Beat the Press!


SPARKS — After more than a month dodging the press, Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle on Wednesday invited reporters to an event intended to amplify her campaign message that lower taxes and less regulation are the only ways to spur economic recovery.

It was the first time since her primary victory that she had agreed to mingle with the media. Political observers speculated it might signal a shift in Angle’s post-primary strategy of using the media solely as fundraising mechanisms.

Alas, Angle’s more media-friendly moment was over almost as soon as it began.

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In the warehouse of a family-owned clean diesel manufacturer in Sparks, Angle delivered a three-minute speech on her desire to permanently repeal the estate tax. When invited by the final speaker to stay and answer a few questions, she turned on her heel and rushed out a back door with a small cadre of staff members.

Reporters, including one who is six months pregnant, chased after her, calling out questions on unemployment benefits and other topics she has largely refused to address.


Angle’s laissez-faire approach to the economy amid the worst recession in Nevada since the Great Depression has prompted repeated attacks from her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Citing Angle’s claim that it wouldn’t be her task as U.S. senator to create jobs, Reid argues Angle would merely stand by and watch as the ranks of Nevada’s unemployed grow.

Those attacks have gone largely unanswered as Angle has focused on fundraising and building a campaign organization.

Wednesday, Dick Patten, president of the American Family Business Institute, which organized the news conference, did some arguing on Angle’s behalf. Patten claimed that repealing the estate tax, a proposal Angle supports, could create 1.5 million jobs.


Patten based his jobs claim on a 2009 study by former Congressional Budget Office economist Douglas Holtz-Eakin [economic adviser in the xCapt. Underpantsx John McCain campaign], who explored the disincentive the estate tax poses for entrepreneurs contemplating investing in their businesses.


Proponents of the tax argue that the Holtz-Eakin study relied on faulty data, namely that most small businesses aren’t subject to the tax because of a sizable exemption and, therefore, these entrepreneurs aren’t under any disincentive to invest in their businesses. Rather, the tax targets the country’s wealthiest families, proponents argue.

With the $3.5 million exemption, a wealthy heir “would receiving more tax-free than the average worker earns in two lifetimes,” said Lee Farris, estate tax policy coordinator for United for a Fair Economy, which is lobbying Congress to reinstate the tax.

Reid spokesman Jon Summers called Angle a hypocrite for advocating a repeal of the tax and not offering a way to pay for it.

“You know what her approach would also do? It would add about $500 billion to the deficit,” Summers said. “Which is a pretty high price to pay just to give Paris Hilton a tax cut.”

During the event, Angle stated that the tax would cost 13,000 jobs in Nevada. “That is a true mistake to not go forward with something that can save at least 13,000 jobs here in Nevada when we are suffering under an unemployment rate of 14.2 percent,” she said.

Patten said the Holtz-Eakin study puts the Nevada jobs loss at 9,995 jobs. And Angle offered nothing to support her 13,000 figure.

She didn’t stick around long enough to field any follow-up questions about it.

“We’re running behind, I’m sorry,” her spokesman, Jerry Stacy, muttered as Angle stared at the ground, ignoring questions.

Then she was gone.


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30 responses to “Beat the Press!

  1. She’s ticking off the local press, or she wouldn’t be getting coverage like this. Ducking questions has now become the story–and it’s only going to become worse between now and November.

    Speaking of people who duck the “lamestream media” have you seen this video?

    • writechic

      Love the video! 😆

    • 😆 that bideo (the only japanese word i remember from when i would help my son study for tests) is too damned funny!!

      • It’s a scream, isn’t it? Oliver Willis on HuffPo found it almost as soon as it was posted yesterday and tweeted it. My wife and I read his tweets, so we watched it. We then posted it to our Facebook pages and then tweeted it ourselves. I also posted this on my blog on LiveJournal. We did our part to make this go viral. See what you’re missing out on by not being on Facebook and Twitter.

        And now for something more serious.
        Newspaper Chain’s New Business Plan: Copyright Suits

        Don’t quote articles from the Las Vegas Review-Journal while covering “Catch me if you can” Angle. Otherwise, this landshark will sue you under DMCA.

        • holy crap! i’ve only quoted that paper once, and that was a letter to the editor. this is from wiki:

          Stephens Media
          The Daily World • Hawaii Tribune-Herald • The Herald Democrat • Las Vegas Review-Journal • West Hawaii Today

          i don’t use those papers, and i’m writing them down to make sure that i don’t in the future. thanks for the warning, neon vincent!

  2. Woot! If they vote her into office, they will never get another dime of my money and my ball n’ chain loves to go to Vegas. They don’t deserve the money of people with two brain cells to rub together.

    • i won’t spend a cent to support any company that is based in arizona. if nevada votes for the obtuse angle, they won’t be getting any of my money either. i think the only person happy she’s running (pun intended) is john ensign. all the attention has been turned away from him and his paid-for mistress.

  3. “You know what her approach would also do? It would add about $500 billion to the deficit,” Summers said. “Which is a pretty high price to pay just to give Paris Hilton a tax cut.” << That is made of win LOL

    I suppose when you're in the pocket of the wealthy and the Corporatocracy, you've got to do whatever you can to support them…

    • i was wondering when the paris hilton tax cut was going to be dusted off and used again. it’s not used enough, imho.

      p.s. nice to see you, mad! 🙂

  4. writechic

    For real? Estate tax? 🙄

    • maybe estate tax is the magic phrase that give the obtuse angle super-speed. we should try saying it whenever we see her to see if it works all the time.

  5. Joanaroo

    Leave it up to some (likely) tax-exempt American Family crap to suggest something like that. And exactly how is something like that going to make 1.5 million jobs? Maybe if Paris Hilton starts a marijuana factory or something. Or the little rich kids start buying Fords and Chevys instead of Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis, Range Rovers and Ferarris.

  6. Estate taxes?
    The only people who have to worry about paying estate taxes are too rich to read blogs that feature articles like this.
    As a sudden expert on estates* (or lack theirof), I wish my late parents were in a position to support candidates who favor abolishing estate taxes.

    *Nonnie, if you want, please drop by and read my latest. Ugh. What a day.

  7. Angle’s campaign cries out for a Facebook account called, “Paris Hilton Loves Sharon Angle Because Angle Hates Estate Taxes & Paris Has Old Rich Relatives Who Will Leave Her Billions”
    Yes, it’s long but people are dumb. Ya gotta spell it out for them.

    • people who have to worry about the estate tax have already won the lottery once by being born into a family of wealth (or, if not born into one, still enjoying all the perks of being in a wealthy family). why should they win twice by not having to pay taxes on what they inherit? even lottery winners have to pay taxes on their winnings. rich bastards who have done nothing to earn wealth other than surviving someone who did don’t deserve a tax exemption.

      i think fighting sharron the obtuse angle on facebook is an excellent idea, as is invoking paris hilton as the face of the unworthy rich person who doesn’t deserve a tax break.

      you never have to tell me to stop by your place, zippy. i’m there every day, and the only reason i didn’t make my rounds yesterday was that i wasn’t home for most of the day.

  8. Sharron even tried to use the old Ronnie stuff about government being the problem and he was the fool who convinced clock punchers that this estate tax directly affected them back when the threshold was 2 million (heard it’s 7 mil now). She’s just like the Princess: submit questions beforehand so I can look them over and see what you’ll get an answer to. Yea, sure. BREAKING NEWS!!! from DFW NBC5 web report: Rating of kids graduating from high school Texas comes in at #51, dead last! People of Mississippi can open the champagne now (unless you live in a dry county) Yee-Haw!!

    • would anyone go to a doctor who tells them that health care and medicine in general is the problem? why would anyone vote for people who say government is the problem? does it work perfectly? of course not. however, i’d rather vote for someone who says they are running in order to help government run better rather than someone who tells me s/he is going to do everything in order to jam the wheels from turning so nothing gets done.

  9. Where is Harry Reid

    Why does Harry Reid duck and hide from the press? Please come out Harry and tell us that no illegal aliens are working in Nevada.

    • maybe harry reid, unlike sharron the obtuse angle, has been working hard. here’s a question for you–why do some asswipes come to blogs and leave dumb-ass questions and comments when they know that nobody there will be swayed by their stupidity?

      if you intend to respond to me, please understand that i will not respond to you again. i don’t have time to waste on morons or paid hacks from campaigns of candidates who are too stupid to wipe asses, let alone run for senate. hope you burn your tongue on your tea.

  10. jeb

    She is right to avoid answering questions. How can anyone defend the old tax-cuts-for-the-wealthy-creates-jobs mantra? That crap should not be ever served up no matter how they try to warm it over. What gags me even more than that metaphor though is the working people who follow the tea-baggers and actually believe in it. If Bu$hco didn’t destroy that canard by wrecking our economy, I don’t know what will.

    • her campaign managers should put a gag in her mouth and lock her in a closet until election day. instead, they keep handing her shovels, and she keeps digging a bigger hole for herself.

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  12. nonnie9999,
    May I copy the Catch Me… poster and link back to Hysterical Rasins story?

  13. Joanaroo

    Hi! I’m Jethro Bodine! I lived in a shack in the Ozarks until my Uncle Jed shot into an oil vein and we moved into a mansion in Beverly Hills. I want to talk to all the high schoolers in Texas. I just learned y’all are ranked 51st in high school gradeation rates. Now, between you and me, I know there’s only 50 states, so how do y’all rate 51st? Anyway, wait till y’all start that learning with those corrected textbooks! Wee doggies, there will be a bunch of y’all joining me and being happy to be a 6th grade gradeate! Just think, like me you’ll be socially shunned like I was in Beverly Hills, and I hope you go to a conservative Christian college because if you go to a sophisticated liburul one and open your mouth you’ll get your ass laughed outta town! Now remember they likely will never mention birth control or condoms ever in a Texas school if all this correcting textbooks continues, so remember to rut your girlfriend standing up so she doesn’t get pregnant and lead you to an early 6th grade gradiation and wedding!