SHE CAN RUN, BUT CAN SHE HIDE?…. The number of questions for Sharron Angle, the extremist Republican Senate candidate in Nevada, continue to pile up. At this point, she lacks the courage and the conviction to answer them.

Yesterday, Greg Sargent discovered a radio interview from earlier this year in which Angle “appeared to float the possibility of armed insurrection if ‘this Congress keeps going the way it is.’”

I’m not kidding. In an interview she gave to a right-wing talk show host, Angle approvingly quoted Thomas Jefferson saying it’s good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years — and said that if Congress keeps it up, people may find themselves resorting to “Second Amendment remedies.”

What’s more, the talk show host she spoke to tells me he doesn’t have any doubt that she was floating the possibility of armed insurrection as a valid response if Congress continues along its current course.

If this seems vaguely familiar, it’s because Angle said something similar a month ago. “[T]he nation is arming,” the radical Senate candidate noted, adding, “If we don’t win at the ballot box, what will be the next step?” The implication isn’t subtle — elect extremists like Angle, or the consequences may include bloodshed.

Under normal circumstances, a candidate for statewide office would offer some explanation for comments like these. But Sharron Angle was approached by a variety of reporters on Capitol Hill yesterday, and she refused to say anything to them. At one point, one of the dozen reporters hoping to get something out of her asked, “Why aren’t you talking to us?” Angle ignored that, too.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), chairman of the NRSC, said it would be “a few weeks” until Angle was ready to answer reporters’ questions. I find that rather amazing — a candidate launches a U.S. Senate campaign, hits the campaign trail, wins a statewide primary, and then decides it will take “weeks” to prepare for reporters’ questions.

Last month, Angle was complaining about the media “ignoring” her campaign. Well, now they’re interested, and she prefers to hide. If Angle is in over her head, maybe she should have thought about this before the primary?

Sharron Angle is the most radical major-party candidate to seek statewide office since David Duke was the Republican nominee for governor in Louisiana in 1991. Her silent treatment may help downplay some of Angle’s new problems — such as, you know, public speculation about an armed insurrection against the United States government — but it’s a short-term solution to a long-term problem.

Steve Benen

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.