Sharron Angle Perfects Dodging Reporters

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It's not a bird. It's not a plane. That worried-looking blur reporters keep seeing in Nevada is Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle. Her new signature move is to (almost) literally sprint away from the press.

Angle, a Tea Party favorite, was completely candid about her views during the Republican primary. She revealed that she wants to abolish the departments of Education and Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and a lot of the Internal Revenue Service. Angle also believes in phasing out Social Security, and perhaps banning alcohol. She has backed a Scientology-based drug-rehab program and thinks the U.S. should leave the U.N. because the latter "has been captured by the far left." Last, but by no means least controversial, she has called for armed revolution against the very political body she seeks to join.

Since winning the GOP primary to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the November elections, Angle has deliberately avoided facing the press, except Fox News and conservative interviewers, presumably for fear that they will ask her to explain her unusual positions.

The strategy has not worked flawlessly. She received heavy media coverage for telling a conservative radio host that a (hypothetical) 13-year-old, raped and pregnant by her father, should keep the baby and make "a lemon situation into lemonade."

And, with the press clamoring to ask her questions at every opportunity, she has been forced to develop a new move, which we are calling the Obtuse Angle. On two occasions Angle has almost literally run away from reporters.

In mid-June she escaped from local TV reporter Nathan Baca who was determined to press her on the issues she outlined in the primary. The footage shows a blurry, nervous Angle moving very fast toward her car. Yesterday's video, from another campaign appearance in Reno, is even more stark. As soon as she sees reporters approaching, Angle turns and bolts from a building, without a word spoken. (We recommend setting it to this music.)

Local networks have tried begging Angle for an interview, on the air, with no luck. Maybe they should just hire reporters with a sprinting pedigree. 

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