O’Donnell: She’s a Witccccchhhhhh!

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Okay, cue the laugh track. The latest dispatch from the bizarro Planet O’Donnell is that the tea party sweetheart who won last’s week GOP Senate primary in Delaware said she had dabbled in witchcraft. During a 1990s appearance on Bill Maher’s Politically Incorrect, she spilled this nugget and noted that she had once had a date on a satanic altar. (She didn’t explain what happened on this date.) This is just one more weird fact from Christine O’Donnell’s off-beat bio. And Maher says he has other footage of O’Donnell he’ll be releasing in the weeks ahead—unless O’Donnell agress to come on his HBO show.

The reference to witchcraft did seem to come out of the blue. But there is a family connection. As we reported last week, O’Donnell has a sister who is quite different from her. Christine O’Donnell is a fundamentalist Christian who has denounced homosexuality. Her sister Jennie is a Los-Angeles-based actor/director/spiritual healer who supports lesbian rights and who says she lives with her girlfriend. Jennie also has pursued many—that is, many—different spiritual pathways. On her LinkedIn page, Jennie writes:

I have studied and practiced many therapeutic methods, as well as many different spiritual practices, such as; The Eastern Philosophies of Buddhism, Taoism, Sidha yoga with Brahma khumaris and other yoga practices for self realization. Western philosophies of Christianity, Science of mind, Course in miracles, Catholicism, Native American Spiritualities, Judaism, Muslim, Sufi, Ancient Alchemy of the Emerald Tablet, Metaphysics, Wicca, Pagan and many other world spiritualities.

Did the sisters share their mutual interests in Wicca? These days, Jennie has been working on her sister’s Senate campaign and insisting Christine is not “homophobic.” But if Maher wants an interesting show and cannot get Christine, he ought to try to book Jennie.

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