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Sharron Angle: I pledge to filibuster Dem agenda "to death"

One of Harry Reid's primary arguments against Sharron Angle is that replacing him would cost the state of Nevada, because a freshman Senator wouldn't have anywhere near the clout to deliver the amounts of Federal cash the majority leader has.

Now Angle has developed a pushback against this argument: She says she would have clout if elected -- because lone Senators have the power to filibuster. And she's pledging to filibuster the Dem agenda "to death."

Angle made the promise during an event before a friendly crowd of 200 or so Republicans, reports the Las Vegas Review Journal:

Angle said that as a junior senator she could wield power by joining Republicans to block tax hikes, excess regulation and spending bills, and Supreme Court nominees who don't meet a strict constitutional test, including Elena Kagan.

"There are certain things that can be done just by your junior senator," Angle said, explaining that even if Republicans remain in the minority after 2010, she could filibuster, which allows lone lawmakers to delay legislation through lengthy debate.

"I guarantee that I can talk most anything to death."

It's an interesting argument: If you elect me, I pledge to block the Dem agenda by relying heavily on procedural shenanigans to obstruct and delay and grind the business of the Senate to a halt. It's a starkly different definition of Senatorial clout than the one employed by Reid, who is pledging to continue using his influence to deliver for the state.

Of course, the truth is that individual Senators do have the power to do this under the current system. As it stands now, some constituents might be eager to elect Senators who vow to wield Senatorial power in this manner, blocking the Dem agenda using any means necessary. Indeed, Angle's argument -- that obstructing the Dem agenda constitues a backdoor form of delivering for the state -- is probably one that resonates well with the GOP base at large.

At least Angle is being very up front about what Nevadans will get if they elect her.

UPDATE, 11:59 a.m.: DNC spokesperson Brandi Hoffine responds:

This country was built by people -- Republican and Democrat -- who ran for office because they wanted to do something, wanted to fix something, wanted to achieve something. Sharron Angle's perverse idea of what it means to be a Senator -- to "talk" legislation "to death" -- is proof that Republicans cannot be trusted to govern.

By Greg Sargent  |  August 3, 2010; 10:38 AM ET
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Additionally, Angle had this to say on Fox News about the role of the press (from Benen):

"Over the weekend, Angle sat down with Fox News' Carl Cameron, who noted her habit about avoiding reporters' scrutiny. Angle replied, "We needed to have the press be our friend."

When Cameron said that "sounds lame," the right-wing candidate replied, "Well, no, no, we wanted [journalists] to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported. And when I get on a show and I say send me money to SharronAngle.com, so that your listeners will know that if they want to support me they need to go to SharronAngle.com."

Angle recently conceded she only wants to talk to media that will let her beg for cash on the air, and notice that Fox News didn't edit out her shameless plug.

But that's clearly not the interesting part here. Sharron Angle said, on the record and on camera, that her campaign's media strategy is built around the notion of manipulating news organizations, getting the questions Angle wants, so she can give the answers she wants, so the public will hear the news the way Angle wants it to be heard."

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 3, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"I guarantee that I can talk most anything to death."

I wouldn't be surprised if, having been forced to listen to Sharron "Obtuse" Angle, more than one person has committed suicide.

Is this a good reason to vote for someone?

And notice the distinct lack of policy prescription outside of "no".

The entire GOP seems to be made up of angry Eric Cartmans. "@!$ you guys, I'm going home," could be the GOP’s battle cry.

And the Republican’s economic policy was stolen from the Underpants Gnomes.

Step 1) Cut Taxes
Step 2) ???????
Step 3) A balanced budget

I’d like to think the American people aren’t dumb enough to fall for this…

Posted by: nisleib | August 3, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Nice "IDEAS" for moving the country forward.

Obviously all this psycho wants to do is tear the country down.

It is literally unfathomable that anyone would vote to elect someone who is so brazenly against progress in America.

Does Osama Bin Laden have a shot at the GOP 2012 nomination?

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 3, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Plumline Should Start Every Thread, With This Quote:

"They have not come up with a single, solitary new idea to address the challenges of the American people. They don't have a single idea that's different from George Bush's ideas, not one. Instead, they're betting on amnesia."

President Obama,

Posted by: Liam-still | August 3, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Is she a little slow?

Anyone have any of her transcripts from school?

Does she even know what a Senator does?

Does she know how many Senators there are?

Posted by: mikefromArlington | August 3, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

You missed all the dumb stuff she said on Fox that was covered by Bennen and TPM.

"We needed to have the press be our friend,"

"We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."

/faceplant

Posted by: mikefromArlington | August 3, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Are there any "Second Amendment remedies" for her?

Posted by: BGinCHI | August 3, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

That's her push-back? "Harry Reid may be able to bring home the bacon, but I can deliver you nothing"?

Posted by: CalD | August 3, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

From the Reid Spokemen (in my mind):

"The contrast in this election couldn't be made any clearer. Harry Reid will continue fighting tooth and nail to get Nevada out of the economic ravine the Republicans put us in, while Sharron Angle's solution, if you could call it that, is to 'guarantee that [she] can talk most anything to death'. The people of Nevada want someone to fight for them, not fight to do nothing."

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | August 3, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

The Anti Defamation League's New Doctrine Shall Be Known As;

Sometimes Bigotry Can Be Justified.

Posted by: Liam-still | August 3, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

From the Reid Spokeman (in my mind):

"The contrast in this election couldn't be made any clearer. Harry Reid will continue fighting tooth and nail to get Nevada out of the economic ravine the Republicans put us in, while Sharron Angle's solution, if you could call it that, is to 'guarantee that [she] can talk most anything to death'. The people of Nevada want someone to fight for them, not fighting to do nothing."

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | August 3, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Whoops...a preview got posted. I may have clicked the wrong button. My bad!

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | August 3, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Somebody has to stop the train to hell that Harry is engineering. The little that Harry has done for Nevada is heavily outweighed by the damage he has done to the country. Harry's Motto's are "What damage can we do to the country today". "To Hell with the Will of the People".

Posted by: two-eagles | August 3, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

bbq, right on as usual. When are we starting Plumline Political Consulting, Inc?

Posted by: BGinCHI | August 3, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

2-eagles, your post is tellingly devoid of examples.

Maybe this would be more accurate: You kids get off my lawn!

Posted by: BGinCHI | August 3, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

A Large Democratic Senate Majority was elected by "The Will Of The People"

Some scattered gatherings of Teabag Wearing Imbeciles Does Not Count.

Posted by: Liam-still | August 3, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Sharron is more that your typical right winger -- she is also human crazy glue. Like Rand Paul, she professes to hate everything about government, but yet this lady runs for every office in sight in which taxpayers pay her salary and provide her with benefits. Her husband collects a government penison and she collets one from the state. Angle now is parroting Reagan's line that "government is the problem." If ya think that Ms. Sharron, stay the hell out of that line of work and quit trying to profit from it on our dime.

Posted by: Sandydayl | August 3, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse


She refers to herself as both a Christian, and a Scientologist;

Sharron Obtuse Angle gives the same credence to L. Ron Hubbard that she does to Jesus.

Posted by: Liam-still | August 3, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, Obama got off some great lines at the DNC fundraiser in Atlanta yesterday (from Benen):

"Now, understand, it'd be one thing if the Republicans had seen the error of their ways. (Laughter.) Right? I mean, if after the rejections of 2006 and 2008, realizing, gosh, look at this big disaster that we caused and taking record surpluses into record deficits and causing all this hardship -- we're going to rethink our approach and go out in the wilderness for a while, come back with some new ideas. (Laughter.)

"But that's not what happened. It's not like they've engaged in some heavy reflection. They have not come up with a single, solitary, new idea to address the challenges of the American people. They don't have a single idea that's different from George Bush's ideas -- not one. (Applause.)

"Instead, they're betting on amnesia. (Laughter.) That's what they're counting on. They're counting on that you all forgot. They think that they can run the okey-doke on you. (Laughter.) Bamboozle you." (Laughter.)

"I mean, think about it, these are the folks who were behind the steering wheel and drove the car into the ditch. So we've had to put on our galoshes, we went down there in the mud, we've been pushing, we've been shoving. They've been standing back, watching, saying, 'You're not moving fast enough, you ain't doing it right. (Laughter.) Why are you doing it that way? You got some mud on the car.' Right? (Applause.)

"That's all right. We don't need help. We're just going to keep on pushing. We push, we push. The thing is slipping a little bit, but we stay with it. Finally -- finally -- we get this car out of the ditch, where we're just right there on the blacktop. We're about to start driving forward again. They say, 'Hold on, we want the keys back.' (Laughter and applause.) You can't have the keys back -- you don't know how to drive. (Laughter and applause.) You don't know how to drive.

"And I do want to point out, when you get in your car, when you go forward, what do you do? You put it in 'D.' When you want to go back, what do you do? (Laughter.) You put it in 'R.' We won't do want to go into reverse back in the ditch. We want to go forwards. We got to put it in 'D.' (Applause.) Can't have the keys back." (Laughter.)

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 3, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Oh great congress needs another one of these trying to gum up the works rather than try to solve problems types don't we have enough of those.

Posted by: maxisgod | August 3, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

OT

Everyone should be made aware of this finding, since it is in so many things we consume.


"Cancer cells slurp up fructose, US study finds"

http://www.reuters.com/article/idAFN0210830520100802

"Aug 2 (Reuters) - Pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate, U.S. researchers said on Monday in a study that challenges the common wisdom that all sugars are the same.

Tumor cells fed both glucose and fructose used the two sugars in two different ways, the team at the University of California Los Angeles found.

They said their finding, published in the journal Cancer Research, may help explain other studies that have linked fructose intake with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest cancer types.

"These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation," Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center and colleagues wrote.

"They have major significance for cancer patients given dietary refined fructose consumption, and indicate that efforts to reduce refined fructose intake or inhibit fructose-mediated actions may disrupt cancer growth."

Americans take in large amounts of fructose, mainly in high fructose corn syrup, a mix of fructose and glucose that is used in soft drinks, bread and a range of other foods."

" The American Beverage Association, whose members include Coca-Cola (KO.N) and Kraft Foods (KFT.N) have strongly, and successfully, opposed efforts to tax soda. [ID:nN12233126]

The industry has also argued that sugar is sugar.

Heaney said his team found otherwise. They grew pancreatic cancer cells in lab dishes and fed them both glucose and fructose.

Tumor cells thrive on sugar but they used the fructose to proliferate. "Importantly, fructose and glucose metabolism are quite different," Heaney's team wrote.

"I think this paper has a lot of public health implications. Hopefully, at the federal level there will be some effort to step back on the amount of high fructose corn syrup in our diets," Heaney said in a statement.

Now the team hopes to develop a drug that might stop tumor cells from making use of fructose.

U.S. consumption of high fructose corn syrup went up 1,000 percent between 1970 and 1990, researchers reported in 2004 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition."

Posted by: Liam-still | August 3, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

sue, great quotes.

Obama getting into campaign mode early. I like it.

Posted by: BGinCHI | August 3, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Angle is going to lose. A, ala Coakley, she is a terrible candidate. B, she is nationalizing an election where Harry Reid is talking about what he's going to do for the voters of Nevada. Specifically you, you, you and you.

A good Republican candidate could have taken Reid. Angle is not likely to be that candidate. Based only on the things that come out of her mouth, and everything else I know about her.

Also, not to be religiously intolerant, but Scientologists are--um--interesting. And they say very interesting things, given half a chance.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | August 3, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Harry Reid should further energize the Dem base in NV by promising that if he is reelected he won't stand for Majority Leader.

Posted by: BGinCHI | August 3, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

The more I hear about this candidate, the less I like her. And the people who vote her into office won't like her much anymore, either, when they discover her obstructionist tactics could cost the state of Nevada millions in federal funding.

It's great to strike a libertarian pose on the campaign trail - the reality of actually governing is much different.

Posted by: MidwaySailor76 | August 3, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

@Sue

I second BG...those are some great quotes. Now if only Pres. Obama could get the media to cover it.

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | August 3, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

BG, this should become a Dem mantra:

"Want to go forward, put it in D. Want to go backward, put it in R."

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 3, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

@BGinCHI

"When are we starting Plumline Political Consulting, Inc?"

As soon as someone will pay us decent money to do it...

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | August 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

sue, agreed, though I drive a 6-speed.

Posted by: BGinCHI | August 3, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Liam, thanks muchly for the article on fructose. Pretty huge. HFCS is a disaster. Stupid taxpayer-funded corporate ag frankenfoods.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 3, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Harry Reid should further energize the Dem base in NV by promising that if he is reelected he won't stand for Majority Leader.

Posted by: BGinCHI | August 3, 2010 11:39 AM |

.................

Sorry my friend; I think that would be the worst thing he could possibly do.

That would have him admitting that he had done a terrible job, as leader.

That would be handing Angle a huge club to beat him over the head with.

Posted by: Liam-still | August 3, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

You know you're freakin nutjob when you're a Republican/Bagger and even Fox News and NRO question you!

"""Her remarks clearly left Cameron flabbergasted, and prompted Fox Nation to run the headline, "Sharron Angle too honest in latest interview." National Review wrote up the appearance under the title, "Did she just say that out loud?""""

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/44/2010/08/sharron-angle-press-should-ask.html

Yes. Yes, she DID say that out loud.

And yes, she obviously is "too honest" for Fox News. They prefer their "honesty" with a mocking jab at Obama and a winky wink.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 3, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Why would Reid want to vow not to be majority leader if ellected? That seems silly.

Posted by: nisleib | August 3, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

By no means am I a Sharron Angle supporter but I have to give her points on being up front about how she intends to govern. Now it is up to Nevadians to decide if this is how they want to be govern. I also give points to Rand Paul for the same level of honesty. I don't agree with him at all but I know what to expect if he wins.

I just wish the mealy mouth establishment republicans like Cantor (I feel slimmed everytime I see or hear him speak), BoneHead from Ohio, McConnel, and Pence. These politicians whine endlessly but won't answer the simply question of "What spending will you do away with?" "What programs will you cut?".

Posted by: SteelWheel25 | August 3, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

For seven years in Nevada's Assembly this political gladfly buzzed around. Conspicuously absent from her political discourse is any list of accomplishments. The FACT that she is were she is today says all that needs to be said about Nevada, its politics, and its electorate. CHEERS!

Posted by: whocares666 | August 3, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Another poll proves that Sarah Palin is toxic to everyone but her zealous supporters:

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

Posted by: Greg Sargent | August 3, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

The Reid Maj Leader suggestion was tongue in cheek.

Sorry....

Posted by: BGinCHI | August 3, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse


Liam, thanks muchly for the article on fructose. Pretty huge. HFCS is a disaster. Stupid taxpayer-funded corporate ag frankenfoods.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 3, 2010 11:46 AM

.................

Your very welcome. I would not be surprised; should further research find that fructose fuels the rapid multiplication of cells in many other forms of cancer.

People better get that stuff out of their children's daily intake.

Posted by: Liam-still | August 3, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love her honesty, "send me to Washington, I know how to filibuster!!!"

Then we'll switch to our second amendment solutions

Posted by: soapm | August 3, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Liam, yes. As you know, I'm a sustainability advocate. Climate change and all that. I am all for limiting GHGs as a long-term strategy, but I think a widespread sustainable food initiative would do more to protect our planet and increase quality of life in the next 50 years than anything else we can do.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 3, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh, great. All we need is another Palin clone.

Posted by: sux123 | August 3, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't she even know that in the new, lazy, washington you don't actually have to talk to filibuster -just threatened to filibuster and everyone goes home.

Posted by: sux123 | August 3, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

What an idiotic argument. I don't care for Reid, but Angle makes him look sane.

Posted by: bpai_99 | August 3, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

@two-eagles = "Somebody has to stop the train to hell that Harry is engineering. The little that Harry has done for Nevada is heavily outweighed by the damage he has done to the country. Harry's Motto's are "What damage can we do to the country today". "To Hell with the Will of the People"."

It continues to amaze me, the guys who instantly turned a surplus into a deficit, passed legislation after legislation that were all unpaid for, started two wars and deregulated us into the largest recession since the great depression keep talking about the damage other people is doing to the country. Is this in relative terms like to say they caused more damage than we did? I know Obama was handed the smoking gun but we all saw who pulled the trigger.

Arrogance is the foundation on which repeating past mistakes are built. Reagan proved wealth doesn't trickle down and Bush confirmed tax cuts get us nothing but a larger deficit. When arrogance admits defeat we can move past rhetoric and theory, open our eyes and let truth lead the way.

Because we differ on what a utopian nation would be, we by default differ on the direction we must go. And so we built a system of compromise called the Congress so that no voice will go unheard.

We hear you... Disagree with going back to policies we know fail but we hear you.. You don't need to talk louder into the mic...

Posted by: soapm | August 3, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Angle is basically telling all Nevada voters with brains, "You really, really, really shouldn't vote for me. I'm nuts."

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | August 3, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

@SteelWheel25 = "These politicians whine endlessly but won't answer the simply question of "What spending will you do away with?" "What programs will you cut?"."

Great observations, however, the answer isn't that simple.. The only program that can be effectively cut which would make meaningful impact on the deficit is defense. You aren't asking them to campaign on cutting defense are you?

Those names you mentioned are more interested in power and can careless about this country.

The HC bill has already brought efficiencies to Medicare but no one is talking about those savings. There should be cheers over deficit reductions.

If the Republican's were serious about solving problems instead of taking empty positions on popular issues they would sit down at the table and work with the democrats. However, legislative success for Democrats mean less of a chance for Republican power so at the peril of the country they swear they love, they refuse to sit at the table.

Those names you mentioned can care less about America, all they want is power. And if waiving a flag and promising to do better will get them that power then lies, lies, lies they will tell.

PS.. This describes Democrats also with one small exception. With power, Republican's do for the 5% while the Democrats toss a little to the 95%...

Posted by: soapm | August 3, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Who writes her material?

Posted by: jckdoors | August 3, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Is Sharon Angle that stupid, or does she have such a low opinion of Nevada's voters that she thinks she an get away with sounding stupid and still be elected? If she's leading the way of the Tea Party, then I would pray that the British re-occupy America!

Posted by: nofoxvoter | August 3, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

I am a little confused: instead of explaining how she will, let us say, work to get the government to make more water available to Nevada, she will show how influential she is by preventing the government from discussing it?

Are there really Nevadans who will vote for her?

Posted by: AMviennaVA | August 3, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

It's only interesting and backdoor if you are a liberal who lacks the understanding that people don't like your agenda and want it stopped.

Posted by: Truthteller12 | August 3, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Actually no, Senators can't talk legislation to death because of the cloture rule so Greg is wrong. If that were true the health care bill would not be law right now.

Posted by: Truthteller12 | August 3, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Nutbag "Right" Angle makes Sarah Palin look like William F. Buckley and Michelle Bachmann look like Everett Dirksen.

Seriously, how can even you freakazoid rightwingnut dimwits defend those moron? Oh wait...

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | August 3, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

I know the Democrats have been accusing the Republicans of being obstructionists. But, this is the first I've heard of a Republican actually running *AS* and obstructionist.

Posted by: koygdb | August 3, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Good posts, soapm.

The sad truth, however, is that Arrogance is--by definition--INCAPABLE of admitting defeat.

Posted by: Rhino40 | August 3, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Angle would no doubt bring the federal government to a grinding halt if she is elected. Even her Republican colleagues in the state legislature have said they disliked her because of her tendency to vote "no" on just about everything for no particular reason.

Imagine what she'd do if rather than just voting "no," she had the power to block anything and everything for no particular reason as she would in the US Senate. The only consolation would be that the voters would probably react negatively in 2012 the way they did during Clinton's presidency when Newt Gingrich tried to shut down the government.

Posted by: Spacer | August 3, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

As we can see, progressives are desperately demonizing Sharron Angle, which will help convince thinking Americans in Nevada that they must vote for Sharron Angle.

Progressives are controlled by Marxist and U.S. enemies, so the more progressives demonize someone, the better that person is likely to be for our country. That's exactly the case with Sharron Angle.

The more progressives demonize Sharron Angle, the more they confirm that Sharron Angle will be able to help us defend ourselves -- and our children and grandchildren -- from Obama, Reid and Pelosi and their job-killing, economy-killing, freedom-killing scams like Obamacare and cap and trade.

Initially the millions invested in propaganda and the lies and manipulation used by progressives to demonize Angle may work for them. However, the more people learn about what Sharron REALLY stands for and why, the more votes she will eventually get.

Patriotic and thinking Americans want JOBS, the jobs that Reid has helped Obama kill with scam after scam, including the Obamacare scam. Patriotic and thinking Americans want JOBS, not government handouts. They would vote for the mafia before voting for Reid. The mafia has harmed us less that Reid.

Patriotic and thinking Americans support Sharron Angle.

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

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