Sharron Angle's Tweedy Advocate
July 06, 2010
I'm not sure if it's more remarkable that George Will's weekend encomium to Nevada Republican Senate candidate and confirmed loon Sharron Angle confined all discussion of her loony views to one dependent clause of one sentence, or that the sentence in question was this: If he makes it about some of her injudicious statements -- e.g., "transition out" of Social Security; using Yucca Mountain north of here not for storing nuclear waste but for reprocessing such waste -- he might survive. That's it. That's the entire treatment Will devotes to Angle's craziness.
Myth of the Day: Benefits Make People Lazy
July 01, 2010
Sharron Angle, the Republican trying to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, made herself an easy political target when she told an interviewer that cutting unemployment benefits was the right thing to do: RALSTON: How would you have voted on that bill to extend unemployment benefits? ANGLE: I would have voted no, because the truth about it is that they keep extending these unemployment benefits to the point where people are afraid to go out and get a job because the job doesn't pay as much as the unemployment benefit does.
June 30, 2010
--Joe Klein on Glenn Greenwald’s comparison of the Kurds to the Sudetan Germans --A grim outlook for state budgets --Michael Kinsley is skeptical that the powerful logic of Orrin Hatch's argument persuaded Elena Kagan to reverse her beliefs about Court nominees answering questions. --Sharron Angle finally consents to an interview, does about as well as expected. --Al Franken "takes notes" during the Kagan hearings.
Sharron Angle's Revolution
June 18, 2010
There's a bit of a game in politics of seizing upon extreme statements by somebody in politics, or punditry, to whip up outrage among your own partisans. I'm generally skeptical of that game -- it's a big country, and crazy-sounding thought will be uttered from time to time. But Sharron Angle's Senate candidacy strikes me as a genuine sea-change of sorts.
The Far Right Subculture Moves Into The GOP
June 15, 2010
I've been saying that one of the most important developments of the last year has been the entry into the Republican Party of activists and candidates who come from smaller, right-wing subcultures that were previously consigned to the political fringe. Unfortunately, the mainstream media has tended to cover this phenomenon as a series of "gaffes" rather than as the emergence of a coherent ideology. TPM, though, has been doing some terrific reporting.
Sharron Angle Interprets The Establishment Clause
June 15, 2010
Maniacal Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle, learning from Rand Paul's lesson, is confining interviews to friendly right-wing outlets. Here she is talking to National Review: — On her primary win: “It became focused with the Tea Party Express endorsement,” she says. “The first endorsement that we got that was of great consequence was from Gun Owners of America. We knew that was of great consequence because it reached across party lines in Nevada. We’re pretty much a 90 percent Second Amendment state.
Radicalism Is Not A Gaffe
June 10, 2010
The most important macro-development of the last thirty years of American politics is that organized conservatism, once an opposition movement that existed mostly outside of mainstream politics, captured the Republican Party in toto. The interesting micro development of the last two years is that the party is starting to be infiltrated by figures who come out of smaller and even more ideologically radical subcultures -- candidates like Rand Paul and Sharron Angle.
June 10, 2010
WASHINGTON—This week's primaries should have been good news for Democrats. Instead, a stray comment from an Obama aide briefly threatened a civil war in the Democratic Party, which needs all the unity it can get. The administration moved quickly to heal bad feelings that burst forth when an unnamed senior White House official disparaged organized labor's unsuccessful efforts to defeat Sen.
Sharron Angle And... The Scientologists?
June 09, 2010
I realize that there's a concerted Democratic campaign to portray Republican Senate nominee Sharon Angle as a nut. That does not change the fact that Sharron Angle is, in fact, a nut. Indeed her nuttiness seems to transcend even the broad universe of right-wing nuttiness and encroaches onto other realms. Per David Frum: In the early years of [the 2000s], there were efforts in the Four Corners states to place Scientology front group programs into prisons at taxpayer’s expense.
Sharron Angle: It Begins
June 09, 2010
A few hours ago, I boldly predicted that we have only scratched the surface of the nuttiness of Sharron Angle, newly victories Republican Senate candidate in Nevada. The oppo research is starting to flow. Via TPM, it turns out that she opposed flouridation: The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in April 1999 that the state assembly, of which Angle was a member, voted 26-16 for a bill that required fluoridation in two counties including the cities of Reno and Las Vegas. Angle was a strong opponent of the measure.