Molly Ball

Molly Ball is a freelance writer in Washington, D.C., and former lead political reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Reid's Angle

Sen. Harry Reid spent years engineering the Republican field against him, and got the race he wanted.

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. To a contingent of Washington reporters who wanted to know why Angle wouldn't take their questions, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair John Cornyn said she needed a few weeks "to get staffed up and prepared." It seemed like a lucky break for Reid, whose home-state approval ratings haven't seen the bright side of 40 percent in years. "He must feel like it's Christmas," analyst Jennifer...