The Week: Most Recent Republican Party:Christine O'Donnell recent posts.en-usThu, 18 Aug 2011 11:58:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Republican Party:Christine O'Donnell from THE WEEKThu, 18 Aug 2011 11:58:00 -0400Christine O'Donnell vs. Piers Morgan: Who won?<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> Christine O'Donnell, a self-proclaimed "troublemaker," is living up to her name. The Tea Party star, former Senate candidate in Delaware, and media punching bag appeared on <em>Piers Morgan Tonight</em> on Wednesday to promote her book <em>Troublemaker: What it Takes to Make America Great Again</em>. (Watch video below.) The interview quickly curdles after Morgan shows a famous MTV clip from the '90s in which O'Donnell shared her anti-masturbation views &mdash; and begins asking her questions like, "Do you still think masturbation is wrong?" When Morgan starts pressing O'Donnell for her views on gay marriage...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 18 Aug 2011 11:58:00 -0400Should Christine O'Donnell perform on 'Dancing With the Stars'?<img src="" /></P><p>In the latest blurring of politics and entertainment, defeated GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell says she has been invited to compete on "Dancing with the Stars." O'Donnell, a Tea Party favorite who was trounced in Delaware's Senate race, says her first reaction was to decline, as she has two left feet and is busy working on a book about politics. But she says friends have urged her to give it a whirl, and she is asking her Facebook fans for their opinions. Should she do it? (Watch a report about O'Donnell's invitation)<br /><br /><strong>Put on your dancing shoes, Christine:</strong> It would be a mistake for O'Donnell...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 24 Feb 2011 12:54:00 -0500Christine O'Donnell finance investigation: 'Politically motivated'?<img src="" /></P><p>Federal authorities have reportedly opened an investigation into the campaign finances of Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party&ndash;backed Republican who lost Delaware's Senate race in November. Former aides have accused O'Donnell of improperly living off her campaign donations, but her campaign manager dismissed the new inquiry as "politically motivated," and O'Donnell herself chalked it up to "thug tactics" by Vice President Joe Biden and the Delaware "political establishment," meant to ensure that she will "never again upset the apple cart." Is O'Donnell right to be suspicious?</p><p><strong>O'Donnell is...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 30 Dec 2010 11:15:00 -0500Christine O'Donnell's infomercial 'disaster'<img src="" /></P><p>As part of her final push to overcome a big deficit in the polls, Delaware's GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell took a page from Barack Obama's 2008 playbook and made a half-hour infomercial to sway undecided voters. The ad buy was too late for the local network affiliates, so O'Donnell bought time on a public access channel instead. What happened next? Either a "self-inflicted disaster" or an egregious case of "media bias," depending on your perspective.<em> </em>Here's a chronological look at what went wrong:</p><p><strong>Oct. 28<br /></strong>O'Donnell reserves several half-hour slots on Channel 28, a Delaware public access...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 02 Nov 2010 12:29:00 -0400Will Gawker's tell-all smear help Christine O'Donnell?<img src="" /></P><p>In an unusually divided election season, the website <em>Gawker</em> has united virtually everyone by publishing an anonymous first-person account of an alcohol-fed "one-night stand" with Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell. What is it about this tawdry tale of a three-year-old, not-quite-sexual encounter that has conservatives, liberals, feminists, and all manner of journalists up in arms &mdash; and could it boost O'Donnell's flagging Senate campaign?</p><p><strong>This smear backfired:</strong> <em>Gawker</em>'s "accomplished quite a feat," says Tracy Clark-Flory in <em>Salon</em>. Since its "piggish" tell-all didn't even attempt...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 29 Oct 2010 10:44:00 -0400GOP civil war: Meghan McCain vs. Christine O'Donnell<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Meghan McCain launched into a diatribe against Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell on Sunday, saying she is "seen as a nutjob." During a segment on ABC's "This Week," the daughter of the former presidential candidate John McCain claimed that O'Donnell's candidacy made a "mockery out of running for public office," adding that the Tea-Party-backed Republican nominee is inexperienced, and has "no real history, no real success in any kind of business." Does Meghan McCain have a point? (Watch McCain's comments)</p><p class="p1"><strong>McCain nailed it:</strong> It's "about time someone called a spade a spade," says Patrick...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 18 Oct 2010 10:28:00 -0400Christine O'Donnell's 'scary' new campaign ad<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video:</strong> In her new campaign ad, much-parodied GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell casts her opponent, Democrat Chris Coons, as a fictional movie villain called "The Taxman." Over images of dark clouds and a foreboding soundtrack, the narrator, who "sounds like every dramatic/thriller movie announcer you've heard," intones that, with people losing their jobs and homes, Coons is the "one man who stood against the tide and raised taxes." The ad is the handiwork of Fred Davis, who created California Republican Carly Fiorina's famous <strong>&nbsp;</strong>"demon sheep" spot.<strong><br />The reaction</strong>: The O'Donnell-Davis...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 13 Oct 2010 13:40:00 -0400'SNL' takes aim at O'Donnell's 'witch' ad: The reaction<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video: </strong>The inevitable "Saturday Night Live" parody of Christine O'Donnell's "I am not a witch" ad portrays the Delaware Republican Senatorial candidate as a rather hypocritical and compulsively confessional... witch. (See video below.) In the spoof, O'Donnell claims everywoman status because "Just like you, I have to constantly deny that I'm a witch." The mock denial goes off the rails, however, when O'Donnell (portrayed by "SNL" castmember Kristin Wiig) lets slip various references to her witchly powers, and concludes, "Vote for Christine O'Donnell, aka Zareda the Enchantress, because I'm...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 11 Oct 2010 17:51:00 -0400Christine O'Donnell: 'I'm not a witch'<img src="" /></P><p><strong>The video: </strong>Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party phenom who has been embroiled in controversy since her upset victory in Delaware's GOP Senate primary last month, released her first ad yesterday &mdash; and Washington's chattering classes can't get enough of it. In the spot, O'Donnell attempts to distance herself from her experiments with witchcraft, makes vague reference to the other controversies dogging her &mdash; "I'm nothing you've heard" &mdash; and positions herself as a commonsense everywoman, claiming that if elected, she'd "go to Washington and do what you'd do." As the ad ends, she assures...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 05 Oct 2010 11:25:00 -0400Christine O'Donnell: The 'Balloon Boy' of American politics<img src="" /></P><p>It took just 30,000 Republican primary votes in a tiny state, says Frank Rich in <em>The New York Times</em>, to transform Christine O'Donnell "into the brightest all-American media meteor since Balloon Boy," which is to say, a joke. For embattled liberals, Delaware's GOP Senate candidate is "comic gold," a tool to help them belittle the Tea Party movement that helped her win. O'Donnell's dabbling in witchcraft, her dismissal of evolution, and her "fearless stand against masturbation" have been part of a "bottomless trove of baldfaced lies, radical views and sheer wackiness."&nbsp; Even influential...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 04 Oct 2010 11:34:00 -0400Castle vs. O'Donnell: The sequel?<img src="" /></P><p>GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell may face an unexpected hurdle in her Delaware race &mdash; namely Mike Castle, the man she already defeated in the primary. Veteran politician Castle, a popular member of the House of Representatives since 1993, says he's not ruling out running as a write-in candidate. On the surface, the idea makes sense: Castle was widely expected to trounce Tea Party favorite O'Connell, then handily defeat the Democratic contender Chris Coons &mdash; currently leading O'Donnell in the polls by double digits. And if Castle takes the write-in route, he wouldn't be alone...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffFri, 24 Sep 2010 12:05:00 -0400Christine O'Donnell: Can a 'media goddess' shun the media?<img src="" /></P><p>Republican Christine O'Donnell, the Tea Party-backed Senate candidate from Delaware, declared on Fox News this week that she would not be giving doing any more national TV interviews. "Delaware is my focus," O'Donnell told Fox host Sean Hannity. The much mocked O'Donnell, who began her career as a conservative Christian advocate and anti-pornography activist, said the national media is trying to "paint me as extremist" by replaying controversial video clips from her past, including one in which she told comedian Bill Maher that she had "dabbled" in witchcraft in her youth. Will shunning the national...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 23 Sep 2010 10:54:00 -0400Is Christine O'Donnell a Palin 'mini-me?'<img src="" /></P><p>People can't stop talking about Christine O'Donnell, the unexpected victor in Delaware's Senate primary. The media has confronted the Tea Party-backed candidate with a string of gaffes from the past &mdash; her admitted dabbling in witchcraft, her declaration that homosexuals have an "identity disorder" &mdash; not to mention her fashion sense, which some say deliberately mimics Sarah Palin's red-suited, hair-tossing personal style. Commentators weigh in:</p><p><strong>It's all about Palin</strong>: O'Donnell's appearance on the campaign trail has been an "unmistakable homage" to Palin, says Margaret Carlson at <em>The...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffTue, 21 Sep 2010 12:32:00 -0400Christine O'Donnell's witchcraft confession<img src="" /></P><p>Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell brushed off a 1999 video in which she admits she'd "dabbled into witchcraft" (watch clip below), telling a crowd at a local Republican Party fundraiser Sunday that "there's been no witchcraft" since high school, and asking "how many of you didn't hang out with questionable folks in high school?" But unlike other controversial blasts from O'Donnell's past, will the witchcraft revelation &mdash; from a previously unaired TV clip released by comedian Bill Maher &mdash; hurt her with what Karl Rove calls her "church-going" base?</p><p><strong>This is the final nail...</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffMon, 20 Sep 2010 11:07:00 -0400Christine O'Donnell's 'shocking' victory: The fallout<img src="" /></P><p>Christine O'Donnell didn't just beat Rep. Mike Castle in Delaware's GOP Senate primary &mdash; as pundits have been pointing out more or less continuously since Tuesday evening, she beat the Republican "establishment," too. With the House and Senate up for grabs and leaders of both parties battling to gain traction with independent voters, how has O'Donnell's "shocking" upset affected the political big picture?</p><p><strong>1. Democrats are now much more likely to hold onto the Senate</strong><br />Had Castle prevailed over O'Donnell, says Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight, the Republicans would have had about a 30 percent...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 16 Sep 2010 10:40:00 -0400O'Donnell's win: How bad is this 'GOP nightmare'?<img src="" /></P><p>The dust has settled in Delaware's bitter GOP primary for Joe Biden's old Senate seat &mdash; and many conservatives are characterizing the result as a "nightmare." Republican leaders did their best to defeat conservative marketing consultant Christine O'Donnell, but she pulled out a stunning win over moderate Rep. Mike Castle (a political fixture in the state for more than three decades) whose presumptive win in November was central to the GOP's hopes of retaking the Senate. Now, Tea Party favorite O'Donnell will be facing off against Democrat Chris Coons as the underdog. Will Delaware's "East...</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffWed, 15 Sep 2010 13:15:00 -0400