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Sharron Angle finds that her Santorum endorsement packs little punch

Former Tea Party darling hints at next possible stage of her political career

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Sharron Angle speaks to a thin group of Rick Santorum supporters at Santorum’s campaign headquarters in Las Vegas Friday night. Angle endorsed Santorum on Wednesday.

Sharron Angle at Santorum HQ

Sharron Angle shake hands with a Rick Santorum supporter at Santorum's campaign headquarters in Las Vegas Friday night. Angle endorsed Santorum on Wednesday. Launch slideshow »

On Friday night, Sharron Angle made her first public appearance on behalf of Rick Santorum since endorsing him for president, headlining a solo rally at Santorum’s headquarters.

Twenty-eight people showed up, including Angle's handlers, Santorum’s local staff, and one attendee’s two kids.

Stepping up to a microphone and smiling, Angle tried to make the best of an obviously bad situation.

“What it’s going to take for us to turn this country around is to be committed. And we’re in it for the long haul,” she said. “You have been inspired ... There’s no reason to give up.”

It is difficult to determine for whom this small display of support on the eve of a caucus would have been more disappointing: Santorum, whose expectations for Nevada were so low that he essentially abandoned his campaign here after initial campaign stops Tuesday drew modest crowds, or Angle, the Tea Party’s once-great hope — this is the first large-scale endorsement she’s made since challenging Harry Reid in 2010.

“People should take more of an interest ... they’ve gotten complacent and lazy,” said Bernie Dottero, one of the few Santorum faithful to turn out. When asked whether she thought Angle’s endorsement helps Santorum, she said simply: “No.”

That Angle’s endorsement might not help Santorum in Nevada doesn’t come as a total surprise: Even her closest friends said earlier this week that “even if (Santorum) doesn’t win Nevada, Sharron’s endorsement will help nationwide.”

Angle is anticipating making appearances for Santorum in other states. But Nevada’s disinterest is the surest sign yet that the Tea Party cult of Angle that made her an object of national fascination has waned — and so too has her influence.

“I don’t think there’s a power of endorsement. You know an endorsement is just an opinion,” she told the Sun afterward. “People are not going to be relying on what Sharron Angle thinks about who they should vote for ... it’s just my opinion and I put it out there for what it’s worth.”

But this is likely the first of many opinions Angle will be putting out there over the next few months.

“I’m fairly careful about how I express my opinion and I have to be fairly certain that the person I back in a very public way is going to not disappoint,” she cautioned, but added that her plans for the coming election season were to “complete what I started in 2010: And that is to make sure the leadership in the U.S. Senate changes.

“So I will be looking very closely at senatorial races that are going to change the makeup of the U.S. Senate. I already was looking at Nebraska and without one shot fired we have turned that from blue to red, so we can now move onto the next one.”

Would that next one be Nevada’s contest between Rep. Shelley Berkley, the presumptive Democratic nominee, and Sen. Dean Heller, the Republican who was appointed to fill the seat when John Ensign resigned, perhaps?

“I haven’t talked to Dean about that,” Angle said. “Whenever you express your opinion, you need to have a conversation first, and make sure that’s something that’s jointly agreeable.”

But — drumroll please — Angle hasn’t ruled out running for office this year.

“I have to tell you that my options are open. I haven’t ruled out anything. There’s still time,” she told the Sun. “That’s why I gave the pep talk: there’s still time for people to get into the races ... and if you were even casually thinking about a school board position now’s the time to jump in and offer yourself for service.”

School board? Why is Angle talking about the school board — it’s where her political career started, but surely after challenging the most powerful senator in the country she would be considering higher office for herself. Right?

“You know, well, now if you listened to my whole speech, I wanted to make it very clear that I feel those are probably the more important positions that people can fill because they are so close to the people and to what affects their lives,” Angle said, when the Sun asked her to clarify that she didn’t mean herself when she spoke of running for the school board.

“It’s who is making the regulations concerning your street that actually impact you. The impacts from Washington have a trickle-down effect, but if the guy on the city council says we’re zoning you now commercial and there’s going to be a business now next door to you, it affects you right where you’re living,” she continued. “And to me, that man or that woman is more important to you and your life, quality of life than someone probably in Washington, D.C.”

Sounds like a subtle hint. But Angle is always full of surprises.

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  1. "'What it's going to take for us to turn this country around is to be committed. And we're in it for the long haul,' she told the sparse crew in Santorum's small office. 'You have been inspired ... There's no reason to give up.'"

    And with these illustrious words from Ms. Angle thundering throughout the room, echoing off the walls, for all to hear all throughout prosperity, the response from the audience was deafening.

    Crickets. The sound of crickets.

    Wake up, Ms. Angle. They gave up on you a loooooong time ago. You have been reduced to irrelevance.

    "'I don't think there's a power of endorsement. You know an endorsement is just an opinion,' she told the Sun after her rally. 'People are not going to be relying on what Sharron Angle thinks about who they should vote for ... it's just my opinion and I put it out there for what it's worth.'"

    Agree. Not an endorsement. Just an opinion. And judging by the number of people in attendance, it has been promptly rejected.

    Ms. Angle is doing the same thing other creepy Tea/Republican Party all do. She refers to herself in the third person. Not I. Not me. Like some stupid 1980s World Wrestling Federation guy on television going, "Can you smell what the Rock is putting down?!?!!?" Romney, Gingrich and of course, Trump ("the Donald") all do it. They don't seem to understand the American voters get turned off with that imperial crap.

    Ms. Angle's opinion, to which she has an immeasurable amount of, was thrown out there for what it's worth. And the worth has already been determined to be less than what a wooden nickel is worth.

    Right now, it has been confirmed that her opinion is just as good as buying stock in northern Japan nuclear power plants. Useless.

    I say Ms. Angle is not full of surprises. Not at all. It's the same old stupid stuff that nobody in their right mind pays attention to. They definitely are not interested in voting for her. Because she will say she has a message that is important, then turn around and demonize and dehumanize an entire race of people by claiming they are illegal alien criminals...even when they are valid American citizens. Her stupidity knows no bounds. Her message was foul during her Nevada Senate race with Senator Reid. And it's STILL noxious.

    But I do agree that she REALLY, REALLY needs to get out there and endorse candidates. Please do that, Ms. Angle. Your opinions and endorsements are pretty much the kiss of death for Tea/Republicans everywhere. Serious Nevada dragon lady. They don't even want to be on the stage with her.

    You will be doing wonders for the American people in defining and pointing out those people who are unelectable. Because everytime Ms. Angle opens her mouth for an endorsement, that candidate just shakes their head, rolls their eyes and walks away, clearly wanting to put distance away from her.

  2. "Crazy" Angle...
    She can pack em' in, eh?

    "this is likely the first of many opinions Angle will be putting out there over the next few months."
    Oh, Boy!!!
    "Sharron Angle has something to say today."
    "Better send someone down there, she's liable to say something crazy again."

    Looks like Sharron has been working with some kind of 'image consultant'...

    I wonder if she still has Jim Demint in her hip pocket?

    You'd think with a Big Shot Tea Nut like Angle in-state, there would be some kind of actual Tea Party hub of activity coalescing around a Prez candidate during the big Caucuses, wouldn't you? I mean, all that POWER garnered in her battle royale with ol' Harry gives her 'status', right? And she holds SWAY; just LOOK at that crowd she drew for Santorum! They certainly look MESMERIZED.

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/021...

  3. One more thing that begs emphasis regarding Ms. Angle....

    "'So I will be looking very closely at senatorial races that are going to change the makeup of the U.S. Senate. I already was looking at Nebraska and without ONE SHOT FIRED we have turned that from blue to red, so we can now move onto the next one.'" (My emphasis with the capital letters.)

    Ms. Angle can't resist with the gun rhetoric.

    Her "Second Amendment Remedies" beliefs are still intact with this creepy reference to gun violence.

    I shudder to think of Ms. Angle with a gun in her hand. Serious nightmare.

    Ms. Angle is unelectable and pretty much irrelevant.

    But there seems to be a problem....

    How can we ignore her if she won't go away?

  4. Darthfrodo says: "I only went because I thought they'd have food."

    Thanks, Darthfrodo, for the very first morning laugh. Got a good chuckle out of me.

  5. Sharon angle who?

  6. Re Vegas2012. Rick Santorum has NO CHANCE OF BEING THE GOP NOMINEE FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IN 2012! Personally, I wish he would be, because it would guarantee President Obama's 2nd term by a landslide on par with Goldwater's crushing defeat many years ago. You are part of the reason that the GOP Nevada caucus is, and has been a national joke. Vote for Santorum (who left town a couple of days ago), it doesn't matter. Mittens will be your GOP nominee, so deal with it. To paraphrase The Who's song, Won't Get Fooled Again, Meet the Nominee (Romney) same as the old nominee (McCain). Same results in 2012. LOL.

  7. Judging from the comments, Angle is getting more attention from the Democrats than from Republicans.

  8. Moderates of both parties, and especially independents, need to look at the Modern Whig Party. The original party of Lincoln. :)

  9. Sharron Angle says:
    "So I will be looking very closely at senatorial races that are going to change the makeup of the U.S. Senate. I already was looking at Nebraska and without one shot fired we have turned that from blue to red, so we can now move onto the next one."
    *********
    What is wrong with her? Without ONE SHOT FIRED we have turned Nebraska from blue to red? What was she planning to do to poor Ben Nelson if he decided to run again? Angle is the biggest filbert in the can and any candidate she decides to help win should run away from her as fast as they can.

  10. I cannot imagine how any politician would be happy with an endorsement from Ms. Angle.

  11. In their mean and nasty comments, you see the true nature of the "progressive." Just think if they actually ran the country what that would mean. Gulags, concentration camps, and mind-altering sessions. These are dangerously mad people along the lines of Mao, Stalin & Pol Pot! They are envious beyond reason of anyone who is successful. Now, on the verge of Osama Obama being ousted from the Oval Office, they are truly terrified that their ride on the gravy train is about to end and they will use any means, including violence, to prevent that from happening (see Oakland, CA, for instance). Over & over again, they have proven they are not to be trusted with power of any sort.

  12. Whenever I read about this woman I feel my IQ slowly dip a few points lower. Ms. Angle, please go back to watching for UFO's and making stuff up for your lady friends. Your career as a politician is over-maybe you could try the John "3-16" Cook method and provide poor folks with some soup and hope?