It’s a sign of something, though what I’m not entirely sure, that of all the endearingly nutty things that have come out about Christine O’Donnell over the last week, the one that seems to be causing her some genuine grief on the right is the news that she “dabbled into witchcraft” before making her hard right turn into evangelical Christianity and the sexual purity movement. There’s even some chatter that the witchcraft revelations may have been the trigger to her decision to cancel on the weekend shows, though there doesn’t seem to be any hard evidence for this or way to distinguish this possibility from all the other reasons she had to back out of the appearances.
Michelle Malkin counters attacks from the right by noting that O’Donnell’s admission of dabbling in witchcraft was part of her explanation for her opposition to Halloween, making her into a sort of Whitaker Chambers of the Occult. “She responds by explaining that she opposes witchcraft because she has had first-hand experience with what they do. So, she tried it. She rejected it. And she learned from it.”
Far from being a political liability, O’Donnell’s own experience of witchcraft makes her anti-Halloween advocacy more urgent, informed and compelling.