(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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I give Secretary of State Hillary Clinton a B+ for her handling of the job so far.
She has kept a stable pace with some high-powered people put in around her by the president, without any apparent signs of turf battles.
I give President Obama an A for his press conference. He showed mastery on a wide range of issues - a rare and important skill.
Also, he was great at showing humor tonight - something he has stumbled over in the past. We all remember the mistake he made on Jay Leno, and his joking about Nancy Reagan in a way people found offensive.
But it's a sign of confidence to come back to something that didn't work the first couple times.
(CNN) - I give Secretary of State Hillary Clinton an A. She is off to a terrific start.
She's helping the president rebuild alliances across the world. She's helped to reset our agenda which many of our allies.
I also disagree with those that who criticize her for apologizing for past U.S. actions.
The United States government depends on having a leader that keeps his word, and a country that keeps its promises.
For too long we were bullies across this world.
I'd give President Obama a B+ for his handling of the economy so far. He essentially appears to be moving in the right direction, but the banking plan was slow to get off the ground and it's unclear if it will work.
I give President Obama a B- for his press conference. He clearly is a great performer, and the master of his own universe in that respect.
But I found him to be very disingenuous on the interrogation techniques question. Former Vice President Dick Cheney has called for the declassification of memos showing what information aggressive interrogation techniques yielded so people get a better understanding on whether these techniques work or not.
He sort of kicked that question aside. It's an unfair way to treat the issue.
I give President Obama a B+ for his press conference.
He is a great performer, but he needs to do better keeping things interesting.
What bothers me a little bit about his responses: they get more boring as they go on. He needs to hold people's attention span, and tighten up his answers.
Vice President Joe Biden far and away deserves an A for his first 100 days.
After all, he orchestrated one of the single biggest coups in American politics: helping convince Sen. Arlen Specter to switch parties. He met or spoke with Specter 14 times in the last two months.
As a reporter, I can't resist giving Vice President Joe Biden an A. Every time he talks, he makes news and does us reporters a favor! He always makes for a great story.
In all seriousness, he also appears to be coordinating the economic stimulus package at the local level very well.
I agree with CNN.com voters on this one: Vice President Joe Biden deserves a B for his first 100 days in office.
I think he's learned his lessons about speaking off the cuff, and he's done quite well. No serious gaffes yet, unfortunately for us Republicans.
He's been loyal to the president and tried to stay in the background as a good vice president should.