Veiling the face of an Angle

The only thing wrong with Sharron Angle is that she carries contemporary Republican conservatism to its inevitably illogical conclusion.

National Republicans seem to want to insulate her from the objective media in her challenge to Majority Leader Harry Reid's re-election.

They seek to soften her edges because, absent any filtering and permitted the free and honest expression of her views, she threatens to force voters to consider whether they really want to embrace the contemporary conservative Republicanism that Angle so bluntly, or brutally, represents.

She conceivably could force the more sane and non-zealous conservatives in Nevada, and beyond, to consider whether this contemporary conservative Republicanism is scary.

For a few examples:

1. Angle has said there's a "Second Amendment remedy" to President Obama's supposedly socialist-leaning undercutting of American sovereignty. Presumably that would mean that people would take their guns, the ones ostensibly under threat, into the streets to fight to restore this country and its purportedly imperiled ideals.

That sounds radical, even crazy, you might say. But contemporary conservative Republicanism alleges that Obama is selling out the country's constitutional principles and ideals; that gun ownership is a basic right for purposes including a well-armed militia; and that true patriotic Americans are obliged to "take their country back."

Angle just goes with that.

2. The Huffington Post came into receipt of a tape of a right-wing radio interview that Angle gave in June. In it she said abortion shouldn't be allowed for anything, even the case of a 13-year-old girl raped by her father.

She said the little girl ought to take her "lemon," meaning being raped and impregnated by her father, and make "lemonade," meaning the carrying of the fetus to term.

That sounds horrid, even crazy, you might say. But contemporary conservative Republicanism holds that abortion is wrong because it takes an innocent life. It also holds that the convenience of the mother should not be considered.

Angle just goes with that.

3. A couple of weeks ago, Angle criticized Reid for going to banks to encourage them to arrange financing to keep the CityCenter construction project moving, thus saving jobs. She likened that to rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic and said it wasn't a senator's role to save jobs that way.

Confronted on that later, she said she'd merely intended to make clear her opposition to the notion of creating jobs by the stimulus bill. But what Reid did had nothing at all to do with the stimulus bill. He worked with private lenders.

That sounds cold, even nutty, you might say. But contemporary conservative Republicanism pooh-poohs the notion that government should pester the private sector to do a helpful turn for the unemployed, for whom, by the way, Republicans recently denied extended benefits.

Angle just goes with that.

4. The other day Angle said that it was appropriate that Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah got defeated for renomination in his own caucus. She said Bennett had "outlived his usefulness."

Democrats pounced absurdly to suggest that Angle was saying it was time for the 77-year-old Bennett to die, perhaps at the hands of a "death panel." Clearly, she was talking about his political usefulness.

Bennett has talked about the need for bipartisan cooperation. But contemporary conservative Republicanism scoffs at the notion of trying to work with these sinister persons across the aisle who, after all, are trying to destroy America.

Angle was merely going with that.

This woman may well be the nation's most honestly representative face of contemporary conservative Republicanism. That's why national Republicans would like to put a veil over that face.

John Brummett is an award-winning columnist for the Arkansas News Bureau in Little Rock and author of "High Wire," a book about Bill Clinton's first year as president. His e-mail address is jbrummett@