A ‘lemon situation’

A ‘LEMON SITUATION’…. Earlier this year, Sharron Angle, the extremist Republican Senate candidate in Nevada, took a very rigid line against women’s reproductive rights. Asked about women who get impregnated by a rapist or by way of incest, Angle said, “You know, I’m a Christian and I believe that God has a plan.”

That was in January. In the months since, Angle’s position hasn’t changed, but her rhetoric has become more offensive.

Sam Stein flags this radio interview Angle did last week, in which she explained that her “personal feeling is that we need to err on the side of life.” The interviewer, Alan Stock, followed up by asking a hypothetical: imagine a young girl gets pregnant after being raped by her father. “How do you explain this to her,” Stock asked, “in terms of wanting her to go through the process of having the baby? Angle replied:

“I think that two wrongs don’t make a right. And I have been in the situation of counseling young girls, not 13 but 15, who have had very at risk, difficult pregnancies. And my counsel was to look for some alternatives, which they did. And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade.

“Well one girl in particular moved in with the adoptive parents of her child, and they both were adopted. Both of them grew up, one graduated from high school, the other had parents that loved her and she also graduated from high school. And I’ll tell you the little girl who was born from that very poor situation came to me when she was 13 and said ‘I know what you did thank you for saving my life.’ So it is meaningful to me to err on the side of life.”

It’s becoming increasingly clear why Angle worked so hard to avoid journalists — they tend to ask questions, she tends to answer them, and the result tends to be appalling.

Indeed, it’s just a banner day for Angle. Yesterday, the extremist candidate condemned Harry Reid’s successful efforts to save tens of thousands of jobs through MGM Resorts’ massive CityCenter casino project on the Las Vegas Strip. Angle said she wouldn’t have worked to create those jobs as a U.S. senator, inexplicably comparing it to “shifting the chairs on the deck of the Titanic.”

In related news, we talked earlier about Angle condemning the victims’ fund established by BP at President Obama’s urging. This afternoon, her campaign sent Greg Sargent a statement, walking Angle’s comments back, saying she was “incorrect” and “shouldn’t have used the term slush fund.”

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Steve Benen

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.