THE LEAST OF HER TROUBLES…. Christine O’Donnell, the extremist Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Delaware, has quite a record of unhinged madness. Her background in having “dabbled into witchcraft,” for example, and having a date on a “satanic altar” with “blood and stuff” seems to be generating quite a bit of interest.

That’s not surprising, since most U.S. Senate candidates haven’t “dabbled into witchcraft,” but when looking at O’Donnell’s genuinely scary worldview, there are other aspects that are even more disturbing.

“People are created in God’s image,” [O’Donnell said in 2006]. “Homosexuality is an identity adopted through societal factors. It’s an identity disorder.”

O’Donnell’s suggestion that gays suffer from a psychological disorder is far worse than other comments about gays that have already gotten media attention, such as her claim that the government spent too much on AIDS and her insistence that “gays get away with so much.”

While some have suggested that O’Donnell’s craziest quotes came from obscure ’90s-era activism, it’s worth emphasizing that in 2006, while she was condemning gays as suffering from some kind of illness, O’Donnell was an announced U.S. Senate candidate. (She’s run for the Senate three times in five years. Before 2010, O’Donnell was considered one of those crazy/fringe kooks who runs every cycle. This year, the Republican base decided to embrace her.)

O’Donnell’s apparent background in embezzlement also seems pretty interesting.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW, today filed a pair of complaints concerning Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s use of more than $20,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses.

“Christine O’Donnell is clearly a criminal, and like any crook she should be prosecuted,” CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan said in a release. “Ms. O’Donnell has spent years embezzling money from her campaign to cover her personal expenses. Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much these days, but both sides should agree on one point: thieves belong in jail not the United States Senate.”

If the thief has an “R” after his/her name, I think the Republican establishment would disagree.

Regardless, my point is not to defend O’Donnell on the witchcraft stuff; my point is that on the list of things that makes her look like a lunatic, “dabbling into witchcraft” would seem to rank fairly low.

Steve Benen

Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. 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.