ChristineODonnell The GOP hopes of capturing Joseph Biden’s former Delaware Senate seat appeared greatly diminished with the unexpected victory of talk show pundit Christine O’Donnell over establishment candidate Mike Castle. O’Donnell is already under fire for extremist views, coming not just from Democrats but D.C. Republicans, worried about controversies over her handling of past personal finances. She’s even bringing Mel Gibson into the equation: She was a marketing consultant on “The Passion of the Christ.” (OK, maybe that is a bit of a stretch).

Anyhow, anticipating turbulent times for O’Donnell, prognosticators are starting to move the race over to the Democrats, although who knows when it comes to Tea Party endorsements? The Democratic nominee from Delaware, Chris Coons, will be in Los Angeles on Monday for a fund raiser at Mastro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, with tickets starting at $250 per person. Co-chairs
Chris-coons-portrait include Andy Spahn, Lara Bergthold, Ted Chervin, John Emerson, Noah Mamet and Ari Swiller.

The MTV Class: O’Donnell was, perhaps infamously, on MTV’s “Sex in the 90s,” but Yahoo’s Holly Bailey points out that she’s not the only alum from the channel to be running for Congress this year. She tweets, “Former Real Worlders Sean Duffy & Kevin Powell
are running.”

Pennsylvania Station: Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.), a big champion of efforts to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” who is battling to retain his seat, raises money at the home of CAA’s Bryan Lourd on Sept. 26, with a long list of co hosts including Kevin Huvane, Bruce Cohen, Michael and Jamie Lynton and Dustin Lance Black. Tickets start at $500 per person.

Megamind-obama-poster_441x645 Gaga Hearts Reid:
Lady Gaga urged her Twitter followers to call Harry Reid’s office to make sure that a repeal of DADT goes to a vote, and he responded, promising a vote next week. She wrote back, “God Bless and Thank you @HarryReid,
from all of us, like u, who believe in equality and the dream of this
country. We were #BORNTHISWAY.”
Reid’s response: .”@ladygaga It’s the
right thing to do. Come back to Vegas soon! #nvsen #DADT”

Look Familiar?: Dreamworks Animation’s “Megamind” poster is a spoof on Shepard Fairey’s Obama ’08. No action yet by the Associated Press.

Mayberry Malaise: Missed this last week: Public Policy Polling says that Andy Griffith’s favorability rating has fallen by 25 points since 2008. Apparently he was put to a poll because he’s long endorsed Democrats, including Barack Obama and soon-to-be governor Bev Perdue that year. But Griffith did a Medicare PSA this year that supports healthcare reform, prompting GOP senators to complain that it was a misuse of taxpayer funds because it was bolstering Obama’s policies. Jon Stewart featured the whole affair on “The Daily Show” on Tuesday.ANDY-0908

GOTV at Last: Rock the Vote on Wednesday announces the results of its young voter poll, an indicator of interest, enthusiasm and opinion for the midterms that will be a strong signal of turnout among twentysomethings this year.

Meanwhile, the org is sponsoring an event on Friday at the Ford Ampitheater in Los Angeles to promote voting in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Among those performing are Questcrew, Satellite, Dawen, Esna Yoon, and also appearing will be Kelly Hu, Beau Sia and Lisa Ling.

Update: ABC is developing an hourlong drama about a vice president and his chief of staff. The project is bring written by Sheldon Turner, screenwriter of “Up in the Air,” and Shaun Cassidy. Variety’s Michael Schneider calls it “the political equivalent of ‘Glee’,” albeit with no music.

And here’s above mentioned “The Daily Show” clip on how Mayberry is turning against Andy.

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