This was another mind-boggling week from teabagger Sharron Angle's soap opera of a campaign.
Where to begin? Well.....
Sharron Angle thinks a lot of things are unconstitutional. Last week, she-affirmed her stance that separation of Church & State is unconstitutional to Face to Face's, Jon Ralston:
Hmmm. Wonder who gave her this idiotic idea?
In Sharron Angle's world, key historical moments like the Emancipation Proclamation and the desegregation of the United States military were unconstitutional. From "2nd Amendment remedies" to the unconstitutionality of church-state separation, Angle has some pretty wild ideas about the US Constitution.
At a July 2010 campaign event Angle said, “There’s not a law that comes out of the oval office except for executive orders. That’s unconstitutional I believe…” [Angle Campaign Event, 7/3/10]
At a May 2010 candidate forum Angle was asked on the subject of executive orders:
Questioner: Are you willing to put a committee of Senators together to repeal executive orders that are non-constitutional?
Angle: Yes! And I’m glad you bring that up. Executive orders: I don’t know where those are in the constitution. I don’t know how that President, or any President, got that kind of power. And one of those executive orders that I’d like to repeal right off is that policy that Jimmy Carter put in place that says that we can’t reprocess nuclear spent fuels in this country. [Angle Campaign Event, 5/28/10]
Nevada's Fox 5 asked Sharron Angle to explain why she wouldn't have tried to save CityCenter and its 22,000 jobs. They didn't appreciate her flat out lie of an explanation:
Then Angle tripled down on her CityCenter blunder, even prompting Fox "news" airline attendant, Neil Cavuto, to take hang her out to dry:
Neil Cavuto calls out Sharron Angle for her repeated comments that she would not have fought to save CityCenter, as Sen. Harry Reid did. Cavuto takes Angle's latest false statement -- that it was a bailout -- and basically calls her out as either clueless or lying.Politicususa has more in, "Fox News Hangs Sharron Angle Out To Dry."
Harry Reid didn't waste anytime producing this ad:
HuffPo's Elyse Siegel reports on how Nevada Republicans aren't exactly warming to Sharron Angle: Tea Party Darling Sharron Angle Struggles To Persuade Some Nevada Republicans
A growing number of Nevada Republicans are expressing skepticism over Angle's Senate candidacy. Some are even signaling they may not vote for the GOP contender over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November.
Mayor Geno Martini, the Republican mayor of Sparks, Nev., bucked his own party this week when he endorsed Reid over Angle.
"Harry Reid's been very good for us for many, many years," Martini said of his decision to support the majority leader. "We can't rely on a new person, especially Sharron Angle, to do anything for us here in Sparks."
After first withholding her support, former Nevada Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich, a well-respected figure in the party, announced this week that she would back Angle. But Vucanovich's endorsement ended up sounding more like a scolding.
"I said, 'Sharron, you're scaring the bejesus out of everybody,'" Vucanovich told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, describing "a long, candid conversation" with Angle. "I told her you better make damn sure people really understand what you're trying to do."
State Sen. William Raggio, who Angle tried but failed to unseat in 2008, recently said he will "find it very difficult to support" the Senate candidate and also wagered he's hardly the only member of the Nevada GOP who has concerns.
"I would say there are a lot of Republicans who will find it difficult to support Sharron Angle," Raggio said shortly after the Nevada primary. "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."
Republican Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, who backed Angle's GOP primary opponent, Sue Lowden, recently criticized Angle by calling her an "ultra right-winger." Cashell does not mince words when it comes to Angle: "Our state [would] suffer and we would never get anything done." The Reno mayor intends to hit the campaign trail for Reid.
Still, Angle acknowledged she has toned down her words after being pummeled for saying things such as wanting to "take out" Harry Reid in the same breath that she mentions that people angry at government have "Second Amendment remedies" available, or the right to bear arms.But that didn't stop her from expressing her feelings that Sen. Bob Bennett has "outlived his usefulness" also to Fox's Neil Cavuto (h/t Crooks & Liars & Greg Sargent):
"As far as a makeover and refining the message, Harry Reid has pretty much forced that when he sound bites me," Angle said. "I have to be very careful about how I phrase things. I can no longer say words like 'take out.' Those have now gone out of my vocabulary because he has misinterpreted what I meant by those words. I don't say 'take out.' I say 'defeat.' It means the same thing. And my people know defeat means the same thing. I don't have to use our colloquialisms to get my point across.
"They also know that I'm a person who has done what I have said I would do, and I will continue to do what I say I'll do."
Responding to comments by Utah Republican Robert Bennett that Sharron Angle was destined to lose in November, Angle, inexplicably, responded by saying Bennett had "outlived his usefulness."
"I'm glad to be lumped with a crowd of mainstream Americans who believe, as they showed at the polls, that Senator Bennett has outlived his usefulness. I suppose he's not mainstream any longer. He has become one of those elitists that is no longer in touch with what the country is really thinking about in these economic times."
Rethugs expressing their death threat fantasies shouldn't come as a surprise, but admitting, out in public, that they choose to go on Fox "news" partly because Fox allows them to raise money? Crooks & Liars has the actual video):
Sharron Angle suggests she prefers to appear on Fox because they let her raise moneyHere's the full CBN video:
In a July 14 interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R-NV) suggested that she prefers to appear on Fox News over shows like Meet the Press because Fox gives her an opportunity to raise money. From the interview:
David Brody: Not to harp on the point but when you're on Fox News or talking to more conservative outlets but maybe not going on "Meet the Press" or a "This Week", those type of news shows, then the perception and the narrative starts to be like you are avoiding those mainstream media outlets.
Sharron Angle: Well, in that audience will they let me say I need $25 dollars from a million people go to Sharron Angle.com send money? Will they let me say that? Will I get a bump on my website and you can watch whenever I go on to a show like that we get an immediate bump. You can see the little spinners. People say 'Oh, I heard that. I am going and I'm going to help Sharron out because they realize this is a national effort and that I need people from all around the nation. They may not be able to vote for me but they can certainly help."
On Monday, Angle began an interview with Neil Cavuto by stating, "Well, first of all, Neil, it's great to be on your show to talk about this campaign against Harry Reid who needs $25 million -- and I have been saying I only need a million people to send $25 to SharronAngle.com." Angle also made fundraising pitches on Hannity and Fox & Friends.
Think Progress has more:
Sharron Angle: I Go On Fox News So Much Because The Mainstream Media Won’t Let Me Raise Money On Air
When she first appeared on Sean Hannity’s show on June 14, shortly after winning the Republican primary, she offered a similarly phrased statement on her interview fundraising strategy and asked for donations on the spot:
HANNITY: It’s obvious the media wants to attack you just like Rand Paul, who was on this program last week. Are you going to give them what they want? Are you going to go on their shows or are you going to run your campaign locally in the state? What are — what are your plans media-wise for this campaign?
ANGLE: You may have heard that I’ve been dodging the media. But I actually I’ve been doing five to seven interviews with folks that can really help me, everyday I’m — I’m on somebody’s talk show.
ANGLE: And the message is — you may not be able to vote for me, Sean but you can send money to SharronAngle.com.
HANNITY: Oh you’re good at the Web site.
[...]Bet Rupert Murdock loves all that.
Although Angle is now hyping this strategy, it hasn’t been as lucrative as she might have hoped. Her finance chair admitted to the Las Vegas Review-Journal today that the campaign “fell short of a $1.4 million fund-raising goal by the June 30 deadline.”
Here's more God silliness from this nutter Rethug, via Sam Stein:
Sharron Angle On Her Campaign: 'God Has Been In This From The Beginning'Progressive Now Nevada posted this video of Sharron Angle saying she'd "Eliminate both the Federal Department of Education and the Nevada Department of Education."
Angle has a far more public religious streak than other notable Tea Party candidates. She is devoutly pro-life, arguing against abortion in cases of rape and incest because "God has a plan." And she has argued in the past that: "the tenet of the separation of church and state is an unconstitutional doctrine."
But this appears to be the first time she's discussed the celestial imprint on her Senate candidacy. Here's the interview with Reed, posted on his Faith & Freedom Coalition website:read more...
It's no wonder that Harry Reid pulled ahead of her in the polls: Reid takes lead on Angle: New poll shows Republican losing support among every voter group
Even in the latest Right-Wing Rasmussen poll, Angle's lead has shrunk down to almost nothing:
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid has opened a strong lead over Republican opponent Sharron Angle after pummeling her in a ubiquitous TV and radio ad campaign that portrays the Tea Party favorite as "too extreme," according to a new poll for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The latest is a Mason-Dixon poll showed that if the general election were held now, Reid would win 44 percent to 37 percent for Angle. Ten percent were undecided, 5 percent would choose "none of these candidates," and the remaining 4 percent would pick another candidate on the ballot.
That is the best Reid has done against Angle this year in a series of Mason-Dixon polls. Previously, the two had been locked in a statistical dead heat with Angle finishing just ahead of Reid in February, 44 percent to 42 percent, and in June, 44 percent to 41 percent, and Reid finishing just ahead of Angle in May, 42 percent to 39 percent.
Maybe rejecting that political makeover wasn't such a good idea?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is creeping forward and now is nearly tied with Republican Sharron Angle in his bid for reelection in Nevada.
The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Nevada finds Angle with 46% support, while Reid earns 43% of the vote. Six percent (6%) like some other candidate in the race, and five percent (5%) remain undecided.
This is Reid’s best showing all year and follows a visit by President Obama to the state to help his campaign.
Reid has also been trying to raise doubts about Angle and a solid plurality of voters now have negative perceptions of both candidates. Reid is viewed Very Favorably by just 26% of Nevada voters and Very Unfavorably by 48%. For Angle, Very Favorables are 18% and Very Unfavorables are 39%.
But have no fear, Ms. Angle.... you have friends in high places:
Group Run By Anti-Stimulus Crusaders Rove And Gillespie Airs Ad Attacking Reid For Lack Of Stimulus Money In NVOf course Rove And Gillespie lied.
GOP operatives Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie recently founded a network of right-wing attack groups to rival what they view as inept and ineffective Republican National Committee. One of those groups, American Crossroads, is a 527 committee, formed to spend tens of millions of dollars on House and Senate races this year.
The group recently launched an ad in Nevada attacking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D):Rove even attacked the stimulus for not creating jobs. “We’re approaching the anniversary of the stimulus package, and a recent poll shows, and I think it was 9 percent of the American people think the stimulus package has helped create jobs,” he said.
Moreover, Nevada is one of the smallest states in the U.S. and as the Atlantic’s Derek Thompson noted, “stimulus money went disproportionately to states with larger public sectors and higher Medicaid bills.” In fact, it’s Reid who has been trying to get unemployment benefits extended for out-of-work Americans, but Senate Republicans have been blocking it from getting though. “Almost two million people who are long-term unemployed. These are not numbers. They are people,” Reid said scolding the GOP for their obstruction.
"According to data from Recovery.gov, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act awarded 13 states less money than Nevada."Don't forget to check out TheWrongAngle.com