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Hide and seek with Sharron Angle

Washington Post colleague Paul Kane talked to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) Tuesday and got an explanation of sorts for the decision of Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle to play Marcel Marceau with the political press.

You're going to have complete, 100 percent access to her... it just makes sense at some point. But I think she needs to get staffed up and prepared. The kind of scrutiny candidates undergo in a general-election race like this is far different than virtually anybody's been through before, and I just think it's a matter of due diligence and being prepared... It's going to take a few weeks, I would think, but, you know, it's really up to her.

Angle is continuing to talk to conservative media outlets, though -- none are interested in asking about damaging stories appearing at places like TPM, but none are able to let her go without something strange coming out. For example, her chat with NRO's Robert Costa includes more more musings about Social Security privatization and, interestingly, a deflection of the charge that she backed a Scientology-sponsored prisoner rehab program that more or less defends the (please, nobody sue me) religion often accused of cultish tactics.

What we’re seeing here is a very slippery slope. Whenever religion becomes the focal point — we saw this during John F. Kennedy’s race and also, to some degree, in Mitt Romney’s race — whenever this becomes the focus, we Americans should be very, very concerned. We have a First Amendment that guarantees us all the right to worship as we please. We as Americans should, even if we don’t agree, should defend their right to have that right. It shouldn’t come into play in any political arena.

By David Weigel  |  June 16, 2010; 8:14 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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