A tape showing Delaware senate candidate Christine O'Donnell talking about her dabbling in witchcraft will surely be the hardest development for her right wing coalition to accept.

It is one thing to be against masturbation, it is quite another to admit that you took part in pagan rituals and attended a picnic on a Satanic altar.

Irish American O'Donnell has now admitted in an old clip from comedian Bill Maher's program -- of all places-- that she took part in witchcraft rituals.

Quite how this will play out in Tea Party America is not clear, but it certainly adds an interesting kooky edge to a character who probably had too many already.

The remarkable clip – which was aired this weekend – has rocked the campaign of the conservative politician, a new darling of the Tea Party movement and Sarah Palin.

One can only imagine their reaction to the following words spoken by O'Donnell

"I dabbled into witchcraft - I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. ... I dabbled into witchcraft,” Miss O’Donnell said,

“I hung around people who were doing these things. I'm not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do.

"One of my first dates with a witch was on a Satanic altar, and I didn't know it. I mean, there's a little blood there and stuff like that. ... We went to a movie and then had a midnight picnic on a Satanic altar."

O’Donnell has now cancelled Sunday morning appearances on two major political television shows as this new controversy swirls.

Just late last week O'Donnell had told a crowd of cheering conservatives that "They call us wacky, they call us wingnuts. We call us, we the people," she said to cheers.

Whether the people will accept witchcraft remains to be seen however.