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July 13, 2010

ANGLE SAYS CONSERVATIVE SENATOR 'OUTLIVED HIS USEFULNESS'.... Late last week, the suddenly-liberated Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) talked to the AP about the midterm elections, and predicted that "with Sharron Angle" running as the Republican nominee "there's no way Harry Reid loses in Nevada." Bennett was also critical of the right-wing Tea Party "movement" in general, complaining that "these days there are too many people willing to give up on America from the right."

Last night, the extremist Senate candidate in Nevada responded during a Fox News interview. Greg Sargent flagged the over-the-top rhetoric:

"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."

How bizarre. If hysterical conservative activists disagree with a conservative senator's willingness to talk to Democrats, he's "outlived his usefulness"? Only rabid Tea Party extremists are "mainstream"?

Angle seems to be getting stranger by the day.

And as long as we're on the subject, I neglected to mention Angle's ridiculous remarks this week about a key local issue in Nevada. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) intervened recently to save tens of thousands of jobs in his state, helping secure loans for the MGM Resorts' City Center complex. Angle recently conceded, had she been Nevada's senator at the time, she wouldn't have bothered to intervene, and those tens of thousands of jobs would have been lost.

Asked to clarify, Angle later said she wouldn't have helped the City Center complex because she opposed last year's stimulus package. But in reality, the stimulus had nothing to do with the City Center complex -- Reid showed leadership to save the project, but didn't use public funds -- and Angle's remarks made absolutely no sense.

When a local reporter tried to get clarification and ask Angle what she was talking about, she said journalists are not allowed to ask the Senate candidate follow-up questions.

So, to review, Angle holds radical, extremist views. She's proven to be an awful state lawmaker. She's uninformed about key local issues, and won't answer reporters' questions.

I know Sue Lowden had the "chicken for checkups" problem, but there have to be some Nevada Republicans with some severe buyer's remorse right now.

Steve Benen 3:55 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (27)

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Why would they not have buyers remorse after all they nominated the Emily Litella of politics.
I mean, how many more times will Angle make an idiotic statement one day and then say, "nevermind." the next.

Posted by: MrsD on July 13, 2010 at 4:01 PM | PERMALINK

Steve:

Proofread, please.

One sentence features both missing and misspelled words.


Posted by: emjayay on July 13, 2010 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

Have there been debates scheduled in Nevada yet? If I were Harry Reid I'd be trying to make sure there were as many face to face debates as possible against this woman.

Posted by: Nied on July 13, 2010 at 4:09 PM | PERMALINK

"journolists are not allowed to ask the Senate candidate follow-up questions"

JournAlists or JournOlists???

Posted by: neil wilson on July 13, 2010 at 4:10 PM | PERMALINK

She's a lunatic, and makes no sense.

Posted by: POed Lib on July 13, 2010 at 4:11 PM | PERMALINK

Sharron Angle believes she is part of the American "mainstream?" Somebody needs to leave the house occasionally.

Posted by: chrenson on July 13, 2010 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

And yet she still leads in the polls. I wouldn't dismiss the possibility of Sen. Angle out of hand.

Posted by: NHCt on July 13, 2010 at 4:21 PM | PERMALINK

And yet she still leads in the polls. I wouldn't dismiss the possibility of Sen. Angle out of hand.

Exactly. It's pure tossup with a slight edge to her. I'd be mildly surprised if she doesn't win.

Posted by: rrindy on July 13, 2010 at 4:23 PM | PERMALINK

The volumes of text this guy writes every day, and you people are freaked out by a couple of grammatical errors?

WTF? That's so lame.

Posted by: Rochester on July 13, 2010 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

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.

funny thing is, Bennett was ousted at the GOP party convention - NOT at the polls. Interesting that Angle confuses radical political party activists with "mainstream Americans". Even more interesting that she actually says that they went "to the polls".

Posted by: andy on July 13, 2010 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

It's summer. People are outside playing with their kids (ok, maybe not in Nevada, where it's probably 120 degrees, but still). Let's see where the polls are in October where non-political-geeks start to pay attention and the TV ads are all over the airwaves. Then, and only then, will I be shocked if people aren't running away from Angle (& Rand Paul, & the rest of the loonies).

Posted by: MCD on July 13, 2010 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

I second Rochester's comment.

And BTW,

Journ A List = Cream of the Village

Journ O List = Villagers who kowtow to Obama

Posted by: cr on July 13, 2010 at 4:36 PM | PERMALINK

Here's hoping that none of Angle's fans resort to "Second Amendment remedies" to take Bob Bennett out.

Posted by: Miki on July 13, 2010 at 4:41 PM | PERMALINK

Here's hoping that none of Angle's fans resort to "Second Amendment remedies" to take Bob Bennett out.
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I'd only worry about the ones who live in DC or Chicago.

Posted by: Heavy Iron on July 13, 2010 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

If I were Senator Bennett, I'd want some clarification about whether Angle meant "outlived his usefulness" in a Second Amendment sense.

There are some disturbing (and disturbed) folks out there in Republicanland.

Posted by: Fleas correct the era on July 13, 2010 at 4:53 PM | PERMALINK

I see no reason why Angle won't win. Reid is wildly unpopular and all it takes is ONE debate where she "outperforms expectations" by not strangling on her own tongue or babbling in tongues or falling off the stage dead drunk, and she'll win narrowly.

Of course she will instantly win the hotly contested "stupidest Senator" prize, but who cares? She'll be there for 6 years where she gets to rant on national TV.

Nevada voters will only get "buyer's remorse" after they see her in action for a few months, and by then it'll be too late!

Posted by: Cugel on July 13, 2010 at 4:54 PM | PERMALINK

"The volumes of text this guy writes every day, and you people are freaked out by a couple of grammatical errors?

WTF? That's so lame."

Agreed. As long as doesn't mispronounce Corpsman.

Posted by: Medic! on July 13, 2010 at 4:55 PM | PERMALINK

Don't count on buyers remorse from GOP-NV. The state is a walking contradiction: pretty much Bible-Belt-ish outside of Vegas and Tahoe, yet 1/3 of the jobs are in tourism and leisure aka gambling and prostitution (the latter being a tiny, tiny sector, but still). The casinos make the state independent of the Federal teat: Nevada has the lowest Federal spending inflow per tax dollar paid. Not counting 7,500 active military and personnel on four bases around the state, barely 15% of jobs are state/fed/muni. So the disconnected anti-government, anti-tax, anti-everything gene runs pretty deep. While I think Reid will win, I also believe you'd have to be a lot crazier than Angle to be shunned in The Silver State.

Posted by: ManOutOfTime on July 13, 2010 at 4:56 PM | PERMALINK

Reid needs more cash. This'll work for him!


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By Lynn Sweeton July 12, 2010 3:14 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
The Giannoulias Democratic Illinois Senate campaign confirmed Monday--after prodding from the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee--that Alexi Giannoulias was in Canada on Sunday attending a fund-raiser at a trial lawyer convention in Vancouver that would benefit his Senate campaign

Posted by: YVR on July 13, 2010 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

Well, you know, Bennett's getting on in years. Pretty soon our death panels will find some pretext to deny him medical care, and then we won't have to worry about him being a useless drain on society.

Right, Sharron?

Posted by: Matt on July 13, 2010 at 4:57 PM | PERMALINK

I think that Harry should feign an aversion to debate Angle and then relent and agree to a few and pummel her with her own crazy.

The danger as stated above is that like shrub, she will be deemed the winner if she doesn't swallow her tongue, swear fealty to Al Qaeda, or start ranting about second amendment solutions or lazy spoiled hobos. Just having her on the stage with Reid (not the greatest thinking on his feet) gives her an instant shot of credibility. She could throw that away with some crazy talk, but the bar is set so low for her that a snake couldn't get under it.

Posted by: beyond left on July 13, 2010 at 5:21 PM | PERMALINK

"Angle recently conceded, had she been Nevada's senator at the time, she wouldn't have bothered to intervene, and those tens of thousands of jobs would have been lost."

So part of her job descrption as U.S Senator is to be a loan officer for failing corporations like MGM? Are the Feds going to be propping up casinos next?

The job losses are regrettable but to feign outrage because Angle takes an honest libertarian view only makes this site look as bad as Fox News when it comes to dealing with people with opposing viewpoints.

Angle may have her problems but Sue Lowden, aside from wanting to pay doctors in livestock, also engaged in dirty political shenanigans to steal Republican National Convention delegates from Ron Paul as Nevadans will tell you. Not only is she stupid, she's also a thief and a crook and she got what she honestly deserved, the end of her sorry political career

Posted by: Sean Scallon on July 13, 2010 at 6:26 PM | PERMALINK

Call me pessimistic- OK, *very* pessimistic- but I fully expect to see Sharron Angle as the next Senator from Nevada, Pat Toomey as the next Senator from Pennsylvania (my home state), and Tom Corbett as the next Governor of Pennsylvania, and for each to win in a walk. I desperately hope that I'm wrong, but, as the old saw goes, nobody ever lost money underestimating the intelligence of the American public. And these three are are as big an underestimation as I've ever seen.

House Speaker Michelle Bachmann, anyone?
-Z

Posted by: Zorro on July 13, 2010 at 7:41 PM | PERMALINK

Sharron Angle is useless. Nevada has many problems i.e. a useless governor, what we don't need is two useless repub senators.

Posted by: NVEd on July 13, 2010 at 8:01 PM | PERMALINK

Sharks eat their own kind too.

Posted by: zappawannabe on July 13, 2010 at 9:25 PM | PERMALINK

"Sharron Angle believes she is part of the American "mainstream?" Somebody needs to leave the house occasionally."

I would just as soon prefer she stay in her house. I'll even bring her groceries to her if she'd like. As for the rest, if she's mainstream, I say it is time to find another stream.

Posted by: Perspecticus on July 14, 2010 at 10:31 AM | PERMALINK

If she can talk to the folks on stage who's depending on her speeches for change why can't she talk to reporters? Why can't she answer the journalists questions? Is it that she doesn't know how to answer questions that's not on her 'agenda'?

How would she hold up against Senator Reid with a debate? If she can't answer journalists questions or face a debate with Senator Reid, then what is she going to do with the big boys in Washington? How is she going to stand up for Nevada if she's afraid of confrontation?

Posted by: dmgg711 on August 1, 2010 at 3:55 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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