Angle: Dictators Can Have Good Ideas

...and other tidbits from a typically dysfunctional campaign
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2010 7:22 AM CST
Updated Nov 18, 2010 8:02 AM CST
Sharron Angle: Dictators Can Have Good Ideas
Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle concedes her race against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid at her election night party Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

When she wasn't busy needling Joy Behar or confusing Asians and Latinos, Sharron Angle liked to talk policy: Specifically, that of dictators, reports the Las Vegas Sun. Asked during her campaign about privatizing Social Security, Angle, against the advice of staffers, brought up the example of Chile's Pinochet, saying, "Sometimes dictators have good ideas." Other tidbits from inside Angle's wacky campaign, as per Jon Ralston:

  • Sen. John Ensign played the part of Harry Reid in Angle's debate preparations.
  • It wasn't easy to join Camp Angle, which ran would-be volunteers through three hours of what Ralston calls "indoctrination." Included was what to do when someone who looked like a Reid supporter, Democrat, or member of the media appeared—dial a special number and say, "It's time to water the plants."
  • Campaign staffers referred to Tea Partiers, who largely supported their candidate, as "The Island of Misfit Toys."
(More Sharron Angle stories.)

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