Romney Celebrates Christine "Not A Witch" O'Donnell's Endorsement

December 14, 2011 12:40 pm ET — Kate Conway

Christine O'Donnell

It's not unusual for inconsequential political figures lacking in self-awareness to make grandiose endorsements, as failed 2010 Senate candidate Christine "I'm not a witch" O'Donnell (R-DE) did Monday when she endorsed Mitt Romney.

It is, however, notable when a candidate purporting to be serious goes out of his way to brag about an endorsement from an extreme and rather absurd figure, as Romney did yesterday in a press release:

Mitt Romney today announced the support of conservative activist Christine O'Donnell. 

"Christine has been a leader in the conservative movement for many years," said Mitt Romney.

"Christine recognizes that excessive government threatens us now and threatens future generations, and I am pleased to have her on my team."

Romney's press release also included "Background On Christine O'Donnell":

Christine O'Donnell Has Been A Leader In The Conservative Movement For Many Years. O'Donnell has been an advocate for various conservative causes and campaigns during this time. In 2010, she was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Delaware. 

What Romney's press release doesn't mention is that O'Donnell's campaign flamed out after reporters dug up a series of nonsensical and extreme statements O'Donnell had made in the past (many of them focused on other people's sex lives), a habit she continued in the 2010 race. Some highlights from her career:

On an MTV program in the '90s, O'Donnell equated masturbation and pornography with adultery: "The Bible says that lust in your heart is committing adultery. So you can't masturbate without lust."

In 2000, O'Donnell complained that "homosexuals' special rights groups can get away with so much," including "nudity," "lasciviousness," and "perversion."

O'Donnell has repeatedly attacked condoms, saying in 1995 that they reduce teenagers "to the level of a dog," claiming in 2002 that they "will not protect you from AIDS," and telling Bill O'Reilly in 2006 that they're "anti-human."

In 2003, she expressed a desire to "stop the whole country from having sex."

In 2008, O'Donnell said of then-candidate Barack Obama, "he is so liberal that he's anti-American," and after securing the GOP nomination in 2010, she also called her opponent, Democrat Chris Coons, "anti-American."

During a debate in 2010, O'Donnell questioned whether the separation of church and state is really enshrined in the Constitution, and shortly after her campaign manager offered $1,000 to anyone who could find the phrase in the document.

The fact that that's just the tip of the iceberg doesn't appear to be a problem for Romney.

Maybe that's because O'Donnell is one of the few to appreciate him for who he really is: Yesterday on CNN, O'Donnell said that Romney's infamous flip-flopping is "one of the things that I like about him." Via Politico:

"That's one of the things that I like about him — because he's been consistent since he changed his mind," O'Donnell said.

She said Romney is "humble enough" to admit he doesn't always have the right answers and is open to making the "necessary changes" to his own view points sometimes, but maintained that he never betrays his core convictions.