From Alex Pareene at Salon:
Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle gave in and did a half-hour interview on Las Vegas TV last night. She did not completely embarrass herself, because she’s been coached well enough to know to not respond to hostile questions with anything remotely resembling a coherent statement of her actual beliefs.
But she still said some really dumb stuff, because she is a nut.
My favorite bit (and Harry Reid’s favorite bit) was when she explained her statement that “the separation of church and state” is “un-American” by both defending the concept and claiming Thomas Jefferson didn’t really mean it.
“Actually, Thomas Jefferson has been misquoted like I’ve been misquoted out of context,” she said.
Angle’s beef with the establishment clause was revealed in 1995, when she spoke out against a school vouchers program that excluded religious schools. Fun fact: Thomas Jefferson actually drafted Virginia’s Statute of Religion Freedom in order to block a plan by Patrick Henry that would’ve required Virginians to pay taxes to support churches. Not one established state church, but a plurality of denominations. That seems to clarify Jefferson’s position slightly.
“I said it has spoiled our citizenry; that’s a little different. They’re not spoiled. What has happened is the system of entitlement has caused us to have a spoilage with our ability to go out and get a job.”
Just a spoilage with our ability to go out and get a job. That makes much more sense.
What did Sharron Angle mean by “Second Amendment remedies”? “I was speaking broadly, as you saw, about the Constitution, and that was the context of that rhetoric,” she explained.
Is it, as Angle said recently, not the job of a U.S. senator to create jobs? And if it isn’t, isn’t it weird to attack Harry Reid for the job situation? Angle: “Certainly the job of a U.S. senator is to create a climate conducive to creating jobs, which is lower taxes and less government regulation.”
So there you have it: Everything Sharron Angle has ever said was taken out of context, and what she actually meant was either something about Harry Reid or a sound bite about taxes.
(Video at the Salon link)
Well, kids, I guess that Sharron the Obtuse Angle has figured out that some of her core beliefs are not very popular with the public at large. From KVVU‘s FOX5NEWS:
LAS VEGAS — Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle underwent a makeover of sorts Thursday, unveiling a new website that all but eliminated some of the political positions that propelled her to victory in the primary election.
Gone is Angle’s controversial stance on Social Security and her call to have the system “transitioned out” in favor of free market alternatives.That rhetoric has been replaced by a call to put Social Security in a “lockbox” and “create personalized accounts for the next generation that cannot be raided.”
A poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal last week [...] found the proposal to phase out Social Security was deeply unpopular with voters, with 48 percent saying they were “very uncomfortable” with the idea.
Angle’s declaration that the Department of Education is unconstitutional has also been scrubbed from her website. The former schoolteacher has called for the agency to be eliminated and said all education decisions should be made at the state and local level.
The redesigned website also eliminates Angle’s position on the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. There is no mention of her support for the project, which would send the country’s nuclear waste to a facility 90 miles from Las Vegas.
In the past, Angle has argued that Yucca Mountain would create jobs and the suggested Nevada be promoted as the nuclear energy capital of reprocessing spent fuel.
From THINK PROGRESS :
In a radio interview with Bill Manders on Jan. 25, Sharron Angle — the GOP candidate and Tea Party darling challenging Harry Reid for Nevada’s U.S. Senate seat — came out firmly against abortion. She even took the extreme position that women should not have control over their reproductive rights in cases of rape or incest, because it would interfere with God’s “plan” for them:
MANDERS: Is there any reason at all for an abortion?
ANGLE: Not in my book.
MANDERS: So, in other words, rape and incest would not be something?
ANGLE: You know, I’m a Christian, and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things.
If Angle got some dread disease, I guess she wouldn’t bother going to a doctor who could cure her. After all, the divine plan would take care of whether or not she lives, wouldn’t it?
Recently, former Republican congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich, the first woman from Nevada to hold federal office, said she may not even vote for Angle. “She’s very rigid and I have a little bit of trouble understanding her positions,” Vucanovich said. “So I’m not out there waving the flag. She’s a very difficult person.”
The far right has embraced Angle’s anti-choice position. She has said that while it won’t be “the most prominent issue in Nevada’s Senate race,” she “will show voters the difference between Reid and me on abortion: He flip-flops on the issues.” She added that more people are identifying as “pro-life” because the issue “has been framed in a more positive way.”
(Audio at the THINK PROGRESS link)