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June 16, 2010

SHE CAN RUN, BUT CAN SHE HIDE?.... The number of questions for Sharron Angle, the extremist Republican Senate candidate in Nevada, continue to pile up. At this point, she lacks the courage and the conviction to answer them.

Yesterday, Greg Sargent discovered a radio interview from earlier this year in which Angle "appeared to float the possibility of armed insurrection if 'this Congress keeps going the way it is.'"

I'm not kidding. In an interview she gave to a right-wing talk show host, Angle approvingly quoted Thomas Jefferson saying it's good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years -- and said that if Congress keeps it up, people may find themselves resorting to "Second Amendment remedies."

What's more, the talk show host she spoke to tells me he doesn't have any doubt that she was floating the possibility of armed insurrection as a valid response if Congress continues along its current course.

If this seems vaguely familiar, it's because Angle said something similar a month ago. "[T]he nation is arming," the radical Senate candidate noted, adding, "If we don't win at the ballot box, what will be the next step?" The implication isn't subtle -- elect extremists like Angle, or the consequences may include bloodshed.

Under normal circumstances, a candidate for statewide office would offer some explanation for comments like these. But Sharron Angle was approached by a variety of reporters on Capitol Hill yesterday, and she refused to say anything to them. At one point, one of the dozen reporters hoping to get something out of her asked, "Why aren't you talking to us?" Angle ignored that, too.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), chairman of the NRSC, said it would be "a few weeks" until Angle was ready to answer reporters' questions. I find that rather amazing -- a candidate launches a U.S. Senate campaign, hits the campaign trail, wins a statewide primary, and then decides it will take "weeks" to prepare for reporters' questions.

Last month, Angle was complaining about the media "ignoring" her campaign. Well, now they're interested, and she prefers to hide. If Angle is in over her head, maybe she should have thought about this before the primary?

Sharron Angle is the most radical major-party candidate to seek statewide office since David Duke was the Republican nominee for governor in Louisiana in 1991. Her silent treatment may help downplay some of Angle's new problems -- such as, you know, public speculation about an armed insurrection against the United States government -- but it's a short-term solution to a long-term problem.

Steve Benen 10:10 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (25)

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Boy, the 2010 elections are gonna be fun to watch! I'm thinking Patagonia would be a safe distance. . .

Posted by: DAY on June 16, 2010 at 10:20 AM | PERMALINK

Sometimes it bears repeating that the 2nd Amendment does not guarantee a right to commit homicide. Nor does it protect a right to insurrection, which is defined as treason elsewhere in the Constitution.

Posted by: Grumpy on June 16, 2010 at 10:26 AM | PERMALINK

Imagine a Muslim candidate saying stuff like that. Time to turn the "liberal media" meme on its head and ask why it's okay for some people (say, white reactionaries) to promote their version of jihad without having to answer for it.
Yes, we all know the real reason but it would be refreshing to hear Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, and Sean Hannity explain that nuance.

Posted by: walt on June 16, 2010 at 10:26 AM | PERMALINK

"A few weeks"? Hmmm. I remember another dimwitted, pandering Republican woman being sheltered from the press for a few weeks after she (star)burst onto the scene...

Maybe this is a more sophisticated media strategy than we thought!

Posted by: Scrappled on June 16, 2010 at 10:26 AM | PERMALINK

John Ensign must be thanking his lucky stars.

Posted by: Winkandanod on June 16, 2010 at 10:35 AM | PERMALINK

The follow-up to these comments from her should be phrased:
"So to clarify Mrs. Angle - your belief is that if '(you) don't win at the ballot box' you are concerned that a now armed nation will overthrow its own democracy? What will this new nation rely on to elect its proper or rightful leaders?"

She's implying that an armed nation will overthrow its own newly elected government for not winning democratic elections in its own nation. How patriotic... and completely illogical.

Posted by: phreak on June 16, 2010 at 10:37 AM | PERMALINK

Wink: Unfortunately, she's not running against him. Maybe you mean he's lucky that she's deflecting attention from his problems, but the trouble is, he's also making like her mentor, introducing her on Capitol Hill and such. Which raises the question, is she as hot as Sarah Palin? If so, we may be in deep sh!t, because a great many voters have both brains and male organs, but only enough blood to run one at a time.

"Elect us or we'll take up arms and seize power by force -- " wasn't that how Hitler got into office? No, I'm not calling her a Nazi, not yet, just pointing out that the shake-down approach to elections ("Gather your armies!") has been the prelude to a lot of dictatorships.

Posted by: T-Rex on June 16, 2010 at 10:40 AM | PERMALINK

Angle threatened to kill Harry Reid.

I wonder .. if they schedule a debate ... will he punch this violent anti-American filth's lights out in self-defense?

By the way, Redstate endorses Angle, the murder of Harry Reid and the violent overthrow of the U.S. Government.

Why doesn't my government protect itself? Why aren't we bombing the living sh#t out of Macon, Georgia.

Posted by: John Thullen on June 16, 2010 at 10:42 AM | PERMALINK

Right on the point Scrappled, another candidate for office who is so toxic they cannot let her speak to anyone for a couple of months, also it looks like Rand Paul is only able to speak to Fox - who I am sure give him lots of help.

Having the tea baggers run for office should work out well.

I am concerned about a rumor I read on one blog this am that Obama will not run for a second term, it really would be a disaster for the country. Having said that I am sure he is the victim of so much racism, death threats etc and must be worried for his wife and children, the people here in the US should be ashamed of the racists that exist in this country, they are all crawling out of the woodwork.
I thought we were better than that. Let us think what a republican administration would do if they had all the problems they left Obama.

Posted by: jJS on June 16, 2010 at 10:43 AM | PERMALINK

So why isn't she being arrested for making terrorist threats against Congress?

Posted by: jpeckjr on June 16, 2010 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

Good god - what does it take in this country for a candidate to be considered unacceptable? I keep thinking of the damage that the radicals in the 60's did to the left wing image long term. I wonder whether the younger folks today watch the hate being promulgated by these folks and turn away from the Republican party permanently.

Posted by: jomo on June 16, 2010 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

Who would have thought that the day would come when one political party would have candidates running for office that were so crazy they were not allowed to speak to mainstream media or public until they had been schooled!

Posted by: Joan on June 16, 2010 at 11:00 AM | PERMALINK

I'll call her a NAZI. Sharron Angle is a NAZI. IMO. And Cornyn implies the people she was talking to the other day at FOX aren't "reporters". Ve must make shure she knows ze pahty line.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on June 16, 2010 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

The frightening thing is, they are not only keeping her hidden, they are also endorsing these radical views. It is one thing to muzzle someone, but to think the only flaw in Angle is what she says and not what she believes...

Maybe it is not Cornyn's job to pick the candidates or speak out against them. Yet, it is the same as an endorsement of extremist views. Jeremiah Wright anyone?

Posted by: mmw on June 16, 2010 at 11:38 AM | PERMALINK

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), chairman of the NRSC, said it would be "a few weeks" until Angle was ready to answer reporters' questions.

Well, sure -- the day after election day is "a few weeks" from now.

Posted by: Steve M. on June 16, 2010 at 11:51 AM | PERMALINK
ComradeAnon@11:31: I'll call her a NAZI. Sharron Angle is a NAZI. IMO. And Cornyn implies the people she was talking to the other day at FOX aren't "reporters". Ve must make shure she knows ze pahty line.

We progressives are hopelessly polite. Even our friend here couldn't resist putting 'IMO' at the end. These people are absolutely and without question modern day "Nazis" and we are treading the very same perilous path that plunged the world into war 70 years ago.

We need to come up with a way to refer to these people relentlessly for what they are. We cannot literally use the term 'Nazis' as they are not members of the National Socialist Workers Party. Everyone knows this but we, nevertheless, lose our credibility when we accuse someone of being something that no longer exists.

And, worse still, the propaganda machine has rendered the neutral term for this phenomenon useless: fascist. They got out ahead of that one years in advance with 'Islamofascism', 'Liberal Fascism', etc., etc..

Don't think for a minute that this was simply a coincidence.

Posted by: JTK on June 16, 2010 at 12:21 PM | PERMALINK

Is she refusing to speak to the Nevada press also? The press in Nevada and national press should be raising a stink about being shutout from asking her questions. If the reporters from outlets other than FOX cannot speak to her, that should be the story. What does it say about freedom of the press when a candidate for U.S. Senate or Vice President of the United States can be protected by their political party and a wholly bought and paid for cable network? If reporters let themselves be cowed by this crowd,
they deserve to be called lamestream media. Her previous comments are verified and her views come dangerously close to calling for armed insurrection. How would that have played with the MSM during Bush's presidency? I'm sure if a Democrat running for the Senate in 2004 had such a trail of extremist views and statements, it would have been a major story.

Let's hope someone is preparing Harry Reid to drop the soft spoken chump act and aggressively debate Ms. Angle.

Posted by: Kathryn on June 16, 2010 at 12:44 PM | PERMALINK

Last I checked conservatives hate Jefferson for brining up that separation of church and state nonsense.

Oh well, since Angle didn't get the memo..

2006 turned over both houses with a filibuster proof majority in 2009.

Perhaps ms Angle's math is a bit weak. 2006 plus 20 isn't really close to 2010.

Democrats had their revolution 12 years after Gingrich's 1994 victory. 4 years is pretty premature. It took the twin military and economic tragedies of George W Bush to shave 8 years off the Republicans turn at bat.

Our current president has not demonstrated any notable incompetence that would merit a similar spanking much less one 66% more severe.

Posted by: toowearyforoutrage on June 16, 2010 at 1:59 PM | PERMALINK

The MSM started a shameful and dangerous trend when it allowed Sarah Palin to get away with not having any press conferences while running for the VP slot, and for "reporting" her tweets and facebook twaddle without making herself available for questions. Now, the Pauls and Angles of outrageous fortune are able to run for office withut press scrutiny.

The MSM should end the trend by researching and reporting on page one and as top TV stories what is in the public record about these people, offering an opportunity to be interviewed, but running the stories unrebutted if the candidates turn down interviews.

Posted by: ghillie on June 16, 2010 at 2:57 PM | PERMALINK

Let's get Angle and Rick ("Gather your armies!") Barber in AL together for 2012!

Jesus wept.

Posted by: Jeff (no, the other one) on June 16, 2010 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

Sharron Angle was approached by a variety of reporters on Capitol Hill yesterday, and she refused to say anything to them. At one point, one of the dozen reporters hoping to get something out of her asked, "Why aren't you talking to us?" Angle ignored that, too. -- Steve Benen

Which is exactly the right way to deal with the agents provocateur of the left wing media, hell bent on their gotcha moment. Had Rep. Etheridge behaved in the same restrained and ladylike way, instead of getting physical and half-throttling the poor student, he would not have been in the trouble he's in.

Al, where are you? It's not easy, filling in for ya.

Posted by: exlibra on June 16, 2010 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

So, you guys think it is a GOOD thing that the Repelicans keep nominating batshit crazy candidates? Hah. What happens is that they keep nominating bigger loons than the last time, so the penultimate loon's crazy bleatings get pushed off the front page and no one complains that the last loon is bunkering down. Toomy is crazy. Hayworth is crazy. But no one is bothering with these guys as they are not as crazy as Paul. And now Angle. Very clever strategy. Right before the 2012 elections, you will see David Duke and George Rekers nominated for something.

Posted by: Wally on June 16, 2010 at 5:45 PM | PERMALINK

Just point Scrappled, the second candidate for the post, which is so toxic, they do not let anyone talk for two months, even, apparently, Paul Rand is only able to speak to Fox - which surely give much help HIM. Having Tea Baggers seeking office should work fine.

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