Mitt Romney Snags The All-Important Christine O’Donnell Endorsement

For some reason, Sean Hannity thought to ask three-time failed Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell who she was supporting for President:

Christine O’Donnell, the former Republican Senate candidate and a tea party favorite during the 2010 election, has officially endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

O’Donnell made her endorsement during an appearance this evening on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

“It was not an easy decision because I too think any of our candidates would make a great president and a great candidate going against Barack Obama,” O’Donnell said. “But I think there are certain tie breakers and I know that in making my decision I might be hurting some people but I think infrastructure and executive experience are important, and for that reason I’m endorsing Mitt Romney.”

“I’m very happy,” she added. “This is not anti-[Newt] Gingrich or anyone else, it’s a pro Gov. Romney endorsement.

“I’m not arrogant to think that my endorsement will make or break his candidacy,” she said, adding she hopes people just “take a second look” at Romney.

O’Donnell made clear that the Romney campaign did not “come to her,” and that she went to the campaign. She said she would be willing to go out and campaign for Romney.

Perhaps the most bizarre thing about this is the fact that the Romney campaign touted this in a press release last night. Those who are on the Romney campaigns email list — which thankfully does not include yours truly — even received an email shortly after the announcement with the subject line in all capital letters. Guys, this isn’t exactly a heavy hitter we’re talking about here. My favorite part is what O’Donnell said this morning:

Christine O’Donnell, who has endorsed Mitt Romney, appeared on CNN Wednesday and inadvertently drew attention to one of the charges against the former Massachusetts governor from his critics – flip-flopping.

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

I would not count on any joint appearances between candidate and endorser any time in the new future.

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  1. Did I wake up in the Fringe Mirror Universe today?

    I am pretty sure that 99% of the people that supported her in 2010 have been refusing to support Romney and I doubt that her endorsement will change their minds.

  2. Moosebreath says:

    And Romney secures the all-important witch vote in the Republican primary.

  3. Vast Variety says:

    @Moosebreath: Most of the Wicans I know wouldn’t support a Republican if their life depended on it.

  4. Moosebreath says:

    Vast Variety,

    That’s why I used the singular.

  5. sam says:

    I saw this headline over at memorandum: Christine O’Donnell: I like Mitt Romney’s flip.

    For a fleeting moment I thought she was talking about his hair style.

  6. de stijl says:


    For a fleeting moment I thought she was talking about his hair style.

    I’m picturing Mitt as Marlo Thomas in the opening credits for That Girl. Awesomo!

  7. John Peabody says:

    This stunning endorsement will be sure to sway dozens of voters!

  8. PJ says:

    I first was going to ask how much Romney paid the grifter for her support, but after the “changed his mind” winner, I think the proper question to ask is how much Gingrich paid her.