O’Donnell’s bandaid comes off slowly, cont’d

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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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.