Christine O'Donnell may not be a witch, but she knows how to use scare tactics to raise money, top Republican strategists and officials here tell me.Now I normally would not have a problem with something like this - a television personality helping out a candidate - but there is something different about Sean Hannity - he works for Fox News, a media corporation that claims to be "fair and balanced." Hannity's program blurs the line between news and opinion - it is not rare to see "breaking news" on Hannity's show or website (here is an example).
They say the Delaware Republican is loudly complaining about how they won't support her -- and they are not -- as a way to generate angry, send-them-a-message donations from her Tea Party base.
Specifically, according to two top GOP insiders, she said at a strategy meeting with DC types last week: "I've got Sean Hannity in my back pocket, and I can go on his show and raise money by attacking you guys."
And that was precisely what she was doing on the radio today. On Hannity's popular afternoon drive-time show, the Tea Party-inspired Senate contender acidly criticized the party, specifically the National Republican Senatorial Committee, for not funneling any serious cash (beyond a pro forma $43,000) into her race against Democrat Chris Coons.
I agree with the author of the article and believe that O'Donnell's strategy is a losing one - she is banking on a small portion of the electorate, and while they may be paying her bills, she is going to have to do a lot more to convince the majority of voters that she is not some fringe politician.