Christine O'Donnell is promoting her new book, "Troublemaker," whose title is from a Time magazine reference to the former Delaware Senate candidate and "tea party" favorite. In the book, and in recent interviews, O'Donnell has made no secret of one of her big regrets -- and her feeling of betrayal at the hands of Bill Maher, a man she had considered a friend.
On "Real Time With Bill Maher," the HBO host featured a bit of 1999 video from "Politically Correct" with O'Donnell.
In her new book, she says the clip showed a "nothing comment" about a boy she had known in high school who dabbled in the occult, and it started a "modern-day witch hunt -- with me cast as well, as the witch."
Of Maher, she writes: "I'd thought we were friends."
The political ad that the clip spawned just continued O'Donnell's nightmare. It was perhaps the most memorable ad of 2010.
In the spot, O'Donnell speaks slowly to the camera, saying, "I am not a witch I'm you."
The commercial thrust her into the national conversation last year and, as the Los Angeles Times' Nation Now blog notes, not necessarily in a good way, with ensuing mockery by "Saturday Night Live" and talk shows across the country.
Democratic opponent Chris Coons ended up beating O'Donnell with more than 56 percent of the vote.
O'Donnell was promoting "Troublemaker" on "Good Morning America" this week and cringed when the program's George Stephanopoulos played part of the political ad on the show. O'Donnell said she regretted ever making it.
She hated it, she said with a sigh. So why did she do it?
"Everyone said 'trust the experts,' " she said. "And we were trying to win over" the National Republican Senatorial Committee, "because they were not getting involved."
Lesson learned: "Trust your gut," O'Donnell said. "Trust your instincts."