As Republicans tie him to the state’s economic tailspin and highlight his penchant for politically damaging gaffes, Harry Reid seems to have conceded he’s going to remain the same unpopular figure here between now and Election Day.Now keep in mind this is a news story on the Reid-Angle race, you'd be remiss if you thought this was the op-ed section.
None of it matters, though, as long as he finds a way to finish first on Election Day.
“The only approval rating that counts is the one on Nov. 2, OK?” Reid told POLITICO outside a local community center when asked why he has not been able to turn around his low approval ratings.
It’s called winning ugly, and it’s an approach Reid is at peace with as he seeks a fifth term under the worst imaginable political conditions.
Reid is trying to make the case that the state can’t afford to lose him, citing his power as Senate majority leader and the projects he has delivered throughout the state. Yet, his campaign largely has been focused on the foibles of his GOP opponent — Sharron Angle — and the theme that the tea party favorite holds “dangerous” policy positions.
Angle has been deeply damaged by the relentless attacks but if she can steady her campaign and undermine the notion that she is an extremist candidate, there’s much material for her to work with. At the top of this is the state’s frightening 14.3 percent unemployment rate.
Poor, poor Sharron Angle. She's the victim here against mean ol' Harry Reid. You're supposed to feel sorry for Angle for picking on her...shade of 2008 and a certain Alaskan Governor.
Pretty neutral, eh? Gotta love the Village.