John Ransom

I’m in Las Vegas today at the Western Republican Leadership Conference getting ready to participate in a panel on tax reform.

It’s only fitting then that I reflect back on one of the few losses the GOP suffered in 2010 races, Harry Reid versus Sharron Angle, battled out mostly in and around Las Vegas. That race is, in my opinion, one of the reasons why the Democrats managed to hold on to the US Senate. Resources that could have gone to other places were used up in a futile race with a candidate not ready to man up and learn what she didn't know.  

Any candidate who expects to be hanging tough with the other presidential hopefuls by the New Year better first be willing to prove that they are no Sharron Angle- or Barack Obama for that matter.

Obama needs no introduction. But it’s worth noting that Obama- who once upon a time was expected to be an also-ran to “inevitable” nominee Hillary Clinton- was elected with an assist by a partisan press corps; a press corps which challenged him on nothing and was anxious to buy the hope hype he dealt in. Instead of helping Obama, all it has done is enable him to fall back on sloppy habits of partisan rhetoric when nothing else works.

And “nothing else working” is a common condition for our budgetless, jobless, recoveryless president.   

So, when all else fails he scolds and campaigns and demands.

It worked it the past.    

The press corps’ painful subjectivity back then has contributed to three doleful years of a guy refusing to learn how to be president while on the job. 

Angle, you’ll remember, was the GOP nominee who went up against Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid right here in Nevada. She lost the race in the Silver State, even as other conservatives, in other states, swept all before them.

Angle lost because, while she is a very fine person, she wasn’t prepared or disciplined enough to run for the United States Senate.

She once told a group of Hispanic kids that they “look a little more Asian” to her.

Why she should have been talking about anything other than unemployment in a state that led the nation in joblessness remains a question. But her comments made her “look a little more stupid” to me and also, apparently, to voters too.    

She refused to learn how to be a candidate on the job. Her campaign, like Obama’s presidency, was sickening to watch because the mistakes she made were predictable and repeated habitually. She, like Obama, never learned. 

Both Angle’s candidacy and Obama’s presidency have a Jackass: The Movie quality to them.   

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.