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New Reid ad: Sharron Angle is a dangerous maniac

Okay, that headline is an exaggeration, but not much of one. Harry Reid's latest ad strings together a host of Angle-isms to paint her as, well, a dangerous psychopath:

What's interesting is that even though Angle did say all these things, and even though Reid has widely disseminated her comments throughout the state, the race is still very close. It's a measure of how stiff a headwind Reid faces.

It's routinely pointed out that Reid's reelection chances turn on whether he can render Angle an unacceptable alternative. But the rubs is that given how disliked Reid and the Obama agenda are in Nevada, he needs to render her really, truly, horrifyingly unacceptable. If the stuff Angle has already said isn't enough to do that, it's hard to imagine what it would take.

(Via Jon Ralston.)

By Greg Sargent  |  August 26, 2010; 10:28 AM ET
Categories:  2010 elections , Senate Dems , Senate Republicans  
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A bad headline, since it claims that Harry said something which he did not.

The ad calls her too extreme.

Posted by: Liam-still | August 26, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Damn Sharon Angle just went NUCLEAR on Sharron Angle.

Reid has run a brilliant campaign. If he pulls this off it is because of his campaign manager.

Democrats must remember Murkowski. If you don't take out your oponent early in this environment then you will lose.

Posted by: maritza1 | August 26, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

OK, let's review the Greg Sargent entries so far this week:

New Reid ad: Sharron Angle is a dangerous maniac
Harry Reid rips Sharron Angle over "domestic enemies"
Sharron Angle agrees with radio host who says we have "domestic enemies" within Congress
Reid ads quote Sharron Angle in her own words

I'm not sure this qualifies as "journalism." In fact I don't think this even qualifies as blogging. It would be simpler if you just replaced The Plum Line with a link to the Reid campaign website.

Posted by: ath17 | August 26, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Greg's entries are actually pretty good. Reid is the Majority Leader in the Senate is in for a very tough race in Nevada.

It is important to put his ads (as well as others) on here to show what is happening in everybody's campaigns.

Posted by: maritza1 | August 26, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

ath17.

Feeling upset and tense, are you?

Go treat yourself to a nice therapeutic Scientology Massage, and all your cares will melt away.

Posted by: Liam-still | August 26, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Tom Tomorrow

http://www.salon.com/entertainment/comics/this_modern_world/2010/08/24/this_modern_world

One of his best.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | August 26, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I didn't expect to see any of this from Reid's camp until mid-September.

Posted by: andrew_graham | August 26, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

From Timothy Egan, in the NY Times;

"Building a Nation of Know-Nothings"

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/25/building-a-nation-of-know-nothings/?hp

"Having shed much of his dignity, core convictions and reputation for straight talk, Senator John McCain won his primary on Tuesday against the flat-earth wing of his party. Now McCain can go search for his lost character, which was last on display late in his 2008 campaign for president.

Remember the moment: a woman with matted hair and a shaky voice rose to express her doubts about Barack Obama. “I have read about him,” she said, “and he’s not — he’s an Arab.”

McCain was quick to knock down the lie. “No, ma’am,” he said, “he’s a decent family man, a citizen.”

That ill-informed woman — her head stuffed with fabrications that could be disproved by a pre-schooler — now makes up a representative third or more of the Republican party. It’s not just that 47 percent of Republicans believe the lie that Obama is a Muslim, or that 27 percent in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen. But fully half of them believe falsely that the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under TARP was enacted by Obama, and not by President Bush. "

Posted by: Liam-still | August 26, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Spin baby, Spin!

Posted by: luca_20009 | August 26, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Any of the right wingers have a comment to this:

Rep. John Fleming (R) of Louisiana was campaigning alongside Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) this week, speaking to a Republican women's group near Shreveport. Fleming did his best to frame the midterm elections in a very specific way.

"We have two competing world views here and there is no way that we can reach across the aisle -- one is going to have to win," said Rep. John Fleming, R-La. [...]

"We are either going to go down the socialist road and become like Western Europe and create, I guess really a godless society, an atheist society. Or we're going to continue down the other pathway where we believe in freedom of speech, individual liberties and that we remain a Christian nation.

"So we're going to have to solve that argument before we can once again reach across and work together on things."

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_08/025386.php

Is this the attitude you think the GOP should present?

Posted by: cmccauley60 | August 26, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

"A Christian Nation" would be a nice change from what The Hate Mongering Right Wingers have been operating, I think that fine Jewish Lad, Jesus, might enjoy that change.

Posted by: Liam-still | August 26, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

The Harry Reid campaign reminds me in many ways of the campaign that Rod Blagojevich ran in 2006.

Blago inudated the air waves with commercials attacking his rival that started "With what's she thinking?". He won his re-election with the support of individuals like Barack Obama and Rahm Emmanuel but now not one Democratic politician will stand by him.

The citizens of Nevada should be wary of attack ads and instead look at what an incumbent candidate has done for you during his last term of office and not at the hyperbole that Reid spouts!

Posted by: mwhoke | August 26, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Sharron Angle is obviously a wack job...but I live in Florida so I can throw no stones.

I believe we have found the most despicable, greedy, selfish, heartless candidate in the entire nation.... Rick Scott....OMG I want to puke.

Generally I get busted by one of our "reasonable" argument cops like Bernie or Kevin for stating absolutes...but I am absolutely sure that Rick Scott qualifies as the single worst candidate running this year..at least for a significant office...

Posted by: rukidding7 | August 26, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

And the "smart and serious" republicans don't do much better:

Van Susteren wanted to get a sense of what Americans could expect from Pence's Republican Party, other than "the usual," when it comes to the economy. She noted that Republicans obviously support Bush-era tax rates, but wondered, other than that, what else Pence might push to improve the economy. He replied:

"Yes, look, the enemy of our prosperity is uncertainty ... the greatest uncertainty right now is -- and you just heard -- you heard the Vice President again kind of defend it in passing, their tax cuts -- their tax increases on the rich -- is this administration actually thinks that it would be a good idea to allow a tax increase on job creators on January 1st, 2011. You know, higher taxes never got anybody hired."

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_08/025389.php

Posted by: cmccauley60 | August 26, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I'm guessing that woman from Tennessee that was on The Daily Show last night will be a GOP candidate for something soon. Maybe she can run for President, eh Kevin Willis?

Posted by: cmccauley60 | August 26, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Re: the Louisiana candidate:

"Or we're going to continue down the other pathway where we believe in freedom of speech, individual liberties and that we remain a Christian nation."

It never occurs to him that there is an internal contradiction in this sentence, nor does he seem to be aware of article VI of the Constitution, which says that no religious test shall ever be required for public office.

As CA approaches LA in per-pupil spending, we should look at what this has wrought.

Posted by: Mimikatz | August 26, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

@Greg

She wants to get rid of the EPA.
She wants to get rid of public education.
She believes she's on a mission from God.
She indirectly threatened armed violence if she didn't win the election.

Explain to me the part where "dangerous maniac" is an exageration...

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | August 26, 2010 12:16 PM | Report abuse

ChickenMadness: The exaggeration is simply that Reid didn't actually use those exact words. It *is* true, but Reid is phrasing it differently. That's all Mr. Sargent means.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 26, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

@cmccaulley: "Is this the attitude you think the GOP should present?"

Not really. And, technically, we're a secular nation with religious liberty. So that's not an accurate statement.

"Maybe she can run for President, eh Kevin Willis?"

I haven't seen that, yet. I'm sure it's very insulting of us backwoods hicks down here in the south, though. ;)

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | August 26, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

re: Jon Stewart: Watching it now. Brilliant. "It doesn't matter what we do." and "I've got an idea, how about we don't give a *bleep* what they think? How about that?"

Love Jon Stewart.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | August 26, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

re: Woman from Tennessee on Jon Stewart. Well, I disagree with her on the Murfreesboro Mosque bs (that's just effin' crazy, I'm sorry), but I like the cut of her jib. You never know, she could be presidential material.

That piece was awesome. "A huge terrorist network in Tennessee". Man. That woman is awesome. Ben Lemming was great, too.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | August 26, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

It helps that Angle appears to be a bit of a dangerous maniac in real life.

Posted by: CalD | August 26, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

how come nobody was horrified with this lady when she held state office for the past 10 years?

Posted by: dummypants | August 26, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Geez, everyone, take a deep breath. It's not even Labor Day. The electorate isn't focused yet. It's gonna take time for this "dangerous maniac" meme to get firmly planted in the public consciousness. Be patient. By Election Day, Angle's mental instability will be the fodder of every late night talk show host in the country.

Posted by: Django48 | August 26, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Reid internals must be sagging because the desperation has markedly increased in the last week.

Posted by: Truthteller12 | August 26, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

You keep carrying that water Greg. I'm sure it will payoff for you handsomely in the end.

Posted by: idgit | August 26, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Angle's problems include not just having some fringe ideas, but also apparently not being that bright and at the same time falling under the sway of Beltway Republicans.

She's kind of strong in one popular area and Reid is extremely vulnerable in that same area. But, she's mostly refusing to go after Reid over that issue:

http://24ahead.com/n/10130

If you're an Angle supporter, ask her why she isn't forcefully and repeatedly going after Reid on one of his most vulnerable issues.

If you're a Reid supporter, breath a sigh of relief to have her running against him.

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | August 26, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Man. I don't think the Democrats have all the answers, but today's crop of Republicans is just out. to. lunch. As in certifiable. How did they get this way, anyway?

Posted by: B2O2 | August 26, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Now that the corporate-conservative Supreme Court has put our government up for sale on eBay, we need to know who is buying it. Support the DISCLOSE Act - call your senator today!

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_07/024922.php

Disgusting that not one Republican will side with the American people (90% of whom agree with the act's purpose) on this. Not one. Talk about treason.

Posted by: B2O2 | August 26, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

"how come nobody was horrified with this lady when she held state office for the past 10 years?"

From a couple things I've read, quite a few Nevadans of the Republican persuasion are indeed horrified with this lady. They've seen her in action and they don't want her in Washington where she can do even more damage.

Posted by: dkmjr | August 27, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

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