Reid Gets a Push Towards Victory...from Sharron Angle
Link from TPM. I think this is really funny-perhaps more humorous than the chicken-gate scandal that plagued Lowden in the Nevada primary. And a very dumb, "rookie" move by Sharron Angle against a polished, experienced and likely ruthless opponent by the name of Harry Reid.
Sharron Angle is threatening a lawsuit against Harry Reid for highlighting her own website. He actually posted it "cleanly" showing her own words and positions-BEFORE her website was scrubbed up to fit the needs of "normal" general election voters. She clearly did not want voters to know her pre-general election extremist views but by taking this unusual step, she may as well just take out thousands of billboard ads screaming out her far-right positions. Didn't she learn anything from Rand Paul? Just lay-low and stay quiet, Ms. Angle, and you might just have a chance! Now Reid has all the ammunition he needs to show the voters that she is hiding from her own record and views. She is afraid of her own website.
The site, which she used during the Republican primary, was posted by the Reid camp in an effort to make Angle look like she was hiding right-wing views from the wider electorate.
"Well your website is like you, it's your intellectual property. So they can't use something that's yours, intellectual property, unless they pay you for it or get your permission," Angle said in a radio interview today, Greg Sargent reports. When asked by host Heidi Morris whether this would go to court, Angle responded: "Well we are going to pursue it. I don't think that Harry is above the law. He needs to obey the law. If you and I need to obey the law, Harry isn't immune. He needs to obey the law as well."
After she won the Republican primary a month ago, Angle's campaign took down most of its website, and later replaced it with a relaunched version that edited her more conservative positions. But the Reid campaign saved the old version, and put up a website called "The Real Sharron Angle," reproducing the old content. Then last Friday, the Angle campaign sent them a cease-and-desist letter, alleging violation of copyrights for Reid having reposted Angle's old campaign literature. In response, the Reid campaign briefly took down the site -- then made some slight modifications, such as removing some e-mail sign-up boxes that had been left intact, and put it right back up again.
As Greg points out: "However she decides to pursue this, the upshot is that it could end up drawing even more media attention to her original Web site than it otherwise might have received. It's a curious strategy."
It should also be noted that Angle's case seems very curious from a First Amendment standpoint -- that a candidate for office is trying to suppress the reproduction of her own past campaign literature, claiming that an opponent cannot use it without her permission in order to criticize her.