JUST KEEP TALKING, SHARRON…. During Nevada’s Republican Senate primary, one-time front-runner Sue Lowden tried to exploit Sharron Angle’s votes in support of a controversial prison program. Angle, Lowden told voters in campaign ads, wanted to treat prisoners with saunas and massages, in a program developed by the Church of Scientology.

The criticism didn’t seem to affect Angle much — she still won the GOP primary easily — but it nevertheless left lingering questions about why Angle supported the prison program, and even appeared in a promotional video to support it.

The right-wing extremist is afraid to speak to journalists, but she is doing some interviews with far-right outlets. Human Events, a very conservative magazine, asked Angle about the program.

Seeking to “clear the record,” Angle told us “I am not even sure that the Church of Scientology fits into it at all. You have to make some quantum leaps here.”

She noted “the program itself is a multifaceted program, and it had two protocols: one in the area of withdrawals, and it was a natural withdrawal system. As s you know, that can have some severe physical side effects and the cramping that was involved there required that other people be taught how to relieve the cramping. So that is where it said that people were being massaged.”

“The second protocol was what they called the ‘disintoxification,’ which was actually sweating the drug out of one’s system so that there were no longer any cravings for the drug. This is a very intense potassium, calcium, vitamin, mineral regimen, with a hot rock sauna that sweats the toxins out. Those two protocols were developed by [the late Church of Scientology founder] L. Ron Hubbard, and they had to give him credit. But it is not Scientology, but rather natural homeopathic medicine.”

This really doesn’t make any sense. We’re talking about a controversial prison program developed by the head of the Church of Scientology, and supported by the Church of Scientology, based on the principles espoused by the Church of Scientology. But, Angle believes, “it is not Scientology,” and she has no idea how the Church of Scientology “fits into it at all.”

Or as Steve M. put it, “Oh. So, it’s, um, not linked to Scientology, but it was devised by the guy who founded Scientology. And it’s homeopathic! That’s good, right? The Framers were homeopathic, weren’t they?”

One wonders if Angle is so far gone, she doesn’t even hear the words coming out of her mouth.

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.