At Fundraiser for Sharron Angle, Washington Republicans Pretend She Never Called Them 'Corrupt'

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Several lucky GOP candidates had the chance to mingle with Washington bigwigs at a swanky Georgetown fundraiser last night. The party had all the trappings of traditional Georgetown fundraisers--except that some of its featured candidates had won their primaries by condemning the politics of many other people in the room.

Marco Rubio and Sharron Angle must have felt particularly awkward throughout the night. National Journal's Jim O'Sullivan reports:

There was plenty of irony to go around: One of the hosts for the evening was Sen. John Cornyn, who backed Florida Gov. Charlie Crist over Rubio -- until Crist saw the writing on the GOP primary wall and bailed to run as an independent. As head of the GOP's Senate campaign committee, Cornyn is a member of the very Republican establishment that Angle was caught railing against in a recording leaked earlier this week to Nevada political pundit Jon Ralston.

The Angle recording took off in the media earlier this week, with reporter after reporter repeating her claims that the GOP has become corrupt and that "the Republicans have lost their standards, they've lost their principles." In Georgetown last night, Angle seemed wary of a repeat performance: 

Apparently uninterested in talking into another (unconcealed) recorder, Angle blew right past a reporter on her way into the fundraiser. Other guests were more chatty -- and willing to give her a pass on her violation of the late president Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment against speaking ill of a fellow Republican.

"What Sharron Angle is saying as far as Washington elites, I hear that all across Virginia," said former Virginia Sen. George Allen on his way in, careful to delineate GOP senators from that indictment.

"The people who are here -- whether it's Mitch McConnell or Jim DeMint or John Thune -- all of those folks would be thrilled to have reinforcements to bolster their efforts to get this country going on the right track."

"She needs to raise money to get her message out, and I'm happy to help her," Allen said, adding that he had buckarooed on a Nevada ranch in his youth.

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