June 18, 2010

After taking Dick Armey's bunker advice and scrubbing all tea party positions from her website and hiding from the media, both national and local, Angle took a tentative step back out in front of the media. And once again, Angle proved she's just not ready for prime time, insulting a local reporter and running away from answering any questions on her own repeated use of the term "Second Amendment remedies". Think Progress:

8 News NOW reporter Nathan Baca tried to get Angle to explain what she means when she says on her website that Social Security should be “transitioned out.” Angle accused him of believing “the Harry Reid lie,” but eventually admitted that she meant she wants private accounts, which she called “personalized Social Security accounts”:

“Why do you want to eliminate (Social Security) for younger folks, because your plan calls for transitioning out,” Baca asked.

“You believe the Harry Reid lie,” Angle replied.

When asked to define “transitioning out”, Angle said, “Transition into a personalized account… personalized Social Security accounts that they can’t raid.”

The stock market, Baca countered, almost crashed in 2008, meaning millions of seniors would have had their savings accounts wiped out.

Angle replied, “Now, you’re putting words into my mouth from Harry Reid. I want you to be very clear on this. I’m here to save Social Security… Harry Reid is here to bankrupt Social Security.”

Baca eventually followed her as she exited the event, attempting to get her to explain what she meant by “Second Amendment remedies” rising from voter anger at Congress. Angle refused to comment and her spokesperson eventually blocked Baca from asking any more questions, calling him “‘an idiot’ and another term that can’t be repeated” in the process.

This is a credible candidate? I don't think so, and neither does The Hill:

The bottom line: she can make this race about Reid, but not before she explains who she is and where she came from. If those questions remain unanswered, reporters will continue to focus on her colorful history. And she'll continue to look defensive and ill prepared on television.

Speaking of looking defensive, Matt Yglesias caught this lovely little tidbit that is yet another bit of nuttiness Angle will have a difficult time neutralizing with the public:
Angle: It’s Not Scientology, It’s “Natural Homeopathic Medicine” Developed By L Ron Hubbard
Oh boy...this is gonna be a fun election cycle.

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