Political Witchcraft

by Melissa Brunner

Call it politics as usual. Call it evidence of true colors. Call it youthful experimentation. However you view it, it's interesting to see a discussion on witchcraft enter a U.S. Senate campaign.

Christine O'Donnell shocked the establishment (and had the Tea Party rocking) with her upset primary win in Delaware's Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat. Over the weekend, she shocked about everyone with comments about dabbling in witchcraft. The comments were made in 1999 when she was a guest on Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect" show. Maher dug them up and released them. O'Donnell canceled most of her scheduled appearances on weekend talk shows, including one on CBS' "Face the Nation," citing scheduling conflicts. However, she did respond to the situation at an event, where she questioned who hadn't hung out with "questionable folks in high school?"

Maher, for his part, says he'll continue to air old footage of O'Donnell until she agrees to appear on his show.

What do you think of all this? If you watch the clip, which is included in the link below to a Yahoo! News article, you'll see she's laughing as she recounts the story. You don't hear what led up to the line of questioning. She is talking about what people she hung out with did and doesn't say anything she did. Should she explain further? Is this even an issue? When is what someone did in the past, or what people they associated themselves with in the past did, a legitimate issue?

I'd love to hear your thoughts. We are in a political season where we must make judgment calls on all sorts of accusations that arise. Still, though, I don't think I'll be adding, "Are you a witch?" to my list of standard questions for candidates.




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