Did Harry Reid vote to give sex offenders Viagra at taxpayers expense? No.
In fact, Reid didn’t do that. The bill in question was not a bill at all. It was an amendment offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) in an effort to trip up health care reform. The Oklahoma Republican introduced the most politically palatable, non-objectionable piece of legislation in hopes that Democrats would relent, pass it, and change the content of the health care law they were hoping to pass through reconciliation. If Democrats didn’t bite, the GOP would have ammo for the type of attack ad that Angle has now aired. Only the Nevada Republican got the details wrong. Coburn’s amendment didn’t provide taxpayer funds for Viagra; it prevented sexual predators from being able to use government subsidies or money to buy the drug (and other ED pills).
So, when Sharron Angle says Harry Reid voted to give taxpayer funds to sexual predators she is deliberately misrepresenting his vote. Her assertion is a flat out lie. Voting against a bill that contains a language that prohibits such a thing is not the same as voting for a bill that endorses it.
In fact, lying about Harry Reid is about all that Sharron Angle can do. As I wrote the other day, “She’s quite adept at flinging lies, much like a gorilla flings poo (her commercials are merely video versions of the wildest-eyed conspiracy-laden emails that I’ve received from rightwing nutcases over the last several years). . .”
Every single Sharron Angle ad bashes Harry Reid. Not a single one of her ads talks about her record or what she would do when she gets to the Senate.* Perhaps that is because she has no plan and because her record is exactly what Bill Raggio (R), Minority Leader of the Nevada Senate says it is.
“What is difficult to overlook is her record of being totally ineffective as a four-term assemblywomen, her inability or unwillingness to work with others, even within her own party, and her extreme positions on issues such as Medicare, social security, education, veterans affairs and many others . . . ”
There is absolutely nothing in Sharron Angle’s record or stance on issues that I find appealing or redeeming. Sharron Angle is the antithesis of everything I stand for and believe in.
Ya know, Sweetie is husband number two. When I was married to husband number one, I was not a happy camper. My answer was to try to make things better and when it became clear that I couldn’t, I ended the marriage and made a life for myself and my daughter. What I didn’t do was dump him for someone far more abusive and irresponsible. Unlike a divorce, when it comes to the U.S. Senate, rejecting Reid at the polls doesn’t give us a breather. Rejecting Harry Reid automatically gets us Sharron Angle. Choosing None Of These Candidates doesn’t give us a do-over, nor does it leave the seat vacant until we can find a more palatable choice. So, no. I’m not going to jump from the frying pan into the fire. And the race is too close to sit this one out. As much as he has disappointed me in the past, Harry will get my tepid support when I go to cast my ballot.
I realize that by my vote I am contributing to the problem of Ignore-The-Base Democrats, and that these same Democrats will likely misread the results of this election, but Angle is a bridge too far. I just can’t do anything that would contribute to her victory.
*Brian Sandoval has basically adopted this same tactic in his race against Rory Reid. What’s your plan, Brian? In the debate last Thursday night, Brian Sandoval consistently bashed Rory’s budget plan but to date has not yet put out one of his own, leaving every single Nevada voter guessing a week before early vote starts. I’ll be voting for Rory Reid for a variety of reasons and while I do still have misgivings/questions about portions of his education plan, I cannot ignore his attention to the issues, nor his courage in putting forth detailed plans for getting our state’s economy back on track, tackling our rock-bottom education system, harnessing our state’s plethora of natural energy sources, and fixing our budget woes.