Sharron Angle is headed to Washington to try to convince Republicans that she can indeed defeat Harry Reid, and won’t be painted as a right-wing extremist. Republicans are worried that Angle hasn’t responded aggressively enough to Reid’s attacks, they tell Politico. Reid took aim the moment Angle won the primary, but she has spoken exclusively with national conservative media outlets, eschewing local reporters, which looks like a sign of weakness to Republican leaders.
“That has to change,” her media consultant admits, and another Angle rep says Reid is “shooting blanks.” But one conservative radio host in Nevada said Angle was off to a “terrible start. … This is not the city council; this is the big leagues.” Today Angle will meet with John Cornyn, John Ensign, and others to discuss strategy, and tomorrow she’ll get together with conservative donors to try to convince them she’s worth betting on.