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  He Manned Up: At Sharron Angle's headquarters for the big GOP disappointment of the night.
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ContributorBrandonius Maximus 
Last EditedBrandonius Maximus  Nov 03, 2010 12:48pm
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AuthorDavid Weigel
News DateWednesday, November 3, 2010 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
Description"Thank you!" said Clark County Republican Party chairman Frank Ricotta. "Thank you for attending the Harry Reid retirement party."

The smallish crowd that had started walking in to one of the Venetian's many, many ballrooms reacted to this as smallish crowds tend to do. They cheered, and it echoed across the eight-chandelier space, between its two bars, and across a stage where conservative radio hosts were broadcasting live from, well, the Sharron Angle victory party. In every election there is a campaign that glows with the sure confidence of success, then loses. This was not going to be one of those campaigns.

It wasn't going to become one of those campaigns because Angle was the unofficial leader of the great trend of 2010. She was the "fringe" Republican, always written off, always bullied by the establishment, who had been adopted by a brand new political movement and stomped the establishment like a troublesome protester at a Rand Paul rally. She'd won her primary with a shoestring campaign. How could she not beat Harry Reid? A company called Political Connections was even selling a ready-made collectible tribute to the win—a framed photo of the victory party. A small palm card made the hard sell.

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Dudley Winn, one of 16 Republicans from Lubbock, Texas who came up to campaign for Angle, walked the ballroom in a shirt patterned after the flag of his state. He wore one of the night's ubiquitous Angle victory buttons, and a rainbow-patterned button that said "Man Up, Harry Reid." The reference to Angle's jab at the majority leader in their only televised debate was missed by no one; an inventive salesman named Victor the Snakemann was offering "Man Up" shirts at his Web site. Winn came to Nevada, he said, because this was really the only election he cared about.

"You have no idea what it means to Texas if Angle wins!" he says. "This matt
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