If Christine O’Donnell’s supporters are worried about the eleven-year-old video released by Bill Maher last week in which the Delaware nominee for the Senate talked about “witchcraft,” they’re not demonstrating it where it counts: the bank account. Since winning the primary six days ago, O’Donnell has gone on a fundraising tear, nearing what Scott Brown raised in Massachusetts earlier this year in his special election effort:
Since upsetting party-backed Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) in Delaware’s GOP Senate primary Tuesday, Christine O’Donnell has raised nearly $2 million online.
A source with knowledge of the campaign’s online fundraising operation said that not only is the money is coming in as fast as it did for Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) ahead of his special election, but that O’Donnell’s raising money online at a pace that’s two to three times faster than Sharron Angle in Nevada after her win in the primary.
A week before his special election with Democrat Martha Coakley in Massachusetts, Brown raised $1.3 million online in a single day with some 16,000 individual donors.
O’Donnell’s campaign said Friday that it expects to surpass the $2 million mark sometime this weekend and said some 30,000 donors have given since her primary win Tuesday.
The Boss Emeritus had plenty to say this weekend about the “witchcraft” clip and how the media portrayed it:
At 1:03 in the video, one of the panelists on the show criticizes O’Donnell for criticizing Halloween — “Wait a minute, I love this, you’re a witch, you go ‘Halloween is bad,’ I’m not the witch, I mean wait a minute.” She responds by explaining that she opposes it because she has had first-hand experience with what they do.
So, she tried it. She rejected it. And she learned from it. …
She has nothing to be ashamed of — except, perhaps, for going on Maher’s show so many times. He promises to release 22 more clips until she sits down with him in front of the cameras and brags, in typical TV chauvinist fashion, that he “created her” and that she “owe[s]” him.
This comes from eleven years ago, and O’Donnell was talking about an incident from high school. Clearly, she was talking about Wicca (and perhaps misunderstanding it a bit as well), a religion that liberals (and a few conservatives, too) fought to get recognized by the VA for military headstones. It’s about as relevant as Dungeons and Dragons, and as threatening as well. It seems that donors have a better sense of perspective than some in the media.
The real magic in this race appears to be O’Donnell’s, and it’s not due to witchcraft.