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Nevada Grandma Knocks Reid In Her Own Obituary

Last words of an Everywoman.

10:45 AM, Jul 14, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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Sadly, it is too late for any of us to meet Charlotte McCourt. The Nevada grandmother passed away this week at the age of 84 after a long illness. But it is not too late for Charlotte to tell everyone exactly how she feels.

An excerpt from her obituary, placed in the Las Vegas Review Journal Tuesday, reads:

“We believe that Mom would say she was mortified to have taken a large role in the election of Harry Reid to U.S. Congress. Let the record show Charlotte was displeased with his work. Please, in lieu of flowers, vote for another more worthy candidate.”

As John Smith of the Review Journal points out, this kind of thing makes an impact, not because McCourt "was a political player or business powerbroker, but precisely because she was neither of those things. She was a homemaker, proud mother and grand mother and wife of 67 years to Patrick McCourt."

I'm sure the obituary will result in a lot of tsk-tsking from Democrats about how it's unseemly to use an obituary to score political points, but it's a little late for Democrats to get too picky about exactly how voters engage in the political process from beyond the grave, isn't it?

And, McCourt is making more sense in her obituary than the DNC is, with all its faculties:

Harry Reid, with the help of national Democrats, launched the latest in a series of absurd attacks on Sharron Angle yesterday when she was a accused of wishing death on Utah Sen. Bob Bennett.

"While 'death panels' were nowhere to be found in the health insurance reform bill, it looks like Sarah Palin can find a one-woman version of one in Nevada where Sharron Angle thinks people who criticize her political positions should die," the DNC said in a statement.

Angle's appalling statement?

"I'm glad to be lumped to a crowd of mainstream Americans who believe as they showed at the polls that Sen. Bennett has outlived his usefulness."

In other shocking news, Angle, who is a Christian, believes God has a plan for her life, is present in it, and guides her in decisions big and small, including on the campaign trail.

"I believe that God has been in this from the beginning and because of that when he has a plan and a purpose for your life and you fit into that, what he calls you to he always equipped you for," Angle replied.

The DNC is set to release a statement revealing another outrageous, religious belief of Angle's: "I let Jesus Christ into my life. I learned that my sins could be redeemed and that if I placed my trust in Christ, that he could set me on the path to eternal life when I submitted myself to his will and I dedicated myself to discovering his truth and carrying out his works."

Just kidding. That's from a Barack Obama speech. Remember what a crazy Jesus freak the press thought he was?

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