Is there enough time for this line (“The Woman Who Can Save Harry Reid”) — which is TIME online’s echo of this morning’s POLITICO piece (“Reid angles for tea party foe in Nev.”) — to sway the voters and save Sue Lowden’s campaign?
I wondered all last week why Team Lowden was running an ad going after Angle on more flimsy criticisms while ignoring her most obvious weakness: she’s so conservative on so many issues that she may not be able to beat Reid in the general election.
Team Reid will definitely pummel Angle on that very thing all summer and half the fall.
(It is also worth noting that during the Big Announcement tour last fall, Lowden pledged not to go negative on her GOP primary opponents. But that was when she thought she would easily win and long before the Tea Party Express (and their money) gave Angle a huge boost.)
Hat Tip on the TIME and POLITICO links: @RalstonFlash on Twitter.
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Speaking of Angle’s conservative creds, this is kinda funny, as Tweeted by Sebelius:
MT @SteveSebelius: Does Sharron Angle think liquor should be illegal? http://bit.ly/bj9x8c
and ReTweeted and commented upon by @RalstonFlash:
Extremism in defense of imbibing is no vice.
How dare Ralston hijack the great words of Barry Goldwater that way?! I am outraged. (No, not really.)
(Actually, I bet a lot of Americans don’t know that Goldwater lifted those words — “Extremism in the defense of Liberty is no vice” — from Roman philosopher/statesman/lawyer Marcus Cicero.)
Anyhow, the linked piece is a post by Sebelius on Angle’s uber-conservative stance on both marijuana and alcohol as expressed in an interview she did a few years back.
Wait, what? Alcohol — which is currently legal — should be treated the same as marijuana — which is currently not legal? Is she serious? A candidate from the state of Nevada, which is practically sponsored by booze companies, is not a proponent of legal alcohol?
But then this:
Despite the 2006 interview, however, Angle’s spokesman, Jerry Stacy, said today Angle doesn’t want to bring back Prohibition. “Sharron doesn’t want to make alcohol illegal,” he said, noting that Angle has never introduced legislation along those lines, and even voted against taxes on booze.
“Alcohol is a legal substance, and adults can choose to imbibe,” Stacy said.
So, for the record, Sharron Angle is not a Prohibitionist.
But as Politico points out, she is still for/against all this stuff:
She wants to privatize Social Security; cut federal spending by hundreds of billions of dollars; build nuclear power plants inside Yucca Mountain; abolish the federal income tax and institute a “simpler, fairer, flatter tax system”; “defund Obamacare”; pull the United States out of the United Nations; ban nearly all abortions; get rid of the Energy and Education departments as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; and remove all campaign finance restrictions, requiring instead immediate reporting of donations.
And in a state with a large and growing Hispanic population, Angle takes a hard-line view on immigration, siding with the tough new Arizona law that gives law enforcement officials broad discretion to crack down on suspected illegal aliens.