Sharron Angle and Harry Reid are so lovable, each in their own way, which explains the intense focus on the race for Senate. And the latest polling shows that fully 50 percent of Arizona law enforcement officials said Brian Sandoval's children look like Real Americans, yet another example of how the gubernatorial race pitting Sandoval against Rory Reid offers Nevadans a stark choice between competing and compelling visions for Nevada's future. Against the backdrop of such dazzle and excitement atop the ticket, candidates vying for lesser offices are having a hard time getting noticed.
But some Republican named Rob Lauer, who is running for some job called Nevada Secretary of State, has executed a brilliant campaign tactic to attract attention to his hitherto wholly ignored political aspirations: Man-handling ailment-stricken but prominent female supporters on the campaign trail.
Lauer evidently sensed insufficient enthusiasm for his candidacy from one Jennifer Von Tobel, and determined some arm-twisting was in order. So he twisted her arm. Repeatedly. And hurt her. Allegedly. Battery charges ensued.
This is exactly the type of no-nonsense, common-sense law-and-order toughness that today's angry voters are looking for in a political candidate. When you think Nevada Republicans, you think Sharron Angle, John Ensign and Jim Gibbons. But with this action, Rob Lauer now must be considered yet one more rising star in the Nevada GOP.