Yes, yes, however the process shakes out to replace putative senator Dean Heller in CD2, the larger Angle's role, the better the chance for some Republican-lite Nevada-style Democrat to win that seat.
But a blithering Angle guarantees that the outcome of the race will be shaped by, well, a blithering Angle. Angle's car wreck candidacy (hard to look away) notwithstanding, heading into 2012, Democrats locally and nationally would be far better served by a 2011 special congressional election in a conservative district that tested something a little more significant than the latest point on Angle's celebrity trajectory.
That something, of course, is the wildly extremist plan, supported by Heller, Joe Heck and all but four other House Republicans to replace Medicare with a stingy voucher program while giving more tax breaks to the rich. The plan condemns all but the wealthiest Americans under age 55 to a future senior citizenship of misery and poverty, while also ballooning the national debt, because if Republicans stand for anything, it's an endless buffet of yummy goodies for the wealthy and a steaming pile of jack doodly squat for everybody else.
Mainstream Republicanism is now defined by the vote to kill Medicare. Greg Brower, Brian Krolicki, Mark Amodei and other assorted potential CD2 wannabes would have to discuss that cornerstone of contemporary Republicanism, even if Angle hogs the spotlight. Yet with Angle screeching about guns, god and other goofiness, the race would ultimately be about her.
The proposed elimination of Medicare gives Democrats something big to be against. That's probably about as good as it's going to get, agenda-wise, for customarily spineless Democrats, and a special election should be a fine opportunity to take it out for a spin in a ruby red district, open it up and see how it does. Alas, with Angle in the mix, the race will be all about the freak show, an amusing diversion, but irrelevant.