The Nevada Senate race has been dominated for the past two days by the drama surrounding Republican Sharron Angle's commitment and subsequent withdrawal from a debate with Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.).
Political reporter Jon Ralston had organized the meeting to take place on his interview show, "Face to Face," Oct. 21 in Reno. But Angle withdrew after agreeing to go ahead, which prompted an angry rebuke from Ralston on Twitter. "Remember 'Scanners' where people's heads exploded. That's how I feel right now. This is a Senate race, not a competition for h.s. president," he tweeted Thursday.
In his Friday column, Ralston explained the tick-tock of the debate that wasn't to be, as well as the personality conflicts within Angle's campaign.
This is all about a campaign organization riven by personality conflicts between seasoned pros and amateurs, and a candidate torn between longtime friends and operatives parachuted in to save her. [Angle spokesmen Jerry] Stacy is trying to use the campaign's previous insistence on having a debate before early voting starts as a fig leaf, but it is not a very effective one since Oct. 21 is still just under two weeks before the balloting. This is about ego and inside baseball (do they think anyone cares when the debate is or will care about Stacy's demand about the early voting cutoff?) Besides, Angle can't get away from that public commitment and I have been told it's not over yet. We shall see.