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Her Dirty Harry Hand Cannon

The Senate race in Nevada is a real barnburner. The Democrat, Majority Leader Harry Reid, trailed in the polls before his challenger was determined in the Republican primary. Now that his opponent has a name – Sharron Angle – he’s inched a few points ahead, according to the latest Rasmussen poll, but he’s still within the margin of error.

Speaking of margins and errors, Sharron Angle has made a series of outrageous statements too numerous, too outrageous to dismiss as gaffes. She really believes this stuff. Angle, a Southern Baptist former private school teacher, has talked about “Second Amendment remedies” as a potential cure “for the Harry Reid problems” if the November election doesn’t work. She carries a .44 Magnum pistol – she calls it her “Dirty Harry Hand Cannon” – in the glove compartment of her campaign vehicle. She supports an organization whose members, uniformed soldiers and police officers, refuse to follow orders they consider to be unconstitutional – “including enforcement of gun laws, violations of states’ sovereignty, and ‘any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.'” There is also something about Scientology and sweat lodges and massage therapy for criminals. I won’t even mention the 2006 interview in which he seemed to suggest bringing back prohibition, a statement later vigorously retracted by her spokesman. (It doesn’t matter how much her spokesman gets paid; he deserves a raise.)

Wait, there’s more. The following is an excerpt from an article by Betsy Marston (High Country News, August 30, 2010), enhanced with multimedia:

The last we noticed, elected officials don’t place one hand on the Constitution and solemnly swear to uphold the Bible. But Republican Sharron Angle, a Tea Party favorite who’s running against Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., sounds as though she’s more than ready to switch books. A former teacher at a religious school and a longtime state legislator, Angle describes her campaign as a “calling from God,” telling TruNews Christian Radio’s Rick Wiles that “What’s happening (in America) is a violation of the First Commandment – entitlements make government our God. We’re supposed to depend upon God for our protection and our provision and our daily bread, not for our government.” [Audio 1, Audio 2] Angle may have a comfortable relationship with God, but she is clearly uneasy with most mainstream reporters, dodging the working press whenever possible. When Nevada TV reporter Nathan Baca persisted in asking why her Web site initially stated she wanted to eliminate Social Security and the EPA, Angle refused to comment as she walked quickly to her car, though she did have a few questions of her own, including: “Where do you get your questions?” [Video] Later, Angle explained to Fox News’ Carl Cameron that she simply wants the press to “be our friend.” She defined the friendship this way: The press should “ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported.”

I don’t have a neat way to wrap up this post. I just wanted to introduce you to Sharron Angle and her Dirty Harry Hand Cannon. And also to make one final point: Obama identifies himself as a Christian, but 20% of Americans think he’s actually a Muslim in disguise. And yet when Sharron Angle – she of the Second Amendment remedies, the sweat lodges, and the campaign from God; she who would advocate abolishing Social Security, the Department of Education, Department of Energy, and Environmental Protection Agency, and cut unemployment benefits – claims to be a Christian, everyone believes her. I’m just saying.

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