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Sharron Angle and the makeup of the electorate

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Thursday, February 3, 2011; 7:25 PM

Sharron Angle, the tea party favorite who performed a political miracle last fall when she somehow managed, against all odds, to lose to wildly unpopular Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) by nearly six points, raised some eyebrows last week when she showed up in Johnston, Iowa. She joined some prominent Republican Party officials and a couple of hundred folks at the premiere of a conservative Christian movie called "The Genesis Code."

Any non-Iowan pol who shows up in the Hawkeye State gets some attention. And sure enough, a Des Moines Register reporter asked her whether she was running for president. "I'll just say I have lots of options for the future, and I'm investigating all my options," she replied. She also talked of returning soon. "Please, just invite me back," she said.

Earlier this week, an invitation surfaced that indicates Angle's not sulking over her stunning loss but making the rounds - maybe working to lock up the women's vote? The invite was to a Jan. 21 "evening with Joni Rogers-Kante, Founder & CEO of SeneGence International, featuring Makeup & Skincare Experts Jeri Taylor-Swade & Amber London and special guest Sharron Angle, former candidate for US Senate."

The evening of fun in Vegas promised wonderful "Girlfriend time" and a chance to "Chat with Sharron."

"Sharron will be sharing her beauty and makeup challenges during the campaign and how she overcame them! She had confidence that she would look great with 14 -16 hour days & with numerous appearances daily . . . so can you!

Funny. If she was so confident, how come reporters out there constantly complained that she was running from the press?

We're a franchise

The spectacular political collapse of Japan's Yukio Hatoyama was already well in motion in mid-April when we added a tiny push by writing, after the big nuclear summit here, that the then-prime minister was "hapless and (in the opinion of some Obama administration officials) increasingly loopy."

The Japanese media went into overdrive, and on June 2, Hatoyama, who had agreed at one point that he may have been "loopy," resigned. And the word itself made its way onto T-shirts, iPhone covers, computer cases and such.

A Japanese T-shirt company, ClubT, announced "Loopy" as the winner of the most popular T-shirt message in 2010, and we recently discovered that it was named - by one of many year-end polls and lists in Japan - one of the 60 most popular words in that country in 2010.

According to a Web site called Cartoon Leap:

"In April, the English word 'loopy' captured the fancy of the Japanese media," the listing explained, "after a Washington Post columnist used it to describe Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's recent behavior, particularly with respect to the issue of how to handle the future of the US Marine Corps' Futenma Air Station in Okinawa, a major sticking point between the two countries."

Speechless.


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