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Harry Reid's goal: Localize, localize, localize

One thing that's interesting about the Nevada Senate race is that no Democrat is under more pressure to successfully localize this election and prevent it from becoming a referendum on national Dem policies than is Harry Reid.

That's because the unemployment rate is highest in Nevada, making this state perhaps the easiest target for Republican efforts to argue that Obama/Dem policies have failed. Meanwhile, one of Reid's central strategies -- to argue that as majority leader, he has the clout to deliver for Nevada -- relies on getting voters to focus heavily on the most local of achievements.

That's why we're starting to see a stepped up effort from the Reid camp to highlight local issues, such as this new spot touting Reid's success in bringing in Federal funds to save thousands of education jobs:

This comes after the Reid campaign has focused a ton of energy on his efforts to save Nevada's City Center project by intervening with banks to secure financing, and on his success in saving a veterans' hospital.

There's an interesting paradox at play here. No Democratic candidate in the country has been more central to helping deliver on Obama's agenda than Reid has. Yet his success may hinge, perhaps more than any other candidate, on his ability to make the election less about national issues than about local ones.

This explains a lot about Reid's strategy against Angle. He needs to paint her as extreme and temperamentally unfit for the Senate, rendering her an unacceptable alternative, in order to offset the desire of voters to punish Reid for the unpopularity of the Obama agenda. Meanwhile, he needs to show that she's clueless on jobs in order to undercut the primary rationale of her candidacy: The state's high unemployment rate. And finally, highlighting his ability to deliver Federal cash for the state becomes the reason to vote for him.

By Greg Sargent  |  July 28, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
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How about if he shows she's also an incompentent, ignorant fool:

Sharron Angle has made some new pronouncements in the Nevada Senate race, this time on campaign finance regulations. She first approved of the failure of the DISCLOSE Act to pass through the Senate -- and then later said that we already have the DISCLOSE Act in place and on the books. Here's the only problem: The DISCLOSE Act, which Senate Dems were attempting to pass but failed to overcome a Republican filibuster, is, in fact, not yet a law.

As Jon Ralston reports, Angle was asked her position during an appearance on the Heidi Harris talk radio show today.

"Well I think that the Supreme Court has really made their decision on this, they found that we have a First Amendment right across the board that was violated by the McCain-Feingold Act. And that's what they threw out, was those violations," said Angle, referring to the Citizens United case. "The McCain-Feingold Act is still in place. The DISCLOSE Act is still in place. It's just that certain provisions within that they found to be definitely violating the First Amendment. If we didn't have the DISCLOSE Act there would be a lot of different things that people wouldn't be able to find out. And certainly you can go to FEC.gov and see where Harry Reid is getting most of his money from special interests."

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/07/sharron-angle-the-disclose-act-is-already-law-no-it-isnt.php?ref=fpi

Posted by: cmccauley60 | July 28, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

A remarkably astute analysis.

Posted by: CalD | July 28, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Ha!

Sharron Angle

Unfavorable 56.0%
Extreme 58%

Rassmussen
July 27, 2010

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 28, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Greg, exactly right, and probably why a candidate like Blanche Lincoln is going to get crushed in Nov.

She hasn't been part of the solutions Obama has been offering, but neither has she been offering alternatives that forced her to side with the GOP (excepting her Wall St reform move, which was not exactly in character).

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 28, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

So is Harry just learning what the old Irish Big City Machines knew for the past century?

"All Politics Is Local" Tip O'Neill

Posted by: Liam-still | July 28, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

OT:

Congress Reduces Drug Sentence Gap

Congress passed a bill on Wednesday that would reduce the disparities between mandatory sentences for crack and powdered cocaine violations, a step toward ending what legal experts say have been unfairly harsh punishments imposed mainly on blacks.

[...]

Under the current law, adopted in 1986 after a surge in crack smoking and drug-related murders, someone convicted of possession of five grams of crack must be sentenced to at least five years in prison, and possession of 10 grams requires a 10-year minimum sentence. With powdered cocaine, the threshold amounts for those mandatory sentences are 100 times as high.

[...]

A growing number of criminologists have concluded that the sentencing disparity is unjustified, and has subjected tens of thousands of blacks to lengthy prison terms while offering more lenient punishment to users and sellers of powdered cocaine, who are more often white.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/29/us/politics/29crack.html

Awesome. That law had to change. Glad they got it done.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 28, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Ethan, did you see that part of the AZ immigration law got smacked down by a federal judge today? :o)

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 28, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

And there is this:

Sen. Olympia Snowe announced Wednesday she will vote for Elena Kagan’s Supreme Court confirmation, becoming the fourth Republican to say she wll back the nominee.

In a statement, the Maine senator praised her judicial philosophy and her tenure as solicitor general under President Obama.

“Throughout my tenure in the Senate, I have applied a uniform standard for evaluating nominees for the United States Supreme Court, under both Republican and Democratic administrations,” she said. “I find that Ms. Kagan has met that standard with the strong intellect, respect for the rule of law, and understanding of the important but limited role of the Supreme Court that I believe is required of any Justice.”

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/111409-snowe-will-vote-for-kagans-scotus-nomination

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 28, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

"did you see that part of the AZ immigration law got smacked down by a federal judge today?"

Yeah! Cool, eh? They had to shut down that crazy law.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 28, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

The reel of Harry Reid's flubs is being made as we speak. Local issues? No illegal immigrants are working in construction in Nevada? The War is Lost?

The best commercial being made (we know Sargeant is doing his part in the propaganda machine for the DNC) is of the number of Federal jobs created in D.C. directly equals the number of jobs lost in Nevada.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | July 28, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

All, Happy Hour Roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/07/happy_hour_roundup_59.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 28, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

A very easy way to stop illegal aliens coming into this nation? Make it a felony and 5 years in prison instead of a stupid civil infraction. Make Washington enact E-Verify a permanent and mandated law, along with 287 (G) arrest, question and detain for ICE. Companies must--SHOULD-- be held responsible for applying a new and modified E-Verify with massive penalties, including painful fines, business asset confiscation and imprisonment. WITH FEDERAL COURTS EVIDENTLY AGAINST A STATE PROTECTING ITS CITIZENS-LEGAL RESIDENTS ECONOMICALLY AND FROM OVERWHELMING CRIMINAL ACTIVITY aND THE ILLEGAL ALIEN INVASION. Locate detention centers in the deserts of America, with tent cities like Sheriff Arpaio has in Arizona for all illegal aliens. Reward whistle-blowers, for those informing on businesses, corporate, factories and stores that are hiring illegal aliens.

Build the--REAL--double, parallel border fence and a standing in-perpetuity military zone. The real fence is not is constructed now, as their is no second fence within the perimeter of the barrier between Mexico and our sovereign nation. Politicians like Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has cut his throat, like all Liberals who cater to the illegal immigrant occupation of this nation. If we had not been invaded, the $113 billion dollars a year, according to FAIR, would help to pay at least the interest on the money we owe Communist China thanks to the Obama Administration. Plus thirty years ago if we had built a strong border fence, allowed only vetted guest workers with a one job permit and no chain migration, we wouldn't have this paramount mess. The 60 billion a year illegal labor sent out of the country, could go also paying off America debts. Instead that if an AMNESTY is forced through, illegal workers could actually access their ill gotten payroll from Social Security Admin "Earnings Suspense File", which the law actually gives back to criminals, who ignore our sovereign laws. the losers would be Senior citizens, the diabled and anybody living on the SA pension.

In conclusion remove all political incumbents who approve of AMNESTY of any kind and those who undermined the Arizona SB1070 immigration law in their speeches. WE HAVE A COMFORTABLE PLACE FOR CAREER LAWMAKERS IN NOVEMBER--THE JOBLESS LINES AT THE EMPLOYMENT CENTER.THIS SHOULD INCLUDE GOVERNORS, MAYORS, JUDGES AND POLICE CHIEFS, APPEASING SANCTUARY CITIES , TOWNS AND MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS AND HOUSEHOLDS. Tell what your federal or State Senator and Congressman can expect, by wording your furious disapproval at 202-224-3121 Discover the truth not lies at NumbersUSA and JudicialWatch on illegal Immigration. The epitome of Pro-amnesty and allies of special interest, open borders is Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Nancy Pelosi, Janet Napolitano and many more. Remember to watch for illegal voting in November, in states with just an honor system.

Posted by: infinity555 | July 28, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Sharon Angle: the Nevada GOP has it's very own Martha Coakley.

@infinity555: I'm all for the border-length super-fence but you sound kinda crazy.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | July 28, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

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