ANGLE VS. ANGLE…. It appears that Sharron Angle, the extremist Senate candidate in Nevada, is beginning to realize that her own views are too radical to get elected. So, she apparently feels compelled to start covering them up, hoping voters don’t notice.

Speaking at a right-wing gathering in Las Vegas yesterday, the Republican Senate hopeful shared some thoughts on Social Security policy, saying she wants to see the government pay back the $2.5 trillion that’s been “raided and pillaged out of the Social Security fund.” More importantly, Angle insisted, “I’ve never said I want to eliminate, I always said I want to save Social Security by paying back.”

I’m including this video to help highlight just how false her claim really is. Now that she’s in the general election, Angle wants voters to believe she never intended to “eliminate” Social Security. But during the primary, Angle wasn’t vague about her position: “We need to phase Medicare and Social Security out in favor of something privatized…. It can’t be fixed.”

Does she assume that these tapes no longer exist?

It’s a reminder, though, that Angle is following Rand Paul’s path — honest radicalism is an electoral loser. If an extremist wants to get elected, he/she is going to have to pretend to have mainstream beliefs. If that means lying, and hoping voters are foolish enough to fall for it, so be it.

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