A Weird Fib in a Sharron Angle Ad

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Oct. 19 2010 4:05 PM

A Weird Fib in a Sharron Angle Ad

This is fairly strange, so bear with me. The newest ad from Sharron Angle -- narrated, for some reason, by a sassy woman who is not Angle -- makes the case that Harry Reid is distant from Nevadans' pain because he's constantly partying. This isn't like the 2006 ad that ribbed proto-New Yorker Harold Ford for attending a Playboy party. The point seems to be that Reid looks goofy.

But what's this?

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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"While you might be in the unemployment line," explains the narrator, "someone's more likely to be in a conga line." Later, she explains that Reid parties with supermodels.

Was Reid in a conga line? No. The woman in the photo is... Michelle Obama , who was doing a photo-op with Reid back in June to promote her physical fitness initiative.

The picture is obviously Dukakis-in-a-tank, Kerry-in-a-spacesuit, hilarious. But why pretend that a photo op with the First Lady was a sexy party? Really odd.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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