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Sharron Angle again refuses to disavow "domestic enemies" claim

I don't know how much clearer I can make this.

Sharron Angle is the national GOP's candidate in what is arguably the most high-profile Senate race in the country. On the day she announced her candidacy in 2009, Angle clearly and unequivocally agreed with a conservative radio host who claimed that there are "domestic enemies" and homegrown enemies" within the Senate and the Congress.

She has now been given three chances to disavow this claim or to state clearly that she doesn't agree with it. In all three cases, she's refused.

Angle's latest refusal came this morning, in response to aggressive questioning from ABC News' Jonathan Karl:

ABC NEWS: Do we have enemies of the country inside the walls of Congress?

ANGLE: Certainly people who pass these kinds of policies -- Obamacare, cap and trade, stimulus, bailout -- they're certainly not friends to the free market system.

ABC NEWS: So, what are they?

ANGLE: They're not friends.

No disavowal at all. If anything she leaned slightly in the direction of reaffirmation. Nor did she disavow the claim when given the opportunity in an interview yesterday with CNN, or in another recent interview with a right-wing talk show host. This isn't complicated: All Angle has to do is say: "No, of course I don't believe there are domestic enemies in Congress."

Here's the point: Given Angle's previous statements, particularly her suggestion that people may resort to "Second Amendment remedies" if Congress continues on its current course, it seems perfectly possible that Angle very well may believe that there are "domestic enemies" within the Congress. She is asking voters to elect her to that august body.

Yet Angle is mostly getting a pass on this. If a high-profile Democratic Senate candidate agreed with a lefty host's claim that conservatives within Congress constitute "domestic enemies" -- and then repeatedly refused to disavow the claim when given the chance -- it would be picked up by scores of major media outlets and hammered away at ceaselessly until the claim was retracted. Anyone who says otherwise is just deluded or lying.

By Greg Sargent  |  September 7, 2010; 12:51 PM ET
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But she wears those really cool cotton pants pulled up to her chest while sitting on the back of a pick up truck so she's got my vote.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | September 7, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Greg,

See if you can ask her for a comment on this.


She said passing a "bailout" is one of the things that makes some one a "domestic enemy of the USA"

President George W. Bush asked for The TARP bailout of Wall St Casino Bank operators;

So, Sharron Obtuse Angle just called President George W. Bush a "domestic Enemy"

Posted by: Liam-still | September 7, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

ummm...emag. Internet isn't anonymous even if you think it is. Not a good idea.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | September 7, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Greg there is a lot Sharon Angle can be criticized for, saying Congress is rife with domestic enemies of our country and constitution is not one of them. Of course the enemies she sees are probably the only good lawmakers in office and the rest, including her if she is elected, are in reality the domestic enemies. When a wholly corporate money owned govt.(both DEM and GOP)legislates against the best interests of the ordinary working Americans that elected them in order to ensure their continued power and wealth with little concern for the good of the country then they are indeed domestic enemies of America. It's as simple as that.

Posted by: hary3hve | September 7, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

What's with Greg's OCD campaign to morph Sharron Angle into... (queue ominous music) *Nancy Pelosi's evil twin!*

Why didn't Pelosi's McCarthyistic threat to "investigate" patriotic Americans cause "a ripple in the national media." She is, afterall, the most powerful woman in the world (not an obscure candidate in Nevada).

I've been waiting patiently all month for the ACLU to denounce the “chilling effect” on the 1st Amendment exerted by Pelosi's hamfisted attempt to intimidate the American citizenry and inhibit folks from freely expressing their dissent.
http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/114773-pelosi-new-yorkers-should-decide-in-ginned-up-mosque-controversy

But it’s only Labor Day, maybe they’re all still on summer vacation over at ACLU-HQ?

I’m sure they’ll all be chiming in on this any time now, you betcha.

*crickets chirp*

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead Greg, keep pulling that thread until the tapestry unravels. She said they weren't friends of the free market system, she never used the word "enemies". So if they're not friends they have to be enemies, right? No, they're not friends just like I'm not friends of everyone in my neighborhood. Doesn't make them my enemies, even when one of them starts the lawnmower at 7:30 AM on Saturday.

But if you're really bent on having names, here's two for you, one in each chamber - Rep Barabara Lee and Sen Pat Leahy. How's that?

Posted by: dccrab | September 7, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey, let's all clank our MCCARTHYISM! cowbells. If anyone needs to have an investigation opened into them, it’s Pelosi.

After the GOP takes over in November, they need to appoint a special investigator to look into such things as;

* her apparently fraudulent claims against the CIA and their harsh interrogation techniques;

* her misappropriation of government property by using military assets as personal taxis for her misbegotten family;

* potential fraud (she probably lied in any paperwork, pertaining to the use of those assets);

* and now her public attempt to harass those who oppose Islamo-supremacists erecting a 13-story 9/11 snuff porn emporium and jihad recruiting station at Ground Zero.

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 7, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

one of the most striking examples of right wing dishonesty is the one we see here from kadaffi -- the absolute refusal to acknowledge that Pelosi ALSO said we should look at the funding of the mosque's developers.

This fact is inconvenient to the narrative that Pelosi wants to crush dissent on the mosque, so it has been disappeared. Really amazing.

Posted by: Greg Sargent | September 7, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Sharron Obtuse Angle is afraid of Water Fluoridation. She does not want to have it "sap and impurify her precious bodily fluids"

Posted by: Liam-still | September 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Nothing this woman says makes sense. She can't put together two coherent sentences and has no ideas except exercising her second amendment rights.

I do not understand why the media has given her a pass and is not publicizing all of the crazy stuff she is spewing. It's pretty hilarious listening to her try to spin her tea party buzzwords and not answer any questions. I love that she has to retract everything or deny everything that she says!

Posted by: hockeymom1 | September 7, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

One of the most striking examples of delusional Leftist hypocrisy is Greg's absolute refusal to acknowledge that Angle is addressing her political adversaries IN CONGRESS.

This fact is inconvenient to the Obamedia narrative that Pelosi's McCarthyistic threats want to target CITIZENS; so that glaring hypocrisy is disappeared by Greg. Not really amazing.

“Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.”
[Matthew 23:24]

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 7, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Just to be clear: Pelosi's McCarthyistic threats to target CITIZENS for political investigation is inconvenient to Greg's Obamedia narrative-- so that glaring hypocrisy is disappeared by Greg. Not really amazing.

“Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.”
[Matthew 23:24]

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 7, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Angle is clearly delusional.

"Purple Haze, all in my brain."
[Jimmy 1:1]

Posted by: mikefromArlington | September 7, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

What's not "McCarthy-esque" about it? She suspects that there are domestic enemies *in Congress* just like ol' Joe.

Hey, y'all telegraph your fervent desires to investigate anyone who you "suspect" of wrongdoing or just, ya know, having a evil eye, *before* the election. Smart.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | September 7, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

If that's "aggressive questioning," I'd hate to see Karl go soft. As a follow-up question, "So, what are they?" represents total softball--an invitation to the subject to say whatever she likes.

I give Angle credit for staying awake while being questioned so "aggressively." On Sunday, CNN played it the same way.

Posted by: bobsomerby | September 7, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Sharron Ripper Angle is obviously clinically paranoid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1KvgtEnABY

Posted by: Liam-still | September 7, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Liam-still,

I think we'd all feel better if you worked in a Kervorkian reference along side your Dr. Strangelove comparisons when speaking about Angle. At least one per thread, to keep the meme alive.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | September 7, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"that Angle very well may believe that there are "domestic enemies" within the Congress. She is asking voters to elect her to that august body."

You know this is what she believes. You just can't fathom that someone actually believes it. And that's she's basically tied with the Reid.

You also use "august" to describe the Senate. That word is defined as "inspiring reverence or admiration; of supreme dignity or grandeur; majestic"

The Senate is a lot of thing, none of which are captured by that definition.


Posted by: NoVAHockey | September 7, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

All, David Plouffe has cut a new video to supporters to buck up Dems despondent about this fall:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/09/david_plouffe_to_dems_dont_des.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | September 7, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

think we'd all feel better.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | September 7, 2010


Would ye now, and how many personalities do you have?

They made a movie about your type once: It was named;

The Three Faces Of Evil.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 7, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

[ChuckinDenton drooled: What's not "McCarthy-esque" about it? She suspects that there are domestic enemies *in Congress* just like ol' Joe.]

Your historical ignorance is really that abysmal? You really don't know that McCarthy's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations targeted CITIZENS (not Congress)?

It is Speaker Pelosi who wanted to abuse Congressional power to "investigate" patriotic American CITIZENS for their political views-- that is McCarthyism.

This orchestrated Obamedia attack on candidate Angle is hypocrisy on stilts!

*crickets chirp*

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 7, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Love it when you change the subject, Greg.

/checkmate

Posted by: KaddafiDelendaEst | September 7, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

The Presidential Oath says - pledges to protect the country from enemies - foreign and domestic.

.

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 7, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"The Presidential Oath says - pledges to protect the country from enemies - foreign and domestic."

No, it doesn't.

The term "enemies, foreign and domestic" is not in the Constitution - that's found in the Oath of Enlistment. And in neither of the oaths does the person swear to defend the "country" - the oath taken in both cases is to defend the Constitution.

Posted by: schrodingerscat | September 7, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Gosh Gregg, why don't you whine some more about your little lefty blog posts getting no traction. Those poor Dems are held to such an unfair high standard when it comes to domestic enemies. Cry me a river. The fact is no one cares about your Captain Ahab campaign against Sharron Angle.

Posted by: Truthteller12 | September 7, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

dccrab @ September 7, 2010 1:17 PM: She has only recently added the bit about not 'riends of the free market system'. Till now she has been talking about domsttic enemies and 2nd amendment solutions.

So why are you making excuses for someone who will not even commit to abide peacefully by the results of a democratic election?!

Posted by: AMviennaVA | September 7, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

kaddafi-

...and the Executive, and the Military, etc.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | September 7, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

After reading a number of the regulator commenters on this and other WaPo blogs, I think the Post needs to institute a policy of requiring readers to use their real names.

Oh, when did manners and respect for others go out of fashion?

Posted by: valkayec | September 7, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

After reading a number of the regular commenters on this and other WaPo blogs, I think the Post needs to institute a policy of requiring readers to use their real names.

Oh, when did manners and respect for others go out of fashion?

Posted by: valkayec | September 7, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

"Here's the point: Given Angle's previous statements, particularly her suggestion that people may resort to "Second Amendment remedies" if Congress continues on its current course, it seems perfectly possible that Angle very well may believe that there are "domestic enemies" within the Congress. "
---------------------------------------------

Why would there be in any particular doubt that Angle actually believes a lot of the stuff she says. Just because it's a little crazy? It's not as though you have to search very far in today's Republican party to find people who are radical to the point of borderline paranoid schizophrenic.

Posted by: CalD | September 7, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

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