September 17th, 2010
11:59 AM ET
4 years ago

Political Theater: Is new Angle ad beef or just bull?

(CNN) – If you want to rope and tie a western politico these days, perhaps nothing works faster than suggesting he or she is extending a big "Howdy, Pardner," to illegal immigrants. That is what Republican Sharron Angle has done in her latest attack ad aimed at Nevada Democratic Senator Harry Reid.

"Illegals sneaking across our border putting Americans' safety and jobs at risk," the announcer begins over black and white video of people creeping in the night, "and what does Harry Reid do? He comes out opposed to Arizona's tough new immigration law. Nevada families struggling with the nation's highest unemployment. Harry Reid? He votes to give special tax breaks to illegal aliens and to give illegals Social Security benefits even for the time they were here illegally. Harry Reid: The best friend an illegal alien every had."

That's a rough ride, as they say in rodeo. But how much is beef and how much is bull?

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Filed under: 2010 • Best Political Team grades • Harry Reid • Sharron Angle
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Dave in Houston

    Mr America says "Actaully, the US collects about 9 billion a year in taxes from illegals"
    Check all the facts Friend

    As shown on CBS with Katie Couric this past week, 300,000 pregnant Mexican women cross the border to birth their babies, known as 'anchor babies', in American hospitals at an average cost of $6,000.00 per birth with no complications. If the child suffers heart defects, Downs Syndrome, Autism or any other problems, the costs jump to $500,000.00 with long term care into the millions of dollars. All footed by the America taxpayer!
    Not mentioned in Couric's report, that child enjoys free breakfasts and lunches through 13 years of publicly funded education at an average cost of $7,000.00 per year. Additionally, American taxpayers foot the bill for all medical and housing assistance for the child and mother. More hidden costs add up with ESL classes to teach the child English. Connecticut alone suffers 120 languages in their schools while Colorado suffers over 40 foreign languages that cripple their classrooms.

    Illegal alien migration into the United States costs American taxpayers $346 billion annually reported by the National Research Council. While employers of illegal aliens rake-in billions of dollars, the US citizens subsidize what may be called organized "Slavery in 21st Century America."
    9 Billion dollars, what a deal

    September 17, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Roger

    People are tired of the Obamunists riding hell bent for leather over all aspects of American life. The bailouts, the stimulus, the obamacare. The speaker of the house is the only pig with lipstick on it. Her " We have to pass this bill so the we can find out what's in it" is an insane and eerily stupid picture of how the democrats think. The only ones who know what's in the bill are the morons who wrote it. Rich people make more than $250,000 per year and the threshhold should be at about $1million. Small business men and women make the threshhold now. That will definitely screw job creation. I wonder why we don't find out what Harry has done for Nevada until the last few months before the election. Seems to me, he'd be talking up his accomplishments as they happen.

    September 17, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. patnamm

    But the immigrant that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shall love him as thyself; for ye were immigrants in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Lev. 19:34

    And it shall come to pass, that in the tribe the immigrant sojourned, there shall ye give him his inheritance, saith the Lord God. Ezek. 47:23

    And thou shall not glean thy vineyard, neither shall thou gather every grape of the vineyard; thou shall leave them for the poor and immigrant: I am the Lord your God. Lev.19:10

    In closing if it weren’t for the generosity of the occupants of the land were Moses fled to from Egypt, there wouldn’t have been any Ten Commandments or The Law. And if it weren’t for the hospitality of the Egyptians to accommodate Mary, Joseph , and Baby Jesus, we would not have had our savior today.

    TONE DOWN THE RHETORIC!

    September 17, 2010 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Greg

    So it was cherry-picked facts combined in a not-exactly-contextual-way to convey a message? And this was in a political ad? Which part of this is shocking to people? Sounds like every ad in the history of political ads.

    September 17, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. bbrooker

    So suddenly illegal immigration that has been going on for 30+ years is Harry Reid's fault?? Independents, do not throw your vote away in anger and put this ultra-right Christian bizarro into office. The problems this country faces today are too complex to be handed over to unintelligent extremists that have no business in public office.

    September 17, 2010 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Steve in CT

    If everytthing spewed out of the mouths of politicians were fact checked we wouldn't recognize them. I think an unbiased TV show dedicated to fact checking only is needed.

    September 17, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Craig from LA

    We see the familiar tactics of the right wing demogogue – fear mongering, turning us against ourselves, demonizing, falsehoods, personal attacks, intolerance and bigotry. Angle seeks to elicit the worst in us as a people and yet still half of Nevada voters are prepared to vote for her.

    We raise our children to be polite, courteus, truthful, cooperative and to offer good-will and yet the right which claims to champion family values cultivates and embraces candidates and politicians who betray these very values. Does hypocrisy mean anything to you?

    If we elect all these right wingers who proclaim our President is a 'socialist Kenyan Muslim" intent on destroying our country, people who will not compromise their 'principles' with him and the Democrats, how will our government function?

    Folks, nations fall from within,not from without. The fact that the right's extremist rhetoric now proclaims that we progressives are more evil and dangerous to our country than Al Queda means only one thing, this nation so implacably divided will not stand. This extremist movement will be the end of us all.

    September 17, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
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