ANGLE SAYS CONSERVATIVE SENATOR ‘OUTLIVED HIS USEFULNESS’…. Late last week, the suddenly-liberated Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) talked to the AP about the midterm elections, and predicted that “with Sharron Angle” running as the Republican nominee “there’s no way Harry Reid loses in Nevada.” Bennett was also critical of the right-wing Tea Party “movement” in general, complaining that “these days there are too many people willing to give up on America from the right.”

Last night, the extremist Senate candidate in Nevada responded during a Fox News interview. Greg Sargent flagged the over-the-top rhetoric:

“I’m glad to be lumped with a crowd of mainstream Americans who believe, as they showed at the polls, that Senator Bennett has outlived his usefulness. I suppose he’s not mainstream any longer. He has become one of those elitists that is no longer in touch with what the country is really thinking about in these economic times.”

How bizarre. If hysterical conservative activists disagree with a conservative senator’s willingness to talk to Democrats, he’s “outlived his usefulness”? Only rabid Tea Party extremists are “mainstream”?

Angle seems to be getting stranger by the day.

And as long as we’re on the subject, I neglected to mention Angle’s ridiculous remarks this week about a key local issue in Nevada. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) intervened recently to save tens of thousands of jobs in his state, helping secure loans for the MGM Resorts’ City Center complex. Angle recently conceded, had she been Nevada’s senator at the time, she wouldn’t have bothered to intervene, and those tens of thousands of jobs would have been lost.

Asked to clarify, Angle later said she wouldn’t have helped the City Center complex because she opposed last year’s stimulus package. But in reality, the stimulus had nothing to do with the City Center complex — Reid showed leadership to save the project, but didn’t use public funds — and Angle’s remarks made absolutely no sense.

When a local reporter tried to get clarification and ask Angle what she was talking about, she said journalists are not allowed to ask the Senate candidate follow-up questions.

So, to review, Angle holds radical, extremist views. She’s proven to be an awful state lawmaker. She’s uninformed about key local issues, and won’t answer reporters’ questions.

I know Sue Lowden had the “chicken for checkups” problem, but there have to be some Nevada Republicans with some severe buyer’s remorse right now.

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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.