Christine O'Donnell, like many Americans, is an idiot" assertion. Shocked, I say. :)

Posted by: simpleton1 | September 20, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Tea partiers have set the bar really, really low with this one. Ok, you don't care about that she dabbled in witchcraft in high school, do you care about the student loan and mortgage defaults, the fact that she does not hold a job, that she lied about her college education and on her resume, didn't pay her campaign workers and misused campaign funds. Seriously, there are other candidates out there you can support. Why back someone with so much baggage and no integrity?

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | September 20, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Why does partisan mudslinging have to enter into the discussion of this candidate's electibility? The faults, foibles, perceived misdeeds of other previous candidates is no excuse to avoid serious vetting of O'Donnell by the Deleware electorate.

The question should be, does she have the qualifications, the know-how, the competence to serve as a senator of the United States? Is her ability to discern, discuss, and eventually make decisions about the actions our country must take on national issues evident or at least does she show verifiable promise of meeting the obligations of this high office? Can she rise above party politics for the good of the country?

Delaware will eventually get the senator they deserve; the rest of us, however, will also be impacted for better or for worse by their choice.

Posted by: castleb | September 20, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Christine O'Donnell has already admitted to excessive drinking and having a lot of sex in college, before finding her way as a strict Catholic. Why is it surprising that she also associated with "sinful" people in her high school days?

This story fits in very easily with what I already knew about O'Donnell. It doesn't lead me to think she's crazy. I wouldn't vote for her anyway because I don't agree with her, but why make her candidacy about something so irrelevant?

Posted by: schmink182 | September 20, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

or to put it more simply, saying or doing dumb and crazy things now and then shouldn't be disqualifying, but being dumb or crazy should be. in her case it seems that her only qualification is her claim that all the dumb, irresponsible and probably illegal things she's done and said should be overlooked as not disqualifying. huh?

Posted by: JoeT1 | September 20, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Funny how the party of "tolerance" and "inclusion" are the first to moralize and demonize and pursue personal destruction to further their own ideology..
Yeah, you, "progressive", you who think you are not racist, not narrow minded - you who doth protest too much.
You have used the club of moral superiority to push inferior economic and political ideas.
You have nothing but reaction and hate in your souls.

Posted by: johnL1 | September 20, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Partisanship should be put aside when it comes to the serious business of choosing a United States senator, whose position will impact, not just his/her state, but the entire nation. Because Congress is the branch of government entrusted with making the laws that govern and sustain us, our Constitution gives it priority as the voice, the will of the people. Those we elect to this powerful and necessary body must be equipped intellectually and morally to meet its challenges.

Incidentally, the word "senator" comes from "senex" (L), meaning [an] elder. The concept derives from the belief that wisdom comes with age and experience. It's true that there can be old fools as well as young fools. The caution is not to elect a fool to be the voice of the people in our government.

By the way, finger-pointing at the faults and foibles of other politicians is not an argument for the election of another seriously flawed candidate. Cheerleading and demagoguery may create a fan club; they should not sway an electorate.

Voting is both a privilege and a responsibility and should not be used just to make a point or as an emotional release. Let's keep our heads.

Does O'Donnell quailify? Voters have a right to know before they decide. O'Donnell needs to show that she can do the job.

Posted by: castleb | September 20, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

From what I've heard of her education (or lack there of) and financial issues, she is not qualified for any elective office. Like Miller-AK. and Engal of NA. they are taking advantage of an unstable period in USA. This isn't new plain newt and now romeny have chimed in but Mike Pence R Indiana is stable and seasoned. So is Hillary and Bloomberg.Cross fingers folks nut jobs on TV are using scare tatics to get more of your cash, SS. Medicare and other insurnace safty nets-while outsoucing jobs amd wars.

Posted by: crrobin | September 20, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

I want to see proof that she no longer practices witchcraft. Perhaps she's a secret Wiccan. Also, proof that she didn't embezzle money from her campaign funds or that she paid back her student loans. A birth certificate would be nice too.

Posted by: gaga19832002 | September 20, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

My goodness, the woman is in her 40s and your talking about something that happened when she was a teenager? Get real. Get real. Get a life. What's this baloney doing in the Post? Who gives a FF?

Posted by: bryan37 | September 20, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

One can only imagine the reaction from the right if it were suddenly revealed that Barack Obama "dabbled in witchcraft" as a teenager. The horror!!!!

Posted by: alfalfabill | September 20, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to hear more about the encounter Ms. O'Donnell described. Perhaps the witch she was making out with on the bloody satanic altar could come forward and give us a better understanding of Ms. O'Donnell's past involvement with witchcraft.


Posted by: wkristol | September 20, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

One can only imagine the reaction from the right if it were suddenly revealed that Barack Obama "dabbled in witchcraft" as a teenager. The horror!!!!

Posted by: alfalfabill | September 20, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Witches Brew - HaHa
see http://www.deciminyan.org/2010/09/witches-brew-haha.html

Posted by: deciminyan | September 20, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

O'Donnell Hears Audible Voices

Now info has been dug up that Christine O'Donnell is hearing voices. Yes, audible voices. In 2006 she heard a voice identifying itself as "God" giving her advice on her primary run. Seriously, this is John Hinckley and George W Bush territory. The last time we had an unmedicated schizophrenic like this in office, we invaded a country that wasn't a threat "because God told me to liberate the people of Iraq".

Seriously people. We can disagree on tax policy and how to lower the skyrocketing cost of health care, and how to get the economy moving. But can we at LEAST agree not to put unmedicated schizophrenics in office? Is that really too much to ask?

Here it is:

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/christine_odonnells_sexual_evolution.php

Posted by: B2O2 | September 20, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Case closed. Christine O'Donnell is no leader, not even of her own affairs, let alone our nation's.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | September 20, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

The people supporting her seriously believe that having a copy of Harry Potter in one's home can cause one's children to fall into convulsions. It is not so much her high school associations that bother me - though I would not be bragging on TV if I had those types of friends - it is her utter hypocrisy and the hypocrisy of the Teaparty for rallying behind her rather than finding a qualified candidate. We should expect better from our leaders.

Posted by: winks_lbj | September 20, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

"A distinction, however, needs to be drawn. Ted Kennedy never tried to impose "his" moral code on the rest of us."
_______________________
How can Kennedy impose his moral code on anybody else when he did not, in fact, have anything resembling moral code? He was a heavy drinker and serial womanizer whose irresponsible behavior caused the death of a young woman. Would anybody care to deny this?

Posted by: amazd | September 20, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I agree with much of what these two have to say. Americans should elect representatives who are smarter and wiser than average; politicians who would make effective lawmakers, even though they did some stupid things in college that are preserved on YouTube, shouldn't be disqualified from office.
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Um, Stephen, I'm not sure what you're agreeing with.
You seem to be saying underage drinking is understandable, but hanging with the goblin element is out.
If you look back at history, a lot of people got hurt by this selective application of social justice.
As far as I'm concerned, what happened in high school, stays in high school.
What matters is the adult that emerges, be it a butterfly, or a moth.

Posted by: mtpeaks | September 20, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

"But, again, this doesn't work when a politician's indiscretions fit into a broader narrative about his or her unsuitability for office, as they do in O'Donnell's case."
___________________________
Yet Ted Kennedy was elected and re-elected and, I'll bet, without a single critical comment from you on his personal behavior. Kennedy was expelled TWICE from Harvard for cheating. He was a heavy drinker and serial womanizer and his behavior resulted in the death of a young staffer, yet you think O'Donnell is unfit for the Senate. Your hypocrisy is astounding.

Posted by: amazd | September 20, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Would anyone notice if Delaware, dropped off the map. Has this woman ever had a taxpaying job?.

Posted by: JillCalifornia | September 20, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse


Personally, I thought that the whole witchcraft thing highly recommended her, at first. It shows an all-American willingness to tolerate religions that "aren't considered mainstream:".

And then she went and blew it with the witticism about her first date being on a Satanist sacrificial site, complete with bloodstains. I'll tolerate that, though, as it was after all on a comedy show and just before Hallowe'en/Samhain.

Still, anyone who ever dated a witch ought to be prime material for the American political prime-time. After all, she'll know better than most how to react for a good old-fashioned Washington Witch Hunt.


Posted by: thardman | September 20, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm certainly not a Republican, and I can't imagine an alternative universe in which I would vote for this woman, but I don't get the hysteria about O'Donnell admitting that she rebelled as a teenager. Who'd a thunk? The discussion should be about policy and qualifications, not candidates' teenaged behavior (as long as it didn't involve robbing gas stations, shooting up heroine, or other serious, illegal behavior).

Posted by: happilyretired1 | September 20, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Liberals will do anything to get eyes off the ECONOMY and JOBS.

Won't work. November is still coming!

Posted by: 2012frank | September 20, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

How quick teabaggers are to look away at the past of one of their own but incessently lie and smear Obama because they can't accept the reality America elected a young, itelligent, black president.

Posted by: areyousaying | September 20, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

The problem of "youthful indiscretions" is they can run a wide spectrum and the public, justifiably, is not so forgiving of those "indiscrete youths" that deviate too far from the mean.

Meaning that we will take into account even things done at an early age that speak of character and fitness to hold office or a job of responsibility much later on.

"But I was only 16 when I did that armed robbery and gang-rape!!"
Tough. No job here!
"I was 19 when I was confused and deserted the Army, so it shouldn't make a difference now that I am 38."
It does make a difference, sorry.
"I was busted for pot and driving 68 in a 35 MPH zone."
OK, that does not seem to have prevented your being a good student then compiling a fine resume. We'll run you for Town Council.
"When I was younger I lied about my lack of college degree, sued my employer for 7 million dollars for not funding Masters Degree classes I was ineligible to take, and had a series of bad money management decisions that stiffed creditors, landlords, the IRS. And dabbled in witchcraft. But I'm ready to be a Senator, now..."
Ummmmm, let me think about my voting for you, Christine. To be fair, your Marxist liberal opponent doesn't exactly thrill me, either.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | September 20, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

"How quick teabaggers are to look away at the past of one of their own but incessently lie and smear Obama because they can't accept the reality America elected a young, itelligent, black president."
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Would that be the one who, in his own words, used cocaine and marijuana in high school? Yeah, hanging out with witches is much worse than getting high on cocaine, but not as illegal.

Posted by: amazd | September 20, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

The real issue is the non-stop parade of hypocritical, self-righteous religious zealots who spend too much time worrying about the goings-on in the bedrooms of their neighbors, and not nearly enough time being concerned about the nefarious activities occurring in the boardrooms of corporations.

Posted by: labman57 | September 20, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

It does not concern me in the least that this woman misused her campaign funds to pay her rent or that she lied about having a college degree. She's cute as all GIT-OUT - and she says "Freedom" a lot too. That's enough for me, cause really, governin' the country's not all that hard. Just show up in Washin'ton and vote however the corporations that sent ye say to.

Got to send her another check now, haven't sent one today. Go girlie!

Tea Party 2010! Yeehaa!!!

Posted by: TriCorneredHead | September 20, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Gosh-----do I vote for another rich politician or do I vote for someone with financial problems and mortgage problems like the average personI? No brainer. She understands the average persons problems. Vote every incumbent out.

Posted by: sportsfan2 | September 20, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Can she turn lead into healthcare vouchers and Osama into a frog?

Posted by: SoCal | September 20, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Here's the thing: The witchcraft issue isn't the only problem in O'Donnell's past - far from it. Add them all up, and you have a person who is simply not fit to be a U.S. Senator.

Posted by: Ronaldo37 | September 20, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

But did she use a crucifix to masturbate? Inquiring minds want to know.

Posted by: hellslittlestangel1 | September 20, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

The day liberals elected a former Cocaine user, Marxist worshipping, domestic terrorist hanging out with, Black Nationalist Church attending Barrack Obama, was the last day anyone could ever complain about the background of a politician.

Posted by: FormerDemocrat | September 20, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

People may not know what O'Donnell is, but they know the type - she seems to a Freudian sexual hysteric.

She is vivacious and engaging, yet shallow, with an prudishness that is mixed with an obsession with sex.

People recognize this personality type, and the sexual hysteric undermines themselves and everyone around them. They are tiresome, and quickly become boring.

Posted by: BurfordHolly | September 20, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Pilsenor wrote: "If Christine O'Donnell was a Democrat, the media would be protecting her from an evangelical onslaught against a poor Wiccan trying to make her way in a bigoted world."

Absolutely ! Now imagine IF she'd left a drowning girl in her car ? or was the privileged wife of a rich serial womanizer ? or had a rich grandmother ?

She'd be well not just Senatorial but Presidential material !

Posted by: pvilso24 | September 20, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I was gonna go 'n git my friends down at the Megachurch by the Wallmart and start up a 501(c) group called "Concerned Sitizens Agin' The Evil Witch Runnin' fer Senate". We wuz gonna git big fundin' from every Wall Street fatcat there is who's afraid of gubmint oversight of his various rackets. Then we wuz gonna scare ever' last soccer momma in Amurica that O'Donnell wuz plannin' on recruitin' their kids into SATANISM.

But then I realized she was one of us. No problem with the witchcraft thingie. And don't forget where your bread's buttered when you get in - tax cuts for the wealthy, just like a good Republican.

Tea Party 2010!
Grass Roots Citizens for Wall Street

Posted by: TriCorneredHead | September 20, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

She is a Satan worshipper!

Posted by: TeddyRoosevelt | September 20, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how many are eager to give her a free pass for her youthful indiscretions. However what about her current and recent indiscretions as she continues to exhibit immaturity and poor decision making. She represents what is wrong with modern republicans all rhetoric and fluff on the outside and nothing inside. They seem to be popular even though they have little if any leadership ability, lack morals (even though they want to tell us how to live), and have learned to con the public with a few well turned phrases (get our country back, us folks, socialist, fascist, etc.). She appears to be almost as selfish and self-centered as her mentor (the quitter who took the money and ran) Palin. I am disgusted with these people, American can be better!

Posted by: drrgwilson | September 20, 2010 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Interesting how many are eager to give her a free pass for her youthful indiscretions. However what about her current and recent indiscretions as she continues to exhibit immaturity and poor decision making. She represents what is wrong with modern republicans all rhetoric and fluff on the outside and nothing inside. They seem to be popular even though they have little if any leadership ability, lack morals (even though they want to tell us how to live), and have learned to con the public with a few well turned phrases (get our country back, us folks, socialist, fascist, etc.). She appears to be almost as selfish and self-centered as her mentor (the quitter who took the money and ran) Palin. I am disgusted with these people, America can be better!

Posted by: drrgwilson | September 20, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Typical republican style lets not talk about her lets talk about all the evil Democrats. It must be their fault she is so weak and immature. If we only focus on bad Democrats then we never have to face her inadequacy.

Posted by: drrgwilson | September 20, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

to all,

fwiw, the DIMocRAT extremists & their apologists in "the main-SLIME media" failed to tell everyone that what Ms O'Donnell said was taken FAR "out of context". - the "incident" was part of a HALLOWEEN "special" & amounted, upon reflection" to NOTHING of importance.

please tell me WHY we "ordinary Americans" should believe ANYTHING that the "talking heads" say about ANYBODY, given that they've covered up for obama's infidelities, Princess Pelosi's habit of enriching herself at the public's expense, wee willie klintoon's harem of "naked lovelies", Robert "KKK" Byrd's serving as a national officer of the Klan right up until his recent death, Harry Reid's crooked land deals & a thousand other "ignored or downplayed" scandals involving the DIMocRATS?

for for me, as a "regular American", i trust NOTHING that the media claims, absent INDEPENDANT proof. - fwiw, i am far from alone in this well-founded opinion.

in just over 6 weeks, the DIMocRATS will LOSE both houses of Congress & (maybe) then we can "get to the bottom of" all the current DISHONESTY in government that has occurred during the obama regime.

just my opinion.

yours, TN46

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 21, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

The non-rich, bottom feeding, big house middle class people who vote Tea party Republican are forever trying to drag Democrats down into the bottom of the crab barrel where they live. Any swill sucking big houser who would support that broom rider Christine O'Donnell have some serious character flaws and lack good judgement. That witch O'Donnell might claim to be a lady in the street but with all the booty she have, i bet she's freaky in the bedroom.

Posted by: ODDOWL | September 21, 2010 3:17 AM | Report abuse

i guess we go back to Rev Wright then? right?

Posted by: humzafs | September 21, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

Sadly, witchcraft is the least disturbing aspect of this cutsey dimwit. I remember her from Bill Mahre, where she practiced another art...outdoing herself on previous stupidity. The "lying is never" acceptable segment, when Mahre asked her what she'd do if Nazis came to her door and asked if she were harboring Jews, would she lie, herresponse was "No, but I know God would put the right answer in my head". If God did that, it would apparently be the only thing put in her head.

Posted by: mrtimmaulden | September 21, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse


Why does this story have any traction or raised to the level of exposure in light of the way Obama’s own admission to drug use was dismissed? He ran for and was elected president without the glaring spotlight on the drugs. It was mentioned once and that was it. What a media joke, where is the balance.

Posted by: FormerNewYorkerNo9 | September 21, 2010 8:01 AM | Report abuse

The problem is, there is no evidence that O'Donnell has ever moved beyond the adolescent mentality that led her to cavort with witchcraft to begin with. Every fact that emerges about this person shows that she is still locked in the self-centered, immature world of a not-so-bright teenager. She has no sense of personal responsibility or accountability. I mean, she's apparently never had a real job? She reaches into the cookie jar of campaign contributions to pay her personal expenses? Acts which are so egregiously and flagrantly wrong that at least two of her finance directors resigned rather than be sucked into an illegal maw? It's her own former staffers, for heaven's sake, who are her strongest critics. But Republicans, including those in this blog, reach for straws to find excuses and rationalizations for her behavior. What a sad commentary on the depths to which the Republican Party has fallen.

By the way, Am I the only American who remembers Sarah Palin's own link to witchcraft? There was a video widely circulated in 2008--it was on YouTube--of Palin being called down to the well of her church to receive a blessing from the preacher--who, among other things, engaged in real witch hunts, found the witches, and neutralized them. This is no joke, people. Palin's pastor really does wage warfare against witches.

So now we have no less than one Republican Senatorial candidate and one likely presidential candidate who accept the reality of witches. This is what the Republican Party has come to.


Posted by: tbarksdl | September 21, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

What's worse, an adult running for elected office who is unfraid of her past, witchcraft, non payment of loans, IRS liens, et al, and puts it out warts and all? Or a Presidential candidate who refuses to allow anyone access to his academic records, refuses to put to rest the insane idea that he is not a citizen by simply showing his birth certificate?

Posted by: jay441 | September 21, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

If she were a Democrat this issue would be a non-issue.It's a typical left wing ploy against anyone that isn't a loonybird left winger[Democrat].

Posted by: fcs25 | September 21, 2010 8:45 AM | Report abuse

If she were a Democrat this issue would be a non-issue.It's a typical left wing ploy against anyone that isn't a loonybird left winger[Democrat].

Posted by: fcs25 | September 21, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

O'donnell is no values candidate. Besides the satanism, she is a crook and a liar. She lied her way through the primary and got massive funds from the right wing Koch express, outside Delaware. Why would a good christian vote for someone who is not honest and steals campaign funds?

It's laughable that this fraud with no ideas on how to run the country is an actual candidate for the senate. How has she demonstrated that she can be a grown-up and deal with decisions that effect millions and our national security? What a joke!!!

Posted by: hockeymom1 | September 21, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Republicans and Democrats both point at the mistakes or odd behaviors of members of the other party, as many of the comments here show. This youthful story of Christine O'Donnell's goes on getting so much attention because of the odd things she's said and done since then, even as a candidate for the Senate.

Posted by: CherieOK | September 21, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

You only have 2 choices!One side that will waste your money and one side that at least says it will let you waste your own money or spend it wisely,whichever YOU choose. As a reformed liberal,who can admit I was wrong,I choose to vote for the one who will let me make my charitable contributions to whomever I prefer and who in the larger scheme of things will allow the majority of Americans to achieve their own best.

Posted by: allsides | September 21, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

WHY IS this a FORGIVABLE SIN?...and hows come your newspapers isn't giving this story justice?

"Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights, is in big trouble. The public-interest group Judicial Watch yesterday released a 62-page index of documents regarding the New Black Panther Party voter-intimidation case that undermines the credibility of Mr. Perez and of the Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr."

"For now, this much is clear: The department's claim that political appointees were not involved in the case appears to be false. If so, Mr. Perez should be held to account for his sworn statements to the contrary."

Read More:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/sep/20/black-panther-case-roars-back-to-life/print/

Your first problem and the Barack Husein's Admin's first problem is that you are NOT DOING YOUR JOB!!!!!!

You have lost your moral authority to lead and be taken seriously in the eyes of many

Posted by: skillssss | September 21, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

Please - just stop - stop it right now.

The problem with Christine O'donne'l is not her craziness 20 years ago... its just three years ago when she announced, asserted, declared, forcefully, that we were growing human brains in mice..

This indicate such an inadequate view of the world, of Drs., of voters, of the sciences, of people who ought to be Senator that there is no recovery possible in 40 days.

And I am a registered republican.

Posted by: dutchess2 | September 21, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I guess the question is, was she attending a Wiccan ceremony, or a Satanist one? And did/does she even know the difference? And why should either be looked upon as bad when you have christian ministers and priests abusing children or engaging in affairs with their parishioners?

A person is good or bad based on what they do; not by whatever religious label you happen to give them.

Posted by: mhoust | September 21, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Frankly, all that matters is whether she would vote for tax increases, bailouts, statutory takeovers over entire sectors of the economy. Period.

Posted by: sladenyv1 | September 21, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

While I agree with Stromberg's logic I disagree with his conclusion. Anything that will get O'Donnell defeated is OK by me, because she represents and is backed by an unscrupulous, immoral political insurgency that has concocted a host of nasty myths about Obama and his administration. I'm delighted that their own tactics might be her downfall. She is a somewhat dishonest perennial office seeker with meager qualifications and phony puritanical views who would be a detriment to good government were she elected. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Posted by: ejmurphy414 | September 21, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

While I agree with Stromberg's logic I disagree with his conclusion. Anything that will get O'Donnell defeated is OK by me, because she represents and is backed by an unscrupulous, immoral political insurgency that has concocted a host of nasty myths about Obama and his administration. I'm delighted that their own tactics might be her downfall. She is a somewhat dishonest perennial office seeker with meager qualifications and phony puritanical views who would be a detriment to good government were she elected. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Posted by: ejmurphy414 | September 21, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one who thinks O'Donnell lied about being involved in "witchcraft" to make herself seem interesting with a relevant on Bill Maher's old show? Why are we accepting this story of hers that she was hanging with so called "witches"? If she was being truthful, I bet because she comes from a kooky fringe Christian movement she actually thought through her perception of reality that her friends at that time were witches when in reality they were just kids listening to Ozzy Osborne music while drinking beers on the weekend playing Dungeons & Dragons. Remember in the 80s and 90s we had these fringe Christian groups pushing a "satanic panic" in America and she may have been caught up in that hysteria and today she remembers it as being an episode in her life where she was with Satanists. So we have two choices about her regarding this witches episode - she is a liar or she is a kook.

Posted by: periclesdestro | September 21, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

That witchcraft story is of questionable validity. Can she prove it? Who saw her at the altar? I thnk she is just angling for the Harry Potter vote, positioning herself as some sort of Delaware version of Harry's pal Hermione Granger.

Posted by: jdnathan | September 21, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

To the People of the great state of Delaware:

Please do the right thing.

Thank you,

The Rest of the United States

Posted by: jgmann | September 21, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone mentioned 'Freedom of Religion' yet?

I'm off to see the Torah display at the Pope John Paul II Protestant mosque.

Hey, you guys all look the same to me.

Posted by: Robynmarigny | September 21, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

For those who wish to excuse dabbling in the black arts as a youthful indiscretion, do tell, would you react the same if such dabbling was admitted to by Pres Obama or Speaker Pelosi? Didn't think so.

Posted by: eed017 | September 21, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm..I believe in a lot of stuff right now that a lot of you would consider pretty weird. It's a lot more sophisticated than it was when I was 16 but then I needed the extra experience. I believe I should be scared of people who try to steal from me; or kill me because I don't believe in their God; or lie to me get me to vote for them; and I believe in the Constitution of the USA. You know, weird stuff!

Posted by: dahni | September 21, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm..I believe in a lot of stuff right now that a lot of you would consider pretty weird. It's a lot more sophisticated than it was when I was 16 but then I needed the extra experience. I believe I should be scared of people who try to steal from me; or kill me because I don't believe in their God; or lie to me get me to vote for them; and I believe in the Constitution of the USA. You know, weird stuff!

Posted by: dahni | September 21, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

The fact of the matter is this. She has misinformed the public and slandered and insulted Wiccans worldwide. She has no clue what the beliefs of these people are and should publicly apologize for being so far off the mark and causing such distress and public intolerance for a very peaceful group of citizens.

SHE needs to do the right thing. This is 2010 - not 1692. Political incorrectness (and Witch hunts) from anyone, let alone a Public Official is simply intolerable.

Posted by: prumull | September 21, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

to All,

do you REALLY think that what Ms O'Donnell did/didn't do in High School is RELEVANT to whether she is/isn't fit to be a US Senator?

at least she never has been a KKK national officer, as DIMocRAT Senator Robert "KKK" Byrd WAS until his recent death!

DIMocRATS/"progressives"/LEFTISTS are so SELF-important, sanctamonious, arrogant & clueless HYPOCRITES, that they make most "regular people" GAG.

that's why the DIMocRATS will LOSE in modern history's biggest BLOODBATH in about six weeks.

yours, tn46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 22, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

ejmurphy414,

as the DIMocRAT party for DECADES, until is recent death, supported a Ku Klux Klan NATIONAL OFFICER as the senior democrat senator from WV (Robert "KKK" Byrd), i'd keep my mouth shut, if i was you, rather than look both stupid & a HYPOCRITE.

fwiw, (despite all the blather/lies/spin out of the main-SLIME media & the DNC) the TEA PARTY membership, as a whole, is just as decent, open-minded, intelligent & honorable as the best members of either of the major parties.
furthermore, we are going to sweep out the house & senate in a little less than 6 weeks, make BHO the LAMEST of DUCKS & DUMP every one of his BOONDOGGLES like "manmade global warming", "obamacare", "cap & tax" & a host of other STUPID/WASTEFUL federal "programs".
THEN, in Jan 2011, we Tea Party "activists" will start working on defeating the rest of the NITWITS of the DIMocRAT party in Congress & sweep out the RINOs, too.

say "ADIOS" to DIMocRAT/"progressive" control of either house of Congress.- it won't even be close; instead 11/02/10 will be the biggest BLOODBATH in modern political history. = the DIMocRATS (looking at the individual races, as i did this last week) will LOSE over 50 seats in the HoR (and perhaps 60-70 seats) and 11-13 US Senate races.

note: the Tea party's ultimate aim is:
1. a 25% across the board CUT (YES a 25% cut at DoD, too) in ALL departments & agencies of the federal government & at least an equal cut in taxes for EVERYBODY,
2. a return to CONSTITUIONAL government,
3. an end to "unfunded mandates" by the feds on cities/counties/states
and
4. a CITIZEN'S CONGRESS (do a maximum of 8 years in office & you're FINISHED forever.- YES, federal judges, too!)within a decade.
(frankly, 535 ordinary citizens, picked at random from the voter rolls of the 50 states, could NOT make a bigger mess of our government than the so-called "professionals" HAVE.)

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | September 25, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Has any one defined what sort of witchcraft? As a Pagan, it is disheartening to see so much hate against a group that people do not understand. I understand that people are still fearful and are not ready for someone who had a particular religion be apart of their government. The pagan religions defined by those who believe in more than one God or are not Christian in nature, such as Buddhism and Wicca, would find it highly offensive but are used to people believing we worship Satan who is a Christian notion. There is confusion between Satanism, Paganism, and Devil-worship; Satanism being the worship of the self indulgences, Paganism (depending on the branch) typical worshiping a female and male side of the god aspect, and Devil-worship which is a branch of Christianity that has turned to worshiping the opposite "king."

I support not voting someone for legitimate questionable behavior but also finding out why there was questionable behavior in the first place. And until it is revealed what sort of witchcraft she participated in, it is unfair and hateful to judge her 11-year-old self and use that as the reason to not elect her for any office.

Posted by: Maggiemoo1 | September 27, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

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