Red Eye: If She Weighs the Same as a Duck…

If you’ve been anywhere but underneath a rock, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the upset of Congressman Mike Castle by Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell in the Delaware primary this past week.

The GOP “establishment” has been backing Castle, claiming he is the more viable candidate. The Tea Party backed O’Donnell, claiming she is the truer conservative.

There were blog wars. There were Twitter wars. Cat and dogs, living together! Then, there was this:

That’s right. Christine O’Donnell used to appear on preeminent Dbag Bill Maher’s “Politically Incorrect.” And, she dabbled in witchcraft. Maher, who is demanding O’Donnell appear on his show, is threatening to throw out a clip per week of O’Donnell’s past gaffes until she does.

Some establishment conservatives, including Karl Rove, gathered to protest O’Donnell’s dabbling in the dark arts:

This prompted many a humorous reaction. And, of course, “Witchgate” became instant “Red Eye” fodder.

Guests Angela McGlowan, Jim Norton and Mike Gallagher joined Greg Gutfeld and the “Red Eye” cast to discuss the total non-issue.

Gutfeld related the story, then played a statement about Karl Rove’s reaction by O’Donnell herself. O’Donnell stated

There’s been no witchcraft since. If there had been, Karl Rove would be a supporter.

Greg then asked the panel

Honestly. Do you think this is hurting her?

McGlowan and Gallagher seemed to feel it might, with McGlowan thinking she will win the general election in November anyway. Gallagher hoped she would, but seemed doubtful.

Jim Norton got right to the point. “No,” he said. “She won.”

Gutfeld wrapped up the story with the following:

She dabbled with the Ouija board, [Obama] dabbled with the mirror.

A clear reference to The Anointed One’s rampant egoism, or perhaps his admission he used to dabble in a powdery white substance often found in Columbia … not to mention Colombia.

During the Halftime Report, TV’s Andy Levy took the pragmatic approach.

She’s a Christian now. isn’t Christianity all about redemption.

I don’t care about the witch stuff. I just wish she hadn’t turned Gingrich into a Newt.

Here are the things I care about. I think she’s needs to answer some questions about campaign funds. I care she thinks gay people can be “saved.”

Dear TV’s Andy Levy: I respect your alternative, heterosexual lifestyle. But please marry me, kthxbai.

The Witch thing is stupid. O’Donnell was in high school when she made that statement. Who hasn’t done stupid stuff in high school? For Pete’s sake! I voluntarily attended an “Up With People” concert, and looked like this

We all have skeletons in our closet. Who cares if Christine O’Donnell’s skeletons are actual skeletons?

The fact is, the people of Delaware have made their choice, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t scrutinize O’Donnell the way we would any other candidate. This bifurcation by the pro/anti O’Donnell camps is totally unnecessary.

Of course, many people don’t see it that way. Some are heavily invested in the ongoing debate, which doesn’t seem likely to die down anytime soon. On Twitter alone, O’Donnell supporters were credited with ruining the Republicans’ chance to win the DE Senate seat. O’Donnell critics were relegated to the RINO (Republican in Name Only) camp.

Some of the O’Donnell folks called for “unity,” while continuing to bash anyone who didn’t immediately lockstep with the candidate, prompting one Twitter user to co-opt the word “unity” as a hash tag.

Tweeps, being the sarcastic, irreverent bunch that they are, quickly developed a #RINOCon2010 tag, and things went uphill from there. Because the RINO epithet is as stupid as the witch one, and we all like to have some fun.

I'm a conservative. Of course I'm trying to capitalize off of this!

Let’s everyone take a deep breath, shall we? We’re coming up on November rapidly. Remember how much we’ve all been looking forward to November? It would be a shame if we lost our footing now, amidst cries of “RINO!” and “WITCH!”

And if you disagree with me, you’re a racist homophobe who isn’t worthy of being Greg Gutfeld’s houseboy.

Red Eye” air date – September 21, 2010. Guests: Angela McGlowan, Mike Gallagher and Jim Norton. Cast: Host – Greg Gutfeld, Sequential Hermaphroditic Sidekick – Bill Schulz and Ombudsman – TV’s Andy Levy

The views in this post are entirely my own (except where I’m quoting.) Neither “Red Eye” nor Fox News endorse or support my “Red Eye” posts. I am not affiliated with the show in any way, other than being an avid fan.

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