Republican afterthought and Tea Party sweetheart Christine O'Donnell gave her endorsement to Mitt Romney last night, eliciting media chuckles and a surprisingly polite and serious response from the Republican hopeful. Media outlets couldn't help themselves with witch puns as O'Donnell announced on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News that she was supporting Romney for president (i.e. casting an endorsement) as they lightly danced around the joke: That the endorsement of O'Donnell (who ran her own Senate campaign into the ground and co-opted weird media appearances and even weirder "not a witch" campaign ads) is as hilarious as politics gets. CBS even reports that trumpeting O'Donnell's endorsement has become a Democratic National Committee political strategy bent on embarrassing Romney. Seemingly the only person to take kindly and politely O'Donnell's endorsement is, of course, Romney who touted it as proof of his conservative credentials. "Christine has been a leader in the conservative movement for many years,” Romney said. “Christine recognizes that excessive government threatens us now and threatens future generations, and I am pleased to have her on my team." Of course its chivalrous to take this unwanted endorsement in stride, but if this is how desperate Romney is to prove he's a real conservative (not a "progressive"), that might possibly be funnier than the actual endorsement.
Update: Christine O'Donnell's reaction to the reactions about her endorsement is about to start its (short-lived?) media cycle. O'Donnell appeared on CNN today with this takeaway: “That’s one of the things that I like about him — because he’s been consistent since he changed his mind,” O’Donnell said.
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