Monday, October 18, 2010

Sharrontology Follies: Lies, Race Baiting, & Her Hometown Paper Telling It Like It Is

Is this for real?

"I think that you’re misinterpreting those commercials. I’m not sure that those are Latinos in that commercial."

Really? She's not sure if "those are Latinos" in this commercial?

Really? She's not sure if "those are Latinos in that commercial", even though her campaign paid Getty Images for an image of "Mexican men in Mexico"?

Angle's campaign has released more than five TV spots that accuse Reid, the Senate majority leader, of offering special breaks to illegal immigrants. The ads have drawn criticism from some immigration advocates worried that such messages encourage discrimination against Hispanics.

"Basically she is using the politics of fear and trying to tell Americans that, 'we are being invaded by Mexicans, so vote for me,'" said Lynn Tramonte, director deputy of America's Voice.

Angle campaign spokesman Jarrod Agen, who said Reid was "pro-amnesty," would not say why the images were chosen for the ads. [...]

Agen said one of the most criticized images, a still of three stony-faced Hispanic men, was bought from Getty Images Inc. The Getty caption notes that the image is of Mexican men in Mexico. [emphasis mine]

Sharron Angle lied yet again, this time to high school students who happened to be more than smart enough to see through her lies and call her out on it.

And they're not the only ones. Angle's hometown newspaper, The Reno Gazette Journal, dropped a bomb yesterday in their endorsements.

Nevadans already are burdened with a U.S. senator whose personal indiscretions have made him largely ineffective.

Now they're being told that they should jettison a four-term senator who has risen to the most powerful post in the Congress in favor of a woman who consistently was voted least effective member of the Assembly during her four terms in the Nevada Legislature.

Even members of Republican Sharron Angle's own party recognize the absurdity of the proposition. Such prominent Republicans as Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, Sparks Mayor Geno Martini, State Senator Bill Raggio and former Nevada first lady Dema Guinn have announced their support for incumbent Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader -- and they've been unfairly vilified for their temerity.

Other Republicans offer a particularly dubious rationale for supporting Angle: Get rid of Reid now; we can deal with Angle in six years.

Reid, seeking his fifth term in the Senate, is far from perfect, but he remains an effective advocate for Nevada's interests in the nation's capital, a skillful politician who has used his position to make a difference in his home state and help the nation work its way out of some very difficult times. He should be re-elected.

And look at the contrast! The RGJ couldn't have summed it up better.

And [Reid] points to a long list of accomplishments that have been important to Northern Nevadans, including funding for the railroad "trench" in Reno (as well as twisting arms at the Union Pacific Railroad to get its cooperation) and the Truckee River Operating Agreement that ensures that communities in the Truckee Meadows will be able to store critical water supplies for the future.

As Reid's work on the Truckee River agreement demonstrates, the effective use of clout in Washington isn't just about money. Just as often, it's about the ability to bring decision-makers, including Cabinet secretaries, to the table to solve a problem and the power to shepherd the necessary legislation through Congress. Without Reid in the Senate, it's likely that the contentious fight over Truckee River would continue for many years to come.

Angle has few accomplishments to claim for her eight years in the Nevada Legislature. And her much touted commitment to principle is questionable.

The Republican candidate says that the federal government can't create jobs, but a federal-government-created job provided her family with a comfortable life, the same health insurance plan as the one available to members of Congress and a nice retirement. She says that she wants to get government out of our lives, but she was willing, as a legislator, to use the power of the state to install the scientifically dubious warning that abortion causes breast cancer in every Nevada woman's shower. And, despite her state opposition to "pork," she boasted in a previous campaign of winning a federal schools grant for the state "» a boast she continued even after state education officials said that she had nothing to do with the grant.

It seems Angle can't go a day without more lies and more hypocrisy. Now she's "the first Asian state legislator in the Nevada Assembly"?

"So that’s what we want is a secure and sovereign nation and, you know, I don’t know that all of you are Latino. Some of you look a little more Asian to me. I don’t know that. [Note: it's the Hispanic Student Union. The whole room is Hispanic teenagers.] What we know, what we know about ourselves is that we are a melting pot in this country. My grandchildren are evidence of that. I’m evidence of that. I’ve been called the first Asian legislator in our Nevada State Assembly."

Does she really think she can fool all of us? Did she think she could pull one over the eyes of those students who are now having to deal with the increased racial tension caused by her thinly veiled race-baiting? Did she think her hometown paper wouldn't notice her long trail of empty rhetoric and poorly hid hypocrisy? Did she think we would believe she was ever considered a leader in Asian-American civil rights? (HUH??!!) Does she really think Nevadans are that stupid?

Let's hope we ultimately prove her wrong.

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