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Nevadan Harry Reid Will Be Reelected to Fifth Senate Term

By July 15, 2010

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Harry Reid will ultimately prevail over Sharron Angle in Nevada's 2010 Senate race. Period. Nevadans are simply too pragmatic and moderate to vote otherwise...

I'm writing from northern Nevada this week, rather than my usual Southern California locale... and I can tell you, the TV ads and local press coverage of this particular race are constant and quite fascinating.

Cut through all the campaign blather, though, and what emerges is the portrait of a astonishing extremist in former state legislator Angle. Even if polls now show Angle and Reid running neck-in-neck, her support can't possibly hold in common-sense Nevada as her views become more widely known, and as she continues to indulge in impossibly tone-deaf comments.

An article in today's Reno Gazette-Journal reports on Sharron Angle's recent interview with Christian evangelist Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, including the following:

  • " 'Moses has his preparatory time. Paul had his preparatory time. Even Jesus had his preparatory time,' Angle said, citing her years in public office as her preparation for the race."

  • "In a wide-ranging interview,... she defended an overhaul of her campaign website in which many of her earlier positions on Social Security and other issues were rewritten, condensed or deleted... Among her positions, she opposes abortion in all circumstances, including rape and incest."

  • " Angle has appeared largely on conservative media outlets... She said... she gets the best return for her time on conservative programs, which drive up donations. In mainstream media outlets, 'there's no earnings for me there,' she added."

And the Journal's Letters to the Editor page included the following just yesterday or today:

  • Letter to the Editor - "I read where Sharron Angle wears the title of worst Nevada legislator as a badge of honor... The mayors of both Reno and Sparks are both Republicans, but they both endorse her opponent, Harry Reid."

  • Letter to the Editor - "... after the November election, there will be a summit for Nevada and neighboring states to reach an agreement on water rights... Whom do we want to sit at this table to get the best deal, the 500-lb gorilla of the Senate or Minnie Mouse?"

  • Letter to the Editor "If, because of some 'anti-incumbent' fanaticism, we don't send Harry Reid back to the Senate where his position puts Nevada on the map, then we are cutting off our nose to spite our face."

Independents don't vote for extremists of Sharron Angle's ilk, and Nevada is brimming with Independents and independent-thinking, Barry Goldwater-style Republicans who believe that government has no business meddling in Americans' personal lives. And no business cramming their religion down Americans' throats.

No question about it: as statewide voters get to know Sharron Angle, her support will disappear faster than her radical campaign website did the day after she won the Republican primary.

Mark my words: Harry Reid will be reelected to a fifth term in the U.S. Senate.

See Profile of Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada, Senate Majority Leader for more. For insider info on all mid-term Senate races, see 2010 U.S. Senate Races - Who's Winning, Who's Not.

(Photo of Sen. Reid taken on June 1, 2010: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Comments

July 18, 2010 at 1:12 am
(1) Riley says:

Reid will lose in November, your prediction not withstanding. Angle only seems extreme looking through the distorting glasses of far leftist ideology. Isn’t Reid the guy that called political opponents “evil”, that seems pretty radical and demonizing.

The focus of voters not of the liberal persuasion will be the over-reach of ObamaCare, the failure of the Obama Admin to deal with unemployment, and the out of control spending in Washington. Turnout will heavily favor Angle, to Reid’s misfortune.

July 19, 2010 at 4:16 am
(2) Jason says:

HAHA! Got that crystal ball, Riley? While you are at it, what was it you said about liberals not waving The Jones Act in regards to BP? Here is some food for thought. (oh and Obamacare isn’t overreaching, not when it simply asks the govt. to step in to negotiate FAIR prices, fair not being in the insurance lingo, to those unable to afford coverage. So typical of you fools in denial to justify 40 million Americans absent of insurance)

July 19, 2010 at 4:26 am
(3) Jason says:

The only “overreaching” part to Obamacare is the govt. stepping in to provide oversight (I know, a term foreign to Republicans claiming to oppose less govt. when the reality is the less they oppose is less oversight. Overreaching would be insurance deciding who gets coverage, what tests to cover, which doctors to see, which surgeries can be done, how much the limit is each year. In public run systems, the only factor they care about is paying the bill. Read up on it) to ensure those unable to afford coverage get a deal negotiated that is fair to them, as in the deal with insurance pools. Why permit the insurance agents to charge their idea of a fair rate when you got a non related person willing to work with them to assist the consumer? I hae to break it to you but spending went out of control well before Democrats and Obama took charge…not sure how you feel this translates into support for the GOP, a party not known for fiscal responsibility (check the stats on the debt’s growth under Reagan and both Bush’s). Economists praised the stimulus bill and earlier this year expressed hope in a recovery.

July 19, 2010 at 9:56 am
(4) RealTime53 says:

Hi Deborah –

Quite correct. Harry Reid could not have selected a ‘better’ candidate than Sharon Angle.

August 1, 2010 at 2:41 am
(5) Riley says:

Jason,

You said… “Overreaching would be insurance deciding who gets coverage, what tests to cover, which doctors to see, which surgeries can be done, how much the limit is each year. In public run systems, the only factor they care about is paying the bill.”

Medicare already does all these things that you blast private insurance for doing. The new head of Medicare, a recess appointment because he was unconfirmable, disagrees with you that the only factor in a public system is who’s paying the bill… he’s a rather big fan of rationing and denying expensive care, irrespective of effectiveness.

ObamaCare is already driving private insurance costs higher.

With respect to the Jones Act… it precludes foreign flagged ships from operating in US waters. It was enacted to protect union jobs at US ship yards. It did the opposite, sending virtually all commercial shipbuilding overseas, mostly wiping out the industry. The point is that the best oil cleanup ships are based in Europe. It is illegal for BP to bring them to the US. What they ended up doing was removing the gear and bringing it over and retrofitting it to US based ships, which took over a month and isn’t as effective.

Why wouldn’t Obama waive the Jones Act? He doesn’t say, but the union bosses were not in favor.

August 1, 2010 at 2:58 am
(6) Riley says:

Jason,

Polling shows 60%+ in favor of repealing ObamaCare. So 60% of public are “fools”. To bad you had to resort to name calling.

Incidentally, the 40 million number you site is completely bogus. It includes more than 11 million illegal immigrants who won’t be covered anyway, over 10 million people who were without coverage at some point – usually as a result of moving from one job to another – but typically only few months, and several million more that are covered by some other program (Medicade, SCHIP, etc) but have not signed up for whatever reason. So, why destroy a system that functions for over 90% of the population by implementing ObamaCare, rather than get broad agreement on a set of more modest changes that will actually work.

I challenge you or anyone else to explain just this one aspect of ObamaCare… It relies on approximately $400 billion in cuts to Medicare to pencil. Specifically, the $400 billion is enactment of cuts to doctors originally passed in 1999, but waived annually by Congress. Of course, after passing ObamaCare, Congress again waived the cuts. Doesn’t that demonstrate that claims of fiscal responsibility were bogus or dishonest?

August 1, 2010 at 3:04 am
(7) Riley says:

Jason,

Since the government will be stepping in to negotiate “fair” rates for health insurance, wouldn’t it stand to reason we can have them negotiate “fair” costs for other stuff I or others might not be able to afford, say a new car, a bigger house, that latte at Starbucks,…

Your statement belies a fundamental flaw in the understanding of economics.

August 2, 2010 at 1:39 pm
(8) RealTime53 says:

Hi Riley –

“Polling shows 60%+ in favor of repealing ObamaCare.”

Name the last entitlement that was repealed. Rightly or wrongly, we are stuck with ObamaCare.

However, I can name the last entitlement that was reduced.

“Obama’s Chief Medicare Actuary Estimates That Obama’s Government Takeover Of Health Care Will Cut Medicare By $575 Billion,” – GOP.com, celebrating the 45th anniversary of Medicare

BTW, don’t believe everything that Fox News analyst Scott Rasmussen tells you. His polls have been known to be outliers.

August 3, 2010 at 1:27 am
(9) Riley says:

Hi Realtime,

The last entitlement I recall being repealed was long term care insurance in the late 80′s. It was repealed after it became clear it was way, way more expensive than advertised – and by a Democratic controlled Congress no less. Welfare reform in the 90′s was an entitlement repeal of a sort, but not in the sense we’re talking about. Incidentally, Obamacare includes long term care, though using an Enron style accounting trick that makes the rest of the bill appear cheaper.

Too cleaver by half for you to point out the “cuts” in Medicare. We both know the GOP will be playing to seniors for the election over “Medicare” cuts. Politicians of both parties use these tactics. It’s telling that you didn’t respond to my challenge to explain the $400 billion in cuts that won’t happen. The rest of the Medicare cuts are from killing Medicare Advantage, dumping people back to regular Medicare. That will result in my Grandfather losing his doctor (who doesn’t take regular medicare patients). I thought Obama said we could keep our doctors if we liked them???

The health care polling data I mentioned is from realclearpolitics averaging of polls.

Boy, what is it with the left and Fox news? You’ve got CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, and MSNBC. Just don’t watch, nor take everything that Keith Oberman (who started as a sports guy in local tv) and the daily kos as fact. It’s not like Dan Rather is on Fox making fake documents or anything.

Personally, I have little time for TV, and Fox’s web site (and all the others) spend too much time on the latest celebrity arrest and not enough time on serious stuff. I mostly read the WSJ, realclear’s amalgam of news, and various technical journals.

October 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm
(10) CBowers says:

Riley, sadly, despite of your desire to reduce the size of the fed.gov’t, cut taxes, improve the job situation, etc. it’s 2010 and the number of people who stand for other people telling them what they can and can’t do in their own lives and bedrooms, and with their own bodies, are dwindling substantially. You don’t seriously think there are enough people who support a total ban on abortions…recall the famous ‘lemons out of lemonade’ comment.. that they’d elect this bat-shit crazy lady to office, do you? I know you Righties are all for preaching, “it’s the economy, stupid”, but surely there are some taboos even you’re not willing to break for the sake of a better job and lower tax rate?

November 1, 2010 at 7:51 pm
(11) ron says:

Reid is a disgrace to Nevada and the Nation. TIME TO GO!!

November 5, 2010 at 1:43 pm
(12) RealTime53 says:

Hi Deb –

There’s alot that I don’t like about Harry Reid. However, I have to hand it to him. The guy is an excellent politician. He made this election a referendum on Angle. And he won.

A good call, Deb.

November 7, 2010 at 11:01 am
(13) Madjack says:

At least he lost his title of Senate majority leader. He is a very dangerous man in our government.

February 15, 2012 at 10:35 am
(14) 4587 says:

cannot believe that there is that many dumb a people in Nevada but it appears so due to their love affair with harry reid. just a lot of ignorant people in that state.

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