Ed Driscoll

Worse than Phoning It In, Harry Reid Pre-Tapes his Debates

Nevada Senate Forum Turns Raucous, Ends in Fist Fight,” Elizabeth Crum reports at NRO. The previous post featured rhetorical punching; the real thing happened at the Sharron Angle/Harry Reid debate. But that’s not the part that stood out for me:

Incredible but true: Nevada’s Senate candidate forum ended in a loud shouting match and fist fight between supporters of Harry Reid and Sharron Angle.

The unruly affair went down at the unlikely venue of Faith Lutheran high school in Summerlin, a master-planned community just west of the Las Vegas city limits.

As the forum opened, attendees were asked not to applaud or shout out questions or comments during the event. Harry Reid answered questions via a pre-taped 30-minute interview, and then Sharron Angle answered a moderator’s questions live on stage.

A few in the 800-member audience snickered and murmured during portions of Reid’s video segment, particularly when he was talking about health care reform, and a couple of comments were uttered loud enough to be heard throughout the auditorium. For the most part, though, the crowd was respectful and fairly reserved during the Reid portion of the forum.

That changed once Angle appeared. Most of the 800-member audience jumped to their feet, half of them cheering, half loudly booing as she and the moderator took the stage. Even once all were seated and Angle began to speak, many in the crowd were quite boisterous and some became increasingly bold and uncivil as the event continued.

I know from the video I shot last month, that Reid is walking gaffe machine as an extemporaneous speaker. But clearly,  Reid is so scared of screwing up, that he couldn’t be bothered to (a) appear in person or (b) at least appear live via video, something that should be pretty simple for a political debate; PJTV does coast-to-coast video hookups all the time.

Say what you will about Sharon Angle; at least she didn’t phone in her appearance tonight.

(H/T: Verum Serum)