The new, improved Sharron Angle hides from the old rightwing Sharron Angle

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.

116 comments Add your comment

Josh

July 7th, 2010
4:23 pm

Josh

July 7th, 2010
4:26 pm

I wonder when Cythnia is going to do an opinon piece on why the Black Panther that was part of the voter itimidation in 2008 is now saying that all white crackers and their babies need to be killed? She also needs to say this is wrong but I seriously doubt it.

www. breitbart.tv/before-the-obama-justice-dept-dropped-charges-against-him-black-panther-advocated-killing-white-babies/

Who Is John Galt?

July 7th, 2010
4:39 pm

Seriously, Cynthia? Harry Reid is toast. He knows it. Prezbo knows it. Even princess Nance knows it. Everyone seems to grasp the principle except you. Check your premises.

Honest Broker

July 7th, 2010
4:43 pm

When is CT going to report about Harry Reid son, Rory, not even using his last name when he campaigns?

David

July 7th, 2010
4:45 pm

Social Security by definition meant all the taxes collected by the workforce would be distributed to those retired or unable to work through illness. So there should be not surplus or deficit but we decided to personalize it. And we redirected large sums of the revinue to the general budget without so muchs as an IOU (making the Reagan deficits far more shocking). Sharon Angles privatized accounts does nothing for a 20 year old parapalegic. To save this village we first have to burn it to the ground.

Josh – from Angle to the Black Panthers. Officially once you got past the getups and the one confrontation they were guilty of telling some “white” voters that the polling place was down the block. That makes it a misdemeanor hardly worth the DOJ’s resources. In fact policy in the DOJ is only to prosecute felonies. So it reverts back to local law enforcement.

Kamchak

July 7th, 2010
4:50 pm

Everyone seems to grasp the principle except you.

Who granted you the authority to speak on behalf of “everyone”?

sam

July 7th, 2010
4:53 pm

josh , what does that have to do with anything?

sam

July 7th, 2010
4:54 pm

when is CT going to report on my neigbor who doesnt mow his lawn enough?

Kamchak

July 7th, 2010
4:56 pm

When is CT going to report on The World Cup?

Libertarian

July 7th, 2010
4:58 pm

Nothing wrong with phasing out social security. I’ll gladly forfeit everything I’ve paid in thus far to be able to stop paying in now. At my age, I’ll probably never see a dime of it so its just a waste. I’d be better off to bury it in my backyard.

Kamchak

July 7th, 2010
5:07 pm

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…

It was probably the thought of pitchforks mounted on hoverounds that did the trick.

A "Voice"

July 7th, 2010
5:08 pm

I don’t care if the Black Panther matter is a felony . . misdemeanor . . or what you call it. Standing in front of a polling place as they did is intimidating . . . . lets see what happens when I do that w/a baton in my hand.

A "Voice"

July 7th, 2010
5:11 pm

As a added note . . . I would never do such a thing. I value the right to vote far beyond that kind of behavior. I would, however, report anyone who intimidates me or called me names at the polling place and rest assured I would have my cell phone w/me to capture some pictures.

blutto

July 7th, 2010
5:16 pm

FROM CYNTHIA/HARRY REID: “Sharron has long believed in killing Social Security, eliminating the Departments of Education and Energy and shipping nuclear waste to Nevada.”

1. Killing the world’s largest Ponzi scheme? What’s so wrong about doing that?
2. Since the D of Ed wasn’t around until 1980 (thanks Jimmy Carter!), why can the Republic not survive its demise? Send it packing.
3. As for the Department of Energy (thanks again, Jimmy Carter!), its mission seems to be “environmental clean up of the nuclear weapons complex, nonproliferation and stewardship of the nuclear stockpile, energy efficiency and conservation, and technology transfer and industrial competitiveness.” In other words, not much. Let it go.
4. Sending nuclear waste to Nevada? What’s wrong with that? It’s not like we’re going to store it between Caesar’s and the Bellagio near the fountains. Good grief, does anyone not remember where we used to do nuclear tests? Helpful hint: NEVADA.

Bye bye, Harry. Maybe you can team up with Tommy Daschle on the lobbyist circuit.

Scout

July 7th, 2010
5:24 pm

blutto:

You stole my thunker but thank you ……………… :o

Cynthia (and Reid) are “whistling in the dark” on this one !

The BACKLASH is coming and they know it.

Josh

July 7th, 2010
5:25 pm

@A “Voice”

a new video came out showing the same Black Panther saying all white crackers and babies need to be killed. This is the same Black Panther who was standing in the polling place using voting imitidation on white people who the DOJ dropped the charges on them, according of the former DOJ lawyer who quit because of the corruption in the DOJ, because the Obama Administration told the DOJ to drop the charges.

Didn’t Martin Luther King Jr say that character comes not from the color of your skin but what is inside or something like that?

The reason I have commented on this under this blog is because it just broke today and Cynthia will never do a blog on this denouncing what they have done because she lives by a double standard. If it was whites doing what this Black Panther is doing, Cynthia would of blogged about this calling for the DOJ to prosecute them and would of been all over it.

Keep up the good fight!

July 7th, 2010
5:26 pm

the backlash to the backlash is coming!

joan

July 7th, 2010
5:27 pm

Well, she is just trying to soften her stance to get those liberal and other uneducated voters to vote for her–not unlike Obama’s rhetoric during the campaign, which you must admit is a lot different than what he is saying as President. I for one, love the so called right wing stance, because what it means is you are for personal responsibility, taking care of yourself and your own children, assuring your children are fed and disciplined sufficiently to sit and listen and learn in school. At this point, our so called Department of Education is doing a miserable job of teaching–26% of Americans don’t know who we fought int he Revolutionary WAR! And parents are doing a miserable job of parenting. Somebody better take responsibility, and it can’t be the government, because we know how the government does things.

Kamchak

July 7th, 2010
5:27 pm

THE BACKLASH AGAINST THE BACKLASH IS COMING!

andygrd

July 7th, 2010
5:27 pm

The typical double standard, if you are a flaming liberal, you can change and it is okay; if you a flaming conservative,,, you are evil and cannot change…. Or pretend to change… Remember Harry said, President Obama does not sound like a person of Color”….. hum it was okay, he is a liberal…. Or, under President Bush, it was Petraeus- Betray Us, President Obama appoints him to take overt and it is deemed as a Brilliant” move by the left leaning liberals….
Send Money to AZ for the defense fund……..

Keep up the good fight!

July 7th, 2010
5:30 pm

Hmmmm…. if Sharon is so proud of her viewpoint then why hide it.

Harry should pray that she does sue. He must relish the thought. I’d be sure to file a new document every day in court and depose her right away…and then publish the deposition! Every news cycle filled with the truth she runs away from.

Everybody knows Engle is toast! Just as the Republican fund raisers in NY who fail to contribute to her campaign. Harry’s got 6 more years coming!

HarryReid

July 7th, 2010
5:30 pm

You know, CT is wrong, Vote for Angle…I need a vacation!
Seriously though, have any of you ever read a more one sided review of anything to do with politics…Earth to CT…There are other points of view; maybe as a “reporter” you may want to at least acknowledge that! There are people that believe SS, the Departments of Education and Energy are all a giant waste of money.
Social Security has been used as a retirement account for decades…and guess what you idiot…it is NOT a retirement check. Show me someone that can’t work…They are the ones that we taxPAYERS are more than happy to write a check to! The rest that are not prepared to retire…practice this: “Welcome to Walmart” I am sick of paying into a system that WILL NOT BE THERE when I am of age (and probably won’t cover a phone bill by then)!
Have any of you ever attended a federal public school? Outside of the US military academies there are none, and as a veteran I can tell you there is NO need to supervise those guys…there is a reason they are the best the world has ever seen! Let Nevadans decide if we want the financial boon to OUR state that Yuca would bring, besides the alternative would be to let a 3rd world country dispose/ store the stuff (doesn’t give me a warm and fuzzy!) the DOE studies …that is it, oh and it is the same stuff studied everywhere!
Okay everyone, all together now…”GET A CLUE CT!”

Keep up the good fight!

July 7th, 2010
5:31 pm

Kam…. got to love the thought!

Kamchak

July 7th, 2010
5:31 pm

The typical double standard, if you are a flaming liberal, you can change and it is okay; if you a flaming conservative,,, you are evil and cannot change….

Might have been that whole purity pledge thingy.

Kamchak

July 7th, 2010
5:33 pm

Keep up the good fight!

I would have said “jinx,” but you got there first.

Keep up the good fight!

July 7th, 2010
5:34 pm

What…liberals can change?….why that is so contrary to the posts I see here every day…. Liberals never change isn’t the mantra? Now its Only liberals change!

DT

July 7th, 2010
5:38 pm

I don’t believe that abolishing the Dept of Education (that was brought up at least 25 years ago by then President Reagan) is a lunatic fringe position. Alas, as with most federal agencies, once created, never killed.
And a lot of people (including many well known economists) have indicated that Social Security should go (it is, after all, the world’s largest Ponzi scheme, right)?
I’m sure Ms. Angle has more ‘radical’ views than these two softballs. The article is interesting from the “I’m coming into the center for the election” but the two views hardly would cast her as a member of the lunatic fringe (that nut in Villa Rica that held his mom hostage to iron his clothes, now that is a lunatic).
Please, President Obama, Candidate Hillary Clinton (just read “It Takes a Village”) have far more radical views than the two noted (namely, how the state should raise your children, decide what is best for you, break the bonds between children and parents so that the all loving state can raise them, etc.). As a moderate who likes personal freedom, I find those two and their positions far scarier.

HarryReid

July 7th, 2010
5:39 pm

One last thing CT…I always go to GA to get my news about where I live! We here in NV will file your commentary in the right place…YUCA!

T-Town

July 7th, 2010
5:40 pm

Vote for me and I’ll set you free. Politics, simply politics.

left wing

July 7th, 2010
5:43 pm

blutto @ 5:16 – Jimmy Carter created the department of Health and the department of Education from HEW (Health, Education & Welfare) which was created by that liberal President Dwight Eisenhour.

Libertarian and blutto – Even if Social Security in it’s present form “goes broke” which means the reserves dry up, it would still pay out from current payroll taxes; people would still receive about 85% of their monthly benefit. Now, I’m sure that you’re wealthy enough to not need Social Security, and that you are smart enough to beat the most successful money managers in creating your portfolio, but most people (including me) aren’t. And I love that I can count on Social Security in my old age (or at least 85% of it).

Scout

July 7th, 2010
5:45 pm

UPDATE: “CNN Editor Fired for Praising Hezbollah Cleric”

Too bad, so sad.

Keep up the good fight!

July 7th, 2010
5:46 pm

Congrats Nevada! BP will bid to run your YUCA mountain nuclear trash dump. You can count on them to get it done! Why just look at their nuclear spill clean up plan….page 24 refers to the giant ants and the Nevada walrus. On the even brighter side, glow in the dark skin makes Vegas even more fun.

ctucker

July 7th, 2010
5:48 pm

DT, All I’ve heard Obama say about parenting is to encourage folks to be responsible for their children. You’re just making stuff up.

ctucker

July 7th, 2010
5:49 pm

If Sharron Angle has changed her mind about positions she had two months ago, she should just come out and say so.

ctucker

July 7th, 2010
5:50 pm

HarryReid, You don’t get to call me or anyone else an “idoit” on this site. Straighten up or go elsewhere.

ctucker

July 7th, 2010
5:51 pm

Josh, There are lots of really dumb people — black, white and brown — doing really dumb things about which I never comment.

left wing

July 7th, 2010
5:52 pm

Cynthia; is an ‘idoit’ the next gadget from Apple?

Kamchak

July 7th, 2010
5:52 pm

On the even brighter side, glow in the dark skin makes Vegas even more fun.

I see endless new possibilities for the strippers.

T-Town

July 7th, 2010
5:54 pm

Hmmm, trying to make the bloggers behave here reminds of herding cats. Both just don’t get the idea.

Scout

July 7th, 2010
6:01 pm

Has Obama ever changed his mind on something ?

NAH !

Josh

July 7th, 2010
6:08 pm

@ctucker

you do it everyday with your blogs.

fitzgerald

July 7th, 2010
6:10 pm

Cynthia…………..please change your photo on your blog page. The Cynthia I see on TV looks nothing like the one on your blog. Additionally, if Steele was not black he would not be the GOP Chairman? So, if Obama was not black he would not be president? Being black has a lot of positives; so does any other skin color. I hope you had a great vacation.

left wing

July 7th, 2010
6:14 pm

Cynthia,

Reading the comment “Josh, There are lots of really dumb people — black, white and brown — doing really dumb things about which I never comment.” made me think back to your appearance on “This Week”, where you totally lambasted Michael Steele. I wanted you to know that my wife & I really appreciated your saying that.

Kamchak

July 7th, 2010
6:17 pm

The Cynthia I see on TV looks nothing like the one on your blog.

Aside from a different hair style, she looks like the same person that I saw Sunday on This Week.

Soul-Man

July 7th, 2010
6:18 pm

I don’t see black or white, only shades of grey….

kayaker 71

July 7th, 2010
6:20 pm

Sharon Angle and the Tea Party scare the liberals to death. Rule #1 in the political game…. if you feel that they are a threat, demonize them, slander them, vilify them, attack their family and their children…. anything to give the media more fodder for the front page. Then when they down, kick them really hard, make them feel that if they do something foolish again, like have an opinion different than the mainstream, they will pay with their lives. Rahm would be proud.

Kamchak

July 7th, 2010
6:29 pm

Sharon Angle and the Tea Party scare the liberals to death.

Not this liberal. Your fear mongering wont work on me.

Sam (The Cool 1 )

July 7th, 2010
6:29 pm

The Cisco Kid and Pancho belong to the Taco Party. That is where we need to look for guidance.

Sam (The Cool 1 )

July 7th, 2010
6:33 pm

The Cisco Kid and Pancho belong to the TACO PARTY. That’s where we need to be!

HarryReid

July 7th, 2010
6:33 pm

oh boy I’m in trouble now! You have freedom of the press, I HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH! Don’t worry, I will never read your biased BS column again…YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!