Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sharron Angle vs. Harry Reid, Politics Can Be Fun (US Politics Today)

Besides the two states I've lived in and love (Massachusetts and Washington), Nevada is going to get the lions share of my attention tonight.  The Senate race between Sharron Angle and Harry Reid is one of the more colorful competitions for national office this year, and mostly because of Mrs Angle's extreme positions and unusual campaign.  She has the backing of the Tea Part Movement and much of the Republican establishment, while her opponent and the incumbent Harry Reid is backed by the Democratic establishment.

A partisan Examiner.com article chronicles some of her more extreme positions:

  • Privatize the VA
  • Phase out Social Security
  • Phase out Medicare
  • Erase the Department of Education
  • Erase the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Create a Government Agency to control the bodies of all women who are pregnant
  • Force women who are raped to carry to full term
  • Remove all regulations for Banks
  • Remove all regulations for Wall Street
  • Remove all regulations for the Oil industry
  • Remove all regulations for Insurance companies
  • Remove all regulations for Health care industry
  • Bring the Nations Nuclear Waste to Yucca Mountain
Remarkable.  Guessing from that list she subscribes to one of the more evangelical branches of libertarianism.  She has made a few epic missteps on the campaign trail.  Here's an ad many people are calling racist:

I'm not sure that actually is racist, but it's borderline nationalistic.  That's a semantic difference, but it's an important one.  She has also been bizarrely reclusive, refusing to interact with both national and local media until after she's been elected.  Angle has also repeated the falsehood that the 9/11 terrorists came into the country through Canada.  I could go on and on, but you get the point.

Comparatively, Harry Reid is a pretty normal sort of politician, and it might be that his dry toast persona sinks him.  I'm going to be keeping a close eye on the election results in Nevada, and so is just about everyone else.  Numerous recent articles show the two candidates running neck and neck, or with Angle in the lead.

The house has a long history of hosting far left and far right candidates, but the Senate is generally more a more buttoned down collection.  Not this year!

The NYT has an excellent interactive 2010 election feature that makes it easy keep tabs on pretty much every race.

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