After winning her Republican primary, Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle completely revamped her old website, turning it into a one-page site (plus contribution form) encouraging people to donate. Now that she's reached her $1 million fundraising goal, the new SharrronAngle.com is up and running. It is far spiffier than the last version.
The "issues" page has gotten a drastic makeover as well, and Angle has removed, changed, or re-spun all of her controversial views. The difference is striking.
And, somehow, the old version is no longer available via Google in cached form, as her old homepage still is. (Luckily, The Huffington Post's Sam Stein
, has saved a copy of Angle's old site.)
Her old page expressed her support for abolishing the Department of Education, phasing out Social Security, and repealing offshore drilling regulations. The new site contains no reference to the Department of Education; the first sentence of her "Social Security" section reads, "We must keep the promise of Social Security by redeeming the "IOU's" that have been written..."; her "Energy Policy" section begins, "America's policy should be to enforce the rules and regulations currently on the books with respect to off shore drilling" and calls BP's spill an "indictment" of the Minerals Management Service and an indication of BP's "high risk approach."
To be fair, some of these are very obviously consistent with her views. Particularly on Social Security, Angle never (to my limited knowledge) advocated for ending the program right now--she's always suggested paying those IOUs and simply not enrolling younger generations.
But the difference is notable, and it is obviously the product of some more glossy political strategic thinking.
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