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July 7, 2010

REID PUBLISHES ANGLE POLICY POSITIONS, INVITES LAWSUIT.... Sharron Angle, the extremist Republican Senate candidate in Nevada, recently overhauled her website, scrubbing the previous site of her extremist positions on a variety of issues. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) campaign, out of the goodness of its heart, thought it would help Angle get her message out -- so it re-published the GOP candidate's original issue positions online for voters to see.

Angle's lawyers threatened a lawsuit, claiming that showing voters what Angle said she believes would represent misuse of copyrighted materials. As of Monday, Reid's team backed off and took down the site.

Yesterday, Reid's campaign, after finishing a few tweaks, put the Angle materials back online.

The Reid campaign took the Web site down temporarily, but as of Tuesday evening the Angle material was back online under the auspices of the Nevada Democratic Party -- though it now just consists of screen shots of her old Web site.

The party said it had archived all of Ms. Angle's old statements so that she could not "change or suppress her record by simply having her new D.C. handlers rewrite her campaign Web site."

The issue seemed to be over various fill-in boxes and sign-up fields on the original Angle website. When the Reid camp republished the site, those fields were still active. Now, the content is still there, but the boxes are inactive.

In a press release, the Reid campaign didn't sound too worried about litigation: "Just to be clear to Sharron Angle and her handlers, it's called free speech and it's nearly absolute under the First Amendment. (We know, these 'big Constitutional issues' are tough for you -- like when you said separation of Church & State was "unconstitutional" exactly one week ago.) The question is: what will Sharron Angle do now to hide her extreme views on killing Social Security and eliminating the Department of Education from Nevada voters? Perhaps she's checking to see if there are any Second Amendment remedies."

It's unclear if Angle's team intends to pursue legal action, but either way, Reid and his aides have to be pleased. By throwing a fit, Angle has created more negative publicity for herself, and brought more attention to her extremist beliefs. If she files suit, Reid benefits with more coverage of Angle trying to hide her own published positions. If she doesn't, Reid benefits by having these positions in public view.

Steve Benen 9:25 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (18)

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Credit where credit is due. In an earlier comment thread, I criticized Reid for taking down the Angle archive (temporarily, it seems). So good job, and well played, Harry, you did the right thing.

Now if you could just show as much backbone when it comes to passing another stimulus package . . . .

Posted by: David Bailey on July 7, 2010 at 9:30 AM | PERMALINK

Nice pair Harry.

Posted by: ComradeAnon on July 7, 2010 at 9:38 AM | PERMALINK

Mr. Bailey has it exactly right. If only Harry could govern as well as he campaigns.

Posted by: puravida on July 7, 2010 at 9:43 AM | PERMALINK

Yes, must have discovered an old beam from a Nevada Silver mine for his needed support. However, the hilarity was listening to Ron Christy, Cheney's shill, on MSNBC, yesterday, trying to defend Angle.

Posted by: berttheclock on July 7, 2010 at 9:44 AM | PERMALINK

I wonder if the flack he took from the "liberal blogs" had an impact?

He did make a few changes like removing the check boxes for donations. Other than that he has Angle's old site back up and running.

We should all bow our heads in silent prayer that she files suit. That would be the best thing for his campaign.

Posted by: Ron Byers on July 7, 2010 at 9:46 AM | PERMALINK

It is still disturbing that the quality of people seeking elected positions to represent the public possess such borderline personalities .
If we require people to be tested for certain sensitive areas of government , the need to know has , more than ever , expanded with the right wings dip into the terrorist pool . The KKK has been a terrorist organization for as long as it has existed . The John Birch Society has fomented violent revolution since the fifties , as far as I can recall . The distance between these organisations and the republican , neo con , tea baggeur party is whisper thin .
A two fold benefit is very possible here . The disturbed folks who would be recognised and treated , will be happier and more engaged with reality . It also would destigmatize dealing with mental illness , making it less appealing to hide the pain of mental suffering .
The use of political power , by the Soviets for one , to nullify internal threats with kidnapping and incarceration in "mental institutions" is not easily forgotten . However when the white washing by a political bureau , or party , for the disturbed running for office , makes it apparent that one consideration is worse than another .
If a perfect world were painted by these actors , I imagine president Limbaugh and attorney general Beck could enjoy the prospect of NSA head Bachman's quirky views on facts , while she creates whatever "response" her poor skills , and isolated experiences as a human being enable for her .
Why would we accept a political parties nominees at face value when their breeding is one of celebrating ignorance , contempt , intolerance , and violence ? A Great Leap Forward moment when these committed partisans come to power and the same logical conclusions Mao did ?

Posted by: FRP on July 7, 2010 at 10:04 AM | PERMALINK

Oh, Steve, you do your readers a disservice by not including the full quote from Reid's campaign spokesperson, Jon Summers:

"The question is: what will Sharron Angle do now to hide her extreme views on killing Social Security and eliminating the Department of Education from Nevada voters? Perhaps she’s checking to see if there are any Second Amendment remedies.”

Oh, snap!

Posted by: karen marie on July 7, 2010 at 10:20 AM | PERMALINK

David Bailey on July 7, 2010 at 9:30 AM | PERMALINK
I was going to say the exact same thing.
Time for Harry to grow some hair on his b....

Posted by: joyzeeboy on July 7, 2010 at 10:27 AM | PERMALINK

karen marie - That may have lightened my mood more than any other remark could have .
Touché Jon Summers !

Posted by: FRP on July 7, 2010 at 10:44 AM | PERMALINK

I'll be damned, I guess there are briar patches out there in Nevada. Now we just have to hope that Angle doesn't get the bright idea to throw Harry Reid in one of them by suing over this. OH LORDY PLEASE MS. ANGLE DON'T THROW HIM IN THAT BRIAR PATCH! ANYTHING BUT THAT!

Posted by: Matt on July 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM | PERMALINK

By shielding and trying to protect Sharron Angle, you could deduce that all ReBPublicans are mentally deranged.

Posted by: Ted76 on July 7, 2010 at 11:01 AM | PERMALINK

I too, owe the Reid camp a mea culpa and second the setiments of Mr. Bailey:

Now if you could just show as much backbone when it comes to passing another stimulus package . . . .

Posted by: bmcchgo on July 7, 2010 at 11:01 AM | PERMALINK

I really, really, really cannot believe that Angle's team threatened a lawsuit in the first place. I thought she had some guys from the RNC in to help her campaign now - is her campaign still being run by amateurs?

Before the lawsuit threat this was simply "Harry Reid says that Sharron Angle believes weird shit". Which, you know, is politics - there's not a politician in the world who doesn't accuse their opponent of believing weird shit and using quotes from their opponent to back up their claims. It's background noise - it certainly would have helped Reid some to have those quotes and try to make her stand behind them or renounce them in a debate, but that's politics.

But now - now it's "Sharron Angle is suing to keep people from finding out about the weird shit she believes". That's a completely different story - that's as good as hearing her carp on live about dismantling the Department of Education or reinstating Prohibition or Second Amendment solutions. Instead of deniability now she owns those quotes. They're her babies and this lawsuit is going to follow her around every time one of those quotes comes out in public.

This is a serious misstep. It's almost enough to make me believe that the guys running her campaign are playing to lose. Or else they're kind of dumb and have never heard of the Streisand Effect.

Posted by: NonyNony on July 7, 2010 at 12:17 PM | PERMALINK

As with other posters, I only have one question:

Why can't Harry Reid run the Senate like he's running his reelection campaign?

Posted by: bdop4 on July 7, 2010 at 12:47 PM | PERMALINK

Exposure, exposure, exposure. The honest self revealing type. She lies with every breath.

Posted by: bjobotts on July 7, 2010 at 6:31 PM | PERMALINK

Question for FRP:

What is your evidence for this incredible declaration?

"The John Birch Society has fomented violent revolution since the fifties, as far as I can recall."

Posted by: ernie1241 on July 7, 2010 at 6:46 PM | PERMALINK

bdop4 asked, "Why can't Harry Reid run the Senate like he's running his reelection campaign?"

Perhaps he is. I suppose it depends on his actual goals and his major contributors' goals.

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