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Sharron Angle brushes off 2010 defeat, sets sights on 2012

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Justin M. Bowen

Sharron Angle blows kisses to the crowd at Newt Gingrich’s Jobs Here, Jobs Now tour Oct. 21, 2010, at the JW Marriott in Las Vegas.

Updated Wednesday, March 16, 2011 | 10:42 a.m.

In a quick move to end Nevada’s favorite parlor game, former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle released a YouTube video this morning announcing her intention to run for the congressional seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. Dean Heller, R-Nev.

Angle, who made a national name for herself in her failed bid to take out Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., last year, has been widely expected to run for office. But Angle’s outsider status made it difficult for the political establishment to pinpoint in which race she would land—U.S. Senate, the 2nd Congressional District, or even the presidential primary.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal was the first to report Angle’s decision.

In the video, Angle makes a small attempt to reintroduce herself to voters as a “grandmother and former teacher” just months after she lost what many saw as a nearly impossible race to lose against Reid.

She made a passing reference to the loss in her video.

“2010 was bittersweet,” she said. “Conservatives had some victories but we still face some obstacles from Obama and the Democrats in Congress.”

Her campaign for Congress will likely follow the same themes as her Senate race: fiscal and personal responsibility and smaller government.

“The effort to bring the people’s voice back into government did not end in 2010,” she said.

But while Angle won a surprising and resounding victory in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate last year, she goes into 2012 with the baggage of losing to Reid, who was the GOP’s top target last year and who suffered from a near fatal approval rating.

Internal poll numbers from other Republicans considering the race show she is hurting among the conservative base because of that loss.

As one Republican put it: “She has to be stopped.”

Other potential candidates in the primary include: Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, Nevada Republican Chairman Mark Amodei, state Sen. Greg Brower and former U.S.S. Cole Commander Kirk Lippold.

Still, those same poll numbers show Angle could win in a crowded GOP primary, indicating the devoted base that has seen her through multiple defeats remains on her side.

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  1. OMG!!!
    The Crazy Cat Lady returns...
    GREAT NEWS for the Dems, 4 sure!
    How long before her first MAJOR GAFFE???
    My bet: The day of the official announcement.
    The ol' batwanger just cannot help herself!

    Dear Sharrron,
    Open mouth.
    Insert foot.
    Ha ha ha!!!

  2. Yup, contribute to the broom rider and find a dem with a pulse! Happy days are here again. Between her and Prince Walker of Wisconsin - the public surely won't be fooled! Obama in 2012 here we come!

  3. Uh oh, more entertainment. Please tell me the party has someone else to give the people of this state a real choice here.

    Who is going to be on the other side of the ticket?

  4. deadan, a deadon recitation of the "situation", as it stands...

    GREAT post, and 100% accurate.

    The Sun chose a WONDERFUL PHOTO for the occasion...

    "I'm BAAAACK!!!"

  5. I would vote for my ex-wife before I would vote for her. How embarrassing.

  6. I wonder if she'll decide what she thinks about Iraq and Afghanistay by then? We will probably still be there.

  7. Fresh from a rest in East Snake Bite Nevada, Nurse Ratchet emerges with her pull-on tennies and gets ready for another round of run and fun at the expense of Nevada's future. Nurse Ratchet knows as much about leadership as a Beaver knows about pumpkin pie.

  8. I'M SPEECHLESS!!!!!!!!

  9. Angle - the best candidate on the Democrats team! The only thing Angle can accomplish is to loose a seat in congress for the Republicans. Again.

    Too much baggage, not electable. Angle is a terrible communicator. It doesn't matter what she stands for, she can't communicate it without becoming a lighting rod for negative energy.

    A plea to those who have donated to her campaign: Don't.

  10. Gosh.

    Sharron Angle must have heard my mournful plea begging her to run for that Senate seat in the other column (Jon Ralston's).

    Thanks, Sharron. It's better for you to run again.

    I guess that paid political consultant job with Fox PORNO (Political Organization-Republican News Only) News didn't pan out, huh?

    PLEEEEEEEEASSSSE say even more whacky stuff and win the Republican Party's nomination. You'll get the votes too. Because I heard a lot more Tea Party types have been initiated into service by getting frontal lobotomies.

    Because I'm sure the press will saturate the airport and catch you saying incredibly stoop...um....oops....um....intelligent words of wisdom to shirk off the lame stream press again.

    I go with dipstick. There IS a God.

    And I guess Jesus' face which magically appeared in her potato salad one day recently whispered to Sharron to go for it.

    And she paid attention.

    She is now on a mission from God.

  11. I think I am getting ESP messages from her. Here is the text of my first message from the Holy One:

    First of all, you all look like Asians to me. And if you don't like that, I will use my second amendment remedy to persuade you I am right.

    And you lousy veterans, with your socialist "Veteran's Administration," you will soon feel my wrath for voting for Harry Reid.

    And you pampered seniors, with your "Social Security," your fancy Walmart clothes, and 1990's economy cars, wait till I get into office.

    And you teachers out there (who really only work part time), with your "science," and "facts," I will end your reign of terror.

    *********************

    After that, it fades into something like someone speaking in tongues at a revivalist meeting. Incomprehensible.

  12. The word that comes to mind was coined by H. L. Mencken: the booboisie.

    A take-off on the word "bourgeoisie," he went on to describe the unlearned rube who will believe any snake-oil saleslady or evangelical windbag who comes along.

    Good book: Democracy and Fascism in the Human Mind. You can understand Angle a little better after reading it.

  13. Good job Tea Party!! Let's skip the formality and just assign this seat to a Democrat. About as close to a GUARANTEED victory for them at this point.

  14. Haven't we found in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan and other states that complete loons like Angle are corrupt, dangerous and just a bit insane? Sharron,...please seek out a large rock and crawl back under it. Really,...its where you belong.

  15. She couldn't take down Bill Raggio in 2008.

    She couldn't take down the most vulnerable Democrat in America in 2010.

    Make it a trifecta, Sharron.

  16. today really sucked for me ---- but not anymore. wow, she really is bat sh*t crazy.

    and well said deadan ---- I'm sort of surprised more people aren't on to it. baggers, of course, are too stupid to get a clue --- but there's a lot who should know better.

  17. "There is a God". You are absolutely correct, and He created the greatest assortment of worms, scorpions, spiders, cockroaches and Mormon Crickets that one could NEVER IMAGINE - only watch in speechless horror.

  18. We can really see the Tea Party in action on the state level.

    In Montana. Legislators have introduced bills that would nullify federal law, including health-care reform, the Endangered Species Act, gun laws and food-safety laws.

    Another bill claims global warming is good for Montana.

    Under one legislative proposal, FBI agents couldn't operate in the state without the permission of county sheriffs.

    Legislators are also looking into a proposed resolution calling on Congress to end membership in the United Nations.

    A "birther" bill, similar to proposals in various other states, would require presidential candidates to furnish proof of citizenship that is satisfactory to state authorities.

    Montana has also joined the push in many states to restore the gold standard, and a Montana House committee approved legislation invalidating municipal laws against anti-gay discrimination.

    Then there's House Bill 278, authorizing armed citizens' militias known as "home guards." With the home guards mobilized, Montana would no longer have to fear a Canadian invasion.

    And while Montana repels the barbarians from Alberta, New Hampshire is contemplating a state "defense force" to protect it from the marauding Quebecois.

    Some of the proposals are ominous: South Dakota would call it justifiable homicide if a killer is trying to stop harm to an unborn child.

    Some are petty: Wyoming, following Oklahoma, wants to ban sharia law, even though that state's 200-odd Muslims couldn't pose much of a sharia threat.

    Some are mean-spirited: Iowa would allow business owners to refuse goods and services to those in gay marriages.

    Some are fairly harmless: Arizona took actions to make the Colt Single Action Army Revolver the official state firearm and to create a Tea Party license plate.

    And some are just silly: A Georgia bill would require only "pre-1965" silver and gold coins for payment of state debts.

    Last, my hat is off to Republican state Rep. Virgil Peck. Commenting on a program to kill feral hogs from helicopters, Peck proclaimed "Maybe we have found a [solution] to our illegal immigration problem."

    I think that great Republican Honest Abe had it right when he said you can fool some of the people some of the time. 2012 is going to be a shock to a lot of these conservative nut cases.

  19. God loves Nevada after all!

  20. ".....we still face some obstacles from Obama and the Democrats in Congress". What? "Obstacles"? That's the understatement of the new year by none other than Sharron Angle. How about a RUNAWAY TRAIN OF LIBERALISM which is killing our nation? It's exponentially greater than mere "obstacles"!

  21. Great! This will give just about anybody else a chance to look better by contrast and "tea-baggers" another chance to be ineffectual.

  22. I kept thinking Gov. BS looked like Alfred E. Newman. But with this pic of Angle, she might look more like Alfred.