Christine O'Donnell appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher this Friday evening during the segment immediately following his opening monologue and blamed her witch ad debacle on her advisers and wanted to get into it with Maher over whether it's fair or not to continue to blame Bush for the troubles with the economy we're still having today. Thankfully, her time was cut short since she was not a member of the panel on the show - or at least she wasn't until the Internet only Overtime segment.
As with all of his shows, Bill Maher always brings all of the guests back in for the on-line version only end of his show and listening to the stupidity that came out of Christine O'Donnell's mouth during this segment was just truly astounding. She was asked how she rectified her supposed "small government conservatism" with the intrusion into people's lives with her social beliefs, and she pretty much spent the entire rest of the segment tying herself in knots, not being able to explain the differences between or need for states' rights and when the federal government needs to step in, revising history, and just making crap up when it suited her.
The other guests who were uselessly trying to reason with her, which was pretty much impossible since you can't reason with someone who's head is thick as a brick, mainly looked like they were all just ready to bang their own heads on the desk by the time this thing was over.
I can honestly say I pity David Simon, Steve Schmidt, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Jim VandeHei, well, maybe not VandeHei, but the rest of them for having to sit through this debacle and try to argue with this know nothing teabagger.
You have to admire the pluck of Christine O'Donnell If nothing else, the girl has spunk. Most people would just wilt under the withering criticism that gets directed at her but she just picks herself up and keeps right on going. Sort of the Energizer Bunny of politics, or infotainment personality or whatever hell category she fits into.
O’Donnell took the turnout of five people — members of the media outnumbered customers — at Barnes & Noble in stride.
“God bless you, Tom,” she told Tom Bruzzesi of Fort Myers, who said he’s launching his own presidential campaign.
“I like her,” Bruzzesi said. “She’s kind of a rogue like me.”
“Thank you for coming out today,” O’Donnell said to Louise Campo of Naples.
“She interests me. She’s very conservative,” Campo said.
O’Donnell, a Christian, then politely turned down a request from a young man who asked her to sign his book on demonology instead of a copy of her book.
And now we hear today that Christine's appearance with Sarah Palin at a tea party rally in Indianola, Iowa has been cancelled. Apparently teabaggers objected to witches attending. From the Wall Street Journal blog:
“I made a mistake,” said Ken Crow, president of Tea Party of America. “I assumed there was an open slot and there wasn’t.”
Monday night, Mr. Crow told Washington Wire that Ms. O’Donnell would appear.
Tea Party of America’s co-founder, Charlie Gruschow, said the group withdrew Ms. O’Donnell’s after receiving numerous “emails from a lot of tea party folks that were very disappointed that she would be speaking.”
“We decided not to have her speak,” Mr. Gruschow said. “We felt it was in the best interest of the movement.”
Ms. O’Donnell’s spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment.
After news spread across the Internet that O'Donnell had been dumped by the same tea party movement that catapulted her to victory last September over Rep. Mike Castle in the GOP Delaware Senate primary, tea party leaders had a change of heart and re-invited O'Donnell.
"We're making room for her," Crow told The News Journal late Tuesday. "We welcome her and look forward to hearing her speech."
In a statement, O'Donnell said she has "humbly re-accepted their re-invitation."
"We're grass-roots people," said Crow, a retired west Texas rodeo cowboy. "We're not professional political operatives."
UPDATE 3: Now Sarah Palin has cancelled, due to “continual lying” from event organizers at Tea Party of America, including a recent mixup over whether former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell of Delaware would also speak.
Failed Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell Friday defended walking out of an interview with Piers Morgan by attacking the CNN host.
"It was not about the questions of gay marriages, as the producer very dishonestly tried to portray it," O'Donnell told NBC's Savannah Guthrie. "It was, like I said, the very inappropriate, creepy line of questioning leading up to that."
"Wait a minute," Guthrie interrupted. "Let me ask you about that a just little bit though because you walked out of an interview actually at the moment he asked you about gay marriage."
"When they're sitting there pressing you on personal intimate questions and you're saying, 'I don't want to go there.' He could have said, 'What's your mother's name?' And I would have been like, 'Come on, let's stop.' I wanted to stop that borderline sexual harassment that was going on," O'Donnell explained.
There's not much to say for this except Christine O'Donnell doesn't want to share her views on gay marriage. Apparently she wants to be taken seriously as a deep thinker on fiscal and constitutional matters. The more Morgan pressed the more indignant she seemed to get. Finally she had enough.
PIERS MORGAN: “Why are you being so weird about this?”
CHRISTINE O'DONNELL: “I’m not being weird about this Piers. I’m not running for office, I’m not promoting a legislative agenda. I’m promoting the policies that I lay out in the book that are mostly fiscal that are mostly constitutional. That’s why I agreed to come on your show. That’s what I want to talk about. I’m not being weird you’re being a little rude."
PIERS MORGAN: “I think I’m rather being charming and respectful."
I guess this shouldn't come as much of a surprise from someone who is still giving grifter Sarah Palin some air time on Fox "news" during the Ames, Iowa straw poll, even though it's looking less and less likely that she's going to throw her hat into the 2012 Republican presidential primary race.
Christine "I'm not a witch" O'Donnell, the failed Tea Party senate candidate of 2010, has not melted or flown away. She has a new book out and, not surprisingly, she made a visit to the Hannity show as part of her Republican Rehab tour. Judging from the lapdog interview tonight, she's still got Sean Hannity in her back pocket.
Apparently Christine O'Donnell is now part of the wingnut-welfare book club where even if no one wants to buy your book, Fox will promote it and if you're really lucky, conservative groups will buy them up in mass so you end up in a spot where you don't belong on a best sellers list.
CREW's Melanie Sloan who called for an investigation into Christine O'Donnell for campaign finance fraud earlier this year responds to O'Donnell's accusation that the federal criminal probe looking into just that is nothing but a left wing liberal conspiracy by people who are out to get her.
Former Republican senate candidate Christine O'Donnell took to the airwaves of at least five morning shows today to fight back against the "thug politic tactic" being used against her by way of the federal criminal probe into allegations of improper use of her campaign funds.
But you really only needed to watch one of her appearances to get the gist of what she said: that Vice President Joe Biden's allies were using the FBI to conduct a campaign against her, the ethics group which brought the complaint is funded by George Soros and the former campaign staffers who have charged she misused campaign cash are disgruntled.
O'Donnell never really got around to the substance of the complaints against her, which the president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) told TPM could center on exactly how much money O'Donnell is found to have misspent (more on what exactly O'Donnell is accused of here).
As Ryan at TPM noted, of course she didn't have any evidence that Biden was behind the probe, but when has a little thing like facts ever gotten in the way with this woman? As Melanie Sloan pointed out, she already admitted to misusing her campaign funds. It's just a question of the dollar amount.
O’Reilly made an appearance on Bill Maher’s Real Time on HBO and the two of them exchanged jabs over Maher’s treatment of Christine O’Donnell, tax cuts for the rich and the budget deficit, whether or not President Obama is a “leftist” as O’Reilly likes to paint him and climate change.
They also got into it over Fox’s push of the phony story claiming that the Obama administration is planning on spending $200 million a day for his trip to India. O’Reilly’s defense of his fellow Fox “commentator” Sean Hannity amounted to saying that Hannity doesn’t have to report facts because he’s an “opinion” guy.
I guess Bill thinks being entitled to your own opinions means being entitled to your own facts as well, which seems to be pretty much the standard at Fox.
"With all due candor, appearing on your own reality show on the Discovery Channel, I am not certain how that fits in the American calculus of 'that helps me see you in the Oval Office,'" Rove said.
"There are high standards that the American people have for it [the presidency] and they require a certain level of gravitas, and they want to look at the candidate and say 'that candidate is doing things that gives me confidence that they are up to the most demanding job in the world,'" he said.
Fox News' Chris Wallace asked Palin to respond Sunday.
"You know, I agree with that," Palin said. "That those standards have to be high for someone who would ever want to run for president like, um, wasn't Ronald Reagan an actor? Wasn't he in Bedtimes for Bonzo, bozo or something? Ronald Reagan was an actor."