Saturday morning I woke up feeling sure of three things about the Nevada caucuses.
1) Mitt Romney would win by at least 15 points. Supporters of Ron Paul and Newt Gingrich would battle it out in precinct rooms around the state as ...
Sharron Angle: I Have Lots of Options
Sharron Angle is by no means done with politics. So she told a crowd of 70 conservative grassroots activists during a surprise visit to a monthly Republican town hall meeting Wednesday evening in Las Vegas.
“I have a lot of options,” ...
Former ACORN Boss Takes Plea Deal for 2008 Misconduct in Nevada
Former ACORN supervisor Amy Busefink has opted to plead guilty to a pair of gross misdemeanors rather than face 13 felony counts for her role in paying people to register voters. Busefink will be sentenced on January 10. Prosecutors said Monday they ...
Fallout in Nevada from Angle-Reid Battle
State Senate Majority Leader Bill Raggio, a Republican icon who has served as GOP leader in the Nevada Senate since 1983, today lost his leadership seat to longtime Senator Mike McGinness, R-Fallon.
Raggio, a moderate who publicly endorsed Harry Reid over ...
Two Thoughts on Nevada Senate Shock
Many Sharron Angle supporters were reportedly shocked and dismayed when the race was called for Reid last night. The surprise was most likely caused by one of two faulty assumptions.
Many Republicans believed Tea Party enthusiasm and anti-Reid anger would ...
NV-3 Called for Heck, Angle Gives Concession Speech at GOP Event
The AP just called the NV-3 race for Joe Heck, so that’s another Republican pick up in the House. Not sure when he will speak.
Sharron Angle on the podium now giving her concession speech. Live on Fox National.
Heck Pulling Away in NV-3, Reid Makes Victory Speech
Joe Heck is now up by 2,600 votes with 29 percent of precincts in reporting. He was up by just 400 when the early numbers flashed tonight.
Reid is giving his acceptance speech. No concession from Angle. She is down by about 28,000 votes. ...
Fox National, AP Calls NV Sen for Reid, State Outlets Waiting
Reid is up by about 30,000 votes statewide as of right now.
Early Numbers from Nevada
Harry Reid is up in both Clark County (54-42) and Washoe (50-45) with a statewide lead of about 35,000 votes right now. Rural counties pending. Angle needs a big turnout from the rurals, or Reid is going to win.
In NV, ...
Nevada GOP Victory Party Pics
The room at the Venetian Hotel is starting to fill up, says our reporter and photographer on the ground, Mike Chamberlain.
Including a Joe Heck supporter:
This sign has been visible on a major thoroughfare in Las Vegas for the past couple of weeks:
Harrah's Bosses Put Squeeze on Employees to Vote in Pro-Reid Effort
Executives at the casino giant Harrah’s pushed company employees to vote early in an all-out effort to help the Harry Reid campaign, according to internal emails obtained by Battle ‘10.
The stepped-up effort began Wednesday when a Reid staffer sent ...
Angle's First Campaign Stop, Senior Center in Reno
After doing a morning interview with Dennis Miller followed by a tele-townhall with McCain, Sharron Angle arrives and is warmly greeted at a senior center in Reno:
One of her third party opponents wants to discuss policy:
Angle is all ...
Last Pre-Election PPP Poll Shows Angle Up 47-46
Public Policy Polling shows Sharron Angle beating Harry Reid in the U.S. Senate race, 47-46 percent. The survey says Reid has a 50 to 46 percent lead after early voting but shows that those voting tomorrow intend to support Angle by ...
The Smell of Desperation in NV-3
This post is brought to you by the letter “D,” as in the desperation of Democrat Dina Titus in Nevada’s third congressional district.
Q: How do you know when a candidate is pushing the panic button?
A: When her ...
A Harry Reid radio ad playing in Nevada this weekend uses a sentence taken out of context from an opinion editorial endorsing Sharron Angle to try to turn rural voters against her.
The op-ed was panned by Ely Times Editor ...
Heck Surges, Has Ten on Titus in NV-3
A new Las Vegas Review-Journal/8NewsNow poll shows Republican challenger Dr. Joe Heck with a 10 point lead over incumbent Rep. Dina Titus in NV-3. The survey shows the GOP candidate beating Titus 53-43 percent.
The reasons for the surge are ...
Patriot Majority Making Robocalls for Reid to Indy Households
A nice Republican man named Robert is making robocalls to independent (and perhaps other) Nevada households in the final days before Tuesday’s election. He is telling voters that Republican Congressman Dean Heller recently said losing Harry Reid might not ...
Nevada Statewide Early Vote Numbers Show Dems Over GOP by Just 6,624
Sharron Angle was down by 22,000 early votes when only the Clark and Washoe county early vote numbers were crunched. That gap is now less than 7,000 thanks to the folks in fourteen rural counties.
Nevada Secretary of State Ross Miller just ...
Crunching the Early Vote Numbers in Nevada
The Democrats had another good turnout day in Clark County on Friday. They now have a 25,000 raw vote lead, which is nearly a nine-point lead relative to total registration and about four points under their registration advantage of 13 percent. Republicans ...
Harry Reid To Host Michelle Obama For GOTV Rally Monday
First Lady Michelle Obama will join Harry Reid for a get-out-the-vote rally Monday morning at Canyon Spring High School in Las Vegas.
Let’s peruse the the list of other high-profile politicos and celebrities who have so far stumped for ...
Angle Ad Uses Past POTUS Words to Target Las Vegas Voters
The Sharron Angle campaign has a Las Vegas-specific version of their new television ad running in a clear attempt to win votes in Democratic-leaning Clark County. President Obama’s statements about not spending money in Vegas are featured:
Final Angle Mailer to Indy Households
Great closing mail piece from the Sharron Angle campaign to Nevada’s nonpartisan households (front):
History Will Meet Your Anger and Raise You Some Vitriol
Your humble Battle ‘10 Nevada correspondent this week wondered if 2010 voter anger and campaign vitriol is really at an all-time high, as some predicted it would be and some are now saying is so, especially in key face-offs like the Nevada ...
Last Mason-Dixon Poll of Long Season Says Angle Leading by Four
If the figures from the latest Mason-Dixon survey hold true through Tuesday, Sharron Angle is going to surf this year’s anti-incumbent wave to a win in Nevada’s senate race. Angle leads Sen. Harry Reid by four percentage points (49...
As Sharron Angle wended her way around the rural roads of northern Nevada on Thursday, she hoped that doing so would speed her down the highway to victory. Whether that actually happens will depend on three factors.
First, Angle must ...
Final Angle Ad Focuses on Unkept Promises
Team Angle is up with this ad with just five days left until election day:
This is the second Angle ad with chants of “O-ba-ma, O-ba-ma” playing underneath the narrator, both focusing on the national disappointment with the POTUS.
Nevada Early Voting Update
With just two days left in early voting in Nevada, more than 280,000 people have cast ballots in Clark and Washoe Counties either at the early voting polls or by mail-in.
Total Clark and Washoe County numbers — including mail-in ballots for ...
Angle Attorney Preparing Reports on Early Voting Problems
An attorney for the Sharron Angle campaign said she plans to take the Nevada Secretary of State up on his suggestion that formal, detailed complaints be submitted to his office regarding questionable activity in and around polling places.
“We are ...
NV Sec of State Holds Press Conference on Allegations of Improper Voter Activity
Secretary of State Ross Miller today acknowledged several allegations of improper or suspicious activity near and in polling locations around the state, but said there have been no formal complaints filed by voters.
Miller held the press conference after receiving ...
Sharron Angle Sends Flowers, Thank You Note to Joy Behar
No one can accuse Team Angle of not having a healthy sense of humor.
In response to Joy Behar’s vicious remarks on The View, the Angle campaign sent a lovely flower arrangement with a note enclosed.
“Joy, Raised $150,000 online ...
Rory Aggressive, Sandoval Holds Strong in NV Governor's Debate
Rory Reid did his best to deliver a death blow to Republican Brian Sandoval in tonight’s gubernatorial debate, but the former federal judge defended and countered very well and will likely ride his white horse to victory next Tuesday.
Harry Reid's Parting Shots at Angle Featured in Final Ad
Here is a new anti-Angle ad Harry Reid is running statewide for the final week of the election:
Nevada GOP Alleges Issues with Voter Logs
An attorney for the Nevada Republican Party (NRP) has asked Secretary of State Ross Miller to investigate several “troubling” issues related to early voting. In a strongly worded letter delivered yesterday, David O’Mara pointed out a number of discrepancies ...
Harry Reid was courting Asian-American voters this past weekend. Targeting demographic groups and related wedge issues have been key for the two campaigns as they try to win points in the game of inches.
One justification of the Republicans-for-Reid ...
Angle Campaign Attorney Alleges 'Vote Buying' by Democrat Friendly Groups
The attorney serving as general counsel for the Sharron Angle campaign, Cleta Mitchell, has alleged that Nevada Democrats are trying to “manipulate the election in the hopes of skewing the results” by way of offering free food and other incentives ...
Anonymous Mailer for Ashjian Hits Nevada Mailboxes
Each time the buzz over Tea Party of Nevada candidate and potential U.S. Senate race spoiler Scott Ashjian dies down, another story seems to rear its ugly head. Nevada blogger Dullard Mush received an interesting mailer for Ashjian this ...
Angle Continues to Hammer Reid on Illegal Immigration
Internal polling at Team Angle must still be showing illegal immigration is an effective vote-moving issue, evidenced by this new television ad with just eight days left before the election:
Politifact evaluated a similar ad back in September, saying it ...
Nevada Elections Round-up
Can Sharron Angle muster (another) late surge and win big? The Las Vegas Sun takes a look.
In case you missed it, Battle ‘10 yesterday looked at the early voting numbers and did some speculating about independent voters and Angle’...
Dems Lead in Turnout Eight Days into Nevada Early Voting
As of the close of polls Saturday night, roughly 160,000 people had early voted in Nevada.
Combined early voting totals — including the Clark County (but not Washoe) mail-in ballots — give the Democrats a lead of 10,000 after eight days of early voting:
MGM Resorts, the biggest employer and casino operator on Las Vegas Boulevard, this month added $250,000 to the $50,000 already given to Patriot Majority PAC, Bloomberg reports. The group has been running television ads in support of Reid.
Earlier today, MGM CEO ...
Unemployment Paint-by-Numbers in Nevada Renders Ugly Picture
The newest unemployment numbers in Nevada do not bode well for Harry Reid, nor are they very promising for incumbents seeking reelection in 2012.
Although Nevada’s unemployment rate held steady at 14.4 percent in September, marking the first time since ...
Harry Reid, World Saviour
Did Harry Reid get a bit carried away or was he totally delusional in his self-defense?
You be the judge:
Angle and Gingrich, Live from Las Vegas
Stumping for Sharron Angle in the west Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin on Thursday evening, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich took the stage and spoke for a half hour. Angle herself delivered a short 10-minute speech beforehand. Both Angle and ...
Conservative Groups Mobilize GOTV Effort for Angle, Heck
As early voting began Saturday in Nevada, the Secretary of State reported that Democrats had the voter registration edge by about 60,000. The Democrats have 470,919 registered voters, while the Republicans have 410,811, and the nonpartisan total is 175,094.
The Democratic lead notwithstanding, that ...
Team Angle Makes Huge Ad Buy, Launches Two New Ads
The Sharron Angle campaign reportedly made a $1.5 million ad buy Wednesday (H/T: @RalstonFlash). The two new television ads are about to saturate the Nevada airwaves and focus on Harry Reid’s wealth contrasted with that of his struggling constituents.
Arpaio Joins Tea Party Express Tour, Supports Angle
In stark contrast to stiff-suited Presidents Obama and Clinton who recently visited Nevada to stump for Harry Reid, Arizona’s rhetorically loose and often politically incorrect Sheriff Joe Arpaio this week headlined a rally for Sharron Angle at Stoney’s ...
Harry Gets a Little ON Line Help from His (White House) Friends
In a completely coincidental instance of perfect timing for embattled Harry Reid, the Obama Administration is lauding a $350 million federal loan to Nevada for a transmission line stretching from Ely to just north of Las Vegas, Nevada. The 235-mile line ...
TPM Polling Average Gives Edge to Angle
In the final days of the Nevada Senate race, a pattern is emerging from all the available public polling, says TPM.
The TPM average accounts for the latest polling and includes the new Rasmussen survey that has Angle ahead 50-47 ...
Get Out the Vote (or Not) Messages Get Heated, Center on Race
Harry Reid offered free pizza to University of Nevada, Las Vegas students at a Tuesday get-out-the-vote rally near Lied Library, one of many voting locations in Clark County. During his brief remarks, Reid blamed Sharron Angle for a television ad ...
If only Nevada had more time.
We need another week or three of campaign ads to help fund tight local broadcasting budgets. We want a whole month of national media and campaign staffers’ slamming in and out of our ...
Nevada Senate Was the Spendiest Race in America
Interest groups and political parties combined reported spending $16,849,010 on independent campaigning in the Nevada Senate race this year. Ten million went to the Republican cause; six million to the Democrats.
WaPo has the full list. The top five spenders:
Under-surveying of Cell Phone Users, Hispanics Cause Skewed Polls
Something went wrong with the methodology in a series of Mason-Dixon polls commissioned by the Las Vegas Review-Journal/8 News Now in the two biggest Nevada races, as acknowledged this week by RJ publisher Sherm Frederick.
“We pay for the ...
Post-election Observations from Nevada
Some quick thoughts with stories to follow on a couple-few of these items:
Harry Reid won by 41,000 votes due to wins in the big three counties (Clark, Washoe and Mineral). He also did better than expected in a number of ...
Nevada Senate (Initial) Autopsy Report
Sharron Angle is not going to be the next senator from Nevada.
The country’s most symbolic and closely watched contest was called for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid early Wednesday evening, a win he pulled off despite extremely high ...
NV-3 Still Close, Senate Race Called, Angle MIA
Joe Heck is up by just 2,000 votes now in NV-3 with 55 percent of precincts reporting. So much for that 10 point lead shown by a recent poll. Heck arrived at the GOP victory event a short time ago and was reportedly ...
NV-3 Is Tight, Senate Race Called for Reid by National Media
Joe Heck is up over Dina Titus by about 1,300 votes. There was speculation that we might have a recount in the Nevada Senate race, but if there is going to be a recount, it looks like it is going to ...
Sandoval Up by 10, Looks Like Next Nevada Governor
The gubernatorial race has not been called officially, but Battle ’10 is calling it over. Another Republican elected to the Nevada governor’s office. Commissioner Rory Reid picked a bad year to run.
Angle Voters Await Early Results
Polls closed at 7 p.m. PT but long lines in Elko (and Washoe County) are reportedly holding things up (because if you were in line by 7:00, you got to vote, and tallies are not released until all polls close):
Delay in NV Statewide Results Due to Power Outage at Polling Location
There may be a delay in reporting early returns in all statewide Nevada races due to a power outage at a Clark County polling location, said the secretary of state a few minutes ago.
All voters in line at that ...
Quick Voting Notes from Nevada
About 100,000 people had voted in Clark County as of 3:00 PT this afternoon, county officials reported. The turnout so far has been lower than expected. If this holds true, Reid’s presumed lead over Angle from early voting could hold.
Angle on the Campaign Trail
Story to follow, but here a few more photos of Sharron Angle talking with voters in Reno today. This one was taken with some seniors playing a high stakes game of penny poker:
This was taken at a local restaurant. ...
Rove Tests iPhone App in Nevada Senate Ground Game
Harry Reid can now legitimately boast about boosting the Nevada economy. As reported by the WSJ, hundreds of Democratic congressional aides, operatives and lobbyists have traveled to the state to help with an all-out get-out-the-vote effort.
Reid supporters, including multiple ...
Machiavellian Mailers in Nevada Senate Race
It is surprising we did not hear about something like this sooner, really. Every vote for a third party person or “none of these candidates” is essentially a vote for Harry Reid, and don’t they know it.
Just two more days and a few hours until Nevada will know if the lady standing under this sign is their next senator:
Angle Walks Parade Route (Twice) While Reid Watches
Do the choices of the Senate candidates at Saturday’s Nevada Day parade in Carson City portend the election results on Tuesday?
Harry Reid opted to sit and be a spectator rather than walk the parade route, while Sharron Angle ...
New Anti-Reid Ad Features Atypical Voters, or Are They?
A group called “Concerned Nevadans That Care About Our Country” has launched an interesting anti-Harry Reid television ad. Members represent individuals from demographics and coalitions usually claimed by the Democrats. See for yourself:
Kerry Picket at the Washington ...
Angle Predicts Shock and Awe in D.C. on November 3
At last night’s get-out-the-vote rally with Senator John McCain in Las Vegas, Sharron Angle summed up the basics of her Tea Party message and said the most important day of the election is not November 2:
Angle told Washington what ...
Ban Will Not Stand, CBS Affiliate Will Have Access to NV GOP Event
An Angle spokeswoman’s decree after a dust-up with a reporter on Friday is not going to stand. The CBS television affiliate in Las Vegas, which tracked down Angle at the airport yesterday after being tipped off to her flight ...
CBS Affiliate Banned from GOP Victory Party in Las Vegas
Communications Director for the Sharron Angle campaign, Jarrod Agen, has confirmed that KLAS-TV/CBS Channel 8 in Las Vegas is banned from covering Angle at the GOP Victory Party on Tuesday. As of the time of this post, Agen had not ...
Heck Looking Strong in NV-3, Poised to Take Seat for GOP
Joe Heck has reason to be happy. An NRCC poll today, mentioned by Hotline, combined with an analysis of early and absentee votes cast in NV-3 indicate the Republican challenger may well defeat freshman Democrat Dina Titus and win a ...
NV GOP to Report Alleged Union Violations to Secretary of State
A formal complaint containing six affidavits, several photographs, and explicit details of union-related activity at three southern Nevada polling locations has been filed with the Secretary of State and the Election Integrity Task Force by GOP poll watchers and attorneys ...
Clark County Shows Small Downtick in GOP Early Vote Turnout
For the first time since early voting began on October 16 in Nevada, Republicans yesterday lost ground in Clark County in turnout percentage. However, a small uptick in Washoe County means the GOP still has a 4 percent turnout edge statewide.
Clark County, NV Teachers Conveniently Off on Election Day
In a notable note from southern Nevada this morning, the nation’s fifth largest school district — which serves the cities of Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, and Mesquite – has given its more than 14,000 teachers the day off ...
Tax Issues Dominate Final NV Gubernatorial Debate
Gubernatorial candidates Brian Sandoval and Rory Reid spent most their time arguing over taxes in a taped debate that aired Thursday afternoon on the statewide talk show “Nevada Newsmakers.” Both promised they won’t raise taxes as they seek to ...
Good Headline on Harry, but the Font is Too Small
Your humble Nevada correspondent got a big kick out of the big headline on this Reuters story about the big loss that might be headed for Harry Reid. Then again, is 22-point font really large enough for the possible senate ...
Big Money for Reid from Schumer, Baucus
Democratic senators including Chuck Schumer and Max Baucus “have been pursuing all fundraising avenues” to help Harry Reid hold down his job, Roll Call reports.
Senate Dems have given a total of more than $379,000 to Reid’s campaign and gave ...
It has often been said it is virtually impossible to get to the right of Sharron Angle on any issue, nevermind guns. Apparently a Democratic candidate for the state assembly has managed to do it, though. So says the ...
Joe Heck Campaign: Desperate Dina Finds a New Low
The Joe Heck campaign says Rep. Dina Titus’ “latest smear” ad against her opponent is “a last ditch effort to salvage what’s been a reckless and sloppy campaign” in NV-3.
“Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this ad ...
John McCain to Headline Rally for Sharron Angle
The Sharron Angle campaign has just confirmed that Senator John McCain will join Angle at a get-out-the-vote rally at the Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas this Friday night. Michael Reagan and actor Jon Voight will also speak.
Day Two of GOP Surge in Nevada Early Voting
Questions as to whether Monday’s increase in Republican turnout was a blip or a trend were answered Tuesday as GOP voters continued to show up at the Nevada early voting polls in higher number than Democrats. The Republicans have ...
In His Own Words, Reid Stars in New Angle Ad
Harry Reid has been running “in her own words” campaign ads against Angle all season. Now Team Angle repays the favor by reminding people of all the silly things Reid has said as we approach November 2.
Voters Say Harry Reid's Name Already Conveniently Checked on Machines
That is the claim some Nevada voters are making, and Drudge has now linked up to the story in giant red top-of-page font.
Apparently a handful of residents in Boulder City complained on Monday that their ballot had been cast ...
Angle up by Four Says Rasmussen
Sharron Angle is beating Harry Reid 49-45 with a four percent margin of error, four percent choosing “other” and two percent still undecided, says the latest Rasmussen poll.
The NRSC continues pointing to Reid’s ridiculous “but for me, we’d be in a worldwide depression” comment from last week with this new ad:
GOP Surge Begins in Nevada Early Voting
Republicans surged in early voting Monday in Clark County, nearly matching Democratic raw votes. The Democrats have a voter registration advantage of 13 percent in Clark, but Republicans lost by only 400 out of roughly 20,000 votes cast.
The statewide turnout advantage of ...
Nevada Early Voting Breaks Records, Sec of State Calls for Greater Transparency
Almost 88,000 more Nevadans have voted early compared to this same point in time in the 2006 mid-term election, said Secretary of State Ross Miller’s office Monday. However, most early voters will be in the dark about campaign spending reports.
AFL-CIO to the Rescue for Harry Reid
Harry Reid and national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka will hold a joint get-out-the-vote rally Tuesday evening at the Washoe Senior Center in Reno. According to the press release, Trumka “will detail Sen. Reid’s support for working people and ...
Democrats Now Lead by over 11,000 in Nevada Early Voting
The Republicans still lead the Democrats in relative turnout percentage — by 2.2 points in Clark and Washoe counties, the only two counties from which statistics are being reported — but the Democrats have extended their raw vote lead to 11,483.
The new totals ...
Obama Visits Las Vegas, Attempts to Inspire
President Obama rolled out a veritable rhetorical arsenal of fresh inspiration as well as some old campaign standbys at an outdoor rally for Harry Reid in Las Vegas Friday night. The high-profile visit followed that of Sarah Palin, Vice President ...
Angle, Heck Comment on Nevada Unemployment
Sharron Angle on today’s unemployment reports:
Welcome to Nevada, Mr. President. It’s good that you’re here to see first-hand what your and Harry’s ‘recovery’ has done to our state. We have 14.4% unemployment and the highest foreclosure ...
More from Gingrich's Appearance for Angle
Former House Speaker and possible 2012 presidential contender Newt Gingrich repeatedly drew laughter and approving cheers in remarks following Sharron Angle’s brief speech at an American Solutions rally Thursday night in west Las Vegas.
Gingrich talked about national economic policy, ...
Nevada Early Voting Update
Republicans gained another 0.2 percent and now have just under a 2-percent lead in turnout percentage in Clark County, which encompasses Las Vegas. However, after six days of early voting Democrats have a raw vote lead of 9,433.
Combining early votes with ...
Sharron Angle Ad Welcomes Obama to Nevada
The Angle campaign will run a slightly shorter one-minute version of this ad on television during President Obama’s visit to Nevada tomorrow:
Final Heck-Titus Debate Focuses on Ads, Jobs, Stimulus
Competing attack ads, the proper role of the federal government in job creation and the effectiveness of the stimulus bill were the main issues in a final debate Thursday evening between Rep. Dina Titus and Republican challenger Joe Heck in ...
Day Five, Nevada Early Voter Totals
Early voting slowed down in Clark County on Wednesday, as both parties showed a downtick in turnout compared to Tuesday. Democrats are still beating Republicans in the raw vote numbers, but the GOP did gain another .2 percent in comparative turnout.
The Dina Titus campaign is either running out of original ideas or thinks it has a winner with this remixed version of an earlier ad tying Joe Heck to Sharron Angle and called “Two Peas in a Pod”:
Heck disputes ...
Las Vegas’ politically incorrect mayor, Oscar Goodman, endorses Rory Reid in this funny web ad.
Battle ‘10’s favorite part is when Oscar tells Rory the showgirls are backstage reading his “crap” (i.e., his six formally released plans for fixing ...
Nevada Early Voting Update
As of the close of early voting polls Tuesday, 61,790 people have early voted in Clark County. The breakdown by party is 28,671 Democrats, 23,579 Republicans, and 9,540 non-partisans.
Cumulatively, adding early votes with absentee ballot votes, 10.6 percent of Clark County Democrats have turned ...
Harry Reid is Doing Just Fine
The Sharron Angle campaign released this new “Supermodels” ad on Tuesday amidst a flurry of new television ads by both the campaigns and their surrogates. “While your family is just hanging on, someone’s been hanging out with supermodels,” says ...