ANGLE EYES LESS OVERSIGHT OF OIL INDUSTRY…. In the last administration, oil companies were allowed to do largely as they pleased, and we’ll be dealing with the consequences for quite a while. For all the talk about the public hunger for less government, nearly two-thirds of the country believes inadequate government oversight of the industry helped produce the BP oil spill disaster.

But there are still some who see things differently.

Dems are gearing up to paint Sharron Angle, the ultra-conservative candidate who’s now taking on Harry Reid, as being well to the right of Rand Paul.

And here’s another data point: Angle said in a recent interview that the Gulf spill was an “accident” and opined that we need to further “deregulate” the oil industry in the wake of the disaster.

Yes, just two weeks ago, as oil continued to gush into the Gulf, Senate candidate Sharron Angle said the disaster “was an accident,” and what U.S. policymakers really have do is ask themselves how to “deregulate” the industry.

I recall more than a few right-wing personalities suggesting that Wall Street crashed in 2008 because of burdensome government regulations, which of course is backwards. But I didn’t really expect Republican candidates for statewide office to make a similar case now when it comes to Big Oil.

I have a hunch Angle will continue to be a treasure trove for months to come.

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Follow Steve on Twitter @stevebenen. Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.