At least Harry Reid’s GOP opponent Sharron Angle isn’t a witch

That’s about the best thing you can say about a woman who mocks ‘autism.’ I have an autistic nephew, he’s probably in his 30s at this point, and boy is it real. I noticed it when he was, I think, two years old – before the rest of the family did, and before he was diagnosed. It’s sick that she would mock this, but not unexpected. Intolerance lives in the GOP.

As key provisions of new federal health care legislation come into effect tomorrow, Democrats are emphasizing Republican senate candidate Sharron Angle’s opposition to mandating insurance coverage for basic illnesses.

In a video of Angle at a 2009 tea party rally released by the party’s tracker, Angle appears to mock a recently passed Nevada mandate for insurance carriers to cover treatment for autism.

“Take off the mandates for coverage in the state of Nevada and all over the United States,” she shouts. “But here you know what I’m talking about. You’re paying for things you don’t even need.

“They just passed the latest one, is everything that they want to throw at us now is covered under ‘autism’,” she said, using exaggerated air quotes to deliver the word ‘autism.’


Maybe it’s time we found out Sharron Angle’s views on masturbation.

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