Who had the Worst Week in Washington? Christine O’Donnell.

Chris Cillizza
Reporter August 18, 2011

Christine O’Donnell is really testing the limits of Andy Warhol’s 15-minutes-of-fame maxim.

O’Donnell burst onto the political scene in 2010 when she beat longtime Rep. Mike Castle in a Delaware Senate primary, securing the Republican nomination and ensuring her party’s defeat in November.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House for the newspaper and Web site. View Archive

Not content to simply step out of the political limelight — she had lost two previous Senate races in the First State — O’Donnell has written a book documenting her experiences on the campaign trail in 2010.

But her book tour is off to a rough start. And that’s being generous.

O’Donnell’s baffling interview this week with CNN’s Piers Morgan is the stuff of which legends — in a bad way — are made.

After Morgan asked her several times to discuss gay marriage, O’Donnell shut the interview down — while the cameras were still rolling — but not before she uttered this instant classic: “Don’t you think as a host, if I say this is what I want to talk about, that’s what we should address?” (Uh, no.)

O’Donnell also hung up in the middle of an interview with a Utah radio station after the hosts questioned how significant her primary victory over Castle actually was.

Interviews aside, the book itself (“Troublemaker: Let’s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again”) hasn’t fared all that well, either. Several of the incidents she recounts in the book — a fundraiser in which Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour allegedly praised her (an audio recording of the event doesn’t feature said praise), whether or not her campaign approved the “I am not a witch” ad — may not be totally, well, true.

O’Donnell may have the last laugh, though. Her book is currently ranked 3,819 on Amazon. Wait. . .

Christine O’Donnell, for not leaving the stage after the spotlight moved on, you had the worst week in Washington. Congrats, or something.

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