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1:40 AM ET, September 19, 2010


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Michelle Malkin:
Bill Maher's witch hunt — and the missing context for O'Donnell's remarks  —  Narcissism.  Blackmail.  Distortion.  All wrapped in his trademark smirk of pallor.  Yes, it's tired old liberal “comedian” Bill Maher trying to get Senate GOP primary candidate Christine O'Donnell to come …
John / Power Line:
Christine O'Donnell's Career, RIP  —  Christine O'Donnell's campaign went off the rails today when Bill Maher announced that he has previously-unseen clips of O'Donnell from the late 1990s when she appeared several times on his show.  In one clip, she says that she once “dabbled into witchcraft.”
Jeff G. / protein wisdom:
Wow.  —  No, really, wow.  —  Christine O'Donnell's candidacy is evidently dead because of something she said on “Politically Incorrect” (quick, take note of the show's freakin' name) in the 1990s — but only because Tea Partiers are evidently small-minded religious bigots who will be so OUTRAGED …
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Christine O'Donnell In Oct. 1999: ‘I Dabbled Into Witchcraft’  —  Before she stole the hearts of tea party activists, Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell was best known for her regular and bizarre punditry on 22 different episodes of Politically Incorrect.
Faiz Shakir / Think Progress:
Following Revelation Of ‘Witchcraft’ Comment, O'Donnell Cancels Sunday Show Appearances  —  As ThinkProgress reported, last night on his HBO show, Bill Maher aired a clip from an Oct. 29, 1999 show of Politically Incorrect, in which Republican senate candidate Christine O'Donnell revealed that she “dabbled into witchcraft.”
Nafeesa Syeed / Associated Press:
Senate hopeful O'Donnell cancels national TV spots  —  WASHINGTON - Tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell, whose Republican primary upset in Delaware's Senate race shocked the GOP, canceled appearances Sunday on two national news shows.  —  O'Donnell had been set to appear on “Face the Nation” on CBS and “Fox News Sunday.”
Patterico's Pontifications:
Christine O'Donnell in 1999: I Dabbled in Witchcraft  —  Oh, come on.  She was young:  —  You think any of this might show up in a campaign commercial? … I also like the bit about how she wouldn't lie to the Nazis at the front door to save Anne Frank.
Matt DeLong / Washington Post:
Christine O'Donnell in 1999: ‘I dabbled into witchcraft’  —  The story of Christine O'Donnell's past got a little stranger Friday.  Bill Maher — on whose former show, “Politically Incorrect,” O'Donnell appeared repeatedly in the late 1990s — showed a previously unaired clip from Oct. 29 …
Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
O'Donnell Said She Practiced Witchcraft
Noel Sheppard /
Bill Maher: Obama Would Be A Better President ‘If He Was Fully Black’
Des Moines Register:
Reaction to Sarah Palin speech by Iowa Republican activists  —  Should former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin decide to make a presidential bid, Iowa Republicans voting in the leadoff caucuses would have the opportunity to give her candidacy a major boost or a setback.  Here are reactions from key activists after her speech Friday night.
Michael A. Memoli / Los Angeles Times:
Pence edges out Huckabee, Romney in conservatives' straw poll for president  —  Indiana Rep. Mike Pence is the top choice in a field of more well-known GOP figures, including Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin, with 24% of the vote at this weekend's Values Voter Summit.
TEApublican / The Iowa Republican:   Sarah Palin Shines in Iowa Foreshadowing of 2012 Return
Michael O'Hare / The Reality-Based Community:
The whining of the rich  —  Through Glenn Reynolds, whither I wandered because of Mark's post about something else entirely, I came upon this truly amazing pasticcio of mendacity, ignorance, and small-minded cupidity.  It's worth a close look because the author is a law professor …
Discussion: Economist's View and Hullabaloo
Brad DeLong / Grasping Reality with Both Hands:
In Which Mr. Deling Responds to Someone Who Might Be Professor Todd Henderson  —  I had published a link and a long excerpt from Michael O'Hare's rant after reading University of Chicago Law Professor Todd Henderson.  —  And now somebody purporting to be University of Chicago Professor Todd Henderson writes:
Jay Heflin / Ballot Box:
Hayworth to be Tea Party spokesman  —  The Tea Party is expected to announce that former Rep. JD Hayworth (R-Ariz.) will become a national spokesperson for the movement, a source close to the matter told The Hill.  —  Despite Hayworth's unwavering support of tax cuts enacted by President George W. Bush …
Bridget Johnson / Ballot Box:   DeMint rips Murkowski as ‘big-tent hypocrite’
Nicholas Riccardi / Los Angeles Times:
Internal memo accuses Sheriff Arpaio's department of wrongdoing  —  The Arizona lawman's No. 2 man and other top officials are accused of using the anti-corruption unit to conduct politically motivated investigations and to surveil campaign rivals.  —  Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio received a 63-page memo from a deputy chief.
Jeff Shesol / New York Times:
Evolving Circumstances, Enduring Values  —  “If my fellow citizens want to go to hell,” Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes once wrote, “I will help them.  It's my job.”  This, for much of the last century, has stood as the purest (or at least the most pungent) distillation of “judicial restraint” …
Pence wins Values Voter straw poll  —  Indiana Rep. Mike Pence is the winner of a presidential straw poll among socially conservative voters Saturday.  —  (CNN) - With 24 percent of the vote, Indiana Rep. Mike Pence was the winner Saturday of the fifth annual Values Voter straw poll …
Discussion: The Politico and Hot Air
Gingrich blasts Democratic establishment at annual summit
Discussion: Politics Daily and Ballot Box
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