After meeting with Sharron Angle, Sen. Johnny Isakson refers to Nevada voters as ‘the unwashed back home.’

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"After meeting with Sharron Angle, Sen. Johnny Isakson refers to Nevada voters as ‘the unwashed back home.’"

Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) talks to the APYesterday, Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle “introduced herself to a very curious Senate Republican Conference” at their weekly caucus lunch. Apparently, the “Republicans walked away impressed.” “I hadn’t met her. I was impressed by what she had to say, and she did interact with several of our Members,” Sen. John Thune (R-SD) told Roll Call. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) said she “did a good job” and gave the kind of speech she wouldn’t “give to the unwashed back home”:

Republicans, who heard Angle’s presentation were, to a letter, impressed. “She said she won, she needed money, and wanted to be a part of the team and was glad to be here today,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-GA, who said Ensign also showed a recent Rasmussen poll showing Angle up 11 points against Reid. “She did a good job. She’s an articulate lady…This was an introduction. It wasn’t the kind of speech you would give to the unwashed back home, she was talking to her colleagues,” Isakson recounted.

According to the dictionary, referring to the masses as “unwashed” is “derogatory.” Wiktionary says it refers to “The collective group (‘mass’) of people who are considered by someone to be somehow uneducated, uninformed, or in some other way unqualified for inclusion in the speaker’s elite circles.”

Update

Yesterday, the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent noted a January radio interview in which Angle said “if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies.” “I’ll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out,” said Angle a second later.


Update

,Huffington Post’s Sam Stein found a clip of Angle raising “Second Amendment remedies” in another interview. “You know, I’m hoping that we’re not getting to Second Amendment remedies. I hope the vote will be the cure for the Harry Reid problems,” said Angle.

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