ANGLE BREAKS HER SILENCE (SORT OF)…. Sharron Angle, the extremist Republican Senate candidate in Nevada, has been a little too embarrassed by herself to talk to the media lately, refusing all questions from local and national journalists. Yesterday, the radical conservative broke her silence. Sort of.

Angle greeted supporters at a Las Vegas restaurant, and spoke briefly to Nathan Baca, a reporter with the local CBS affiliate. Baca asked about Angle’s stated position, as it appears on her website, about eliminating Social Security and Medicare. Angle replied, “You believe the Harry Reid lie.”

Asked why Angle would like to eliminate the EPA, she added, “The issues are not about the EPA. The issues are homes here in Nevada.”

The Republican Senate hopeful did have a 20-minute chat with a far-right local radio host. But Baca, who deserves a lot of credit for persistence, asked Angle to explain what she meant when she said, “If this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking towards those Second Amendment remedies.” (Given Angle’s remarks about armed insurrection against the United States government, it’s a relevant question.)

Angle not only refused to answer, she literally ran away from the reporter in the parking lot.

As a rule, when politicians are seen fleeing from journalists, they’re either under indictment, have been caught doing something scandalous, or cowards.

After the unsuccessful effort to get answers from Angle, the right-wing candidate’s campaign lashed out at the reporter, calling him “an idiot” and another term that can’t be repeated.

What a political trainwreck.

Update: I’ve updated the post with this YouTube clip, via ThinkProgress, which loads better than the embed from the local affiliate.

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