Wild Angle

Wild Angle

by digby

Far be it for me to be rude and suggest that this sort of thing might be just a tad beyond the pale for a serious Senate candidate, but perhaps we should just stay alert when authoritarian Christian Reconstructionists (is there any other kind?) are making a serious run for high office:

On the day she announced her candidacy in 2009, Angle clearly and unequivocally agreed with a conservative radio host who claimed that there are "domestic enemies" and homegrown enemies" within the Senate and the Congress.

She has now been given three chances to disavow this claim or to state clearly that she doesn't agree with it. In all three cases, she's refused.

Angle's latest refusal came this morning, in response to aggressive questioning from ABC News' Jonathan Karl:

ABC NEWS: Do we have enemies of the country inside the walls of Congress?

ANGLE: Certainly people who pass these kinds of policies -- Obamacare, cap and trade, stimulus, bailout -- they're certainly not friends to the free market system.

ABC NEWS: So, what are they?

ANGLE: They're not friends

There's no need for alarm, of course. She hasn't called for an official purge. Yet. She's just calling it like she sees it:

CNN also asked Angle about her affirmation of the same conservative host's observation that there are "home-born, homegrown" enemies who are operating in Congress. "The larger focus of that conversation is what has happened domestically here and our country for the last 18 months," Angle said, pointing out that no names were mentioned during the conversation, and again avoiding the intent of her statement.

See? It's not like she's named any names. Yet.

I guess we're supposed to either assume that she can't possibly be elected, which would be silly considering the polling, or we are to assume she's going to be elected but she'll be some dotty old Aunt muttering to herself. But she has a huge billionaire financed movement behind her. Does it seem smart to just make those assumptions?

Update: Meanwhile, Axelrod says that these people might even be worse than Bush. Too shrill?