Reid beating Angle, oh my!


If the state of political commentary (outside of the Las Review-Journal, of course) were not so pathetic in Nevada, it would almost be funny.

Take Jon Ralston for example. When R-J polls showed Sharron Angle, Danny Tarkanian and Sue Lowden all beating Harry Reid straight-up, Ralston dissed the polls. Ranted about methodology, yada yada yada.

Now the first polls of the general election season come out showing Reid with a solid 7 point lead on Angle, and Ralston can't get enough of our authoritative polls. Here are the cross tabs, he says; the "tide has turned" he contends ... yada yada yada.

Here's what you need to know about Ralston: He's rooting with every fiber of his being for Harry Reid. While privately he may talk stink about anybody, including his current bosses (that's just who Jon Ralston is), he knows that he's running out of bridges to burn in the small Nevada job market. Right now his job is to make Reid look good. So, he publicly carries that water like a good little soldier.

Meanwhile, reality marches onward. This the first Review-Journal/8 News Now poll. It is not the last. It reveals some significant things, none of which Ralston wants to talk about because it goes against his bias and his pocketbook.

I'll be writing on the Reid/Angle race Sunday in the Review-Journal. I'll be pleased as always to have you as a reader.

Here's a sample of what we'll be talking about:

Is a 7-point lead a knock-out lead for Reid at this juncture? Is this where Reid should be at this point, given his money and longevity? Is this the extent of the gap between Harry Reid's unpopularity and Sharron Angle's unfamiliarity with Nevada voters? Is Sharron Angle finally getting her campaign together, or will the Reid camp continue to run circles around them? And, hey, where's Sue Lowden and her big bat with women voters when you need her?

The Review-Journal will give you the facts. And I'll give you my perspective on those facts, including this pithy observation:

Harry Reid's position in the R-J poll today proves that in politics money can't always buy you love ... but it can buy your opponent a little hate.

Is that enough to earn a fifth term in the U.S. Senate?

See you Sunday.