This week we talked to the owner of gun shop in Las Vegas who supports Tea Party Republican Sharron Angle for Senate. He's big on Second Amendment rights, and Sharron Angle really loves that particular corner of the Constitution.
Afterward, someone wrote on our blog something like, yeah, right, of course. White gun shop owner practically equals Sharron Angle supporter. Right?
Not necessarily. While we were in Las Vegas, I had a moment to myself by the side of the road with the tape from our Jon Ralston interview. While waiting for Bill Wolff to pick me up, I wandered into an army surplus store on the corner. And yes, I was expecting the same thing you might, that I'd find a supporter for Sharron Angle -- someone into her "us vs. them" immigration ads and at least tolerant of her Second Amendment remedies. You know they love her in the army surplus store, right?
Conventional wisdom, meet Prosper Mintz, owner of Mad Man Army Surplus, lover of the Second Amendment, voter for Harry Reid. "I'm going to vote for Reid because I believe Angle's racist against Latin people," Mintz told me. One vote's not much of a consequence for racist campaigning, and yet.