If you read the story, they didn't actually go all the way, so to say that the whole thing was a "one night stand" is a misnomer, to say the least. The hope of publishing the story was to make Christine O'Donnell look like a whore, which if you actually read the piece you will see that she doesn't sound like she was very "experienced." You can read the Gawker Piece, Here.
Both the right and the left are outraged over Christine O'Donnell's Gawker story. It's a low blow that shouldn't have been dealt, and although the Coons camp has condemned the publishing of the story, O'Donnell and others think that her Democratic opponent is to blame for at least some of the story.
Sure, Christine O'Donnell may not win the election. What has she won? Name recognition, and I don't care who you are...that will turn out to be a good thing.