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Christine O'Donnell fighting late night terrorism

By Lisa de Moraes

[This blog post has been updated]

Tea Party darling and senate candidate in Delaware, Christine O'Donnell went on Jay Leno's "The Tonight Show" Wednesday to explain why she had declined to appear on Bill Maher's HBO late night show during her campaign.

Maher had a boatload of O'Donnell clips - she'd been a frequent guest on his previous late night show, "Politically Incorrect" - including one in which she talked about having dabbled in witchcraft (hence her "I'm not a witch" campaign ads). Maher told viewers he would run an O'Donnell clip ever week until she came on the show, which she never did.

"I wanted to do the show. We just couldn't get it worked out," O'Donnell told Jay. "And then, my sister and I were watching the show when Bill made his threat, and I just thought...whether it's a comedian or a terrorist, you should not respond to threats."

Jay also worked the conversation around to another pressing issue during her campaign -- masturbation. Actually it was the subject of another clip from her past -- this one from an MTV show appearance. And because David Spade was Jay's other celebrity "get" that night and was seated on the couch, next to O'Donnell, the gracious host was trying to find topics of interest to both his guests.

"How did that even come about?" Leno wanted to know, in re that MTV clip.

"I used to be a liberal. I used to be a lot of things that I'm not," O'Donnell explained. "In the 90's, whether it was things that I said on MTV or things I said on 'Politically Incorrect'...I was a kid with a new opinion. And for me that was more of a ministry opportunity than a political statement."

(When O'Donnell appeared on the MTV series "Sex in the 90s" she was the president of Saviors Alliance for Lifting the Truth, which promoted abstinence. In the clip that popped up during her campaign, she argued masturbation was no substitute for abstinence because "the Bible says that lust in your heart is committing can't masturbate without lust.")

"So, it's not so bad now?" Jay asked, in re masturbation.

I'm not EVEN going there!" she giggled.

Oh, and O'Donnell says she's gotten lots of "interesting" offers since the election -- ranging from a possible book deal -- to a reality TV series offer.

"What would a reality show be -- 'Delaware Shore'?" Jay joked lamely.

"I'm not interested in a reality show unless it would be -- we did a 30-minute ad for our campaign that highlighted how these issues impacted people's lives. I would like to do something like that -- like a watchdog-type show," she replied.

TLC -- you listening?

Here, O'Donnell discusses the Ghost of TV Appearances Past that had come back to haunt her during her campaign:

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By Lisa de Moraes  | November 11, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
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The election is over. She lost. Move on.

Posted by: jckdoors | November 11, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Many elected Republicans owe her a debt of gratitude.

The little O. in Delaware drew enormous media fire over at least 3 weeks... particularly on CNN (my most watched news channel)... media fire that might have scorched Rand Paul, Toomey, or other successful Tea party candidates.

She took one for the Team... yet was also a strategic win for the Tea Party.

She retired a RINO Mike Castle.. and sent a message to all Republicans.. primary elections really do count.

She also identified that there are conservatives even in blue blue Delaware... winning 40% of Delaware's vote.

Who knew ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | November 11, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

pvilso24 - Nice try. Jesuit educated?

Posted by: djah | November 11, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

She was a kid in the 1990s? She was born in 1969. By 1990, she was an adult, 21. Whenever she was on Politically Incorrect, she was an adult. I'm sure in 20 years, she will dismiss her embarrassing Senate campaign in her 40s as something she did when she was young and naive.

Posted by: dunking | November 11, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Well, one less C.R.A.C.K.P.O.T. in Congress. Still, its a bit embarrassing that she nearly pulled 40% of voters in Delaware. Those O'Donnell voters need to run a self-sanity-check!

Posted by: free-donny | November 11, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Look, about that40%.

All it really means is that that is about the number of Americans who are terminally stupid. Like the percent who don't believe in evolution, think the sun rotates around the earth, that kind of thing. Oh, and roughly the percent of Republicans in the country, if you count the Tea Baggers.

Posted by: jrw1 | November 11, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

pvilso24 - Nice try. Jesuit educated?

Posted by: djah | November 11, 2010 11:53 AM

Actually, the poster makes some good points. O'Donnell can make a career out of being another photogenic female conservative political victim and fringe character while riling up the base. However, Paul was going to win in red state Kentucky no matter what.

Posted by: nvamikeyo | November 11, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Fast forward.

Posted by: chucko2 | November 11, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

In a way, she did have an impact in that so much attention was directed towards her total craziness that it made the nearly-as-crazy look less crazy. Let's not make her rich now by focussing any further attention on her.

Posted by: seaduck2001 | November 11, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Rosie O'Donnell is related? Anyhoo... I doubt Mahler really thought you'd come on his show during the election. He was just saying... as an excuse to show your wackiness in a new paradigm (your run for the senate).

Posted by: WmLaney | November 11, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I wish ex-GOP candidates had the same good taste as ex-GOP Presidents, and just went away.
But then, every "expert" on Fox News is a failed Republican something-or-other, so what can we do?

Posted by: OldUncleTom | November 11, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

pvilso knew absolutely nothing about Delaware, so his surprise at the election results rings utterly false.

It would have taken him about five seconds to learn that COD got 35 percent of the vote against Joe Biden, so for her to get 40 against an unknown like Chris Coons and millions of dollars in contributions to her campaign is utterly unsurprising.

Posted by: Observer691 | November 11, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

'She also identified that there are conservatives even in blue blue Delaware... winning 40% of Delaware's vote.

Who knew ?'

Who knew there were so many stupid Americans.

Posted by: markcheslold | November 11, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

She needs to get a regular 8-5 job like the rest of us and work for a living. I realize that she really wants to be a politician live off the public dole, but I think voters have been pretty clear in her last three elections that they just don't want her.

Posted by: ProudFlagwaver | November 11, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

....this is a very ill young woman who has lost all touch with reality and who has displayed early signs of manic/depressive disorder commingled with paranoia. For her own well being, the spotlite should be turned off and those who care about her should be encouraged to get her into serious treatment. Until that happens, she will continue to imagine herself as "senatorial material" and live in her delusion. Please help her!

Posted by: wp121606 | November 11, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

She's such a frothingly insane Christanic loon, the equal to her Islamic colleagues.

Posted by: DamOTclese | November 11, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

So Maher "threatened" to repeat what she had said previously? How is that a threat?

Posted by: Jerryvov | November 11, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Politically incorrect? Pull my finger! The only difference between bill mahar and a 10lb bag of $hi+ is the bag.

Posted by: carlbatey | November 11, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

You can see why she is still a virgin.

Posted by: letemhaveit | November 12, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

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