Any fair account of last night’s debate between Sharron Angle and Harry Reid concludes that the GOP challenger won easily, because she provided reassurance to Nevada voters that she is a mainstream conservative even as the format showcased Harry Reid’s halting, often confused and non-responsive answers to direct questions.
Reid needed Angle to stumble. She didn’t. He did. I suspect the donations are flowing again to www.SharronAngle.com. I did watch with amazement the CNN hatchet job on Angle on Anderson Cooper’s program when I got back to my hotel after a townhall meeting I conducted with Mike Gallagher in Scottsdale
The segment opened with a trumped-up slam on Angle for expressing concern over informal Sharia law systems taking root in some small parts of the country. –it is a widespread issue in Great Britain and is likely to arise here in the future, but Cooper attached great significance to Angle’s inability to point to any specific community in which such informal quasi-judicial proceedings have occurred. Then, have denounced Angle, Cooper turned to a panel that included of all people Elliot Spitzer in another attempt to persuade CNN’s rapidly declining audience that Spitzer has news judgment or credibility. Spitzer said nothing memorable or even remotely interesting and David Gergen, looking pained to be appearing with Spitzer, noted that Angle probably helped herself. –about as grudging an admission of the obvious as possible. Cooper played less than a minute of the actual debate, and perhaps as little as 30 seconds in what was obviously an attempt to save the audience the startling vision of the third most powerful person in D.C. displaying an unnerving incapacity to use complete sentences or speak in paragraphs. CNN seems in a death spiral right now, locked into a nightly ratings death march through Parker Spitzer and then Larry King, only to arrive at an increasingly partisan Anderson Cooper. Cooper has a reputation for fair journalism and decent reporting. If the “brains” that brought us Spitzer-as-trusted-voice also manage to wreck Cooper’s reputation, we really will have to begin to wonder if CNN’s collapse was an inside job accomplished with malice aforethought and not just wild incompetence.