Sharron Angle Endorses "The Real Sharron Angle" Website

July 14, 2010 6:38 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Sharron Angle

After winning the Nevada GOP Senate nomination on a far-right platform, Sharron Angle took down her website and replaced it with a new, slicker version.  In addition to cosmetic improvements, the updated site includes "dramatic, fundamental shifts" in her policy positions.  For instance, Angle's stated beliefs that Social Security should be "transitioned out" and the Department of Education "should be eliminated" vanished completely.

Her opponent, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), seized on the changes and published a website called "The Real Sharron Angle," showcasing the extreme views that earned the Tea Party's support.  Angle quickly responded with a cease-and-desist letter threatening legal action, compelling Reid to temporarily shut down the site. 

Now, Angle is trying to rewrite history again.  In an interview posted earlier today, Angle told the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody that the policy changes were not an attempt to moderate her ideology at all.  Rather, she claimed, the original site wasn't "professional" enough for a general election, and the firm she hired for the redesign said the issues page was "too wordy." 

Despite her threat to sue Reid for reposting the old site, Angle added that she is "glad" that "The Real Sharron Angle" exists and that she "would like people go there and look at my positions."

ANGLE: [S]o we hired the Prosper group. They did Scott Brown's race and they put up the splash page and they began to remake our website and they said 'you know you're pretty wordy Sharron.' I am pretty wordy. I say that one of the benefits of electing me as a U.S. Senator is I'll be able to lead a filibuster but they said you're pretty wordy. What you need to do is condense this into small very precise statements about who you are and so that's what they began doing was making those precise statements. We're not completely there yet. We're still working on those precise statements but everything that Harry Reid has posted on "The Real Sharron Angle" (website) and I'll promote that website actually because that is the old website. It won the primary and I would like people to go there and look at my positions and it's good that he's paying for that so I'm glad.

If she's actually happy that "The Real Sharron Angle" is online, then why on earth would she throw a temper tantrum when it was created and threaten to sue if it wasn't deleted?  

More importantly, if Angle is re-endorsing her old platform, she can no longer plausibly deny that she wants to end Social Security; "The Real Sharron Angle" clearly believes that Social Security needs to be "transitioned out."