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Postmortems, Creepy Factotums and Revolting Developments
by Andrew Barbano
Nov 07, 2010 | 1150 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Country music legend Eddy Arnold was once cornered by adoring fans at the Sahara Las Vegas. He patiently signed autographs for quite awhile, but finally had to excuse himself. A woman chastised him for daring to walk away from his fans. He leaned over and whispered in her ear.

“Lady, I’m old, I’m rich and I don’t have to give a damn.”

Which was pretty much what Bill Raggio told his fellow Republicans who defrocked him. As I noted months ago, the election of Republican Brian Sandoval would make Raggio de facto governor of Nevada. The governor elect is an employee of Raggio’s law firm and perception is power. Raggio even turned down an offer from his successor, state Sen. Mike McGinness, R-Fallon, to maintain a seat on the powerful finance committee.

Raggio effectively controls two branches of state government, even as a backbencher. He ran circles around freshman state Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford last session. Now, he doesn’t have to deal with tedious budget hearings or anything more complicated than telling his handsome surrogate in the governor’s mansion what to veto.

Raggio probably could have marshaled four votes: his own and those of Sen. Barbara Cegavske, R-Gomorrah South, Sen. Dean Rhoads, R-Tuscarora, and freshman Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno. That Cegavske got the assistant leader spot speaks volumes.

Dirty commie liberal media bias department

The pathologically Sharron Angle boosting Las Vegas Review-Journal peppered cyberspace with news flash headlines every few minutes on election night. They only ignored one: Reid’s victory. At 12:57 a.m., almost four hours after the result was known, came “Angle focuses on positive in loss.” She, Christine O’Donnell and the RJ remain in serious denial.

Best zingers


Best political insults of the season: Angle is a “batshit crazy church lady” according to Digger, a contributor to the estimable Hugh Jackson’s Las Vegas Gleaner blog. A guy named Rich one-upped Digger by insulting her whole cult, terming her a “batshit crazy teatard.”

Clinging to the ledge

The freshman class of 2011 includes a Nevada version of defeated Delaware senate Teatard Christine O’Donnell, an overt racist and a guy who is probably going to be busted on criminal charges in the not too distant future. God, I love Nevada follytix.

Reid redux

Much has been made of minorities and women heavily supporting the re-election of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. I haven’t been able to find any postmortems paying attention to Mormons. Former Tribune reporter and columnist Dennis Myers has produced by far the best commentary on this year’s senate race. His Reno News & Review editorial “Defeat Angle” provided superb insight into the GOP challenger’s lack of qualification for high office. His cover article “First Amendment vs. First Commandment” was so good that it was picked up nationwide. I was told that it galvanized the southern Nevada Mormon community for Reid, a Mormon who has received criticism for not being conservative enough by his fellow congregants. LDS adherents make up about 7 percent of Nevada’s population according to the church and did not take kindly to being called a cult, and that was among the milder insults which Angle’s Reno pastor hurled. It also didn’t help when she told Myers’ she had not been a member of the church for six years, which proved false. Myers’ work will be linked to the expanded web edition of this column at

Woulda-coulda-shoulda department

Dems that coulda been saved: Jessica Sferrazza vs. Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki, Roger Whomes vs. D.A. Dick Gammick, Allison Edwards v. state Sen. Don Gustavson and the luckless guy who ran against the winner who’s going to get busted.

Revolution, part deux

I got serious heat from local PBS types for seeking unstated motives in the cancellation of Bill Moyers’ Journal and for stating he was cancelled rather than left voluntarily. I apologize for the using the term, but the fact remains that Moyers is gone. At the same time, PBS also cancelled David Brancaccio’s half-hour version of Moyers’ previous program “Now,” which means that the network is doing 30 minutes less investigative journalism with much lower profile anchors. Perhaps they know which side of the bread their butter is on.

Las Vegas Sun writer Patrick Coolican noted that U.S. Sen. Reid, was re-elected by the Nevada establishment.

Which is how you might look at the “suspension” of the face of MSNBC, Keith Olbermann, for donating $2,400 to each of three Democratic candidates. He was,, hung out to dry (that’s kind like “suspended” from suspenders, ain’t it?) for not informing his bosses.

I’ve been smelling this one for awhile. Cable giant Comcast, which has long lusted after the northwestern Nevada market, is buying control of NBC/Universal from GE. What better way to make the acquisition more palatable to Wall Street and the newly energized moonhowlers of the GOP than to fire the most high profile liberal on TV?

“Don’t be surprised if Comcast arranges to sell the NBC broadcast network and its TV stations to a third party after announcing plans to buy controlling ownership of NBC Universal as early as this week,” reported the CBS-online service BNET on (hmmmm...) Election Day.

Be well. Raise hell.

Andrew Barbano is a 41-year Nevadan and editor of where links to many of the above items may be accessed. E-mail Barbwire by Barbano has originated in the Tribune since 1988.
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