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July 05, 2010

Hey, You Know Who Seems To Like Sharron Angle? George Will

The most populist of major candidates in a populist year seems to charm the bow-tie wearing Dean of conservative opinion columnists!

Can a David Brooks endorsement be far behind?

When her son was depressed about having to repeat kindergarten -- "He was a 6-year-old dropout" -- she decided on home schooling, which Nevada law permitted. But a judge construed the law to require that parents who home-school must live at least 50 miles from a public school.

She and many kindred spirits descended on Carson City to get the Legislature to correct this. One legislator, irritated by such grass-roots impertinence, said, "If I'd known there would be 500 people here instead of 50 and it would take five hours instead of 30 minutes, I would have thrown it [the legislation] in my drawer, and it would never have seen the light of day." Angle asked a cowboy standing next to her, "Can he do that?" The cowboy said yep. She has been politically incandescent ever since.

Even when asked where she was born, she is on message: "I was conceived in Lovelock [Nevada] but -- if you're not pro-life -- I was born in Klamath Falls [Oregon]." During her four terms in Nevada's 42-seat Assembly, many votes were "41-to-Angle." She wears as a badge of honor having been voted Nevada's worst legislator, a disparagement she says is always bestowed on a conservative because the voters are members of the press and the political class (the legislators and their staff).

One can only conclude from this column she must like baseball and despise grown men who wear jeans.

Will is about as mainstream and establishment a conservative as you are going to find and he seems a bit smitten with Angle and her candidacy.

I know Will has fallen out of favor with some conservatives over the years, in part because of his opposition to the Iraq war but also as a long tenure in DC has become a liability in the modern media world. Still, for those of us of a certain age, there was a time before cable took off when Will was pretty much the only conservative fighting the fight on national TV. I don't think anyone would call him anti-intellectual or a populist, yet he's clearly intrigued with the most populist of the tea party candidates.

Right after he primary victory, Angle's website was a mess (it only had a donation link). It's since been updated.


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