I have a bone to pick, but not with the many people who voted for Harry Reid because they agree with his principles. That’s a choice of conscience, and I respect that. Rather, I wish to criticize those who might have voted for Sharron Angle—probably even would have—but were swayed by Reid’s negative campaigning.
Are you happy now? Since November, Reid’s two biggest missions have been starting a crusade against rural brothels, and using his platform in the Senate to champion federal funding for cowboy poetry. Always good to see real leaders, men with their priorities straight.
And why is our time being wasted on such embarrassing trivia?
Because you voted for Harry Reid.
Reid had some of the lowest approval ratings of anyone, ever. Angle had very high poll numbers. But as the campaign drew to a close, the Reid machine launched an all-out professional assault on Angle’s character. And you bought it.
Should his tactics have been surprising? No, of course not. We all knew his staff would hit Angle with something, and hit hard—and yet, even knowing what to look for, you swallowed his whole story. You bought it. And now we’re all paying.
“Angle thinks ‘second amendment remedies’ are legitimate? We should be shooting people we disagree with? That’s crazy! She wants to outlaw all abortions, including for rape! She thinks some Hispanic kids look Asian! What a nut!”
For what it’s worth, she was criticizing those who think violent actions are an option, not endorsing them; even if she did want to ban all abortions, it’s not like there’s any chance of that happening; and playfully bantering with people about a resemblance between ethnicities is hardly evidence of…whatever it was that was supposed to be evidence of.
In just half a year’s hindsight, the gross exaggerations about Angle seem so silly. Sure, you could disagree with her fiscal and social conservatism, but how does this make her “extreme,” as she was so belligerently branded? Angle has served in public office for years, with a consistent and squeaky clean record. She’s hardly a dangerous unknown.
That being said, much of the blame for her loss falls on Angle herself, who unbelievably failed to advertise that reputation, who failed to counter the attacks reasonably (despite her strong showing in her televised debate with Reid), and whose lachrymose campaign seemed determinedly mired in moribund neutral from day one. Hopefully she learns from that and runs a more proactive campaign next time.
So good luck to her in her new campaign for Dean Heller’s congressional seat.
And heaven help us from any more of Harry Reid’s winsome charity.