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Sharron Angle 48%, Harry Reid 41%

Posted on | June 24, 2010 | 23 Comments

Nevada is not wild about Harry, according to Rasmussen, and Professor William Jacobson observes:

What is amazing is that for the past two weeks Harry Reid has been pouring on the attacks against Angle, both through his own advertising, astroturfing, and through friends in the mainstream media and left-wing blogosphere.

Reid’s union-goon buddies are even using ads on conservative blogs to attack Angle.

Why isn’t it working? The Reid campaign has been pumping out opposition research on Angle, depicting her as a dangerous extremist — “she said this” and “she voted for that” and the predictable “she wants to take away granny’s Social Security check.”

The problem for Harry is that when people in Nevada turn on their TVs, they look at Sharron Angle and don’t see the person portrayed by the Reid attack. Instead, they see . . .

Sharron Angle

She may not be the greatest living American political leader, but she doesn’t “fit the profile” of a scary kook. She seems like a nice ordinary woman — your Mom or your wife or your neighbor.

Most Nevada voters only recently learned Angle’s name as a result of her Cinderella upset of Sue Lowden in the GOP primary. What they’ve seen of Angle with their own eyes and heard with their own ears, they like, and so when she comes under attack, these voters ask themselves: “Why is Harry Reid saying those mean things about her? What is he so afraid of?”

Think: Charles Johnson vs. Pamela Geller.

At some point, the credibility and motives of the attacker become a legitimate subject of inquiry. People rightly consider this a question of character. Once the attacker is demonstrated to be a vicious bully, the details of his accusations become irrelevant. He loses the argument for a simple reason: Nobody likes a bully, especially a bully who picks on girls.

Meanwhile, Professor Jacobson reminds us that Harry Reid called General David Petraeus a liar. If John Cornyn and the NRSC knew what they were doing — strictly a hypothetical, of course — Reid’s attacks on Gen. Petraeus would already be the subject of a Nevada campaign ad.

SHARRON ANGLE FOR U.S. SENATE

Comments

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  • http://libertarianadvocate.blogspot.com LibertarianAdvocate

    Ya spose maybe gg is a SEIU troll for Harry Dweeb?

  • http://libertarianadvocate.blogspot.com LibertarianAdvocate

    Ya spose maybe gg is a SEIU troll for Harry Dweeb?

  • http://pointofagun.blogspot.com/ Dave C

    gg doesn’t have much in the way of a sense of humor.

  • http://pointofagun.blogspot.com/ Dave C

    gg doesn’t have much in the way of a sense of humor.

  • Adobe Walls

    Why does gg’s name appear in different fonts

  • Adobe Walls

    Why does gg’s name appear in different fonts

  • mr magoo

    gg says: “Also please wait before beating your bells for some polls other than the narrative setting ones crafted by Rasmussen.”

    Rassmussen gets ’em right every time.

  • Mikey NTH

    The point that gg is missing is that you can overdo the attacks until the voting public wonders “Why the over-the-top attacks?” and develops sympathy for the attacked.

    Too many attacks, too viscious can backfire on the attackers. Just ask Ms. Haley.

  • mr magoo

    gg says: “Also please wait before beating your bells for some polls other than the narrative setting ones crafted by Rasmussen.”

    Rassmussen gets ’em right every time.

  • Mikey NTH

    The point that gg is missing is that you can overdo the attacks until the voting public wonders “Why the over-the-top attacks?” and develops sympathy for the attacked.

    Too many attacks, too viscious can backfire on the attackers. Just ask Ms. Haley.

  • http://threebeerslater.blogspot.com Richard McEnroe

    You could probably take a crazed overgroomed poodle bitch out of a Beverly mansion,run it against a Democrat this year,and win.

    At least that’s the theory we’re testing in California…

  • http://threebeerslater.blogspot.com Richard McEnroe

    You could probably take a crazed overgroomed poodle bitch out of a Beverly mansion,run it against a Democrat this year,and win.

    At least that’s the theory we’re testing in California…

  • http://threebeerslater.blogspot.com Richard McEnroe

    Beverly _Hills_ …

  • http://threebeerslater.blogspot.com Richard McEnroe

    Beverly _Hills_ …

  • Estragon

    Richard McEnroe ~ At least the Democrats needn’t worry so much about the crazed poodle bitches – most of them have already been elected (as Democrats).

    If we could work on a network of live cams by Election Night, we could watch a lot of leftist heads explode.

    gg ~ Better get in all the pride parades you can while you can, sugah!

  • Estragon

    Richard McEnroe ~ At least the Democrats needn’t worry so much about the crazed poodle bitches – most of them have already been elected (as Democrats).

    If we could work on a network of live cams by Election Night, we could watch a lot of leftist heads explode.

    gg ~ Better get in all the pride parades you can while you can, sugah!

  • http://twitter.com/ilovegrover Thane Eichenauer

    “Nobody likes a bully, especially a bully who picks on girls.”

    This is weak. If Sharron Angle is going to enter a political contest then she has waived any claim to favorable treatment as a woman.

  • http://twitter.com/ilovegrover Thane Eichenauer

    “Nobody likes a bully, especially a bully who picks on girls.”

    This is weak. If Sharron Angle is going to enter a political contest then she has waived any claim to favorable treatment as a woman.

  • http://effingconservatives.blogspot.com Jeff Weimer

    gg, gg, gg. You assert this Rasmussen is only polling for a “narrative”. Explain. Is it because they poll only likely voter and not all adults or registered voters? Is it because they make sure to verify their poll weightings to better reflect partisan divisions (something Gallup, CNN, USAToday, and others get routinely out of whack)? Or is it merely because Rasmussen doesn’t fit with your preferred narrative? I mean really, who’s playing the narrative game here? I mean it really sounds like you have a narrative here:

    Fact remains that Sharron Angle was/is a kook. It is understandable that she is denying it now but she certainly was proud of her kookiness in the past.

    Back it up. Your assertion of her being a “kook” as fact (hmm, opinion as fact? Who made you arbiter?) requires some attribution.

  • http://effingconservatives.blogspot.com Jeff Weimer

    gg, gg, gg. You assert this Rasmussen is only polling for a “narrative”. Explain. Is it because they poll only likely voter and not all adults or registered voters? Is it because they make sure to verify their poll weightings to better reflect partisan divisions (something Gallup, CNN, USAToday, and others get routinely out of whack)? Or is it merely because Rasmussen doesn’t fit with your preferred narrative? I mean really, who’s playing the narrative game here? I mean it really sounds like you have a narrative here:

    Fact remains that Sharron Angle was/is a kook. It is understandable that she is denying it now but she certainly was proud of her kookiness in the past.

    Back it up. Your assertion of her being a “kook” as fact (hmm, opinion as fact? Who made you arbiter?) requires some attribution.

  • http://godlessliberalhomo.blogspot.com/ libhomo

    Wow, the Scientologists are beating the Mormons.

  • http://godlessliberalhomo.blogspot.com/ libhomo

    Wow, the Scientologists are beating the Mormons.