Video: Reid praises Sotomayor and his own ignorance

posted at 6:30 pm on June 2, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Just in case anyone labors under the delusion that Democrats in the Senate will be anything other than a rubber stamp for Obama, especially on appointments, look no further than Majority Leader Harry Reid. He spent a lot of time during the Bush administration carping about the lack of oversight Republicans gave the White House, but at least the GOP got engaged on judicial nominations. How will Reid put that into practice in the Obama administration? He started off today sounding pretty good on Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court:

“Everyone in America, I want them to understand that we have the whole package here,” Reid said, listing Sotomayor’s academic and professional background. “If that wasn’t enough, her background is very significant — we could not have anyone better qualified,” Reid said.

No one better qualified, eh? That must mean Reid has taken a close look at Sotomayor, especially since she topped everyone’s short list of predicted nominees. Or maybe not, because Reid apparently can’t be bothered:

I understand that during her career, she’s written hundreds and hundreds of opinions. I haven’t read a single one of them, and if I’m fortunate before we end this, I won’t have to read one of them.

Er, then how does he know that “we could not have anyone better qualified” than Sotomayor? Because Harry Reid’s biggest aspiration as a public servant nowadays is to carry Obama’s water. Not a surprise at all, but it’s always good to get that on the record.


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“Everyone in America, I want them to understand that we have the whole package here,”

Understatement of the decade.

Hey Harry, the package is on fire and on the senate doorstep. Don’t stomp it out.

portlandon on June 2, 2009 at 6:33 PM

These folks are worse than lazy. Waxman concedes that he can’t be bothered to read the cap-and-tax bill, too. Yikes.

clorensen on June 2, 2009 at 6:34 PM

she’s a liberal democrat that’s why….

Ogabe may have sadly agreed on the qualifications of the Bush nominees but could not in good conscience vote for them since “they er uh won’t fight the executive on Gitmo”….

the D trumps all…

sven10077 on June 2, 2009 at 6:34 PM

How did this guy ever get elected to anything? Would anyone here vote this guy to a water district board?

OMG!

FireBlogger on June 2, 2009 at 6:35 PM

Attention Sears, you’ve got a Craftsman missing.

Mason on June 2, 2009 at 6:36 PM

And Republicans can’t find someone to beat this idiot?

therightwinger on June 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Stupid is as stupid does.

This man must be defeated in his election, not only do the citizens of Nevada deserve better, but we as Americans deserve better.

Can you imagine if a Republican had said this? Holy mackerel!

freeus on June 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM

therightwinger on June 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM

Not yet. Kind of surreal, isn’t it?

AUINSC on June 2, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Keebler Elf strikes again!

blatantblue on June 2, 2009 at 6:39 PM

How many lockers was this traitorous, petulant, gasbag stuffed into at school?

Answer: not enough.

daesleeper on June 2, 2009 at 6:41 PM

“Everyone in America, I want them to understand that we have the whole package here,” Reid said.

-Not male. Check.
-Not white. Check.
-Product of government welfare/affirmative action sytem. Check.

Yep, for a dullard like Reid, she is the true ‘whole’ package.
I believe, for the first time in my adult life, I am throwing up a little bit in my mouth.

HornetSting on June 2, 2009 at 6:43 PM

Not yet. Kind of surreal, isn’t it?

It seems like any decent human being who is able to form coherent sentences would be enough.

therightwinger on June 2, 2009 at 6:43 PM

I hope that bitter old gnome is beaten in 2010.

ddrintn on June 2, 2009 at 6:44 PM

“Everyone in America, I want them to understand that we have the whole package here,” Reid said, listing Sotomayor’s academic and professional background. “If that wasn’t enough, her background is very significant — we could not have anyone better qualified,” Reid said.

We’re supposed to feel good, and secure, with this rousing endorsement? This is supposed to allay any fears, that this woman will judge rationally, and by the laws as they’re written, and not emotionally, and with empathy? I’m supposed to feel confident with this mans opinion, when he’s the one, who said the war was lost?

Bahahahahahahahahaha

capejasmine on June 2, 2009 at 6:44 PM

Just in case anyone labors under the delusion that Democrats in the Senate will be anything other than a rubber stamp for Obama, especially on appointments

Or, why I voted for Sarahcuda!

Branch Rickey on June 2, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Wow. Someone has to use this in an ad against him during re-election. Um, is anyone running against him yet?

ctmom on June 2, 2009 at 6:47 PM

Is anyone running against this moron?

Anybody?

Knucklehead on June 2, 2009 at 6:49 PM

This buffoon is everything wrong with our political system. He is not fit to lead a group of lemmings to the cliff.

volsense on June 2, 2009 at 6:53 PM

Knucklehead on June 2, 2009 at 6:49 PM

Looks like it’s wide open…want to move to Nevada and become a Senator. You’d certainly do much better that this skin-bag.

AUINSC on June 2, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Um, yeah, Obama just went to Vegas and raised $2 million for the guy, that’s all he needs to know.

califcon on June 2, 2009 at 6:56 PM

And Republicans can’t find someone to beat this idiot?

therightwinger on June 2, 2009 at 6:37 PM

He decided this time to defeat himself.

If Obama nominated daffy Duck Reid would drool over the pick. Big word alert. Reid is unable to read what they vote on and pass. Gives him a headache.

seven on June 2, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Has anyone here ever seen the movie Idiocracy with Luke Wilson…?
I can picture Harry Reid watering his lawn with Gatorade.

NeoKong on June 2, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Where are the trolls?

CWforFreedom on June 2, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Harry Reid: Shining example of “The biggest mystery in American history” thread.

infidel4life on June 2, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Harry’s off his meds again…

BKeyser on June 2, 2009 at 7:11 PM

What is his job again? To line his own pockets with taxpayer money? So in the past week we have one Senator admitting he doesn’t read legislation he is voting on, and now no research on a potential SCOTUS pick. Can we have his pay cut to $1.00 a year?

cobrakai99 on June 2, 2009 at 7:19 PM

Reid makes me throw up in my mouth.

rplat on June 2, 2009 at 7:22 PM

How many more opportunities is the GOP going to have handed to them on a silver platter? We just need half a dozen GOP senators referring to troublesome aspects in some of her opinions, stressing that “unlike the Senate Majority Leader, I have actually read this for myself” and she gets scrutiny.

Somebody? Anybody?

cs89 on June 2, 2009 at 7:29 PM

Looks like it’s wide open…want to move to Nevada and become a Senator. You’d certainly do much better that this skin-bag.

AUINSC on June 2, 2009 at 6:54 PM

Would love to, but sorry, I’m throwing my hat into a local election next year.

Knucklehead on June 2, 2009 at 7:31 PM

Harry Reid(D), Nevada. Nevada, apart from being heart-breakingly beautiful, has as its main industry gambling (and of course whores.) Is it any surprise that a state that’s been doing business with the mob for over 60 years should exhibit sufficient corruption to elect an embarrassment like Harry Reid to national office?

Just take a look at the tax base.

warbaby on June 2, 2009 at 7:36 PM

If it doesn’t have to do with Nevada real estate and it’s affect on his wallet, Dirty Harry isn’t interested in reading it. Further proof that any idiot can get elected to the US Senate.

GarandFan on June 2, 2009 at 7:38 PM

This is the most worthless human being in the world. He has a job that pays extremely well, great benefits for life, and he is useless. USELESS. It just goes to show that the people of Nevada are either gambling or drunk, 24/7.

afotia on June 2, 2009 at 7:43 PM

What? um…WHAT?

ronsfi on June 2, 2009 at 7:48 PM

I just don’t know where to start with how STUPID this clown is. Nevada, wake up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oakpack on June 2, 2009 at 7:48 PM

It’s hard to be against abortion when you see the likes of Pelosi and Reid.
But then again think of all the possible Einsteins we have aborted.

Rick007 on June 2, 2009 at 8:01 PM

Someday the politicians will admit it’s all about THEOLOGY, and the IDEOLOGY that is built upon one’s faith. Democrats are united in their rejection of Christ and His words. Many on this site likely are as well. When it comes down to it, those who reject the Truth will reject most forms of restraint that God has asked us to put on ourselves.

Reid represents Nevada better than a Republican, who is assumed (by association) to be outside of the liberal/agnostic theological construct. Therefore, a Republican will not defeat him unless that candidate succumbs to anti-Biblcal ideology, i.e. liberalism.

So, until the people of this nation get back on their knees and surrender to their Maker, expect only more of the same, and eventual self-destruction. Hey, the Book predicted exactly that, so my money’s not on a return to the WH.

leftnomore on June 2, 2009 at 8:07 PM

If Harry is still the majority leader come January 2011 this country is doomed and will never recover. The timeline is just that simple, factual and straightforward.

Griz on June 2, 2009 at 8:15 PM

leftnomore on June 2, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Been reading Isaiah?

daesleeper on June 2, 2009 at 8:29 PM

Reminds me of Darrell Hammond’s impersonation of Bill Clinton giving his farewell speech: “Suck on it America. Suck.On.It.”

Onus on June 2, 2009 at 8:48 PM

He’s from Las Vegas. That place gives Chicago a good run for title of most corrupt city in America. Harry’s Son, Rory is the Clark County commissioner. The graft runs deep through the Reid clan.

angryed on June 2, 2009 at 8:56 PM

“If we’re fortunate, I won’t have to read one of them”???

WTF.

Good grief. What a tool…and Nevada voters should be ashamed…

ladyingray on June 2, 2009 at 8:58 PM

Dementia.

Star20 on June 2, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Given that he’s a Senator from Nevada, and given that Nevadas’ porn to gambling ratio is through the roof, I hope Nevadans die a horrible horrible death. Too da loo! Bye bastages!

Coronagold on June 2, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Well not Nevadans, just the bastages that say they represent them.

Coronagold on June 2, 2009 at 10:05 PM

Reid sounds like a barker at a carnival.

ss396 on June 2, 2009 at 10:18 PM

Given that he’s a Senator from Nevada, and given that Nevadas’ porn to gambling ratio is through the roof, I hope Nevadans die a horrible horrible death. Too da loo! Bye bastages!

Coronagold on June 2, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Nice to meet you, Corona, be sure to come by and visit sometime soon.

mike in NV on June 2, 2009 at 10:25 PM

Here is the real question: how in the heck did the rest of the Democrats convince themselves that he and Pelosi would be good for the party? Further they are all so entranced by BHO they dont even try to make sense. All they need to know is that he wants it!

pgrossjr on June 2, 2009 at 10:54 PM

leftnomore on June 2, 2009 at 8:07 PM

You are so right.

cjs1943 on June 3, 2009 at 12:02 AM

What do you expect? Reid is a white man, everyone knows he can’t think properly. Well at least Sotomayor knows that and will teach the American people the “richer” way of thinking…

petunia on June 3, 2009 at 1:04 AM

leftnomore on June 2, 2009 at 8:07 PM

Ummmm you are sort of nuts. Has anyone told you that before? The polls don’t look good in Nevada for Reid. Obama is bad for business in Nevada and Reid is much more liberal than most of the state… you have weird ideas about Nevada. Sterotyping no doubt.

petunia on June 3, 2009 at 1:08 AM

Nevadans, you know what you have to do. Please don’t let us down.

Mallard T. Drake on June 3, 2009 at 1:43 AM