It’s not unusual for candidates to try to tack toward the center after winning primaries, and some candidates make those moves more gracefully than others. But Sharron Angle, the tea party favorite who won the GOP nomination for Nevada senate, has further to go than many do.
She was so far to the right that she has decided to try to run and hide from some of her previous positions. She wants to phase out Social Security and abolish the Department of Education, as just two examples.
So Angle decided to take down her old campaign Web site — the old she used during the primary — and put up a new site that makes her look less like a member of the lunatic fringe.
But her Democratic opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, had kept a copy of her old Web site. Now, they’re fighting over whether Reid has the right to put it up:
Reid took down The Real Sharron Angle briefly last week and re-routed visitors to the much snarkier Sharron Angle’s Underground Bunker, put up by the state Democratic Party.
But on Tuesday, after slight revisions, Reid’s original site was back. Its language is from Angle’s Web site as it existed before the primary, including positions that are missing now, such as her calls to eliminate the Education Department and see Social Security “transitioned out.”
“These are Sharron Angle’s positions in Sharron’s own words from Sharron’s own website. What was good enough for Nevada voters to read during the primary should be good enough for them now,” Reid campaign spokesman Jon Summers said in a statement. “Sharron has long believed in killing Social Security, eliminating the Departments of Education and Energy and shipping nuclear waste to Nevada. We’ve always heard that Sharron Angle is an unapologetic conservative. It has to be embarrassing for her to have her handlers trying to hide who she really is.”
The spat shows what a rookie Angle is at serious political fights because it has merely drawn attention to her kooky views. Reid must be happy about it.