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Reid ads quote Sharron Angle in her own words

Here's a fun fact about the Nevada Senate race: Every single one of Harry Reid's ads attacking Sharron Angle has been built largely on quotes generated by Angle herself.

The latest: Reid just went up with a new ad pillorying Angle for claiming that impending public employee layoffs are an emergency that exists "only in Harry Reid's mind":

The Angle footage shown there is from a recent joint appearance on Fox by Angle and Michele Bachmann. Angle agreed with Bachmann's claim that the Dems' state aid package, which is meant to help cash-strapped states avert layoffs of teachers, cops and firefighters, is really a scheme designed to "launder" money for Dem campaigns via public employee unions.

During that appearance, Angle also described the emergency faced by states like Nevada this way: "The emergency is only in Harry Reid's mind."

Though candidates rarely acknowledge that they are driven by focus groups, Harry Reid himself said the other day that the campaign's focus groups had told them that voters were turned off by Angle statements, which is why the Reid campaign keeps putting them in ads.
Reid's previous spots have pilloried Angle for her comments on phasing out Social Security, for saying the BP escrow cash is a "slush fund," for saying that unemployment benefits risk spoiling Americans, and for floating the possibility of "Second Amendment remedies."

The Reid campaign's approach is all about figuring out how to render Angle an unacceptable alternative to Reid. Given that voters really, really hate Reid and his policies, this is a tall order, which is why Reid's strategy, with no exaggeration, is all about using her quotes to paint her as a terrifyingly dangerous whackjob.

Of course, Reid, too, is well known for his uneasy relationship with tact and understatement. But as unsightly as Reid's various gaffes have been, and whatever other problems he has, Angle is a truly unique talent at creating problems for herself merely by revealing what she really thinks.

By Greg Sargent  |  August 23, 2010; 3:35 PM ET
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Any conspiracy theorist with a modicum of self-respect will tell you that Reid chose Angle as contender. :-)

Posted by: grosmec | August 23, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Many conservative pundits think the Tea Partiers shot the GOP in the foot in Nevada, and have essentially messed up the GOPs once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture a plum seat. No pun intended.

But not since the Republicans defeated Tom Daschle has defeating a politician been so attractive to the GOP. And the tea partiers may have screwed that up for the GOP. Angle is the less-electable of the GOP primary candidates.

Not that the Tea Partiers care. I think the folks who believe that the GOP "created" the Tea Parties, or that those folks are somehow one and the same, are barking up the wrong tree.

You wanna know how the NRC (probably) thinks of the Tea Parties? "Useful idiots" is the phrase that comes to my mind. And not always so useful.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | August 23, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"Any conspiracy theorist with a modicum of self-respect will tell you that Reid chose Angle as contender. :-)"

The voters chose Angle. But her selection made the Reid camp very happy, as well it should.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 23, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Sargent writes
"Reid's strategy, with no exaggeration, is all about using her quotes to paint her as a terrifyingly dangerous whackjob."


And that should be a job even Harry Reid can do, because, after all is said and done - Sharron Angle really is a terrifyingly dangerous whackjob.

.

Posted by: bsimon1 | August 23, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

What I know of Harry Reid is that he's a weak-kneed Senate Majority Leader. What I don't understand is why Nevadans hate Reid soooo much?

Can someone give me specific policys or stances by Reid that puts him (supposedly) at odds with the majority of his constituents?

Thank you in advance.

Posted by: bmcchgo | August 23, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

kevin: "Not that the Tea Partiers care. I think the folks who believe that the GOP "created" the Tea Parties, or that those folks are somehow one and the same, are barking up the wrong tree.

You wanna know how the NRC (probably) thinks of the Tea Parties? "Useful idiots" is the phrase that comes to my mind. And not always so useful."

I don't think the GOP created the Tea Party either. Some of them sprung up as truly grassroots groups of Ron Paul supporters. And then there is Freedom Works & Dick Armey, which is astroturf.

I'm not so sure that the GOP will or does see them as "useful idiots" though. I think in some regards they are as much an annoyance as anything else, but they can also be a bit dangerous. I'm thinking of what is going on in FL. If Charlie Crist goes on to win and ends up caucusing with the Dems, the Tea Party will have failed big time. Same thing in NV. They are also ineffective in UT, where they ran Bob Bennett out of his seat for what exactly? Because he tried to legislate? He's as conservative as they come, but we should be able to expect legislators to negotiate and legislate.

Here in my own purple district, the Tea Party candidate for representative totally bombed. As did the Tea Party-backed candidate for Governor (Pete Hoekstra). Instead, we have Rick Michigan, One Tough Nerd, who is centrist and sane, and totally campaigned away from the rest of the GOP field, i.e. no debates with them, etc. (And he will probably win the election, much to the chagrin of not only the Tea Party, but the Michigan GOP as well.)

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 23, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Angle win her primary because her opponent made some unfortunate comments about chickens?

I feel bad for Mrs. Angle. When I see some Republicans on my TV telling me things they obviously know are not true, it irritates me. But that isn't the feeling Mrs. Angle gives me.

No, I think Mrs. Angle actually believes the things she says; which is sad. I kind of want to patiently load her into a car, buckle her seat belt and then take her to a psychiatric hospital where she can get the help she needs.

Her being on TV makes me feel like I'm watching some jerk's home video where he makes fun of mentally challenged people by asking them questions they have no ability to answer. It just feels wrong and kind of mean spirited.

Posted by: nisleib | August 23, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

"Any conspiracy theorist with a modicum of self-respect will tell you that Reid chose Angle as contender. :-)

Posted by: grosmec"

Yeah, as soon as Angle won the nomination, George Will and others started whining about how Reid went to great lengths to knock Lowden out to keep Angle in the race.

Posted by: DDAWD | August 23, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

so why doesn't Harry have a crushing lead at this point? What is wrong with those Nevadans that they can't see the benefit fo keeping Mr Reid for six more years?

Gosh, do ya think that instead of focusing on holding Ms Angle up the ridicule Mr Sargent could find the time in his busy day to actually analyze the race?

nah, bashing those who oppose the liberal agenda is basically all Mr Sargent's got at this point. Red meat for his devotees it seems.

again my question: why can't Harry pull away? If his opponent is that inept shouldn't he be leading by double digits already?

Double digits? You mean like the unemployement rate in his state?

As of August 18 Rassmussen had this race as a toss up. Given that, doesn't what Mr Sargent and the liberals here have to say sound more and more like denial?

yup

Posted by: skipsailing28 | August 23, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

nisleib: "Didn't Angle win her primary because her opponent made some unfortunate comments about chickens?"

Yup!! And she made them over and over and over and even when given more than one opportunity to walk them back, she repeated them again and again. LOL

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 23, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

@ Greg: Your ringing endorsement of Reid made me laugh:

"... Given that voters really, really hate Reid and his policies, this is a tall order

"...Reid, too, is well known for his uneasy relationship with tact and understatement. But as unsightly as Reid's various gaffes have been, and whatever other problems he has."

With friends like these ...

He was a boxer and he can barely maintain a lead over a whackjob? What was his weight class - namby-pamby?

Posted by: sbj3 | August 23, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

skippy, most races don't begin to firm up until after Labor Day.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 23, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

OT - But this post makes me miss Tim Russert.

Tim used to have people on and replay quotes from them that, often times, directly contradicted what they were now saying.

I miss that.

I don't see anyone on the Sunday news shows that equals Russert.

Posted by: nisleib | August 23, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Will Senator Reid's position against building the Mega-Mosque (demonstrating his religious bigotry, presumably) depress his lefty turnout enough to let Angle through? Or, does the "none of the above" option win allowing Tarkanian a free shot at the seat in a do- over? Could Reid run again in that scenario?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | August 23, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

@suekzoo: "They are also ineffective in UT, where they ran Bob Bennett out of his seat for what exactly? Because he tried to legislate? He's as conservative as they come, but we should be able to expect legislators to negotiate and legislate."

I'm really not sure. Because they thought they could get someone even more conservative? I dunno.

I think on the whole, the Tea Parties (and I'm not unsympathetic with them generally, and totally support their rights to organize and speak out and everything) are not particularly good for the GOP or conservatism generally. But . . . you get what you get and you don't pitch a fit. I think it's a matter of admirable abstractions ("freedom! security! love of country! American flags! low taxes! liberty! amber waves of grain!") trumping practical realities--governing requires compromises.

And, frankly, politics creates a conundrum--the minority has a great opportunity to shape the agenda as much if not more than the majority, but such compromise won't win votes in November. So, to win power (that they won't do that much with) in November, they throw away a chance to really advance conservative legislation, with small compromises. There's nothing wrong with the HCR bill that a few tax cuts and an increase (rather than diminution of ) of healthcare savings account couldn't have fixed. And that probably could have happened.

We might go along with FinReg, Mr. President, but let me talk to you about that old Bush Social Security reform . . .

Anyway, the DC GOP picked their poison and the Tea Partiers are costing us some more practical candidates. But, that's how things stand.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | August 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

@nisleib: "I don't see anyone on the Sunday news shows that equals Russert."

Nope. Same here. And he was the only--and probably will be the only, for a very long time--newsman that folks as divergent as Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olberman could both revere. Indeed, both praised the man, and lamented his passing.

Tim Russert was one of a kind, and the world is a little smaller for his being gone.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | August 23, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Kevin - Amen. I really miss that guy.

Posted by: nisleib | August 23, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Suzie, that's just denial speaking.

Most races?

Come now, that's not an answer and I suspect you know it. Mr Sargent routinely ridicules Ms Angle here.

Yet Rasmussen has the race as a dead heat. The disconnect is clear. Rather than really analyze the race, Mr Sargent wastes time with nonsense such as the above.

OK, Ms Angle isn't what Mr Sargent wants her to be. So why can't Harry pull away from her?

Maybe this is the reason. From that same rassmussen web page:
"As for the leaders of the Democratic-controlled Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is now nearly tied with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi when it comes to unpopularity among voters nationwide. Fifty-six percent (56%) have an unfavorable opinion of Reid, while 59% feel the same way about Pelosi."

Reid could easily lose to Angle. Then what pieces of red meat, designed to get his pavlovian dogs to drool, will mr Sargent offer then?

Posted by: skipsailing28 | August 23, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

When you're shooting yourself in the foot, don't 'stick to your guns'!

Posted by: thebobbob | August 23, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

"You wanna know how the NRC (probably) thinks of the Tea Parties? "Useful idiots" is the phrase that comes to my mind. And not always so useful. Posted by: Kevin_Willis"

Well, you've betrayed one of the real deep dark secrets of the Republican Party, and the Ghost of Richard Nixon will be dispatching hitghosts from the plumbers unit to do you in.

When RMN figured out how to peddle the old, nasty, devious Vice President as the new Nixon, his great inspiration was that he could get the South to vote for him by simply talking as if, when enough of them voted for him, he would get the Civil Rights acts repealed and Jim Crow could rise again, because Majority rules and all that.

When the South rose again in Republican vestments, the RNC had its vast army of "Useful Idiots" and the RNC cultivated that garden of mushrooms for nearly half a century. They never actually did anything for those mushrooms, just kept them in the dark, feeding being optional.

Now those mushroome got a big jolt of food and maybe some unneeded light when Fox decided thaty an astroturf movement was what was needed to enforce the party line no, and set up TY-Parties.

Since forseeing consequences regularly gets you booted from the republican Party as a pointy headed near liberal intellectual, they neglected to account for the Jim Crow Democrats, who have had forty years of dark and inedible food.

NOW the T-s, with fox money, got a podium and lectern, bought by mistargetted money, and they intend that the party they have been supporting all these years WILL listen to them. Somebody gave them a bull horn, and while it looks like "You aren't listening" is aimed at the democrats, it is actually aimed at the Republicans, who just aren't listening.

But the Useful Idiots also believe the old wives tales they learned from Richard Nixon, who told them that THEY were the real America and the silent majority.

Now they aren't silent, but it is Republicans who need to be listening. Dr. Frankenstein still doesn't understand his monster.

Posted by: ceflynline | August 23, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Its really a three way race. harry has his permanent 46% Angle has her 30% and change, with Rassmusen adding anyone who doesn't vote for Reid to Angle's total.

Then there is the chair.

46% will come and vote for Reid.

36% will come and vote for angle.

18% will either stay home and sit in the chair.

Or vote for it.

Posted by: ceflynline | August 23, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

skippy: "Reid could easily lose to Angle."

I never said this was beyong the realm of possibility. But prior to the primary, Reid was dead in the water. He's been brought back to life by Sharron Angle. That's just a fact, as inconvenient as you may find it to be.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 23, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Skip, ever notice how you ONLY cite Republican-friendly sources?

Does that ever enter your psyche?

Because it's really obvious that you are missing the big picture.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 23, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Nutbag "Right" Angle is like a gift from Brigham Young himself to Harry Reid. When has there ever been such a laughable, yet scary candidate?

Oh that's right, Sarah Palin. And how interesting is that Tina Fey got her biggest laughs simply by reading actualy Palin statements verbatim, and that now Harry Reid is scoring points simply by running commercials featuring direct Angle quotes.

Says a lot about these nutbag women Palin and Angle.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | August 23, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

The tiny video 'clips' that are used have been taken from a full sentence and twisted by Harry's CyberGoons to mean the opposite of what Mrs Angle was saying!! Harry is a dirty politician.

Posted by: Ellen20 | August 23, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

"Prior to the primary, Reid was dead in the water. He's been brought back to life by Sharron Angle. That's just a fact."

No it isn't. (May 2010)

"A New poll released today by the conservative Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper shows Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) either leading or within 3 percentage points of the Republican front runners, Sharron Angle, Danny Tarkanian and Sue Lowden."

http://www.examiner.com/democrat-in-las-vegas/new-poll-shows-reid-even-with-republican-front-runners

Posted by: sbj3 | August 23, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

SBJ - Hmmm, you may want to rethink that, here is the writeup of the race from Real Clear Politics. If you click the link you will find the historic poll numbers.

"By all accounts, Reid should be a dead politician walking. His approval ratings dropped alongside the Vegas housing market, and he polled below 40 percent in some polls. But Republicans had a weak field of candidates challenging Reid, and former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle was their eventual choice. Angle has proved to be a chronically gaffe-prone candidate, who is running as a proud Christian conservative in Sin City. Complicating matters for Angle, the state allows voters to select “none of these candidates,” which could split the anti-Reid vote. This could be a missed opportunity for Republicans."

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2010/senate/nv/nevada_senate_angle_vs_reid-1517.html

Posted by: nisleib | August 23, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

@ellen20: Well, Reid gets to define her since she runs from reporters and didn't used to even publish her campaign appearances to keep the press away...

Seriously, she could clear all misconceptions up by doing the sunday shows (not on Fox) or giving an interview to the local or national print media.

Why is she so afraid of her views or expressing them to the national and local media?

Jefferson was misquoted in the constitution about separation of church and state.

Senators don't create or preserve jobs. Its not their responsibility.

Second amendment solutions may come if voters don't like the results of an election,

Privitizing social security and medicare is a major public policy goal.

Need I go on?

That said, Harry Reid has been a weak senate leader, who doesn't enforce any kind of party discipline of procedural votes. He is not my favorite person, but he is not certifiably nuts.

Posted by: srw3 | August 23, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

All, Happy Hour Roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/08/happy_hour_roundup_77.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | August 23, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Ethan, is rassmussen a conservative? Does it matter? How do other polling services rate the race?

My point remains: Reid can't pull away.

So you guys can make fun of Ms Angle until election day. then, if she wins, you'll have to dine on crow. I hear that sour grapes makes an excellent pairing with crow.

big picture ethan? which one is that? the one where you name call and act like a school yard bully? that big picture ethan?

what conservative thoughts do find acceptable Ethan? Let's see some do as I say on this. Show me your tolerance.

that should be worth the price of admission, to be sure.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | August 23, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

And who could blame conservative candidates when the shun reporters they don't like or trust.

They are just emulating Obama.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | August 23, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

"Given that voters really, really hate Reid and his policies, this is a tall order..."
----------------------------------------------

Methinks you're projecting again, Greg.

Correction: The extreme left and the radical right "hate" Reid and his policies. Most of the rest of the country, to whatever extent we may actually have the faintest idea who Harry Reid is or what his policy positions might be, are more OK with some, less OK with others, but generally somewhere on the OK scale with most of them. And I think that most of us do understand that democracy isn't ~supposed~ to be about any one group or faction everything they want. So "OK" is cool in that respect, even if it may not come with a free pony.

What voters are really angry about is the fact that we apparently can't go on forever buying waterfront vacation McMansions, European sport sedans and 70" flat screen TVs without actually producing anything ourselves to trade for them, and basing our entire economy on the notion that we could do that turned out to be a really bad idea, particularly for Nevada. So we're angry, we want someone to blame -- other than ourselves of course -- and Harry Reid is a name we've heard before. He's supposed to be someone who's in charge of something in the government so probably this is all his fault.

But I'd be interested in hearing more about exactly how one goes about, "with no exaggeration," using someone's own statements "to paint her as a terrifyingly dangerous whackjob." Are you accusing Reid of taking Angle's remarks out of context or otherwise distorting or misrepresenting what she meant when she said these things? Because if you are, let's hear your case. And if not, then "expose" might be a better word than "paint" in that context.

Posted by: CalD | August 23, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

@nisleib: *Prior* to the primary

Posted by: sbj3 | August 23, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

skippy: "is rassmussen a conservative?"

Scott Rassmussen was a paid consultant to GWB's 2004 reelection campaign. Does that answer your question?

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 23, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"The tiny video 'clips' that are used have been taken from a full sentence and twisted by Harry's CyberGoons to mean the opposite of what Mrs Angle was saying!! Harry is a dirty politician. Posted by: Ellen20"

They sure sound like full sentences to me.

So tell us, which of the Angle clips is altered or abbreviated?

And of the clips used, what is the real meaning that has been twisted out of Angle's statements?

She ISN'T in favor of abolishing DOE? Wasn't against the jobs bill? Doesn't want Social Security privatized?

Tell us YOUR interpretation of Angle's position on those points.

Posted by: ceflynline | August 23, 2010 7:37 PM | Report abuse

That's fine if you don't believe Rasmussen polls. Mason-Dixon has it a dead heat and so does Public Policy Polling which is a Democrat outfit. So all of the polls confirm that the race is dead even.

Posted by: Truthteller12 | August 23, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Can someone give me specific policys or stances by Reid that puts him (supposedly) at odds with the majority of his constituents?

Thank you in advance.

Posted by: bmcchgo | August 23, 2010 4:28 PM |
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Here you go - 300,000 taxpayer-funded construction jobs that Reid single-handedly gave to illegal aliens, and Nevada leads the country in unemployment:
http://therealharryreid.org/

You're welcome!!

Posted by: ejr2 | August 24, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse


If you want to know what Republican "Purity" looks like, behold Sharron Angle!

Posted by: motorfriend | August 24, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Hold on. I read this twice and I didn't see a single word on here about a mosque. What gives?

Posted by: CaughtInAMosh | August 24, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Send the cretin to DC. If she's what the voters want, then she's what the voters DESERVE.

Posted by: TOMHERE | August 24, 2010 5:04 AM | Report abuse

The Democrat Recession

When Pelosi / Reid / Obama took over Congress in Jan 2007, after 12 years of Republican prosperity, unemployment was at 4%, DOW was at a record high, we had had 54 straight months of economic growth.

The recession started in late 2007, nearly A YEAR AFTER the Democrat Congress took power, with the DOW is down 40% from when Pelosi/Reid/Obama took over The Republican Congress had 4 budget surplus years, and left in 2006, with the DOW at a record high, unemployment sub 4%, deficits were moderate and trending down, and after 52 straight months of economic growth.

100% of the recession, 100% of the stock market drop, 100% of skyrocketing unemployment, 100% of the bailouts, the crash of the Frank/Dodd financial system, a 40% growth in Govt spending, and $3.8 Trillion of new deficit debt, the worst environmental disaster in US history belongs to THIS DEMOCRAT CONGRESS.

Republican Congress average annual Deficit: $105 billion (1996-2007)
Democrat congress average annual Deficit: $1.305 TRILLION (2008-2010)

TWELVE LONG YEARS OF RECORD PROSPERITY with the Republican Congress,
THREE YEARS OF FAILURE, MISERY, FISCAL INSANITY, ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER, AND RUIN UNDER Pelosi/Reid/Obama...

Posted by: fury60 | August 24, 2010 5:37 AM | Report abuse

You'd think a politician in Reid's powerful position, let alone his time in office, could run on his record. How pathetic that Reid can't. Reid can only attack like, the miserable, sniveling, cowering little twerp that he is.

Come November, he'll have plenty of time to contemplate his own worthlessness.

Posted by: thebump | August 24, 2010 5:55 AM | Report abuse

Will Senator Reid's position against building the Mega-Mosque (demonstrating his religious bigotry, presumably) depress his lefty turnout enough to let Angle through? Or, does the "none of the above" option win allowing Tarkanian a free shot at the seat in a do- over? Could Reid run again in that scenario?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | August 23, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

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Harry was brave to offer his opinion and millions us lefty's as you claim, agree with him. But the real truth is, that this is New York's business and all you wingnuts going berserk for political reasons have no say in it. If the citizens of New York who are suffering the hell of that catastrophe don't want it, neither you nor Reid have any say. Using 9/11 to make political hay like serial adulterer Gingrich and the dim bulb from Alaska is sickening. But these kinds of worms and snakes crawl out from under the dirt wherever they think they can get something out of it that benefits them. This has nothing to do with Reid's religion and you know it, but like the dirtbags, you're exploiting his opinion so you can assuage your political leaning. His opinions are of no more importance than yours. Grow up. Fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | August 24, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Will Senator Reid's position against building the Mega-Mosque (demonstrating his religious bigotry, presumably) depress his lefty turnout enough to let Angle through? Or, does the "none of the above" option win allowing Tarkanian a free shot at the seat in a do- over? Could Reid run again in that scenario?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | August 23, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

***********
Harry was brave to offer his opinion and millions us lefty's as you claim, agree with him. But the real truth is, that this is New York's business and all you wingnuts going berserk for political reasons have no say in it. If the citizens of New York who are suffering the hell of that catastrophe don't want it, neither you nor Reid have any say. Using 9/11 to make political hay like serial adulterer Gingrich and the dim bulb from Alaska is sickening. But these kinds of worms and snakes crawl out from under the dirt wherever they think they can get something out of it that benefits them. This has nothing to do with Reid's religion and you know it, but like the dirtbags, you're exploiting his opinion so you can assuage your political leaning. His opinions are of no more importance than yours. Grow up. Fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | August 24, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Will Senator Reid's position against building the Mega-Mosque (demonstrating his religious bigotry, presumably) depress his lefty turnout enough to let Angle through? Or, does the "none of the above" option win allowing Tarkanian a free shot at the seat in a do- over? Could Reid run again in that scenario?

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | August 23, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

***********
Harry was brave to offer his opinion and millions us lefty's as you claim, agree with him. But the real truth is, that this is New York's business and all you wingnuts going berserk for political reasons have no say in it. If the citizens of New York who are suffering the hell of that catastrophe don't want it, neither you nor Reid have any say. Using 9/11 to make political hay like serial adulterer Gingrich and the dim bulb from Alaska is sickening. But these kinds of worms and snakes crawl out from under the dirt wherever they think they can get something out of it that benefits them. This has nothing to do with Reid's religion and you know it, but like the dirtbags, you're exploiting his opinion so you can assuage your political leaning. His opinions are of no more importance than yours. Grow up. Fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | August 24, 2010 6:18 AM | Report abuse

Good Grief! Another apologist for a member of the triumverate (Comrade Obozo, Hairless Reid, Chairwoman Maolosi).

Here's the fact: On November 2nd, YOU LIBDUMB LEFTLOONE DUMBOCRATS ARE GOIN' DOWN!!!

VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

Posted by: A1965bigdog | August 24, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Good Grief! Another apologist for a member of the triumverate (Comrade Obozo, Hairless Reid, Chairwoman Maolosi).

Here's the fact: On November 2nd, YOU LIBDUMB LEFTLOONE DUMBOCRATS ARE GOIN' DOWN!!!

VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

Posted by: A1965bigdog | August 24, 2010 7:14 AM | Report abuse

Send the cretin to DC. If she's what the voters want, then she's what the voters DESERVE.

Posted by: TOMHERE

=========================///

I wholeheartedly agree. But at this point all we know for certain is that the GOP base wants her to represent them.

I find her positions on the Dept of Energy and Yucca Mountain to be more bizarre but perhaps it's too subtle for the Nevada electorate.

She wants to eliminate the Dept of Energy which would run the Yucca mountain nuclear waste processing facility which she wants to start up. I don't believe she has any idea what the Dept of Energy does.

Posted by: James10 | August 24, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

"The Democrat Recession

"When Pelosi / Reid / Obama took over Congress in Jan 2007, after 12 years of Republican prosperity, unemployment was at 4%, DOW was at a record high, we had had 54 straight months of economic growth.

"The recession started in late 2007, nearly A YEAR AFTER the Democrat Congress took power, with the DOW is down 40% from when Pelosi/Reid/Obama took over The Republican Congress had 4 budget surplus years, and left in 2006, with the DOW at a record high, unemployment sub 4%, deficits were moderate and trending down, and after 52 straight months of economic growth.

"100% of the recession, 100% of the stock market drop, 100% of skyrocketing unemployment, 100% of the bailouts, the crash of the Frank/Dodd financial system, a 40% growth in Govt spending, and $3.8 Trillion of new deficit debt, the worst environmental disaster in US history belongs to THIS DEMOCRAT CONGRESS.

"Republican Congress average annual Deficit: $105 billion (1996-2007)
Democrat congress average annual Deficit: $1.305 TRILLION (2008-2010)

"TWELVE LONG YEARS OF RECORD PROSPERITY with the Republican Congress,
THREE YEARS OF FAILURE, MISERY, FISCAL INSANITY, ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER, AND RUIN UNDER Pelosi/Reid/Obama..."

Posted by: fury60 | August 24, 2010 5:37 AM
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All this tells us is that 'Publican deregulation, tax cuts, wars were on a delayed-action financial fuse and that the Democrats arrived too late to halt the implosion.

Thanks, fury60, for reminding us.

Posted by: mini2 | August 24, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Good Grief! Another apologist for a member of the triumverate (Comrade Obozo, Hairless Reid, Chairwoman Maolosi).

Here's the fact: On November 2nd, YOU LIBDUMB LEFTLOONE DUMBOCRATS ARE GOIN' DOWN!!!

VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!

Posted by: A1965bigdog | August 24, 2010 7:14 AM

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Here we go, another Dee-Bag Repooplican who is "delusional". You and Angle (I thought Repooplican women were supposed to be hot) should both be strapped into your car seats and driven to the nut house where you can get the "help" you need!

The right wing fright club only attracts the uneducated and the delusional!

Posted by: TheChampishere | August 24, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

There's another element playing in Reid's favor. Look at Alaska, where a Palin/Tea Party candidate was supposed to knock off Senator Lisa Murkowski. The problem is, Alaskans realized that, if they lost Murkowski, they would lose the Senate seniority that helps them get about $2 in federal money for every $1 they send to Washington. If you were a Nevadan and looking at the issue objectively, would you rather vote for the Senate Majority Leader to represent your state in DC, or for a woman who believes the federal government is an abomination (despite the fact that her husband works for the Bureau of Land Management). My guess is, Nevada will make the same decision Alaska does.

Posted by: jhpurdy | August 24, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

isn't electing a terrifyingly dangerous whackjob better than keeping reid in office...
better the whackjob you don't know then the scumbag you do...

Posted by: DwightCollins | August 24, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Kevin_Willis "newsman that folks as divergent as Rush Limbaugh..."
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I would call that guy many things but it never occurred to me that anyone would call him a "newsman". The line between fact and fiction is rapidly fading. National politicians (or would be) and media celebrities just slinging obvious falsehoods with wild abandon. Almost like they are thinking "the crazier it is the more likely I'll be believed". There has always been truly creative interpretations of facts, sometimes an obvious "misstatement" but this is a whole new level of weird. Will it end?

Posted by: tfspa | August 24, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Angle is a bottle of T-Bird and a shopping cart away from yelling about the "End of Days" on a streetcorner.

Posted by: Please_Fix_VAs_Roads | August 24, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Can't help but notice you didn't mention any of Whorehouse Harry's legion of gaffes, misspeaks or dumba&& comments.
I wonder if Sen Reid can smeeeell the voters going into the polls this Nov and pulling the lever for Angle.
Harry, "the war is lost".

Posted by: theduck6 | August 24, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Sharon Angle agreeing with Michelle Bachman is proof she is a nutjob. Throw Palin into the mix and you have the female version of Larry, Moe and Curly. Except the 3 stooges were smarter.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | August 24, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Reid shouldn't have to do much -- just sit back and let Angle hang herself. If you listen to her, some of her statements are so over the top you just sit there and wonder how people could vote for this woman. I think she is even cazier than Michelle Bachmann and that's saying a lot because most of the time they need to throw a net over her. What happened to "normal" intelligent Republican women?!

Posted by: sharronkm | August 24, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

Anytime you agree with Michelle Bachmann, you're dealing yourself a losing hand. Even most of Minnesota recoils in shame when she speaks.

Posted by: jakemehoffer | August 24, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

The column doesn't point out that Angle has been using Reid's own words against him as well.
To wit, in Ocober, 1990 Reid took to the Senate floor to denounce the siphoning of surplus Social Security funds for other purposes. He called it "stealing" and "embezzlement."
Reid then went on for the next 20 years to help loot the remaining surplus funds to the point that $2.54 trillion of FICA taxes we paid in is now gone.
That money was supposed to be saved to fund Social Security through 2037. Instead we have a handful of worthless IOUs that Congress will make up by taxing us again for the same benefit.
It is, indeed, embezzlement, and Mr. Reid and his cohorts should be held accountable.

Posted by: mtpeaks | August 24, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The whole damn world is laughing its head off at America now; our whole image everywhere is now look how many nuts and idiots America now has either already in our government or close to being there - this is the most dumbed down country in the world - you know, science sucks; Americans have disdain for their teachers; they want no government whatsoever (I guess the nutzis would be happier with no governance; let everybody do their own thing - great, then we'll be a more diverse example of Somalia) - we're a nation full of dumba$$es! That so many Americans believe so many of the manufactured, crazy, way out there crap being spewed by crazy politicians, the media and talk radio is oh, so embarrassing!

Posted by: southernbutnotstupid | August 24, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

The whole damn world is laughing its head off at America now; our whole image everywhere is now look how many nuts and idiots America now has either already in our government or close to being there - this is the most dumbed down country in the world - you know, science sucks; Americans have disdain for their teachers; they want no government whatsoever (I guess the nutzis would be happier with no governance; let everybody do their own thing - great, then we'll be a more diverse example of Somalia) - we're a nation full of dumba$$es! That so many Americans believe so many of the manufactured, crazy, way out there crap being spewed by crazy politicians, the media and talk radio is oh, so embarrassing!

Posted by: southernbutnotstupid | August 24, 2010 11:34 AM |

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Well said, Dee-Bag!

Posted by: TheChampishere | August 24, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

The Senate’s yearlong failure to pass a food safety overhaul has hampered the ability of Obama administration to quickly recall the 600 million eggs connected to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened nearly 2,000 people, experts and lawmakers say.

The House approved its version of the food safety bill in July 2009 — that was more than 60 recalls of Food and Drug Administration regulated products ago, according to a report by the Make Our Food Safe Coalition. But the Senate has continued to drag its feet.

The pressure is now on Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has consistently pushed the bill to the backburner. Lawmakers, aides and analysts say Reid must bring the bill to the floor when the Senate returns in September in light of the major deficiencies in a nearly century-old regulatory system —- and one of the worst food outbreaks yet.

“Without the muscle of an updated law to actually carry out these rules, we're afraid of more outbreaks like these,” said Erik Olsen, Deputy Director of the Pew Health Group’s Food Portfolio.

“This is really an object lesson in why we need the food safety legislation.”

Current law is so weak that it does not permit the Food and Drug Administration to authorize recalls. Instead, the government must rely on the responsible parties to issue recalls themselves — a loophole that often translates into weeks or months of negotiations between the government and companies afraid of losing profits before contaminated food gets called back.

The pending legislation not only gives the FDA recall authority but also imposes stricter rules on mandatory inspections, trace-back protocol, access to company records, and whistleblower protections — all of which are lacking in the current food safety law, which is more than 70 years old.

Posted by: alance | August 24, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

The Reid smear-job has backfired. Harry has spent $10 million plus already showing Sharron's face and voice. Now she has 99% name recognition, and she's up in the polls. She should send him a thank-you note after she wins his senate seat!

Posted by: darenodawg | August 24, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"The whole damn world is laughing its head off at America now; our whole image everywhere is now look how many nuts and idiots America now has either already in our government or close to being there - this is the most dumbed down country in the world - you know, science sucks; Americans have disdain for their teachers; they want no government whatsoever (I guess the nutzis would be happier with no governance; let everybody do their own thing - great, then we'll be a more diverse example of Somalia) - we're a nation full of dumba$$es! That so many Americans believe so many of the manufactured, crazy, way out there crap being spewed by crazy politicians, the media and talk radio is oh, so embarrassing!"

Posted by: southernbutnotstupid | August 24, 2010 11:34 AM
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It's all in how you look at it; would you rather be Clowns of the Western World, or, as we were in the late '60s-early '70s, reviled murderers? OMG, the people of Islam must see us THAT WAY now.

I am confident that Ms Angle would help sustain both views were she so unfortunate as to be elected.

Posted by: mini2 | August 24, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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