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Sharron Angle hires 'SNL' writing team

The other night, I turned on "Saturday Night Live" and they had the funniest skit. It was satirizing negative ads, and in one Sharron Angle accused Harry Reid of using taxpayer dollars to give Viagra to child molesters and sex offenders.

Wait, what's that? It was a real ad? Oh.

You can see why I mistook it for an "SNL" skit:

"Obama supports tax cuts for pedophiles." "Does he?" "Well, there's no way to identify all pedophiles, percentages are, if you cut taxes, it'll benefit at least a couple of them."

By Ezra Klein  | October 8, 2010; 9:59 AM ET
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It's actually precisely the same concept as the SNL ad. But on SNL people laughed, and in real life, people will fall for it.

Posted by: vvf2 | October 8, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Sometimes, such hyperbole can come from a cursory, or biased, view of events as they took place. However, every Republican knows the rhymes-with-Niagra thing was a total Republican set-up.

A very cynical and obnoxious ploy by Angle, who probably will and certainly should lose (let me assure my fellow Republicans, she would not be doing us many favors in the senate). Sad, because with a typical, bland, doomed-to-drink-the-beltway-Kool-Aid, non-Tea Party candidate, Harry Reid would have been easy to defeat.

At least O'Donnell features her talking incessantly about herself. That's actually a lot more endearing (if weird that she thinks she should be in the senate because she's not a witch and she's really a nice person and people are being mean to her) than Angle's campaign, which has been nastier than Harry Reid's, but less accurate.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | October 8, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

yes a reall desperate and tough ad but not quite as tough and not quite as desperate as this one:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/09/grayson-calls-opponent-taliban.html

Posted by: visionbrkr | October 8, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

visionbrkr: I agree that ad is shameful. Pathetic and misleading editing on Grayson's part. He's not even running the ad anymore because even he can't defend it. The facts on his opponent's positions in the ad should be enough -- he didn't need to slice and dice his opponent's words.

Posted by: vvf2 | October 8, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

"However, every Republican knows the rhymes-with-Niagra thing was a total Republican set-up."

Considering the very voluminous literature on how much attention, or lack thereof, most people pay to politics, including lacunae like failed amendments to a health care bill, I find it unlikely that every Republican, or every Democrat for that matter, actually knows that. They may not buy it when they see the ad, since it is crazy, but a lot of people are going to have to reject the claim based on something other than prior contextual knowledge.

Posted by: y2josh_us | October 8, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

@y2josh: "I find it unlikely that every Republican, or every Democrat for that matter, actually knows that"

Correction: every Republican politician, including Angle, and the people in her campaign, know that. The pundits know that. The folks who will be dissecting the ad know that. Harry Reid knows it.

Point being, it's not an accident, it's intentional deception. To an absurd degree.

Even if I did not know the background, I would still find such an ad uncompelling. "That sounds like bs. And that has what to do with the fact I've been out of work for a year?"

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | October 8, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

I love giving tax cuts to people that don't pay taxes!! I also love giving bigger social security benefits to people without social security numbers!

I also love having an uneducated electorate!

(singing) That's the American waaaay!!!

Posted by: will12 | October 8, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Based on extensive research by watching Law and Order SVU, it is clear that pedophiles are predominantly in the top 2 percent of income, so it is the republicans that want to give tax cuts to pedophiles!

Posted by: ncaofnw | October 9, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

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