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August 30, 2010

ANGLE EVEN OPPOSED KATRINA RELIEF FUNDS.... In September 2005, with the nation still stunned by the devastation in Louisiana caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Senate took up a $62 billion package in relief funds for the region. The GOP-led chamber -- the Republicans enjoyed a 55-seat Senate majority at the time -- approved the aid bill unanimously.

Had Nevada's Sharron Angle been there, that would not have been the case. She boasted at the time, in the midst of a failed congressional campaign, that she would have voted "no" on post-Katrina relief. Jon Ralston has the story.

During an interview on conservative KLAV radio in 2005, which she once had up on her site, Angle invoked Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, who she claimed said he was voting "no" because the Katrina money was not carefully accounted for. [...]

But Pence actually voted FOR the $62 billion. His "yea" is right there in the congressional record after someone named Pelosi.

The day after the Sept. 8, 2005, vote, even House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told The Wall Street Journal: "It's too important to play politics with. It's too important to second-guess."

I realize the Katrina crisis was five years ago, and for some in Nevada, the disaster has probably faded from view. But Angle's response to the worst national disaster in American history says a great deal about her priorities and values, and should signal what kind of senator she'd be.

Steve Benen 9:30 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (10)

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Do the Republican candidates this year believe in a common good? That seems to be the primary question to ask these potential national decision-makers! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on August 30, 2010 at 9:33 AM | PERMALINK

" the worst national disaster in American history"

Maybe it's nitpicking, but there is increasing evidence that it was a man-made disaster, thanks to decades of Corps of Engineers projects.
-See Rachel Maddow and Harry Shearer for more. . .

Posted by: DAY on August 30, 2010 at 9:42 AM | PERMALINK

Angle + Joe Miller are demonstrably batshit, yet each has an excellent chance of winning this November. I fear for the future of our republic.


Posted by: Zorro on August 30, 2010 at 9:55 AM | PERMALINK

Of course her views signal what kind of senator she'd be, but more importantly (don't forget that she was nominated in a primary and is polling in a dead heat with the Senate Majority leader) signals what kind of senator the people of Nevada want.

Add her to the other members of the "crazy caucus" and you begin to get a sense of what this country has become.

Posted by: Proudhon on August 30, 2010 at 9:56 AM | PERMALINK

She is radioactive

Can we all just agree that if Nevada gives the country Angle...
We'll use the Yucca radiation dump as national compensation?

Posted by: koreyel on August 30, 2010 at 9:56 AM | PERMALINK

Disgusting as it is, Angle's remarks will probably play quite well with her base. Let's not forget that during the Katrina disaster, Bill O'Reilly lectured the victims from atop his Fox News Olympus that it was all their own fault for not getting educations, working harder and making something of themselves, and that anyone who didn't heed their bad example would likewise end up stranded on a roof begging for the government to rescue them. A lot of right wing bloggers, especially those loathe to admit that they'd been following a false Messiah, sounded the same theme: the people of New Orleans were no good parasites, and Bush was still a glorious hero. And look at how, even more recently, Rush Limbaugh pontificated about how evil it was to send white Americans' tax dollars to help blacks in Haiti after the earthquake.

This strain of vicious selfishness has always been part of the American character, so I can't say that I fear for what this nation has become; we were never all that pure or pretty to begin with. But I do fear what will happen when they get control. Reagan and the two Bushes thought they could use people like that to get elected and then stiff them, but I think Dr. Frankenstein's southern-strategy monster has gotten loose.

Posted by: T-Rex on August 30, 2010 at 10:08 AM | PERMALINK


Lets stipulate that it was a man-made disaster- by the corp of engineers in particular and the US government in general.

Doesn't that make Sharon Angle all the worse? The responsibility is collectively then all of ours to make it right - we the people. Its our corp of engineers and its our US Government, our elected representatives and since elections are generally won by the majority, its collectively our responsibility to make it right. Yet Sharon Angle would refuse to make it right.

Unless things change, the country is on a fast track for an epic fail due to movement conservatism.

Posted by: anon on August 30, 2010 at 10:13 AM | PERMALINK

Before anyone can debate whether or not Sharron Angle opposed Katrina relief funds another issue must be looked at. Democrat officials in Louisiana prior to Katrina used the money earmarked for maintaining and improving levees on anything and everything, including keeping the Harrah's Casino in New Orleans.

Posted by: Kevin H on August 30, 2010 at 11:15 AM | PERMALINK

It's becoming rather clear that the next Congress will be worse than the current one whether of not the Rethugs have a majority control all or part of it because they will control it even from the minority. The Dimocrats refuse to play hardball, or more likely just don't know how. The Rethugs aren't interested in governing.

That combined with Obama's timorous approach to governing is a recipe not only for gridlock, but mounting frustration and anger across the country as no one sees any progress on any issue of importance.

The Dimocrats will weep and wail, the Rethugs will move further to the right and look to increase the size of their crazy caucus, which is way too big already.

No election is going to get us out of this mess, not in 2010, 2012, or 2014. The electorate isn't going to suddenly wake up one morning and throw all the bums out. Corporate America is, however, going to throw countless millions into elections until they become utterly meaningless, if they aren't already. Then there are the super rich like the Koch brothers, who will continue to spend their billions to align government policy with their personal economic interests.

There doesn't seem to be very much to be optimistic about if you are a progressive, a battered survivor in the reality-based world.

Posted by: rrk1 on August 30, 2010 at 11:27 AM | PERMALINK

As a contractor, I address some of these issues are a regular basis... thanks for making sense!

Posted by: Penis Enlargement Albany on December 17, 2010 at 4:39 PM | PERMALINK



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