Sharron Angle's Advice Applies to GOP, Too: Man Up

William Kristol: It's a two-word mantra for our times
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 16, 2010 3:36 PM CDT
Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle speaks during the Nevada Senate debate on Thursday.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Newser) – Sharron Angle's admonition in their debate that Harry Reid "man up" could not have been more appropriate this election season, writes William Kristol. "As a leader of his party, and the leader of the Senate, Reid has come to embody a proclivity among our elected officials to flee from confronting, in a grown-up manner—if one can put it that way—the real problems and challenges the nation faces," he writes in the Weekly Standard.

That goes for Republicans, too. It's not enough to oust Democrats in the midterms but to "man up" afterward, as in "toughen up; do the right thing." That's what Angle meant for Harry Reid on Social Security, and "they are the instructions that the American people want to convey to their elected officials this November," writes Kristol. "Luckily, there will be a lot of conservative women around to make sure Republicans act like real men."

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