Is Christine O'Donnell planning another run for office?
What if Christine O'Donnell's publicity-grabbing walk-off of 'Piers Morgan Tonight' was not about selling books, but instead about selling a candidate?
Christine O’Donnell, the former GOP Delaware Senate candidate and self-professed non-witch, walked off Piers Morgan’s CNN show yesterday, if you haven’t heard. The precipitating moment was a query about gay marriage, but prior to that Mr. Morgan had been going into what Ms. O’Donnell considered a fairly personal line of questioning. So she bolted.
On Friday O’Donnell told NBC’s "Today Show" that she wanted to stop “the borderline sexual harassment that was going on.”
The incident bought O’Donnell more buzz than you get from a stadium full of crickets. Did she plan the whole thing? Possibly. Her new book “Troublemaker: Let’s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again,” could use a boost. It was sitting at number 3,329 on Amazon’s bestseller list, last time we looked.
(However, the e-book version is No. 2 in the “State and Local Government” nonfiction category. So that’s something.)
But here’s another thought: possibly this is not about books, but about politics. Is O’Donnell planning another run for office?
At the end of her "Today Show" appearance O’Donnell was asked if she plans to be a candidate again. She said, “You know, honestly I don’t know. But what I hope is that I can, going into 2012, continue to remain a voice. I’ve been honored that some people have called me a leader in this movement and I want to hopefully continue that."
That sounds like a non-denial denial to us. What upcoming races might she jump into?
She could run for the Delaware Senate again, for one. Yes, she lost to Democrat Chris Coons in 2010 – but the state’s other seat, currently held by Democrat Tom Carper, is up in 2012. We bet you didn’t know that.
Of course, Senator Carper is a Delaware political legend, one of the state’s most dominant electoral officials of recent years. He’d be as tough to beat as, say, Mike Castle, the Tiny State’s longtime GOP congressman.
Oh, right – O’Donnell handed Mr. Castle his retirement papers by beating him in the 2010 GOP primary.
There’s also the matter of Delaware’s lone seat in Congress. That’s up in 2012, as all such seats are. But currently it is held by a first-termer, Democrat John Carney. If you want to unseat an incumbent, it’s best to do it as soon as possible, before they dig in and build statewide goodwill from providing services to constituents.
So the opportunity is there. Is she already planning a reentry into politics? We don’t know – we’re not Sybill Trelawney. But Delaware generally is a blue state, meaning there aren’t lots of Republicans jockeying for electoral posts. So we think she should go for it. We could use the copy.