Wednesday, July 7, 2010

How Dare You Publish What I Said

The latest twist in the Sharron Angle saga is that now that she’s actually the GOP nominee for the Senate from Nevada, she doesn’t want anyone to know what her positions were when she was just a state official and no one was paying any attention to her and her views on issues. But Harry Reid’s campaign was paying attention and they did a lot of CTRL+Print Screen before she got the nod and now they’re sharing it with us.

That has not pleased Ms. Angle.

[T]he Angle campaign sent [the Reid campaign] a cease-and-desist letter, claiming misuse of copyrighted materials in the reposting of the old website — which was, of course, being posted for the purposes of ridiculing Angle. The Reid campaign has in fact taken down the site, rerouting visitors to another website that goes after Angle’s positions, “Sharron’s Underground Bunker.”

Now the Reid campaign has made a few modifications to the site and put it back up. Check it out here.

Most of it is boilerplate right-wing Tea Party/John Birch Society stuff with the usual bullet points about lowering taxes, the holiness of the Second Amendment, getting us out of the UN, deporting illegal immigrants, and limited government unless you have a uterus or want to marry your same-sex partner. She lists her endorsements by the usual tin-foil hat brigades of cranky white people — Phyllis Schlafly, the Minutemen, the NRA, the Nevada chapter of the Ignorant Tightass Club, and the Church of I Hate You — and so on. In this climate, it’s pretty tame lunacy.

What I think is odd is that if she really believes all of this stuff, why is she trying to hide it from the voters of Nevada? Is she somehow ashamed of them? Why? Does she think that she can’t get elected on such bedrock values? After all, you’d think that if that’s what she stands for, she would stand by them. By going after the Reid campaign with threats of lawsuits and such only draws attention to them and makes her look like like an idiot.