Christine O'Donnell, a former Republican Senate candidate flying under the Tea Party flag, was in town yesterday to promote her new book, Troublemaker, amongst the media cognoscenti in NYC. She had an interview with CNN's Piers Morgan, but Morgan excitedly Tweeted before his show aired, "Ms O'Donnell wasn't happy about me quizzing her re views on withcraft [sic] and sex. But really flipped at gay marriage Qs. Ripped mike and fled."
You can watch a clip below, but Morgan wanted to ask O'Donnell about sexual abstinence and gay marriage, to which O'Donnell said, "I'm not talking about policies. I'm not running for office. Ask Michele Bachmann what she thinks." Later, she insisted that Morgan talk about things she wanted to talk about, like the Tea Party tenets in her book. "That's why I agreed to come on your show," she said. "That's what I want to talk about. I'm not being weird. You're being a little rude." When Morgan refused to appease her, O'Donnell left, saying, "I was supposed to be speaking at the Republican Women's Club at 6, and I chose to be a little late for that. Not to endure a rude talk show host, but to talk to you about my book and the issues I address in my book."
Morgan said, "It would appear that the interview has just been ended because I had the audacity to ask questions about the issues that are in this book." The Observer caught up with O'Donnell at her Republican Women's Club appearance, and the one-time witchcraft dabbler said, “We were late for this, and he wasn’t ending, and we were going, 'Wrap up, wrap up!’ He was late and he wasn’t ending.... He’s looking for ratings. He was being rude, and I said, ‘Piers, I gotta go!’ You know, I’m late already! He’s looking for ratings, and trying to stir up a controversy." But O'Donnell admitted, "It was fun." And did you know that Piers Morgan is looking for ratings?
NY Times media reporter Brian Stelter Tweeted the enduring question last night , "Why is she being booked on TV at all?" But we can answer that: Because everyone loves an Elaine Benes ringer.