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Cuckoo? Sharron Angle says Harry Reid's the real 'whack job'

June 11, 2010 | 11:25 am

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Hey, if there's a theme song for Nevada's U.S. Senate race, Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" might be the most logical choice.

It's a regular battle of the lunatics shaping up in the Silver State. That is, if you listen to the two campaigns.

The most pressing question: Who's more of a whack job?  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid or his Republican opponent Sharron Angle?

Angle's the one who's been called the whack job, and the nutcase, and the tin-foil-wearing lunatic. But ask her and she -- not surprisingly -- sees things differently.

Appearing on a Nevada radio talk show earlier this week, Angle reeled off a list of Reid's greatest hits -- or misfires -- to support her conclusion that Reid is the one who's cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.

"I' feel like I'm more mainstream than the fellow that said tourists stink, this war is lost, and light-skinned no-Negro dialect," she said alluding to some of Reid's more memorable comments.

"Can I go on and on about what I think a whack-job, marginal candidate sounds like, and that's Harry Reid," she said. "That's what we need to fire him."

If early polls are any indication, he's trending toward getting that Angle-signed pink slip.

A new Rasmussen poll gives Angle an 11-percentage-point lead over Reid. That's a 3-point bump over the 8-point advantage she enjoyed over the majority leader a month ago.

She's got the party loyalists too, with 88% of Republicans lining up behind her. That's a big advantage over the 68% of Democrats who support Reid.

Then there's Reid's abysmal job-approval rating of 35%.

Sure, his campaign is talking tough, and liberal pundits are claiming Angle's victory was a godsend, but actions speak louder than words.

And the action Thursday was unavoidable. If you think it's no big deal that former President Clinton showed up at a rally Thursday for Reid, you're nuts. Reid's campaign is spooked. Big time.

-- Jimmy Orr

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