Here's something to add to your background on newly minted GOP Delaware Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell.
The Atlantic's Joshua Green unearths a 1998 appearance that O'Donnell made on Bill Maher's "Politically Incorrect" show. (She appeared with Martin Mull, Jasmine Guy, and Eddie Izzard!) The conversation revolved around the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal, and the "relativity of truth."
Part One, in which O'Donnell frets about how the younger generations have been told to do what they feel like, meaning having lots of abortions.
Part Two, in which O'Donnell -- who hates lying --tries to figure out what she'd do if she had to lie to Hitler! Per ThinkProgress:
Comedian Eddie Izzard pressed her on just how far she would take her anti-lying beliefs. Izzard asked O'Donnell whether or not she would lie to Nazis who showed up at her door during WWII and demanded to know if she were hiding any Jewish people in her house. O'Donnell refused to even entertain the notion of concealing the truth from Nazis in that scenario because "you never have to practice deception":
O'DONNELL: A lie, whether it be a lie or an exaggeration, is disrespect to whoever you're exaggerating or lying to, because it's not respecting reality.
MAHER: Quite the opposite, it can be respect.
IZZARD: What if someone comes to you in the middle of the Second World War and says, 'do you have any Jewish people in your house?' and you do have them. That would be a lie. That would be disrespectful to Hitler.
O'DONNELL: I believe if I were in that situation, God would provide a way to do the right thing righteously. I believe that!
MAHER: God is not there. Hitler's there and you're there.
O'DONNELL: You never have to practice deception. God always provides a way out.
Cause for concern? If you're of the mind that O'Donnell is a straight weirdie, these clips aren't going to dissuade you. But I'll tell you what! If I'm Chris Coons, these clips remind me that O'Donnell is charming, telegenic, and can hold her own on a stage with outsized personalities. (I mean, Eddie Izzard, people!)
[Reposted from our primary night liveblog.]
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