It is perhaps an indication of our contemporary politics that 37 years ago, on November 17, 1973, Richard Nixon was declaring “I am not a crook.” Now, Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell is about to run an ad declaring “I am not a witch.” Our political system has become a parody of itself.
O’Donnell wants to assure voters that she merely “dabbled” in witchcraft. She returns to an earlier theme that “I’m nothing you’ve heard . . . I’m you.” And she is not just referring to those of you in covens.
She insists “[n]one of us are perfect . . . [and] I’ll go to Washington and do what you’d do.” I find this all silly. If O’Donnell is a witch, would she be behind in the polls by double digits? Of course not. Of course, she could be a failed witch, but what is really the difference between a failed witch and a successful politician?