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Angle: I shouldn't have used term "slush fund"

Sharron Angle, under fire for comparing the BP escrow cash to a "slush fund," walks it back and declares support for the BP fund in a statement sent over by her campaign:

"Having had some time to think about it, the caller and I shouldn't have used the term slush fund; that was incorrect.

"My position is that the creation of this fund to compensate victims was an important first step -- BP caused this disaster and they should pay for it. But there are multiple parties at fault here and there should be a thorough investigation. We need to look into the actions, or inactions, of the Administration and why the regulatory agency in charge of oversight was asleep at the wheel while BP was cutting corners. Every party involved should be held fully accountable."

The Angle campaign, partly because of low staffing and partly due to a strategy of shutting out the media, had previously been unwilling to engage the national press on stories like these. That the Angle camp is quickly walking this latest one back suggests a recognition that this approach no longer will do and that the time has come to engage on such stories before they get out of control.

It's unclear, however, whether the walk-back will prevent Dems from continuing to hammer away at this remark, as they have done with Rand Paul's "unamerican" crack; Joe Barton's apology; and John Boehner's "ant" simile.

By Greg Sargent  |  July 8, 2010; 1:30 PM ET
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A spokesman for Senate candidate Jane Norton in Colorado said the same thing and it was promptly walked back in similar fashion. However, Norton herself never commented and the campaign said it had no position on the BP fund.
http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2010/06/18/norton-aide-says-obama-strong-armed-the-20-billion-bp-slush-fund-in-move-to-autocracy/

Posted by: fbacon2 | July 8, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Good for Angle.

Posted by: sbj3 | July 8, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Oh, no!

"Open Mouth...Present Shoe" already? What she said was what she did not mean...or did not mean to imply....or did not imply to mean...

Okay, we get it.

But I am hoping that she being a woman has lots of shoes. She'd need them.

Posted by: kishorgala | July 8, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

This has been an excellent season already for collecting the forgettable quotes....

Posted by: kishorgala | July 8, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

"Having had some time to think about it, the caller and I shouldn't have used the term slush fund; that was incorrect....."
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By the way, is she partly blaming the caller?

I insist on another walk-back on that one!

Posted by: kishorgala | July 8, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Headline: Right Angle does a 180......

Posted by: steve-2304 | July 8, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

If The Shoe Fits:

Joe Barton, Rand Paul, and Sharron Obtuse Angle, have all donned Slush Puppies!

Posted by: Liam-still | July 8, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Here's a good catch by the BlueTexan from Jim DeMint. Not entirely off topic since we're discussing off their rocker Republicans.

"It appears that, for Senator DeMint (T-SC), the only members of Congress that haven’t violated their oath of office are hard-right conservatives.

DeMint: "Supposedly, after we all pledge to a limited government, we can work together and debate how to do that. But the Democrats have completely forgotten that oath, and so have some Republicans. I hope those Republicans are sent home. And I hope we get some people up here who take their oath of office seriously."

Here’s the text of the oath of office:

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God."

Nope. There’s no “pledge to a limited government” in there.

And for all the nutty things Jim DeMint has said, the idea everyone except him and Michele Bachmann are guilty of violating their oaths just might be the nuttiest."

Posted by: lmsinca | July 8, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

"I shouldn't have used the term slush fund"

Sharron, you probably just shouldn't open your mouth at all.

Posted by: SDJeff | July 8, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

You're right Sharron, you shouldn't have.

Psychopath.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 8, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Imsinca:

Also re: DeMint on the Newshour yesterday: DeMint said that Obama and the Democrats were NOT acting in the best interests of the country. And NOBODY said anything about it! When, exactly, did the GOP get immunity for calling the President anti-American?

Posted by: wbgonne | July 8, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is scared to take a position on the Arizona lawsuit http://www.lvrj.com/news/reid-takes-no-stand-on-arizona-lawsuit-98008634.html?ref=634

Posted by: Truthteller12 | July 8, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

She's tone-deaf, isn't she?

Did she not notice the political meltdown over Barton et al remarks about this?

Posted by: CTVoter | July 8, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Sharron Angle is psycho nut case who obviously hired a straight to try to get her elected.

Obviously, the first thing they told her is to lie, lie, lie.


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 8, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

It is the soap in the mouth moment without thinking it through for Sharron. It may not be the first nor the last.
to quote SDJeff:
Sharron, you probably just shouldn't open
your mouth at all.

Posted by: beeker25 | July 8, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

and this is the state of politicians today

Posted by: fairness3 | July 8, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Headline: Right Angle does a 180......

Posted by: steve-2304 | July 8, 2010 1:59 PM
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That would be two Rights to make a 180. And that still does not make it right!

Posted by: kishorgala | July 8, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

So "Right" Angle makes a U-turn, or maybe just a three-point turn?

What an idiot. And homely too. Don't forget homely.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 8, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Headline: Right Angle does a 180......

Posted by: steve-2304


Very nice, Steve!

Posted by: agolembe | July 8, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

@koolkat_1960 : I dislike both Angle's positions and her unwillingness to debate them, but commenting on her looks as if that had something to do with her politics is just WRONG AND CHILDISH SEXISM. You do yourself and your arguments no favors by demeaning the looks of any candidate repub or dem as a part of your posts. Take that somewhere else.

Posted by: srw3 | July 8, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a crap about what she looks like?

Epic fail of a comment.

Posted by: CTVoter | July 8, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

@Greg

Meanwhile, in other news...

Sharron Angle Attacks Sen. Reid for Creating Jobs

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/7/8/882674/-NV-Sen:-Angle-blasts-Reid-for-creating-jobs

Some of the Anti-Dems will dismiss the link because it's DailyKos...but there's some video of a local news report that can't possibly overjoy the Angle camp.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 8, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

@fairness3

"and this is the state of politicians today"

No, this is the state of REPUBLICAN politicians today. Dems certainly have some crazies too...but they don't celebrate them like the GOP does.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 8, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

@TheBBQChickenMadness,

MGM had a pretty fierce smackdown of her comments. At this rate, she's going to have to stop doing any interviews.

And that's probably a pretty bad thing for someone who probably has pretty low name recognition compared to Reid.

Posted by: CTVoter | July 8, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

My take on the Mama Grizzlies video: she may really run for President:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/07/the_message_of_sarah_palins_ma.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 8, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

As Bevis and Butthead once said "The Angle of the Dangle is inversely proportional to the beat of the meat"

Posted by: MerrillFrank | July 8, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

this isn't Saturday Night Live, you can't always just say "never mind."

unless you explain how you arrived at your erroneous earlier remark, and why you now realize you were wrong, just retracting it only proves that you have figured out that your previous remark was not very popular and are retracting it for opportunistic reasons, not because you have figured out where you went wrong. that just compounds the problem.

If Reid is so bad that Angle wins, Nevada is in bad shape.

Posted by: JoeT1 | July 8, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

LOL the point about Angle being homely is this: She won't get the horny male vote that idiots like Palin and Bachmann get. That hurts her electoral chances, and I'm more than happy to do what I can to hurt her chances of getting elected, because she IS A FREAKING LOON.

Capisce?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 8, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Even my Black Forest Grandfather Clock responds to the Sharron Angle candidacy with simple, yet defining accuracy: "...cuckoo...cuckoo."

Posted by: benighse | July 8, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I prefer the term "Oral or Verbal Moonwalk" over "Walk-back."

Posted by: kishorgala | July 8, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

@koolkat_1960: Sorry that doesn't wash. I agree that she is a less than stellar intellect and some of her positions are repugnant. Calling her homely is just a stupid sexist comment.

"She won't get the horny male vote that idiots like Palin and Bachmann get. " is a different statement from gratuitously commenting on her appearance.

Posted by: srw3 | July 8, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

When Sharron Angle speaks without her handlers "speaking in her ear," we get the real deal. It will be interesting to see what Nevadans do in November.

Posted by: dozas | July 8, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

This woman has to walk back from her comments like...every day now?

Posted by: JRM2 | July 8, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

It can't be the best of campaign strategies to only talk to the press when trying to unsay your most famous campaign points.

The TPR's can hide out and talk to themselves. They can talk only to Fox News. That will get them about 20% of the vote.

If they want the other 30% they need to get elected, they are going to HAVE to go out and talk to somebody.

Given their travk record that will then get them back in trouble, they will go back in hiding, over and over until November. Then they can go on the Presidential Aspirants Trail along with the rest of the losers trying to run for president.

Posted by: ceflynline | July 8, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

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