Christine O'Donnell, the Delaware nutcase who will be the GOP's sacrificial lamb in the state's U. S. Senate contest, actually taped a TV ad in which she looks in the camera and declares in all earnestness, "I'm not a witch."
Ms. O'Donnell has to be the first public official wanna-be since 1692 to feel it necessary to make such a public assertion.
Now, I can think of some other infamous and outrageous comments made by politicians over the years:
"I'm not a crook."
"I did not have sexual relations with that woman."
"I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it."
"I'm not a girl...not yet a woman." (Sorry, that was Britney Spears, not yet a politician).
But, this comment takes the cake.
Everyone knows Hillary Clinton is a witch - or, if you change one letter in that word, something equally unflattering. Nancy Pelosi, too. But, neither is dumb enough to repeat the allegation themselves.
As I try to deconstruct why Ms. O'Donnell decided to use her own campaign dime to rebut allegations that she practices the dark arts, a few reasons come to mind.
First, she's an incredibly naive, in-over-her-head candidate who just doesn't know any better. She personifies the dark side of the Tea Party Movement evident when passion overcomes the better judgment of voters, leading to the nomination of unelectable candidates.
Nominating former Governor Mike Castle, who serves as the state's at-large Congressman, was a no-brainer. Instead, Delaware Republicans embarrassed themselves by choosing a fringe candidate whose past had not been properly vetted. In the process, they might have cost their party control of the U. S. Senate.
Second, maybe Ms. O'Donnell's denial was sinister, not silly. Perhaps she is overcompensating for the fact that she does have a few brooms in her closet.
Maybe Delaware voters shouldn't take her denials at face value. Maybe they should resort to trusted, historically-proven methods to verify her words - like throwing her into a lake to see if the water rejects her body.
If she does refuse to sink, that might not necessarily doom her candidacy. Halloween is just two days before the election. She can leverage that to her benefit by appealing to the Trick-or-Treater vote.
Or, maybe she can reposition herself as a good witch ready to put her supernatural skills to work for voters. You know, like Elizabeth Montgomery on "Bewitched." Hey, who wouldn't want a senator who could reform Washington simply by twitching her nose?
In that case, let's just hope she isn't co-opted by the status quo. Voters are tired of the pork barrel. I suspect that goes for the pork cauldron, too.