6.12.2010

Meet Sharron Angle - Part 2

There are few updates to my original post on Sen . Harry Reid's teabagging, oath-keeping, nutters opponent, Sharron Angle, that I want to mention:

Angle claims she is not an Oath Keeper...but she does "like keeping oaths." (via TPM):

Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle took to the conservative airwaves today to defend herself from Democratic attacks that she's on the far extreme end of the conservative spectrum. Speaking on The Laura Ingraham Show, Angle said she was not a member of the Oath Keepers, the shadowy government conspiracy-fearing group she professed to being a member of in the past. But she did admit she liked to keep oaths in her free time.

"I'm not a member of the Oath Keepers," she said. "However I do keep my oath of office to protect, defend and support the Constitution. And I've voted against unconstitutional bills in our legislature -- sometimes I'm the only one!"

Angle told me in April that she was a member of the Oath Keepers. On the day she won the GOP nomination in Nevada, her husband -- speaking on behalf of the campaign -- said he didn't remember if she was an official member, but said that she endorses what the group stands for. The leader of the Oath Keepers told our very own Justin Elliott that Angle had requested to speak to the group (but he said he didn't know if she was a full-fledged member).

listen to her on Laura Ingraham's show...
Via NY Times: "Nevada Challenger Lifted by Tea Party Ardor"
Further, Ms. Angle — the Tea Party-blessed candidate who bested her two better-financed competitors in Tuesday’s primary — is an untested statewide candidate whose positions as a lawmaker put her firmly to the right of most mainstream Nevada voters. The hot lights of national exposure can be a liability for new — and overly loquacious — candidates, as Rand Paul, the Republican Senate nominee from Kentucky, quickly found.

[snip]

Largely unknown outside her legislative district in Reno until she began her Senate campaign, Ms. Angle has seen her political positions come into sharp relief in recent weeks, illuminated by her votes, the legislation she sponsored and her campaigns during her time as a state assemblywoman from 1998 to 2006.

Among her detractors and her supporters she is known as a far-right conservative and a thorn in the side of both parties, routinely voting no on almost everything that came before the Legislature. She is also a tireless campaigner. When a 2002 redistricting forced her to face off with a wildly popular Republican incumbent, Greg Brower, she went door to door nightly, won and ended his political career.

“In the building we used to have a joke called 41 to Angle,” said Sheila Leslie, a Democratic assemblywoman from Reno who served with Ms. Angle. “She took great pride in voting no for everything. We have some very conservative people in the assembly, but she was the only one voting no on a technical cleanup bill. The lobbyists didn’t talk to her, the legislators wouldn’t talk to her, because when you vote no on everything no one wants to deal with you.”

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Via Salon: Sharron Angle's world of paranoia

Angle, it turns out, is some kind of member, or at least sympathizer with, a group called the Oath Keepers, an organization of current and former members of the armed forces, police and firefighters. (So it's not clear exactly how she even qualifies, since she's none of those things, but that's beside the point.) The Oath Keepers are organized around a list of ten orders that they have sworn never to carry out. They won't, for example, conduct warrantless searches, enforce martial law, or put Americans into concentration camps.

It’s not that surprising a code of conduct or even, in itself, entirely indefensible. (Though you do wonder where these guys were, say, five or six years ago.) Of course, it's got its warty spots as well: there's an oath not to disarm the American people, and another not to assist in the subjugation of an American state asserting its sovereignty. You kind of get the sense that Abraham Lincoln and the authors of the Brady Bill are traitors, by this standard.

The central claim of the Oath Keepers is that they are the last line of defense for the Constitution and our national values. This is what Angle says too. She recently noted that ammunition appears to be selling very fast. "That tells me the nation is arming. What are they arming for if it isn't that they are so distrustful of their government? They're afraid they'll have to fight for their liberty in more Second Amendment kinds of ways? If we don't win at the ballot box, what will be the next step?"

That's the perfect quote, in a way. It follows to its conclusion the logic of a group whose members fancy themselves the defenders of American democracy, but are busy at the task of discrediting it as quickly as they can. If we don't win, Angle says, we may take up arms. Is anyone else nervous about the idea of veterans serving as the armed wing of a far-right political movement, and imagining themselves as the keepers of the national flame? It's not exactly a glorious historical tradition.

But now these guys have a toehold in the GOP, between official sympathizers like Angle and ideological fellow travelers like Rand Paul, and some right-wing representatives -- Michele Bachmann, Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey. The Oath Keepers and their sympathizers desperately want to think that the constitutional order has broken down, and some titanic clash is on the way. So what's going to happen when the GOP regains some power this November?

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Via TPM: Reno's Republican Mayor says he'll support Harry Reid over Sarron Angle

Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee for Senate in Nevada against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has already lost one big-name Republican in the state: Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, who had previously supported Sue Lowden in the GOP primary -- and now says he's supporting Harry Reid.

"I think Sharron Angle is just too far to the right for me," Cashell said on Wednesday, in an interview with the local NBC affiliate. "She's an ultra-right winger. I can't support her. I don't support her."

Cashell elaborated: "Oh she's wild. She's wild. I mean, with the wild ideas she has going back to Washington, our state will suffer and we would never get anything done. And so I'm supporting Harry Reid, and I will go all the way for Harry Reid."

Via Dave Weigel: Scott Brown's web team swoops in for Sharron Angle

It's an open secret that Sharron Angle, the GOP's new nominee against Sen. Harry Reid (R-Nev.), is being encouraged to shake up her tiny, grassroots campaign. Republicans just can't afford to be too obvious about it -- a top National Republican Senate Committee staffer parachuting in to retool Angle's strategy would give the game away. So the first retooling came on Angle's website, which, pre-primary, was stuffed with policy positions rich with material for attack ads.

On Wednesday, that site was gone, replaced with a new site designed, as Rachel Maddow's staff discovered, by The Prosper Group Corporation, which worked on Sen. Scott Brown's successful campaign in Massachusetts. Out: a confusing mish-mash of links. In: a gigantic donation button, updated by the dollar, informing us that Angle has raised nearly $500,000 since the relaunch.

Via The Las Vegas Review Journal: Clinton sing Reid's Praises; Takes Digs at Angle

Don't blame Harry Reid for the economic downturn. And don't punish him in November.

That was the main message President Bill Clinton delivered Thursday at a campaign rally for an absent Reid, the Democratic incumbent in a tough fight to keep his powerful Senate seat.

"Why would you give away the Senate majority leader who has delivered time and time and time again for the people of Nevada?" Clinton asked in a 30-minute speech that was interrupted at the end by a power outage that made his microphone go dead.

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Rousing the crowd, Clinton said voters have a stark choice between Reid and his Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, a staunch conservative who Democrats have labeled "dangerous" and "extreme" because she wants to shrink government and eliminate some federal programs.

Clinton made fun of Angle, saying she has disappeared from public view and has been ducking tough questions about her views since she won the GOP nomination in Tuesday's primary.

Recalling the children's books and games "Where's Waldo?" Clinton joked, "Now you've got to play 'Where's Sharron?' because she's hiding out, according to the local news. I might hide out, too, if I said I wanted to get rid of Social Security and Medicare."

He also criticized Angle for suggesting Nevada accept the use of Yucca Mountain as a nuclear waste dump site, something Reid has successfully fought for years.

Angle has said she wants to turn Yucca Mountain into a nuclear fuel reprocessing facility, which would bring waste to the state. The former Reno assemblywoman also has said she wants to privatize Medicare and Social Security, but do so over time to preserve older people's benefits.

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Also see: Rejuvenated Bill Clinton Takes Aim at Tea Party

Via TPM: Nevada's GOP First Lady To TPM: I'm Backing Harry Reid Over Sharron Angle

Nevada First Lady Dawn Gibbons, a Republican and soon-to-be-ex-wife of recently defeated Gov. Jim Gibbons, said in an interview she is supporting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's reelection bid because he is the better candidate on the economy. But she thinks Reid (D-NV) has quite a fight on his hands this fall.

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Gibbons has her own theory about why one time frontrunner Sue Lowden's campaign deflated Tuesday. When Lowden was chairman of the Nevada Republicans, she prevented then-presidential candidate Ron Paul from speaking at the state convention. Libertarians have been mad at her ever since. "Those Ron Paul people were upset with her. That came out in the election because those are the people that remembered and this was their time to get even," Gibbons said.

As for Reid, Gibbons said she considers him to be "effective" for Nevada and the economy. She said she endorsed him last fall and is "very passionate" about his reelection.

She said Reid is responsible for stopping the dumping of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain in rural Nevada. "That's a blessing for all our children. We don't want our children to light up at night, thank you very much," she said.

Via CBS: Reid ad slams GOP nominee on Scientology, Medicare
(AP) LAS VEGAS (AP) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid unleashed his first negative ad of the general election campaign Friday, depicting Republican Sharron Angle as a heartless extremist who would slash Social Security and Medicare for the elderly.

The 30-second ad airing statewide also reminds voters that Angle once suggested inmates enter a drug rehabilitation program devised by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

"Shockingly, Sharron Angle wants to wipe out Social Security," a narrator says ominously in the commercial. "She'd cut benefits for everyone."

"What's next?" the narrator asks.
Via HuffPo: Sharron Angle, Nevada Senate Candidate, Battles Rand Paul Comparisons

She's Sharron Angle -- and don't call her Rand Paul. That's the message the Republican Party is hoping push about the new Tea Party-backed Nevada Republican Senate candidate. Though her victory may look a lot like Rand Paul's in Kentucky a few weeks ago, almost as soon as she won Tuesday night, GOP strategists sought to play down the similarities.

How will she avoid the pitfalls that have repeatedly consumed Rand Paul? Experience and wisdom, the GOP says.

Paul Kane of the Washington Post reports:

National Republican strategists contend that Angle does not seek the limelight of national cable TV and will not get tripped up into debates on her conservative views on national TV venues, in the manner that the GOP nominee for the Kentucky Senate seat did soon after his May 18 victory.
I'm sure there will be much more to come....

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