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Five ways Harry Reid might go after Sharron Angle

By Paul Kane
Sharron Angle, meet Rand Paul.

Angle, the staunch conservative in the Nevada Senate primary, went into Tuesday as the front-runner to win the Republican nomination to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D). She was powered by the same tea-party activists who fueled Paul's insurgent primary victory three weeks ago in Kentucky.

Within days of Paul's victory, he found himself under scrutiny for some of his unconventional views, including questioning aspects of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. If Angle wins Tuesday night, Reid's campaign plans to put her under the same sort of microscope. Reid's political operatives have built a deep base of opposition research on each of the candidates, but Angle is the Republican who has been most strident and might make the best target.

Moreover, Angle has no real infrastructure for dealing with the likely political assaults.

She is running a skeletal campaign almost completely reliant on volunteers and outside conservative activists working for national tea-party organizations. Through mid-May, according to federal election reports, Angle did not have a single paid full-time staffer working for her. She had eight consultants working on monthly retainers between $1,000 and $2,000, dividing up the activities that ordinarily would be handled by full-time staff, such as vote-turnout operations and dealing with the media.

Assuming she wins the nomination, here are five things certain to start arriving in reporters' e-mail in-boxes in the days ahead:

* Inflammatory rhetoric: In an interview last month with the Reno Gazette-Journal, Angle had this to say about gun laws: "What is a little bit disconcerting and concerning is the inability for sporting goods stores to keep ammunition in stock," she told the newspaper. "That tells me the nation is arming. What are they arming for if it isn't that they are so distrustful of their government? They're afraid they'll have to fight for their liberty in more Second Amendment kinds of ways. That's why I look at this as almost an imperative. If we don't win at the ballot box, what will be the next step?"


* Abolishing wide swaths of the federal government: Angle believes the U.S. Education Department should be abolished, as she explains on her campaign Web site: "Sharron Angle believes that the Federal Department of Education should be eliminated. The Department of Education is unconstitutional and should not be involved in education, at any level." Angle went further in an interview with a Nevada online publication, writing that she favored the termination of the Energy Department, the EPA and much of the IRS tax code; complete elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

* Yucca Mountain: Angle supports the permanent storage of highly radioactive nuclear waste in this cavernous mountain 100 miles northwest of Las Vegas. It has long been a bipartisan matter for the Silver State's congressional delegation to oppose the Yucca Mountain storage plan. Reid has touted his ability to kill the plan to store the waste at Yucca as the single most important thing he's done for his state since becoming Democratic leader in 2005. Here's how she described her support in the interview with the online publication: "For nearly twenty years, I have been in favor of Yucca Mountain as a profitable center." Reid's campaign is sure to ask Angle, since she has proposed abolishing the DOE, who would oversee the nuclear waste stored at Yucca.

* God and guns: At her coming out party in Washington -- at a "tea party" event April 15 at the National Press Club -- Angle invoked God and guns as her leading issues. It's unclear how such views will play statewide in a general election, given that local polling shows fewer than 20 percent of voters aligning themselves with the tea party. "You know, I feel a little lonely today, I usually bring Smith and Wesson along, and I have to tell you I'm going to give Washington, D.C., a lesson in the Constitution, especially the second amendment. But I didn't come alone today. I brought God -- always bring him -- and I brought my husband of 40 years, Ted Angle. Now, I subscribe to the KISS principle, Keep It Simple, Sharron. The solutions to the problems that we have with our economy are as simple as: pay it back, cut back and take back."

* Global isolationism: Angle has called for the United States to withdraw from the United Nations. Again, from her campaign Web site: "The UN. has been captured by the far left and has become ineffective and costly. The UN. continually threatens US. sovereignty, with endless rhetoric and treaties and it has now become the 'umpire' on fraudulent science, such as global warming. The United State needs to withdraw from the United Nations and work solely with America's willing allies."

By Paul Kane  |  June 8, 2010; 6:00 PM ET
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Comments

Posted by: moveonreid | June 13, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

He doesn't have a chance... She hates dentists and who doesn't?

She's an anti-dentite like the rest of us!!

http://www.entertainmedaily.com/2010/06/who-is-sharron-angle-and-why-does-she-hate-your-dentist/

What do you guys think?

Posted by: shlomitandroypethostel | June 11, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats might succeed in painting Sharron Angle as an extreme something or other. But the Republicans have 20 years of dirt on Harry Reid. And it's a substantial pile. To say nothing of his legion of stupid, racist, un-American, or downright weird remarks. If you've forgotten them, don't worry; you'll be hearing them again soon.

Posted by: RossOdom | June 10, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I've reported four comments on this article for abuse (three were repeats of the same comment, and one was an ad). You're welcome to do the same.

As for the senatorial candidate: unless the Post is distorting her views, you can't pin this article on the liberal mainstream media that some love to bring up in arguments. It simply states her views. Ignore the rest of the article if you want, but the positions belong to her and are her responsibility.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | June 9, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if she knows the Energy Department is responsible for maintaining the nation's nuclear weapons?

Posted by: sheehanjc | June 9, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

All she has to do is ignore Reid's comments and state her views. I'd vote for her from just reading this article.

Posted by: ottertk1 | June 9, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

P.S. and if you treat her as unfairly as the media is doing to Rand, don't be surprised if Paulistas support her, just for that reason.... and SHE may not have much infrastructure, but we do.......

Posted by: sailingaway1 | June 9, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Angle is going to win. Reid's only hope was that Lowden would win, because then the Ron Paul supporters in Nevada would have voted third party or for anyone else but Lowden.

As it is, Nevada is united, and Reid will lose.

Posted by: sailingaway1 | June 9, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Harry meet Harry
WASHINGTON, April 20, 2007
Senator Reid On Iraq: "THIS WAR IS LOST"
"I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and — you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows — (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq

Posted by: geo82170
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I assume this poster was attempting to point out that the war in Iraq was lost the minute the Decider opened his stupid mouth and said, "Bring it on!", and that Harry Reid was way too slow in recognizing the blatantly obvious.

That was your point, right?

Posted by: DAMNEDGENTLEMEN | June 9, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The ammunition shortage really cracks me up. It seems pretty certain that the same paranoiacs hoarding bullets are the ones who became indignant when Obama noted that they "cling to guns."

Posted by: rashomon | June 9, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse


Angle's a rookie that doesn't know what the heck is going on.


Posted by: TheBabeNemo | June 8, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Kane, are you a campaign consultant for Harry Reid? This is very typical of the lamestream media - carrying the water for Democrats while trying to preserve a facade of fairness. When are we going to see a similar article on what reporters can look forward to seing in their mailboxes about Harry Reid? Let me guess - payoffs?

I feel sorry for you because most people have made up their mind and Harry Reid better start polishing his resume and start packing - he will NOT be sent back to the Senate.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou108 | June 8, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Angle supports second amendment rights, Dumping the DOE indoctrination camps, the Energy Department, the EPA and much of the IRS tax code; complete elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

Withdraw from the UN

Harry Reid is doomed

Posted by: Straightline | June 8, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

amazd
"Typically, the Dems remain silent and let the MSM do the dirty work. This is a good example of how exactly that works."

DC Sage 1 wrote: Loudmouth, crotch-grabbing, do-nothing bullies like Jim DeMint and President Obama's flabby-chinned punching bag Mitch McConnell, continue to underestimate the pugnacity and the wiliness of Harry Reid.

Reid has outfoxed, outfought and kept the sorry do-nothings up for days at a time to get what he wanted out of them in the Senate. He has miore endurance than they do. Reid wore the do-nothings down until they were just a bunch of whining and complaining old Southerners crying "No Mas" No Mas".

Harry Reid will give Tea Bag bigots and old southern do-nothings some real heartburn when they see him take his seat in the Senate and take control once more as the Senate Majority Leader. They hate Harry Reid because he makes the old southern do-nothing bigots in the Senate call him Daddy.

Posted by: DCSage | June 8, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Typically, the Dems remain silent and let the MSM do the dirty work. This is a good example of how exactly that works.

Posted by: amazd | June 8, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Typically, the Dems remain silent and let the MSM do the dirty work. This is a good example of how exactly that works.

Posted by: amazd | June 8, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Typically, the Dems remain silent and let the MSM do the dirty work. This is a good example of how exactly that works.

Posted by: amazd | June 8, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Typically, the Dems remain silent and let the MSM do the dirty work. This is a good example of how exactly that works.

Posted by: amazd | June 8, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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Versus conservatives who obviously feel that multiple repetitions of any delusion, regardless of how ridiculous it is on it's face nor how lacking it is in any kind of supporting evidence, make it true.

Posted by: washpost18 | June 8, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

SISSD1
"poor harry he still does not understand the feelings of the american people,no more spineless democrats and their liberal ways,harry you been their in d.c.so long you think you are untouchable."

DC Sage 1 wrote: Harry Reid appears poised to make fools out of the hapless do-nothings one more time. Reid was there when Sonya Sotomayor was confirmed, when the Stimulus Act was passed, Cash for Clunkers, Childrens Health Insurance, overhauled the Student Loan industry and usered Healthcare reform through the Senate. The do-nothings howled like pigs and never realized that Reid was opening up a can of whipass up on them almost every day.

Reid has given the big-mouthed, blowhard do-nothing losers one smackdown after another. Reid's folksy ways has rope-a-doped the silly do-nothings over and over again. Reid is the do-nothing's Daddy, they are just too stupid to realize it. The do-nothings and Tea Bag bigots have been blustering and bragging about what they were going to do to Reid for a year and half, only to get hauled off to the woodshed to have their britches warmed over and over.

This should be really good. Sorry and no-account losers blustering and celebrating victories that they haven't won.

Posted by: DCSage | June 8, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

This is the kind of analysis to which all candidates' beliefs should be subjected. This article is informative; most reporting is merely he said/she said quotes. Thank you, Mr. Kane.

Posted by: gsross | June 8, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

So Reid thinks Nevada voters are anti-gun, and anti-God, don't want to cut spending, and are big UN defenders? Yucca Mountain is the only thing on this list that might be of some use to Reid but Angle can overcome it easily. This election isn't going to be about Yucca Mountain.

Posted by: Truthteller12 | June 8, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Hahaha I love it.

She is a teatard all the way!

Thanks for saving Reid for us!

Hahahaha

Posted by: ottoparts | June 8, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse


Harry meet Harry

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2007

Senator Reid On Iraq: "THIS WAR IS LOST"

"I believe myself that the secretary of state, secretary of defense and — you have to make your own decisions as to what the president knows — (know) this war is lost and the surge is not accomplishing anything as indicated by the extreme violence in Iraq

.

Posted by: geo82170 | June 8, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

poor harry he still does not understand the feelings of the american people,no more spineless democrats and their liberal ways,harry you been their in d.c.so long you think you are untouchable.

Posted by: SISSD1 | June 8, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

If you really want CHANGE, then it makes no sense to keep electing the same old professional politicians year after year.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | June 8, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I find it funny that gun owners' irrational collective fear over the "gun ban" that's "just around the corner" has caused ammunition prices to rise so high that many can no longer even afford to participate in their gun hobby.

Posted by: Gover | June 8, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Political insiders in both parties are stumped, the Dems all the more so because they are in power. They cannot run on their records, which the people despise. They cannot run on their power and connections, which the people despise. They cannot run on their convictions, because the people know they have none. All that remains is mud-slinging. Load up, Harry, and get ready to wallow.

Posted by: jdadson | June 8, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

It is definitely good news that 'tea party' psychos like Angle, Paul, etc. are going to be the candidates this year. The Democrats need to simply spell out who and what these people are. Their come-back fantasies will go up in smoke.

Posted by: revbookburn | June 8, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Typically, the Dems remain silent and let the MSM do the dirty work. This is a good example of how exactly that works.

Posted by: amazd | June 8, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Typically, the Dems remain silent and let the MSM do the dirty work. This is a good example of how exactly that works.

Posted by: amazd | June 8, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Typically, the Dems remain silent and let the MSM do the dirty work. This is a good example of how exactly that works.

Posted by: amazd | June 8, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Typically, the Dems remain silent and let the MSM do the dirty work. This is a good example of how exactly that works.

Posted by: amazd | June 8, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

The top 5 on this list should be her support for Yucca Mountain. All the others are simply gravy for Harry.

Posted by: jeffersonian1 | June 8, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

As noted a few comments up...she also wants to eliminate Social Security which, I think, will be an even more powerful way to attack her credibility. This from her Web site:
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Free market alternatives, which offer retirement choices to employees and employers, must be developed and offered to those still in their wage earning years, as the Social Security system is transitioned out.

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She does not have a chance.

Posted by: outsideitsamerica | June 8, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

What a moron. If Angle is a genuine Tea Party member, she will end job outsourcing and free trade and guest workers, bring back trade tariffs and end theChinese and Indian garbage cluttering our store shelves. Compare that with job outsourcing Reid, Mr. Free Traitor, Mr. more H1-B and L-1 visas and Reid looks pretty pathetic. I am a *very* disgruntled Democrat and I wouldn't vote for Reid. I suspect that the Tea Party is going to bat 1000 against the free trade nitwits from both major parties.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | June 8, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

No vote from Vietnamese community of 500,000 people for pro-communist gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, who, as governor of California in 1975, strongly opposed Vietnamese refugees settling in California while supporting amnesty to illegal immigrants from Mexico. In fact, he works for the interests of unions and illegal immigrants only, not for California. Worst still, Brown sided with notorious Cuban dictator Fidel Castro demanding a lift of U.S. embargo on communist Cuba for its human rights violations during his visit to Cuba in July 2000 to formalize the relationship between Brown's city of Oakland with its sister city Santiago de Cuba.

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | June 8, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I have wondered if the Reid campaign made a mistake by preferring Angle, over the trade a chicken for medical treatment lady, Lowden.

It is hard to say after reading this which of these two ladies is the wackier. Angle does seem to be the better campaigner and she does have that tea bagger backing that appears to be at least marginally important this year. I just hope Reid's campaign made the right choice.

It will all depend on the relative educational level of the average Nevadan voter.

Posted by: Prakosh | June 8, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that the only amendment in the Bill of Rights that the far right is concerned with is the second? Listen up, righties, NO ONE is going to take your guns away. Arm yourselves like a damned army if you see fit. Nothing like paranoid people armed to the teeth. Angle is a radical that aside from the above mentioned things she wants to do away with, she also wants to do away with Social Security, the third rail of politics. Angle wants everybody to own firearms, but God forbid if we want to enjoy the arts. We don't need radical wing nuts taking over the government.

Posted by: creatia52 | June 8, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

As one of the most powerful members of the United States Senate, shouldn't Harry Reid be running on his record? His inability to explain to the voters of Nevada why he's done a good job and deserves to continue to represent them speaks volumes.

Posted by: coastofutopia | June 8, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

In reading this article, I now know why she wants to abrogate the Department of Education. I also know that she is a shining example of what we produce when we cut back on education funds. She and millions of others.

Posted by: flamingliberal | June 8, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

As good a summary I have seen of what the Tea Party crowd stands for. Downright scary!

Posted by: RogerNoVa | June 8, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The next step for a fool so ignorant of history is 10,000 bullets for each dead Black Panther in a safe house. That kind of rhetoric deserves that kind of fate and those that spout such nonsense will never understand America, a nation of laws.

Posted by: jameschirico | June 8, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

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