There may be new a problem for Sharron Angle, Nevada’s Republican running for Senate against Democrat Harry Reid. On a day when news stories detailed how she avoided reporters in Washington, and a senior Republican official insisted that she merely needed time to prepare for the national media’s questions, now the Associate Press has a story based on an investigation of Nevada government records detailing how during the Reagan years she left the Republican party — to become a Democrat.
Now, if Angle had been a Republican deemed a RINO, or someone strongly opposed by the Tea Party movement, this revelation would likely mean that she would be political toast. Rush, Sean et. all would be all over her on the talk shows, saying, see this proves she really is not a Republican or one who can be trusted. Many conservatives who hated Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter would note that he was once a Democrat, for instance.
But due to the way politics works, here is what is most likely to happen:
Joe Gandelman is a former fulltime journalist who freelanced in India, Spain, Bangladesh and Cypress writing for publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Newsweek. He also did radio reports from Madrid for NPR’s All Things Considered. He has worked on two U.S. newspapers and quit the news biz in 1990 to go into entertainment. He also has written for The Week and several online publications, did a column for Cagle Cartoons Syndicate and has appeared on CNN.