Sharron Angle

Harry Reid Toppled Sharron Angle In Nevada Senate Election With Many Votes From Registered Republicans

This is a great post-script to the very well organized campaign that Harry Reid ran in his Nevada midterm bid for Senator against Sharron Angle.

Huffington Post

The Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Because there were 60,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans at the time of the election, the figures are a clear indication that many Republicans cast votes for Democrat U.S. Sen. Harry Reid rather than for his Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, a secretary of state spokeswoman said.

Read the whole story: The Las Vegas Review-Journal

Sharron Angle: ‘Sometimes Dictators Have Good Ideas’

Oh for goodness sake!  I thought we’d never have to hear from this woman again…

Huffington Post

Nevada Republican Sharron Angle — who fell short in her quest to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid earlier this month — found herself back in the spotlight on Wednesday after questionable comments she reportedly made towards the end of her campaign came to light.

“Sometimes dictators have good ideas,” explained the Tea Party darling at a private campaign event, according to Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston. At the Las Vas Sun, he writes, “Her staff fretted the line would get out. It did not. Until now.”

Angle, who developed a reputation for sparking controversy over the course of her campaign, reportedly made the remarks in arguing that the country’s Social Security system should be privatized. She cited right-wing dictator Augusto Pinochet and a system he implemented in Chile in 1981 to make her point.

Angle invoked the same reference over the summer. Ralston reports, “[She] had not used it since her staff shut her down. But that day, with no media there, saying her staff had warned her not to use it, she raised the Chile example again.”

The Nevada Republican’s position on Social Security repeatedly proved to be a stumbling block throughout her campaign. While Angle has taken a hiatus from the political realm since her defeat to Reid, she recently signaled her intention to make a roaring comeback. The Las Vegas Review Journal reports:

Angle, making a spontaneous visit to the Las Vegas Republican TownHall group, vowed to continue her crusade to shake up a national political scene she says has drifted too far from values the Founding Fathers held dear, even though she lost by 5 percentage points a race pundits once thought would be the biggest prize in a Republican wave.
“Our freedom is at stake. We knew that two years ago when we started running for the U.S. Senate, when you started helping me, you knew we couldn’t stop,” Angle told an audience of a few dozen Republicans in a banquet room at Charlie’s Lakeside restaurant. “And we can’t stop now.”

One day following Angle’s loss in Nevada’s midterm election, HuffPost’s Nick Wing reported on the possibility that the conservative firecracker could inject herself into the 2012 political mix. Whether a congressional or gubernatorial campaign, or a bid to unseat GOP incumbent Sen. John Ensign — who despite being embroiled in immense controversy stemming from a 2009 sex scandal recently signaled he intends to seek another term — it seems that for Angle, all options remain on the table.

Roy Sekoff On Sharron Angle’s ‘Willie Horton Ad’ (VIDEO)

HuffPost editor Roy Sekoff taped an appearance on “The Joy Behar Show” Tuesday in which he and the CNN Headline News host decried a recent ad by Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle.

“It’s getting worse,” Sekoff told Behar. “They’ve been playing the fear card for many years. As you said, Willie Horton, they play the race card. It’s this ominous ‘the scary, the other,’ and we’ve seen a lot more of this since Obama became president.”

Roy Sekoff On Sharron Angle’s ‘Willie Horton Ad…, posted with vodpod

Angle Campaign Used Decoy To Duck Press: Nevada Reporters

Sharron Angle, Republican

Image by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com via Flickr

Why won’t “Tea Partiers” answer questions from the press?  What are they afraid of?

Huffington Post

Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle used a decoy to dodge members of the press at an event on Monday, a reporter on the scene tells the Huffington Post.

The Tea Party-backed pol, who has avoided public appearances since offering racially insensitive remarks to a group of Hispanic students, left reporters waiting at an event at a Microsoft Licensing office for nearly two hours (between the time she showed up late until they realized that she had actually left). Getting out of the building without being noticed, however, was tricky. According to Mackenzie Warren, a morning reporter for Reno’s NBC-affiliate, KRNV, a staffer for Angle’s campaign suckered the press by making it appear that she would be leaving the front entrance (the one she initially entered) while she was, instead, exiting through a side door.

We were standing on the sidewalk and there were one of three buildings, so we called to make sure we were at the right building. Sharron Angle was supposed to show up at 10:30 a.m. to do the work place visit and it wasn’t until a few minutes past 11 a.m. that she finally did. I was staking out another entrance when she did arrive but all everyone got was a 15-second view of her being walked in. People were asking: ‘Are you going to talk to us?’ But she just walked straight in.
I came around to the front and we waited for nearly two hours. And the security guard was being very strict, not letting us step foot in the parking lot. Then a different car came up, not the one she arrived in, an SUV. it pulled into the front and her entourage was there, maybe 10 of people, a lot of people from her camp. And one of the guys from her camp got on her cell phone and very audibly said, ‘Hello, O.K., Is she ready? Is she coming down now? O.K. we are out here.’

So then, of course everyone starts rolling. And then shortly thereafter, two women come out and get in the car. It threw us for a quick second and neither of them were Sharron Angle.

A little later, I went over to the side entrance again to stake that out. We waited for a little while longer. At that point I convinced the security guard that I had to go to the bathroom and he let me in. I ran into the lady in the bathroom, asked her about the speech and asked her if she was still here. She said no, she left. ‘Out the front door?’ I asked. And she said no.

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Reid plays defense as Angle attacks in Nevada debate

I didn’t see the debate, but someone tweeted an answer Sharron Angle gave when asked how she felt about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  Her answer: “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.”  Those people are like “Stepford Wives” with their robotic answers. 

MSNBC

Senator calls Tea Party-backed foe wild; she claims incumbent voted for tax hikes 300 times

In a crackling campaign debate, Republican challenger Sharron Angle attacked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday night as a career politician who lives in a fashionable Washington condominium and has voted to raise taxes 300 times. The four-term veteran called his tea party-backed rival extreme and accused her of distorting his record.

“I have never voted for tax breaks for people who are here illegally,” he said, rebutting one of the allegations Angle has made in their close, caustic and costly campaign for the Senate.

Angle played the aggressor from the opening moments of the hour-long debate, at one point taunting him to “man up, Harry Reid” as she urged him to concede that Social Security faces financial difficulty.

Across a stage at a local PBS station, there was little or nothing the two agreed on — not taxes, not health care, immigration, energy policy or federal spending.

Reid took aim at Angle’s statement that it’s not the job of a senator to create jobs. “What she’s talking about is extreme,” he said.

“Harry Reid, it’s not your job to create jobs,” she replied sharply. “It’s your job to create policy” that leads to the creation of jobs.

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If The Tea Party Ran Chile

The Tea Party would not have been as successful as the current Chilean government, if THEY ran that government.  Here’s why…

Randi Rhodes

If this sort of rescue operation were being run by American conservatives, they would only be rescuing those miners who had paid their $75 “mining disaster rescue fee” in advance. You know that if Rand Paul had been in charge, he would have opposed any rescue operation that used public money.

What am I saying? If Rand Paul had been in charge, whatever mine safety laws there were would have been so weak that nobody would have survived.

And Joe Miller from Alaska certainly wouldn’t have wanted to spend any tax dollars on rescuing these miners. But if there was public money being spent, he would find a way to funnel some of it to his family.

If it was Sharron Angle who was in charge, the only thing she would have done is to get these miners some massages from the Church of Scientology.

That’s probably better than Christine O’Donnell. All she would do is send the miners down some anti-masturbation literature… in case they’re faced with temptation during those long weeks in the ground.

Poll: Reid leads Angle by 3

I think Harry Reid’s “laid-back” attitude toward the Nevada Senate elections is a detriment  to his supporters as well as to himself.

He really needs to get off his butt and make things happen these next three weeks.

MSNBC – First Read

A new poll could provide a little bit of good news for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, whose Tea-Party backed opponent, Sharron Angle, announced yesterday that she raised an astonishing $14 million in just three months.

The survey from Suffolk University shows Reid with a 3-point lead over Angle – within the poll’s margin of error but one of Reid’s best performances in a nonpartisan poll since early last month.

The poll showed 46 percent of likely Nevada voters supporting Reid, 43 supporting Angle, and 2 percent supporting Tea Party candidate Scott Ashjian. Three percent of likely voters said “None of these candidates” when they were given the option to “lean” towards one of the contenders; when asked whom they supported without including the “lean” option, 13 percent said they would support none of them.

It’s not hard to see why Nevada voters might be dissatisfied with their major candidates. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they said they had an unfavorable opinion of Angle, and 54 percent said the same of Reid.

Sharron Angle raised $14 million in 3rd quarter

The Washington Post – Chris Cillizza

Former Nevada state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) raised an eye-popping $14 million between July 1 and Sept. 30 for her challenge to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D), a stunning number that far eclipses the cash-collection totals of other prominent candidates seeking Senate seats next month.

“Sharron Angle produced one of the most successful single quarters of fundraising in the nation’s history for a U.S. Senate campaign,” said Angle communications director Jarrod Agen. “This is a testament to the hatred of Harry Reid, the nation’s disapproval of President Obama, and the unprecedented grassroots support for Sharron Angle.”

Ninety four percent of the money raised in the third quarter by Angle came in the form of donation of $100 or less. Ninety six percent of the contributions were $200 or less.

Agen did not provide figures for how much money Angle had left in the bank at the end of September and it’s likely to be well less than the $14 million she raised since she relies heavily on a costly and aggressive direct mail fundraising operation.

“Sharron Angle’s fundraising number is meaningless without disclosing how much they spent to raise it,” said Reid spokesman Kelly Steele.

Reid has yet to release his third quarter fundraising totals but as of mid-summer he had collected just short of $14 million so far in 2010. For the election cycle to date, Reid has raised $18 million.

Angle’s fundraising over the last three months represent an exponential gain over what she collected during her underdog primary bid in which she was heavily outspent by two Republican opponents but managed to win the race thanks to strong support from the tea party movement.

Between April 1 and June 30, which included three weeks of fundraising in the wake of her June 8 primary victory, Angle brought in $4.75 million.

Angle’s total dwarfs other impressive fundraising hauls by GOP Senate candidates in the third quarter including former Florida state House Speaker Marco Rubio ($5 million raised) and former Washington state Sen. Dino Rossi ($4.5 million).

The Nevada Republican’s showing is only bested in modern memory by the $14.2 million Scott Brown raised in January 2010 in advance of his Massachusetts Senate special election victory.

Top Nevada Republican Endorses Harry Reid, Slams Sharron Angle

Huffington Post

Nevada State Sen. Bill Raggio, who is considered to be one of the most influential Republican lawmakers in the Silver State, endorsed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in his reelection fight against GOP challenger Sharron Angle on Thursday.

Raggio has served in the Nevada state legislature since 1972, and told “Face-to-Face” host Jon Ralston this week that never in that long career had he endorsed a Democrat. But given the caliber of his own party’s nominee, he said in a statement Thursday, that time has come.

“What is difficult to overlook is her record of being totally ineffective as a four-term assemblywomen, her inability or unwillingness to work with others, even within her own party, and her extreme positions on issues such as Medicare, social security, education, veterans affairs and many others,” Raggio said of Angle.

Raggio, of course, has another reason to dislike Angle, who made a failed attempt to unseat him in 2008. He also challenged his Republican colleagues who have lined up behind Angle’s campaign.

“Some supporters tell me we need to support her because we need her vote in the U.S. Senate as a Republican and she ‘can’t do much harm as a junior back bencher,'” said Raggio. “Since when should this be the criteria on how we select and vote for a U.S. Senator to represent our State?”

He added, “I am a lifelong Republican and unlike Ms. Angle, I have never changed parties. I have always supported Jeffersonian principles of free enterprise, low taxes, limited government and fiscal responsibility. These were the same principles endorsed by every one of our Republican presidents, since the days of Lincoln, and including President Reagan, whom I knew personally.”

To put things in perspective, Raggio also made it clear that he was less than thrilled to throw his weight behind Reid’s campaign.

Having said this, I am not pleased or supportive of many of the issues which Senator Reid has supported and I have told him so,” he said. “I believe he understands that he must vote more strongly to represent the views of his Nevada constituency in the future rather than a liberal agenda which many feel drifts toward Socialism in America. With that caveat, I will reluctantly vote for Senator Reid’s re-election.”

The four-term Democrat responded to news of the endorsement in a statement, saying, “I am honored to have the support of Senator Bill Raggio, a man I deeply respect not only for his commitment to public service, but his love for this state…”

While Raggio’s endorsement announcement comes with Nevada’s midterm election just weeks away, the Republican legislator began to air his feelings on the race just one day after Angle’s win in the state’s primary campaign.

“I would say there are a lot of Republicans who will find it difficult to support Sharron Angle,” he told The New York Times. “Abolishing the Department of Education, phasing out Social Security, those are pretty extreme positions. I think any incumbent is vulnerable, but you have to have somebody that is also acceptable if you’re going to win.”

At the Las Vegas Sun, Ralston relays a statement put out by Angle’s camp on news of Raggio’s decision to support Reid.

“It’s refreshing to have the light shed on those who are finally willing to expose who they really are in a desperate attempt to help keep the churn turning for liberal big-government beliefs. We know that many good ol’ boy career politicians do not believe in Republican principles, but instead are more apt to line themselves closer with the liberal policies promoted by Senator Harry Reid…

But, Raggio is by no means the only Nevada Republican to have come out and express concern over Angle’s electability.

Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, who — like Raggio — endorsed defeated candidate Sue Lowden in the state’s GOP primary race, has criticized Angle as an “ultra right-winger.” If she were to win, he said, “Our state will suffer and we would never get anything done.”

The latest numbers out on Nevada’s Senate race show the highly contentious Reid-Angle matchup to be deadlocked.

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Sharron Angle’s ‘Willie Horton’ ad

Now their “true colors” start to appear.  (No pun intended.)

The Washington Post – Plum Line

Between her thinly veiled endorsements of violence, her railing against government spending while receiving government health care, and her recently revealed attempts to force third-party candidate Scott Ashjian out of the race, Sharron Angle’s extremism has turned her race against Harry Reid from an easy romp for Republicans to a winnable race for Democrats. Her campaign’s latest ad, attacking Reid for his support of the DREAM Act, which Greg mentioned earlier in his roundup, is as despicable as it is desperate. In its naked appeal to racial animus against Latinos, it rivals the infamous 1988 “Willie Horton” ad deployed against Michael Dukakis.

The ad features a trio of “illegal immigrants” looking for a way to cross a chain link fence, as the word “illegal” flashes across the screen in bright red letters. After making previously debunked claims accusing Reid of pushing for “tax breaks” for “illegals,” it goes after Reid’s support of the DREAM Act, which would offer a path to citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States before the age of 16 and who go to college or serve in the military. The ad says Reid wants to give “preferred college tuition rates to none other than illegal aliens,” presumably referring to the fact that it would allow undocumented residents in a given state to qualify for in-state tuition. 

Note that, despite the fact that the DREAM Act would specifically apply to undocumented immigrants who had no choice in being here and are diligent, patriotic and Americanized enough to attend college or commit to sacrificing their lives for their adopted country, Angle’s campaign makes them out as smug, intimidating Latino migrants who came here deliberately in order to take advantage.

As Andrea Nill points out, this image is exactly the same one used in a similar ad from Louisiana Senator David Vitter. 

Contrast that picture with the happy, smiling, college students in the ad, who, as Eric Kleefield noted, all appear to be white:

The ad’s message is pretty straightforward: Reid wants to take the opportunity for a college education away from white Nevadans, who deserve it, and give it to a bunch of Latino illegal immigrant criminals. Given the current political climate, with most Americans supporting restrictive immigration laws targeted at Latinos like Arizona’s SB 1070, it’s probably to Reid’s advantage to keep focusing on Angle’s extremism rather than attacking her for flagrant race-baiting. But that doesn’t make it any less reprehensible.

The Migration Policy Institute estimates that around 825,000 people would be eligible for the DREAM Act’s provisions. It seems rather obvious that however one feels about amnesty, children should not be held responsible for their parents’ mistakes.