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August 25, 2010

ANGLE EYES 'DOMESTIC ENEMIES'.... A couple of years ago, the national scene began to appreciate just how unhinged Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) really is during an appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball." The right-wing lawmaker said there should be an investigation to determine which members of Congress are "pro-America or anti-America" -- offering one of the more blatant examples of modern-day McCarthyism.

Sharron Angle (R), the extremist Senate candidate in Nevada, is apparently thinking along the same lines.

Yesterday, Greg Sargent reported on a radio interview Angle did on the day she launched her campaign last year. During the appearance, Angle "clearly and unequivocally agreed with an interviewer who asserted flatly that there are 'domestic enemies' and 'homegrown enemies' in the 'walls of the Senate and the Congress.'"

That's obviously pretty crazy stuff. As Jed Lewison noted, "[D]oesn't this put her comments about 'Second Amendment remedies' in an even more sinister light?

Not surprisingly, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), already pushing the line that Angle is far "too extreme" for the American mainstream, is connecting these revelations to the larger observation.

"Sharron Angle's rhetoric is irresponsible and over the top. Let me be very clear. While I may have some differences of opinion with my Republican colleagues in the Senate, I have never questioned their patriotism. For Sharron Angle to agree that any of them -- Republican or Democrat -- is an enemy of the state is not only an insult to every United States Senator, it's a disgrace to our country. If she is going to use such rhetoric, she has an obligation to name names and explain to the American people exactly who she thinks is a domestic enemy."

That sounds about right. If Angle really is convinced Congress has "homegrown enemies" shaping federal policy, she should elaborate a bit on who these dastardly politicians are. In fairness, the exact words were the radio host's, not the candidate's, but Angle clearly endorsed the sentiment and said she agreed with the charge. Given her other public comments, Angle wasn't just popping off to win some primary votes -- she believes this stuff.

But there's also the larger question of when, exactly, Republican leaders might be willing to put some distance between the GOP and its more ridiculous candidates. E.J. Dionne Jr. noted the other day, "What the current right has [to] offer is far worse than anything Bush put forward, which means that this election isn't even about whether we'll go back into the ditch. It's about whether a movement that's gone over a cliff will be rewarded for doing so. A victory for this style of conservatism will be a defeat for the kind of conservatism the country needs. And that's a worthy matter to put to the voters."

Steve Benen 1:20 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (15)

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And I thought Sue Lowden was a few eggs short of a full dozen.

Sharron Angle's only got 3 eggs and they're all infected with Salmonella.

If Angle gets elected to the Senate, we'll all look back on weirdos like Bachmann and opportunists like Palin with fond nostalgia.

Posted by: Winkandanod on August 25, 2010 at 1:37 PM | PERMALINK

While I may have some differences of opinion with my Republican colleagues in the Senate, I have never questioned their patriotism.

That's because Harry Reid is a milquetoast, at least in public. I question Republican Senators' patriotism daily.

Not willing to convene McCarthyesque panels to do the job the voters are too stupid to do, though.

Posted by: Equal Opportunity Cynic on August 25, 2010 at 1:42 PM | PERMALINK

Angle would do well to remember paranoia was a malady suffered by one Joseph Stalin. I wonder if she has studied his style of rule just as she apparently did regarding General Pinchocet! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on August 25, 2010 at 1:43 PM | PERMALINK

Nate Silver's new Senate model is up at nytimes. Angle is a 58% favorite.

Posted by: Steve on August 25, 2010 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

If the Professional Left wasn't constantly distracting the White House, maybe they would have time to take on this proto-fascist, neo-McCarthyism movement. Damn you, Dylan Rattigan!

Posted by: square1 on August 25, 2010 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

Anyone like Sharon Angle, who stirs up massive internal tension, falsehoods, and hatreds within our nation while we are - as her kind so loudly reminds us - "at war" with an international terrorist movement is surely a traitor and aiding and abetting the enemy. This goes also for those who cynically abuse the "GZM" episode for political gain while helping Al Qaeda's process (as Frank Rich aptly noted.) And that so many voters would cast a ballot such such rotten, literally unhinged "politicians" is a national disgrace.

Pass it all along.

Posted by: Neil B on August 25, 2010 at 1:47 PM | PERMALINK

Well fist of all:

"A couple of years ago, the national scene began to appreciate just how unhinged Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) really is during an appearance on MSNBC's "Hardball.""

...no the national media began to appreciate what a goldmine Bachmann is, and they made her an instant celebrity. Ever since that ridiculous Hardball appearance she's been a fixture on cable news shows, papers, internet sites... She's not looked as unhinged, she's looked at as one of the current "it" girls. Its the media who took her disgraceful Hardball appearance and elevated her to national prominence.

If the American people put these people in power this November then this country deserves the consequences, plain and simple. We will have made our bed and we'll have to sleep in the filthy linens of our collective actions. Its not like these lunatics are hiding their true character, and its not like we don't know the damage that was done byt the Bush crowd.

Maybe the country needs these freaks in the seat power to FINALLY understand ramifications of our actions. Right now, I'm afraid alot of voters find them amusing and think this is entertainment.

Posted by: SaintZak on August 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM | PERMALINK

I don't know why the hell Obama hasn't just ordered this bitch to be shot. Maybe this weekend he'll finally get the national guard to mow down the whole lot of 'em while they're in DC. But he's probably too much of a pussy to do that.

Posted by: cr on August 25, 2010 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK

[...] there are 'domestic enemies' and 'homegrown enemies' in the 'walls of the Senate and the Congress.'

I had to go back to Sargent's transcript to make sure that the quote was correct (it is). "IN" the walls of of the Senate and Congress"??? Doubtless, she's talking about lead particles in the paint and formaldehyde in the tiling...

Posted by: exlibra on August 25, 2010 at 1:57 PM | PERMALINK
If the American people put these people in power this November then this country deserves the consequences, plain and simple.

All I want to know is, will I get to keep my guns?
Will foreigners tremble when they see our might? Will every knee bend in Jesus' name? Will those goddamn liberals and women and coloreds learn their place? Will the homos shut up and go away?

Because if you can promise me that, screw the consequences. I'll give you my vote and anything else you want, right down to the battery in my pacemaker.

Posted by: Median Mid-term Voter on August 25, 2010 at 2:06 PM | PERMALINK
Right now, I'm afraid alot of voters find them amusing and think this is entertainment. Posted by: SaintZak on August 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM

I agree completely with SaintZak. The attention span of this country is horrifyingly short. Because of this Sharon Angle and more like her are likely to be elected.

And for those who think this will "teach Americans a lesson" and will push them to the Left you are gravely mistaken.

As our country turns into a hell hole because of a Congress filled with Sharon Angles people are going to listen even more to the fascists.

This fall will determine whether the US will be another Wiemar Republic in the coming years or whether we will steer clear of that cliff.

My dread is that we will not.

Posted by: Dr. Morpheus on August 25, 2010 at 2:37 PM | PERMALINK

And for those who think this will "teach Americans a lesson" and will push them to the Left you are gravely mistaken. -- Dr. Morpheus, @14:37

Agreed. In times of want and of social insecurity, lots of people tend to prefer their tea to be tightly bagged (authoritarian model), not the loose-leaf ("let's discuss our different points of view") version.

Posted by: exlibra on August 25, 2010 at 3:03 PM | PERMALINK

E.J. Dionne says the curent right puts forward stuff worse than anything Bush put forward?

Really?

Worse than stealing a presidential election?

Worse than starting a war based on a hoax?

Worse than getting hundreds of thousands killed based on that hoax?

Worse than torture?

Yuo can't get any worse than Bush. Sorry. It does nobody any good to forget that.

Posted by: The Fool on August 25, 2010 at 4:52 PM | PERMALINK

The Fool: George Bush perpetrated the crimes you accurately cite because HE COULD. His rhetoric, particularly before getting in office, was somewhat different. Remember the "Compassionate Conservative"? (Yeah, I know, makes you want to puke.)

Sharron Angle and the equally unhinged Bachmann are just big mouths attached to a low functioning paranoid minds. Imagine President Angle. Or Bachmann. Imagine what people like them would get up to, given the chance.

Posted by: emjayay on August 25, 2010 at 10:03 PM | PERMALINK

"In fairness, the exact words were the radio host's, not the candidate's" —Steve Benen 1:20 PM

And, "in fairness," when Pres Obama told an interviewer that it was important to know "whose ass to kick" (in re: BP's gulf oil catastrophe), and set the reichwingers off on another faux-outrage jag, it was in specific response to the wording of the question posed by NBC's Matt Lauer -- which, in retrospect, is hard to recognize as anything but an attempt to manipulate NoDrama Obama to show a bit of anger... so the Villagers would have something new with which to attack him.
And, "in fairness," how many of the corporate mass media outlets or propagandists made that clear to their audiences, hm?
Why in the world would you pull any punches when fighting this non-stop, deceit-filled, manipulative mass-media onslaught on our leaders, our voters' choices, and our citizens' and our country's prosperity (read: lack of), security (ditto), freedom, and standing in the world?

Posted by: smartalek on August 26, 2010 at 1:44 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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