Opposition To Katrina Aid Puts Angle To The Right Of Sen. DeMint

August 30, 2010 2:23 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Sharron Angle

Sharron Angle (R-NV) is running for the Senate with an extreme agenda that includes privatizing Social Security, eliminating the Department of Education, and forcing rape victims to sacrifice their rights because "God has a plan."  Yesterday, the Las Vegas Sun's Jon Ralston uncovered yet another example of Angle's radical philosophy — her opposition in 2005 to government aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina: 

During an interview on conservative KLAV radio in 2005, which she once had up on her site, Angle invoked Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, who she claimed said he was voting "no" because the Katrina money was not carefully accounted for. [...]

But Pence actually voted FOR the $62 billion. His "yea" is right there in the congressional record after someone named Pelosi.

The day after the Sept. 8, 2005, vote, even House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told The Wall Street Journal: "It's too important to play politics with. It's too important to second-guess."

As Steve Benen points out, the Senate approved the relief package unanimously; even far-right Sens. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) supported the bill.  Meanwhile, Angle's indifference to helpless victims of a national tragedy reaffirms her place in rarified right-wing air, alongside the likes of Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who has boasted that opposing Katrina relief was his "best vote" ever.