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My bathroom conversation with Sharron Angle

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Nevada congressional candidate Sharron Angle answers questions from the media in Reno on Monday, March 22, 2011.

TAMPA, Fla. — Running around after these Republican National Convention delegates can get to be so time-consuming that you can barely find a second to visit the little girls’ room.

And sometimes when you get there, the politicians follow you in.

Well, actually, I think Sharron Angle probably got to the ladies’ room near Press Section 126 of the Tampa Bay Times Forum before I did. But after she helpfully pointed out the only working soap dispenser, we got to talking about all things Nevada GOP, including Tuesday’s Ron Paul demonstration, the Tea Party, and of course, her legacy.

Angle “absolutely” sees the Ron Paul movement and the Tea Party movement that buoyed her 2010 Senate candidacy against Sen. Harry Reid as a natural political marriage — such a good match, in fact, that she thinks the Ron Paul movement’s recent successes validate her political legacy.

“In 2010, when I was running, everybody said ‘No, you’re too extreme,’” Angle said. “But now look, it’s where everybody is going.”

She mentioned specifically the push to audit the Fed, a rallying cry for the pro-Paul camp that they managed to get on the Republican platform last week. Angle had called for it in her 2010 campaign.

“She was ahead of her time,” Jeri Taylor-Swade said emphatically.

Oh yes — Taylor-Swade and Laurel Fee, publishers of Tea Party and Republicans Uniting Nevada Conservatives, or TRUNC, who double as Angle’s jubilant musketeers, were also present at this ladies’ room meeting. (I’m supposed to be catching up with them later so they can give me a copy of their latest issue of TRUNC.)

Angle, who backed Rick Santorum in the primary, is now supporting Mitt Romney’s candidacy. (She gave me a pithy and impassioned explanation as to why, which I wish I could relate here, but Fee teasingly would not lend me a pencil, and a girl can only remember so much.)

But unlike other Nevada Romney supporters, Angle also sticks up for the Nevada delegation’s pro-Paul demonstration during Tuesday’s roll call vote on the House floor.

“That’s what happens when you start going around the rules,” she said matter-of-factly.

As the conversation transpired, I found myself kind of wishing — and then kind of horrified at myself for wishing — that I had a camera with me to document this bathroom encounter. I know, it’s weird. But at the very least, from now on, I will not be taking any more convention bathroom breaks without a tape recorder in tow.

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  1. Enjoyed the article, Karoun. But I gotta tell you... You're creeping me out here.

    When you began your piece saying you met Sharron Angle and a buncha Tea Partiers in a ladies room, I had a hard time paying attention to what this article is about.

    I'd comment, but then you make me feel like I'm doing something wrong. Like I'm a voyeur or somethin'.

    Serious cringe factor. Uncomfortable.

    I'll work with it, but please pick somewhere else to run into these people and report on their ultra-conservativeness. I beg of you... Have you no decency.... (smile)

  2. "In 2010, when I was running, everybody said 'No, you're too extreme,'" Angle said. "But now look, it's where everybody is going."

    Ah, no...

    That may be where the TeaNuts & Pauloonies are going, but the preponderance of the population is most decidedly NOT ON BOARD... and 'Crazy' Angle would STILL stand a snowball's chance of being elected; the word EXTREME does not connote 'electablility', then or now or in the future.
    'Extremism' of any kind is really not politically viable.

  3. "Angle "absolutely" sees the Ron Paul movement and the Tea Party movement that buoyed her 2010 Senate candidacy against Sen. Harry Reid as a natural political marriage -- such a good match, in fact, that she thinks the Ron Paul movement's recent successes validate her political legacy."

    Get back to me when a partisan says something that isn't banal and obtuse Karoun. This isn't news it's a variation on the 'big lie' technique of propaganda and you are helping to spread it.

  4. I only clicked on this article to see if it was written by a man... I was disappointed.

  5. Sharron would have probably sold you a book. Please,she needs to get a copy of the "Contract with America", 1994, when she was in the state house, doing nothing, like Ron Paul has done for 20 plus years. (A Comprehensive Audit would still be great.) If I walked into a toilet with this woman in it, don't think I would ask that many questions, but yes, I would want the video. Continue to spread the hate.

  6. Tell Crazy Sharon to go over to the toilet push the handle and repeat until she gets the message. I guess it did not sink in during 2010.