U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Democrat from Nevada. (Flickr/Center for American Progress)
It wasn't long after her appearance on the national stage that statements from Sen. Harry Reid's general election opponent, Sharron Angle, helped paint the former Nevada state lawmaker as not just conservative but perhaps also kooky and paranoid. For her assertion that "the nation is arming . . . to fight for their liberty in more Second Amendment kinds of ways, " a New York Times editorial over the weekend credited her with "some of the most offensive and inciteful [statements] to be heard in this year's welter of extremist alarums." The national GOP has rushed in to polish Angle's image.