Hugh Hewitt: The angle on Angle 

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., hasn't been able to poll over 44 percent in 2010.

Everybody in Nevada knows him and very few people admire him. Lots of voters cannot wait for the chance to toss him out of office in November's election.

Which is why Harry and his friends have to destroy GOP nominee Sharron Angle. Nobody's wild about Harry, so Sharron must be made to seem even worse.

That is a tall order even for the SEIU, UAW, ACORN alums, TARP beneficiaries and the NAACP. But President Obama's alphabet America will pull together to try to save Reid and the Democrats' Senate majority, no matter how ugly it has to get.

The mainstream media is on board, of course, and has run six weeks of anti-Angle attacks dressed up as "reporting," even as Reid's near bottomless pit of gaffes passes largely unremarked upon, as has his record of supporting every wrong turn of Team Obama, his championing of Obamacare and cap-and-tax, and his leadership of the Senate as America's fiscal hole has approached $14 trillion and its annual deficit has soared from about $160 billion in 2007 -- the first year Reid occupied the job of majority leader -- to this year's approximately $1.5 trillion deficit (that's $1,500 billion for the math-challenged).

Nevada's tourism-dependent economy has been devastated by Obamanomics, and the president has not missed a chance to depress the sort of corporate travel and training that has been a staple of the Vegas convention trade. The approach of history's greatest tax hike is keeping Las Vegas real estate on the floor, but Reid has not used his position to push for an extension of the Bush tax cuts for even three to five years to allow for growth to return.

Reid is every bit the ideologue that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the president are. And that accounts for why Sharron Angle raised more than $2 million in the 41 days after her nomination.

The online donations continue to roll in via www.sharronangle.com, so the next three months will be an artillery duel of negative ads, with Reid attempting to argue that Angle is far too conservative for Nevada and Angle pointing out that the country must shake off Reid's grip on the Senate if Nevada is to have any hope of economic recovery.

Angle has been savaged for six straight weeks, and the Manhattan-Beltway media have been so relentless in aiding the Reid attack machine that they have now gifted Angle with the status of underdog while simultaneously making her an exhibit in the endless arrogance of the D.C. political class. The Las Vegas Review Journal has a new poll putting Reid up 7 points over Angle, but with 10 percent undecided, which, given Reid's public profile, means "never voting for Harry."

Angle has already absorbed the worst the Reid-MSM machine can throw at her, and her bank account is swelling even as voter anger at the Reid tactics grows. Angle needs to keep smiling, keep talking about the unemployment rate and the deficit, and keep pointing to Reid's record as the president's faithful lieutenant.

Voters in 2010 know the stakes, and they know Harry. And that is Sharron Angle's secret weapon.

Examiner Columnist Hugh Hewitt is a law professor at Chapman University Law School and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host who blogs daily at HughHewitt.com

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Hugh Hewitt is a law professor at Chapman University Law School and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host who blogs daily at HughHewitt.com.

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