Christine O'Donnell: Let's face it, Piers Morgan was borderline sexually harassing me

The surreal follow-up to Wednesday’s even more surreal walk-off. If you want to fact-check the “sexual harassment” claim for yourself, here’s the full transcript of Morgan’s interview with her. (Scroll halfway down for the key exchange.) He asked her about masturbation because she talks about it in her book, which, do note, she was on the show to promote. Sexy, relevant topic = sexy, relevant ratings. Par for the course on cable news. So why the eruption?

We’ve reached the point here where even Brent Bozell is defending Morgan from O’Donnell’s criticism. Yes, that Brent Bozell — president of the Media Research Center and head honcho at News Busters, who’s spent his career exposing media bias against conservatives. Enough’s enough, he says:

In short, O’Donnell’s behavior was beyond indefensible. It was downright bizarre…

He asked her views on gay marriage. He asked her views on witchcraft and on masturbation. Titillating questions? Sure, but O’Donnell has staked out public opinions on all these fronts and it is those public statements she’s made that invite questions like his. She had to know she’d be asked these things when she accepted the interview invitation. If she didn’t then she’s living in a parallel universe. Moreover, Morgan was neither Chris Matthews rude nor Keith Olbermann offensive. He simply asked the questions…

Nonsensical is too kind. She is a buffoon.

O’Donnell had no right to walk off the set. But in a sense I’m glad she did — if it means she’ll never come back. Conservatives do themselves no favors by defending this woman and she is doing conservatives no favors by going on national television programs to talk about — God only knows what she’ll talk about, or not talk about, next. Please, Christine O’Donnell, call it a day.

It wasn’t long ago that rhetoric like that would have earned you the scarlet “R” for RINO. (Speaking of which, enjoy these two tweets from my esteemed colleague Ed Morrissey. RINO!) To think, we were just 16 and a half points short in Delaware of making her a senator. Exit quotation from Morgan himself, replying to her sexual harassment charge: “I would say that her comments are ‘borderline actionable.’ Would she say this if a female journalist had asked the perfectly legitimate questions?”

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