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Sharron Angle's Nevada and Beltway handlers at odds?

It's already been observed a thousand times that the Tea Party-backed candidates who have won GOP primaries are proving very unpredictable and hard to control for the GOP establishment. With Beltway Republicans on edge about the possibility of Tea Partyer Christine O'Donnell winning tonight in Delaware, it's one of the most important ongoing stories of Campaign 2010.

But I wonder whether we're already seeing this phenomenon play out in concrete terms in Nevada. We've already seen repeated instances, of course, of Sharron Angle's penchant for unpredictable, off-kilter quotes. Now there seem to be signs that Sharron Angle's Nevada handlers may be at odds with her Beltway ones.

The latest: Angle seemed to throw her D.C. handlers under the bus yesterday, when she told a conservative radio host that the word of her Nevada-based spokesman remains paramount.

The backstory concerns Angle's messy decision to pull out of a debate with Harry Reid, after her campaign promised Nevada journalist Jon Ralston that she would participate. According to Ralston's account, Angle's deputy campaign manager, a D.C. guy, had confirmed that she was in. But then her Nevada spox, Jerry Stacy, said she would not attend because she wanted the debate to happen before early voting started. And that was that.

Yesterday a conservative radio host asked her about this in an interview, and Angle accused Ralston of going "around" people in her campaign.

"Jerry Stacy's always been my spokesman," Angle said. "He has always known exactly how I felt about it."

This is an oddity, and perhaps a revealing one. Was it going "around" the campaign for Ralston to get confirmation of the debate from Angle's deputy campaign manager? And her vouching for Stacy as the last word on this seems like a bit of a rebuke to her D.C. types.

Ralston has observed that there are tensions between Angle's Nevada and D.C. handlers, and this latest seems to be a case in point. It highlights the larger dynamic worth watching -- the seeming tendency of the Tea Party-backed candidates to wander off the reservation, to the chagrin of the GOP establishment in D.C. -- and there's probably a good deal more of it to come.

By Greg Sargent  |  September 14, 2010; 4:32 PM ET
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yeah, it was long past time that Mr Sargent rang his bell so the pavlovians could salivate.

let's see, angle story today, that means what, palin tomorrow? Gotta keep those pavlovians amused somehow.

Posted by: skipsailing28 | September 14, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

In times like this - when the public has very little faith in "DC establishment" types - it's probably a *good* thing to wander off the DC reservation.

Posted by: sbj3 | September 14, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

sbj -- there may be something to that.

Posted by: Greg Sargent | September 14, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

"let's see, angle story today, that means what, palin tomorrow? "

You have something against Crazy White Women?

Posted by: wbgonne | September 14, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

It is hilarious how the democrats are now trying to call BUSH'S TAX CUTS - and trying to call them OBAMA' TAX CUTS.


When Obama is just keeping the taxes the same, or raising some rates.

THIS IS A DEMOCRATIC TAX CUT ? SAME OR RAISING THE RATES?


The voters are not stupid - they want to hear about the economy - not this silly stuff.


Obama and the democrats are hurting themselves BADLY by trying to make HAY out of this issue - and trying to find an election issue of this where there is none. The American People know what is going on.


The democrats are simply playing games - trying to find a way to make the Republicans look bad in November.


The truth is Obama INGORED the economy for a year and half - the voters are ANGRY about that -


YOU think the voters are suddenly going to change their mind because suddenly the democrats decide to support Bush's tax cuts plus a "quasi-socialist" twist ?


The 250K number may mean something to Obama and the democrats - mean something to someone who WANTS TO DRAW THAT DISTINCTION.

However, that distinction MEANS NOTHING to Americans - Americans do NOT care that the democrats are drawing this line.


If one explains this whole issue out to a random person - their reaction is they are MORE SICK OF OBAMA, NOT LESS.

,.

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 14, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

@Greg: "sbj -- there may be something to that."

If you'll look at the Reuters poll you'll see that even though most folks think Reid is better on a whole host of issues they still might vote for Angle because Reid is "part of the problem with politics right now in this country."

I'm not so sure that concern about the economy is trumping anti-incumbency.

"I think Harry Reid should be taken out. I'm not sure Sharron Angle could do any better," said Elgas, 47, a registered Republican.

"He's not helping any more - he's one of the good old boys," said Elgas, who like many Americans is fed up with the political establishment as the economy falters.

"She's a dingbat," Elgas added.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68D3VQ20100914

Posted by: sbj3 | September 14, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Tea Party


I am in favor of BOTH parties presenting to the voters an ACCURATE picture of the views of each party.


AND each party does not have one view - instead each party is made up of a RANGE of views.


I believe it was really bad for the country when OBAMA HID HIS FAR LEFT LEANINGS - and instead campaigned on bipartisanship, meaning CENTRIST policies.

The Tea Party - in a sense - is keeping the Republicans honest - the American People KNOW what the RANGE of views in the Republican party are.

Obama has 33 POLICY CZARS - who are WAY OFF THE DEEP END - the left end - on policy views.


This was NOT talked about in 2008 - and the American People are RIGHT to say that there was a DECEPTION here.


The democrats have few complaints - they TRIED TO FOOL THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.


The democrats have NO right to complain they have only been in for 21 months - Obama has NOT utilized those 21 months to do what he said he would - and he did not concentrate on the economy, which is what the public wanted.

Obama BETRAYED the American People - and the American People are correct to withdraw their support.


.

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 14, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

OK so Obama's new election strategy: take Bush's tax cuts?


Keep them the same, and RAISE a few - and then call them Obama's tax cuts ?


Silly - is this ALL the democrats can come up with??? Does this indicate that the democrats really have NOTHING?


More importantly.


Is this the END OF LIBERALISM - IS THIS THE END OF WHAT THE LIBERALS HAVE TO OFFER THE COUNTRY ?

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 14, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Is this the END OF LIBERALISM -

IS THIS THE END OF WHAT THE LIBERALS HAVE TO OFFER THE COUNTRY ?


If the democrats are running around with Bush's tax cuts as their platform, liberalism has DIED.

I loved the debate about Colonism this weekend - the bottom line is Obama is confused - he is ineffectual - and Obama doesn't know what he is doing.


So try to draw conclusions about some Guiding Philosophy - from this mish-mash of deceptions, lies, and policies from Obama - it is ridiculous.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 14, 2010 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Greg, for the roundup, and others, wait till you read this. OMG.

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/matt-taibbi/blogs/TaibbiData_May2010/203000/83512

My wife and I often watch Brit TV shows and when they do something just really stupid we always ask "how did these morons ever have a world empire?" Won't be long till people in other countries are doing that about our own neck of the woods, if they aren't already.

Posted by: BGinCHI | September 14, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Apparently the GOP is unaware that the Rs in Congress voted in 2001 that the Bush tax cuts would sunset on midnight December 31, 2010.

Posted by: leichtman1 | September 14, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

BGinCHI:

Agree re: the Taibbi blog. I recall reading the earlier article inRS and wondering what was going to happen down there. IMO, Taibbi is the best investigative reporter working today (no offense, Greg, of course), especially on financial matters. This story could be great fodder for the Dems if they take the bit and run w Populism --- a very advisable course for Dems, esp when on the ropes.

BTW: Taibbi is also a Rock Star Sports Writer! We get his SportsBlotter column in the local alternative weekly, very funny.

Posted by: wbgonne | September 14, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

By all means, vote for (and give money to) the acknowledged "dingbat".

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | September 14, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I knew it.

When I saw two "r" in the spelling of her name....that.....

....something was wrong. Terribly wrong!

Posted by: kishorgala | September 14, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

All, Happy Hour Roundup posted:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/09/happy_hour_roundup_87.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | September 14, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

While Reid's numbers have improved pretty dramatically, basically the two are tied. Isn't there a maxim, though, that last minute undecideds typically break to the newcomer, thus tipping the advantage to Angle. Anyone else know?

Posted by: 12BarBlues | September 14, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Ouch... 2010 is quickly starting to look a lot like the GOP implosions in 2006 and 2008. Republicans eating their young! Self destruction...tsk tsk.

Posted by: free-donny | September 14, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

@12BarBlues. I agree an Angle win still may actually be possible, but let's face facts...she has stated intention of eliminating Dept. of Education and Energy, and actually eliminating our currency in favor of barter! Have fun with that one...she's a real wildcat...or polecat.

Posted by: free-donny | September 14, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Did Sharron grrow on a trree??

She cerrtainly is a frruit!

Posted by: kishorgala | September 14, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

@free-donny,

Don't mistake me for an Angle supporter, because I sure as heck am not. Just wondered if anyone else had heard how undecideds usually break.

Posted by: 12BarBlues | September 14, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Nope...understood. You sound too thoughtful for a teabagger. I just believe the undecideds will actually look at Angle and not see "fresh newcomer", but "drooling fringe-dweller in mainstream make-up". I could definitely be wrong and she could come out on top. Reid has been Fox New's whipping boy for years.

Posted by: free-donny | September 14, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The wackos are acting wacky and people wonder why.

What a complete joke.

She's a psycho, what else could you have expected?


Posted by: lindalovejones | September 14, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse


Is this the END OF LIBERALISM -
IS THIS THE END OF WHAT THE LIBERALS HAVE TO OFFER THE COUNTRY ?
If the democrats are running around with Bush's tax cuts as their platform, liberalism has DIED…the bottom line is Obama is confused - he is ineffectual - and Obama doesn't know what he is doing…”

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Sounds like you freaked out over the Sharron Angle column, or are you one of her followers.

Calm down, take your meds, change your diaper, and quit bad mouthing my country AND my president.

Loser.

Posted by: lindalovejones | September 14, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

free-donny wrote,
"You sound too thoughtful for a teabagger."
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True. But you don't sound thoughful enough for a teabagger. More like a freeloading D-bagger.

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'I just believe the undecideds will actually look at Angle and not see "fresh newcomer", but "drooling fringe-dweller in mainstream make-up".'
-------

In that case she's running in the wrong party. More than likely, however, they'll look at Dingy Harry and think of that 15% unemployment rate in Nevada. ANYBODY but Harry, they'll say.

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"I could definitely be wrong and she could come out on top."
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No kidding?

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"Reid has been Fox New's whipping boy for years."
------

Probably because he won't talk to anyone from Fox. You know people are always complaining about these dipsticks that are too hapless to withstand a grilling---they won't talk to anyone who isn't in the tank for them. Sounds like Dingy Harry.

Posted by: Brigade | September 14, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

free-donny wrote,
"You sound too thoughtful for a teabagger."
-----

True. But you don't sound thoughful enough for a teabagger. More like a freeloading D-bagger.

-------
'I just believe the undecideds will actually look at Angle and not see "fresh newcomer", but "drooling fringe-dweller in mainstream make-up".'
-------

In that case she's running in the wrong party. More than likely, however, they'll look at Dingy Harry and think of that 15% unemployment rate in Nevada. ANYBODY but Harry, they'll say.

-----
"I could definitely be wrong and she could come out on top."
-------

No kidding?

------
"Reid has been Fox New's whipping boy for years."
------

Probably because he won't talk to anyone from Fox. You know people are always complaining about these dipsticks that are too hapless to withstand a grilling---they won't talk to anyone who isn't in the tank for them. Sounds like Dingy Harry.

Posted by: Brigade | September 14, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

SaveTheRainforest,

Your rhetorical device of using all capitals DOES NOT make your arguments more impressive, but rather increases one's sense that they are OVER INFLATED. In fact, as one who has received a number of fundraising letters, I sense that your usage of this device makes it likely that you are a PR HACK for a campaign or DC ESTABLISHMENT PARTY. In the event that you are unfamiliar with subtlety, I am employing your own device in hopes of making a point of HOW STUPID and IRRITATING it is.

Doug

Posted by: Doug_Baker | September 14, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Of course the T-s are going to wander off the reservation and tell the D.C crowd to go caucus themselves. These are the Republicans who have had to sit it the cheap seats all the way in the back of the big tent and pay for their own beer and pop corn. Now they get to take over the controls and pretend they lnow how to drive the bus. They haven't had years of little gaffes blowing up and rearranging their physiognomy temporarily, time after time. So the Fox programming people who invented them in the first place will now gladly let them play with the pretty sparklers, and the nice lady fingers, and the cherry bombs and M80's, and C-4 and Dynomite if the T-s ask for it. Hey, if Mythbusters can go out with a bang so can Sharon Angle.

By the time Angle, Rand, Odonell, Miller, and their wild and crazy friends get done with the big tent and the executive mansion there won't be anything left but splinters and canvas confetti.

Posted by: ceflynline | September 14, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Doug Baker:

Save your keystrokes. 37th got run out of the Fix when the WAPO instituted quality control over there. From his ability to recognize advice and folow it he is deafer than a stone and it afects his dislexia. Sorry he came here when he was declared PNG there.

Posted by: ceflynline | September 14, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Good insight! Angle and the Nevada campaign team of about 6 people defeated 11 other candidates in the Republican Primary on June 8th. Two of those candidates had a lot more money and media attention tha Angle. As soon as Angle won, the RINO National Republican Senatorial Committee ("NRSC") people flooded her camp with kids (25 to 33 in age) who are the "experts" at running a political campaign. (Don't laugh!) Ever since these DC kids got involved, Angle has trailed in the polls and has not as yet regained a clear lead. The fact is the Nevada people know how to win elections in Nevada and the NRSC people clearly don't know how to win elections anywhere. (Alaska and Delaware being their latest failures) If Angle is wants to win, shell tell the DC folks to go home so she can get her lead back. She doesn't need the NRSC, she needs the support of independent Nevada voters (who are sick of both national parties) to beat Harry Reid.

Posted by: PeterKroll | September 16, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

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