Inevitable: Nevada Senate race now rated “lean takeover”

posted at 6:28 pm on January 12, 2010 by Allahpundit

“Harry-kiri,” the boss calls it.

New polling confirms that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) is mired near 40% in general election ballot tests against all potential opponents, even those voters know nothing about. It will be extremely difficult for him to pull out a win, as Sens. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and John Sununu (R-NH), and more recently New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D), found out.

Reid’s most recent controversial comments don’t help because they keep the story focused on him, rather than on his opponents. Given Reid’s current standing with voters, he should be viewed as a slight underdog for reelection, which is why we are moving this race from Toss-up to Lean Takeover for the GOP.

Not only is he crashing, he’s taking his kid down with him, which is why I still think there’s a fair chance he’s going to retire — especially if Brown shocks the world in Massachusetts. Via Greg Hengler, here’s Obama reassuring an interviewer that Reid’s a “good man,” notwithstanding his (a) insinuations during the campaign that McCain was unstable, (b) denigration of townhall protesters as “evilmongers,” (c) belittling of Petraeus as an incompetent liar while the surge was starting up in Iraq, and (d) aspersions cast upon the intelligence of Clarence Thomas. And that’s the tip of the iceberg. He’s a cheap, nasty demagogue, but he’s also politically useful to The One, ergo he’s a “good man.” I can’t wait for November.

Update: A belated exit question: If Reid stupidly insists on running this race and is still in the toilet come, say, August, will Obama risk his own political capital by campaigning for him? Because he’s such a good man and all, you know.


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Don,t worry Harry you can always get a job as a greeter and hand shaker at one of the casinos in Vegas.

thmcbb on January 12, 2010 at 8:17 PM

Exit Answer: “Yeah Harry, if you don’t mind, there’s something stuck under the bus, give it a look. Here… let me help you get under there.”

Hog Wild on January 12, 2010 at 8:18 PM

If Reid stupidly insists on running this race and is still in the toilet come, say, August, will Obama risk his own political capital by campaigning for him? Because he’s such a good man and all, you know.

No, 0bowma will let Harry die on the vine. He gave Reid a pass on the racist comments because Reid was kind to him when he suggested he run for POTUS.
Reid is so though.
I think he will announce his retirement by March to give his kid a chance for Gov.

FireBlogger on January 12, 2010 at 8:21 PM

I wanna get in the ring and punch Harrrrrrys lites out.

royzer on January 12, 2010 at 8:28 PM

Careful what you wish for…if Harry resigns, Chuckie Shumer could well be the next majority leader.

angryed on January 12, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Chuckie Shumcky already needs a drool bib!

huskerdiva on January 12, 2010 at 8:29 PM

Oh, please, Nevada, do not elect his son as gov. America does not need another generation of Harry Reid.

mobydutch on January 12, 2010 at 8:30 PM

Well, let me figure this out: he pulls off a blow-job for bama and then gets blown away? Fools like this will NEVER learn…or straighten up.

jgdp on January 12, 2010 at 8:30 PM

If Reid is sincere in his apology, why did he wait until right before the book came out to apologize? He said exactly what he feels. He was sure he could say that and no one would find out. He is a racist plain and simple.

rdb16 on January 12, 2010 at 8:31 PM

If Reid is sincere in his apology, why did he wait until right before the book came out to apologize? He said exactly what he feels. He was sure he could say that and no one would find out. He is a racist plain and simple.

rdb16 on January 12, 2010 at 8:31 PM

He thought he was speaking on background and would not be quoted. When the book came out, he found out he was wrong…or was had.

Wethal on January 12, 2010 at 8:59 PM

I want it to be a morbidly obese takeover.

Philly on January 12, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Reid WIll not run for re-election but Dems will wait til the last minute to announce that-hoping to catch Repubs off gaurd. These morons are easy to read. They want Republicans expecting to face Harry and won’t pull out all the stops, expecting an easy win. they’ll pulla Dodd to try catch the GOP off gaurd on resources etc. with not as much time left

Republicans in that race should prepare for an opponent that will give them a runfor their money. That way, they are ready for whatever nonsenical fake out the Dimmocrats try. You know Dems will try something. They are niether to bright or too original

Niteowl45 on January 12, 2010 at 9:05 PM

exit question: If Reid stupidly insists on running this race and is still in the toilet come, say, August, will Obama risk his own political capital by campaigning for him? Because he’s such a good man and all, you know.

A better question might be will Obama have any political capital left to help him with in August whether Reid is still campaigning or not.

Lily on January 12, 2010 at 9:26 PM

In a delicious role reversal, tourists in the Capitol Building now complain regularly about noisome odors emanating from Harry Reid whenever he passes them by.

ya2daup on January 12, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Harry Reid is supposedly leaving Nevada to go back to DC to talk to Obama.
Bet you Obama is going to ask Harry to not run this year in an effort to save the seat.
Enoxo on January 12, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Bet you The Unprecedented is going to ream out Harry for having the audacity to get a “Tuck & ‘Tox Two-Fer” before the ObamaCare tax on such procedures is in effect. Oh, and Joe will question Harry’s patriotism.

ya2daup on January 12, 2010 at 9:40 PM

Have a stroke, Harry, you thieving piece of garbage.

marklmail on January 12, 2010 at 9:41 PM

In a delicious role reversal, tourists in the Capitol Building now complain regularly about noisome odors emanating from Harry Reid whenever he passes them by.

ya2daup on January 12, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Heh. So true- rots from the head and all…

2ipa on January 12, 2010 at 9:46 PM

Hmmmmm.

First it was Tom Daschle.

Now it’s Harry Reid.

Maybe being Senate Majority Leader is a cursed position for Democrats?

memomachine on January 12, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Let Reid go, we want Schmeke as the lib majority leader, he goes on news shows to propagandize and his hob goblin poltergeist mug can be the face of the Democrat party and give a whole new meaning to the notion of scary as hell.

Speakup on January 12, 2010 at 10:19 PM

marklmail on January 12, 2010 at 9:41 PM

Not OK.

Bruno Strozek on January 12, 2010 at 10:24 PM

A little bit off topic, but does anyone else think that for a guy who just had a 14-day vacation at a gob-zillion dollar private house/beach in Hawaii, Obama looks. . . well, like someone who needs a 14-day vacation. The dark circles, the absolutely flat, exhausted affect–if I were a betting person, I would say that Barry isn’t going to last out his first term.

labwriter on January 12, 2010 at 10:52 PM

Don’t worry Harry, Acorn will find a few boxes of uncounted votes, in the back of a Prius, that didn’t get counted.

In the end, I would bet that the Prius was owned by either George Soros or Al Franken.

realitycheck on January 12, 2010 at 11:26 PM

Important election year dates in Nevada.

March 23, 2010,5:00 p.m.: Last Day to Withdraw Candidacy (Non-Judicial)

JUNE 8, 2010, PRIMARY ELECTION
(FEDERAL / STATE)
Vote 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

mike in NV on January 13, 2010 at 12:11 AM

Whether he retires or not, I wanna know the predictions on his replacement. Are they better or worse? Like, could we see Boxer take his spot and have Frick & Frack running the show?

Sultry Beauty on January 13, 2010 at 12:39 AM

Finally. Someone calls a spade a spade and calls Reid what he is: a cheap, nasty demagogue. The description fits him perfectly. Can’t wait till November.

NathanG on January 13, 2010 at 1:22 AM

re: NathanG on January 13, 2010 at 1:22 AM
He’s a cheap, nasty demagogue

PERFECT description. Lord only knows why people have kept him around this long. The only think I would add is “despicable”.

scalleywag on January 13, 2010 at 8:33 AM

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