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Blog Buzz: Is Angle optimism just whistling Dixie?

A new Mason-Dixon showing Sharron Angle only one point behind Sen. Harry Reid poll garners reactions from both sides of the blogosphere, with conservatives celebrating what they see as her staying power and liberals pushing the narrative that she is too radical for the Senate. Two other issues making waves today both involve Democratic New York Congressmen: a rant on the House floor and a list leaked by a congressman locked in a re-election fight.

"I told you Sharron Angle is okay," Red State's Erick Erickson titled his post, noting that Reid led Angle 44% to 37% in the previous Mason-Dixon poll. "Reid is losing ground and Angle is making up ground... Again, Reid spent ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS to define and attack Sharron Angle. After all that money, Angle is a point or two behind with Reid unable to make up the ground. Angle will be fine," he repeated.

Though optimistic, NRO's Jim Geraghty is slightly more cautious about the Mason-Dixon results: "So in Mason-Dixon's sense of the race, Reid still can't break 44 percent and has slid a bit; Angle has stopped the bleeding and is actually getting back some of those supporters who were wavering. (Angle's biggest lead in a Mason-Dixon poll was 5 percentage points, back in January.)

More: "I'd like to see some other polls show the same trend before I declare disaster averted. And Angle's still in a race where she has to demonstrate she's a better option than Reid, not merely an alternative; I'm wary of Nevada's "none of the above" being listed on the ballot. But this has got to be the most reassuring trailing-by-1poll of this cycle."

Generally speaking, liberal blogs mostly refrained from talking about today's Mason-Dixon poll. AMERICAblog's John Aravosis acknowledged only Angle's 11-point loss in Rasmussen robopolls, not the close poll numbers in the Mason-Dixon survey. Posting a list from the Huffington Post on some of Angle's more extreme statements, Aravosis wrote, "Yeah, armed insurrection against the government was my personal fav."

Liberal blogs were more focused on New York Rep. Anthony Weiner's tirade yesterday evening after House Republicans resolved to vote against a bill that would have provided aid to 9/11 survivors. The 9/11 Health and Compensation Act was brought to a vote under suspension of the rules, a provision invoked for the passage of noncontroversial bills which also allows House leadership to block amendments.

DailyKos' Joan McCarter writes that Republican opposition to the bill was purely political: "Prevented the opportunity to make political hay because of this procedural move, the Republicans (and a few Blue Dogs) used that as their excuse to vote against the bill. Which brought this, from Rep. Anthonly Weiner: 'If you believe this is a bad idea, to provide health care, then vote no—but don't give me the cowardly view that 'if only it was a different procedure.

"Those great patriotic Republicans who have been more than happy to use 9/11 victims and heroes as political props for years but when it comes time to do something for them, obstruction is more important," McCarter.

AMERICAblog simply posts the video with the headline: "Rep. Weiner Goes Off On Republicans Over Blocking 9/11 Health Compensation Act."

Conservative blogger Daniel Foster at NRO offered his take on the Weiner outburst: "How many times have you found yourself thinking: "You know, I used to disagree with Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.) on policy issue X, but then he took to the floor of the House, screamed at the top of his lungs, and shouted me down as a coward, and I've since come around to his position."

The scandal du jour for the conservative blogosphere was the news that Rep. Michael McMahon (D), up for re-election in New York's 13th district (scandalized former Rep. Vito Fossella's district), provided the New York Observer with a list of Jewish donors to his Republican challenger Michael Grimm's campaign, with a statement from McMahon's spokeswoman Jennifer Nelson that "There is a lot of Jewish money, a lot of money from people in Florida and Manhattan, retirees."

The news has raised Grimm's profile among conservative bloggers, along with a Facebook endorsement from Sarah Palin on Wednesday.

Red State's Moe Lane posted a phone interview with Grimm on the blog's website. Of the McMahon leak, Grimm said, "I was speechless at first, because the idea that something like this could happen in 2010 on this level as U.S. congressman? It was beyond disturbing. It is nothing less than outrageous. Especially for someone like me. I'm a combat veteran... these are the things exactly that I fought for, for the liberty and freedoms that I think at this point in our lives and as Americans, we would be much further down the road.

"I don't think of my donors based on their ethnicity or their religion," he added. "They're American patriots."

Wrote NRO's Jim Geraghty, "Let's assume, for the moment, that McMahon's campaign is not a hotbed of anti-semitism, a benefit of the doubt that he has not yet earned. At best, this suggests his operation is riven with folks who have the worst of an Al Davis "just win, baby" mentality; it's not that they hate Jews, mind you, but they thought this would make good way to somehow hurt his opponent and appeal to the anti-semitism of others. It's not that he sought to foster suspicion and hatred of Jews, mind you, merely that he sought to profit from it politically."

Hot Air's Allahpundit called the news "Wonderful" in his headline, and wrote, "When I first glanced at the article, I thought maybe they were trying to make the point, however awkwardly, that Grimm is failing to win over local Jewish voters based on the fact that comparatively few have donated to him. Nope: No way to square that with the boldfaced part from Nelson."