The Angle campaign should have [October 14th] circled on its calendar. It's one month from tomorrow. Attacking Reid in ads, no matter how effective, can only go so far. I suspect many Nevadans will tune in to the October 14 debate not to evaluate Harry Reid, whom they already know and detest, but to take measure of Angle. The debate could prove to be a crucial fulcrum point: If Angle can present herself as a viable alternative to Reid and a plausible US Senator, she may very well surge ahead for good. If she falters or badly missteps, Reid could survive.
Last night delivered the moment of truth, and Angle clearly passed the plausibility test. Both candidates stumbled through bouts of inarticulateness, and neither scored any major points. By not losing, Angle won. The only memorable moment of the evening came when Angle looked directly at Reid and told him to "man up" on Social Security, following a disingenuous, nothing-to-see-here answer on the program's glaring solvency problem.
Also striking was Reid's inability to answer questions with a simple 'yes' or 'no,' as requested by the moderator. On two occasions, the TV presenter sought to elicit one-word responses to very basic questions. The first was whether the candidates would support a constitutional amendment establishing English as the official language of the United States. Angle said yes. Reid responded, "English is already the official language." Aside from being five words too long, it was also incorrect. Heritage's Brian Darling punctures Reid's hypocritical and dishonest response:
There is no amendment to the constitution making English the official language. As a matter of fact, Reid attacked Senator Jim Inhofe’s (R-OK) proposal to make English the official language of the United States as “racist” merely four years ago on the Senate floor.
According to a May 18, 2006 story in the Washington Times:Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called a proposal to make English the official language “racist” on the Senate floor yesterday. “This amendment is racist. I think it’s directed basically to people who speak Spanish,” the Democrat said during the already tense debate over immigration reform.
In July 2010, the Congressional Research Service found that Obamacare did indeed allow federal funding for abortions through high-risk pools created and entirely funded by the federal government. The Executive Order doesn’t prevent abortion funding through high-risk pools.
Guy Benson is Townhall.com's Political Editor. Follow him on Twitter @guypbenson. He is co-authors with Mary Katharine Ham for their new book End of Discussion: How the Left's Outrage Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun).
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