I unfolded a copy of the Concord Monitor on Saturday and smack in the center of the front page was a special box labeled Primary 2012. The headline on the encapsulated story read, Angle keeps options open, a reference to former Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle’s visit to the Granite State on Friday to publicize a conservative film on science and religion. Specifically, the headline summarized Angle’s response to a reporter’s question about whether she was weighing a possible run for the White House in 2012.
I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest that when it comes to winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, Sharron Angle has no viable options. She could certainly run for statewide office in Nevada again (she received 45% of the vote last time), but that is a separate issue from covering her as a legitimate contender for the Republican nomination. My sense is that even Angle finds this particular line of questioning to be somewhat amusing.
Those of you who are regular readers know that I continue to resist the notion that every politician who sets foot in the state in the year before the primary must be asked about whether they harbor presidential ambitions. I think doing so detracts from the seriousness of the enterprise undertaken by those who do have a legitimate shot (even loosely defined) at ascending to the highest elected office in the land. Angle was here simply because producers scheduled her into early contest states as a means of maximizing publicity for the film. There is nothing about her losing senatorial campaign that would suggest to me that a run for president is a realistic option for her. I had the same reaction when I saw this article back in January, but let it slide at the time. So, my plea to local reporters (likely to go unheeded) is: It’s ok not to ask.
Back posting on Wednesday.
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