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October 17, 2010

ANGLE PLAYS NEVADANS FOR FOOLS.... Even in an ugly political cycle, some offensive attacks stand out for being uniquely ugly. This month, for example, we saw right-wing candidates Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and Sharron Angle (R) use an identical image of young Latino men as part of a divisive attempt to scare white people.

Upon closer inspection, the entire message isn't just racially divisive, it's also intended to deceive voters. But for Angle, the extremist candidate in Nevada, we've got it all wrong. At least, that's what she told a group of Hispanic high school students the other day.

U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle defended a series of campaign advertisements that use images of sullen, dark-skinned men and a map of Mexico to blast the immigration record of her Democratic opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid. [...]

"I think that you're misinterpreting those commercials," said Angle, a tea party favorite who has rallied for stricter border enforcement.

Angle told the students she was "not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial" and appeared to suggest that the ad seeks to draw attention to the danger of potential terrorists entering the country from Canada.

I really should be beyond surprise by now. But the derangement of some unbalanced candidates for powerful public offices is so overwhelming, I often feel like I'm watching some kind of twisted performance art.

Angle's race-baiting ads, some of the ugliest since Jesse Helms, have all the subtlety of a wrecking ball. She shows viewers images of Mexicans and a map of Mexico over on-screen text about "illegal aliens."

But she's "not sure that those are Latinos"? Her point relates to Canada?

After 20 years following politics closely, I've just never seen anything so pathological. Sharron Angle is either mentally disturbed or she thinks the people of Nevada are morons.

Steve Benen 8:40 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (22)

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Hey, Native Canadiens are also dark and swarthy! And some of 'em even speak FRENCH!

(Build the dang fence!)

Posted by: DAY on October 17, 2010 at 8:48 AM | PERMALINK

In the short term, xenophobia and racism work. Or do we think the Republican Party has merely been winging it for the past 40 years? Angle's ads are not evidence of her extremism. They're evidence of the vileness of the GOP. It's Angle's other viewpoints that represent a new touchstone in right-wing extremism.

Posted by: walt on October 17, 2010 at 8:56 AM | PERMALINK

"Angle is either mentally disturbed or she thinks the people of Nevada are morons."

I've said this repeatedly - she is absolutely NOT mentally disturbed. However, she IS a liar/"good Republican" who will say anything to win.

Are the people of Nevada morons - almost certainly a bunch of them are.

The metric here is simple and plays out coast-to-coast. It is the simple fact that a Republican CANNOT do anything to lose a Republican vote - it can't be done! Therefore, Angle, etc., can lie all she wants to. The MSLP generally won't point out that she is lying, the idiocracy will be swayed if they hear the lie repeated over and over, and if caught, most of the idiots will never hear the correction and Republicans will applaud her for doing what it takes to win.

Same metric for FOX News. There is no downside for outright deliberate lying. Their followers want to win - they don't care how.

NOW, if someone will explain how the Christian church fits into the above, I'm all ears (other than the shared hatred of gay people).

Posted by: Mark-NC on October 17, 2010 at 8:57 AM | PERMALINK

WELL as HL Mencken observed, "Nobody ever lost money underestimating the STUPIDITY of the American public." Sometimes, intelligent people like the Media must step in and blast, rip, tear, decapitate, plus draw and quarter candidates like Sharon, et al by continually exposing their lies and bigotry rather than just playing the campaign as if all candidates were equally harmless or were all viable options.

BECAUSE they ARE not all viable.

IF you think that the REPUBLICANS will not work hard to please their new HATE filled voters, you are wrong. Remember, that when the kooky Christians took over, the Republican leadership did their best to turn America into a THEOCRACY.

AND SUCCEEDED in transferring to the RICH the majority of American wealth.

SO NOW their voters want to destroy the federal government and reduce the social safety net to ZERO. I would think the MEDIA and their employees would have a vested interest in preventing this country from becoming a plutocracy run by people who do not believe in RULE of LAW.

Posted by: KurtRex1453 on October 17, 2010 at 9:13 AM | PERMALINK

She's right that the people of Nevada are morons.

Americans are the dumbest fucking people on the planet.

Posted by: jharp on October 17, 2010 at 9:34 AM | PERMALINK

Without white racism, the Republican party would get about 30 percent of the vote in every election. This has been SOP for them for almost 50 years. Wait until their new majorities in Congress start passing legislation about this stuff.

Posted by: JMG on October 17, 2010 at 9:41 AM | PERMALINK

She's offering up flimflam, and the morons will be the unassuming voters who sweep her into office, forcing the rest of us to deal with the madness on the national level!

Oh, the pain!-Kevo

Posted by: kevo on October 17, 2010 at 9:46 AM | PERMALINK

" Wait until their new majorities in Congress start passing legislation about this stuff."

What new majorities? They haven't won yet.

Posted by: pol on October 17, 2010 at 9:48 AM | PERMALINK

America: Dumber by the day, and damn proud of it! Nevada is part of the inbred states of stupidity, and we've proven as a nation that there is no place on earth quite as gullible and stupid as Amerikkka and the slack-jawed, inbred, knuckledragging retards who make up the land of the two digit I.Q. if you ask me.

Posted by: Paula Saylen on October 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM | PERMALINK

Well, at least 42% of her fellow Nevadans are morons - they're the ones who are going to vote for her. And let us remember that, were it not for the wide prevalence of morons in the general population, the State of Nevada wouldn't exist, since they need a never-ending supply of suckers to finance their economy.

Posted by: TCinLA on October 17, 2010 at 10:25 AM | PERMALINK

Speaking as a Canadian living in an area where Mexicans have been immigrating to for a couple of years now, you could not ask for a better group of people to come and join our communities. They pay taxes contribute to the community ( are learning the language ) opening small businesses, entering all areas of our society. Given the chance afforded everybody else, turns out they are great people to have as neighbors. GIVEN THE CHANCE.

Posted by: Joe Payne on October 17, 2010 at 10:46 AM | PERMALINK

Anyone who has been paying attention to the Republican Party over the last 50 years knows that they fight to get elected by using one tool, and one tool only: FEAR.

It is a constant source of amazement to me that the majority of Republican voters aren't agoraphobics who lock themselves inside their houses cradling a gun and screaming at the slightest noise created be the wind. Hell, they sure vote that way...

Posted by: Kiweagle on October 17, 2010 at 10:58 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe this is her new energy policy: gaslighting the people of the Silver State.

Posted by: Gangis Khan on October 17, 2010 at 11:31 AM | PERMALINK

"...or she thinks the people of Nevada are morons."

We'll know in a couple of weeks. I'm taking 'morons' and giving the points.

Posted by: Davis X. Machina on October 17, 2010 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

I'll have you know I have met only two people in my entire life that I knew for a fact were in this country illegally. One was from Ireland. The other was from Canada.

Just sayin'....

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on October 17, 2010 at 1:03 PM | PERMALINK

I early-voted in Nevada yesterday, and I really hope the crowd I saw isn't indicative of the whole election. Suffice to say, I was vastly outnumbered.

Posted by: Jim on October 17, 2010 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

Shorter Angle:

When I called you a nigger, I'm not sure I wasn't refering to the proud heritage of the people of Nigeria.

Posted by: Winkandanod on October 17, 2010 at 2:26 PM | PERMALINK

Sharron Angle is either mentally disturbed or she thinks the people of Nevada are morons.

Its both.

republican contempt for the American voter has been a foundation of republicanism since reagan. Unfortunately, they've been quite successful with their approach that relies on the American people not caring or understanding what the republican position is.

Posted by: pluege on October 17, 2010 at 3:15 PM | PERMALINK

No, she's expecting her supporters to chortle and think "Good one, Sharron! You know it's Mexicans, and we know it's Mexicans, but you showed the liberals they can't pin you down and make you admit you're a quote-unquote 'racist'."

Posted by: Jeffrey Kramer on October 17, 2010 at 10:32 PM | PERMALINK

What S. Angle is, is ambitious in a pure and unquestioning way that is perfectly tuned into communicating with the lost, low info voter that repubco has targeted for manipulation and it's own salvation. This is her job interview for things above and beyond NV. And she is passing with flying colors. She could rise to the top of the nitwit coalition that comprises the top rank of R candidates.

Her ability to stand up in front of the very people that she is going to f**k over and tell them they can trust her and if they don't then they'd better f'ing vote for her anyway is really something to behold. And what's amazing, is that many of them will. Some humans are waiting for that alpha person to come along and put them in their place so it will be easy for them to think even less than they already do.

Hell knows, Harry Reid inspires only skepticism and derision. Nobody wants to follow him anywhere. It takes a wang-dang-Angle to make a voter who really knows Harry Reid, to pull the lever for him with any enthusiasm. Good luck Harry. You're gonna need it.

Posted by: burro on October 17, 2010 at 11:00 PM | PERMALINK

I have a hunch that a good number of people are so frustrated right now that they are saying that they will vote for Angle, but when they get in the voting booth they won't have the stomach to follow through. They know she's not fit to serve.

Posted by: Sam on October 18, 2010 at 2:22 AM | PERMALINK

I am Canadian, and every day I try to abandon my government sponsored healthcare that costs me an outrageous $60 per month, so that I can sneak into the US, work illegally for less than minimum wage and enjoy all the benefits of US style healthcare. Me and the Bros. meet near the border each day so that we can climb over an unguarded section of the 50' high 4000 mile long security barrier and enjoy the feeling of freedom we get when we enter the US. Every day we think about getting out from the burden or our extensive government employment insurance, our government sponsored pensions and our vast social safety nets so we can live free or die trying in the US of A. There is nothing like the rush of living completely free of the government, knowing that you have only your wits and your skills to keep you from joining the millions living below the poverty line. One of these days we will succeed in getting over that fence and getting a real taste of freedom.

Posted by: Shivas on October 18, 2010 at 1:21 PM | PERMALINK



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