A choice snippet from his floor speech this afternoon accusing Republicans of having mischaracterized what he said about this morning about America’s big 36,000-jobs-lost day.

And while the majority leader said that February’s job losses were “undeniably devastating,” Reid argued that job losses were much less than they could have been had Democrats not acted with their stimulus measures over the past year.

But Reid also lashed out at Republicans who’ve opposed many of those policies, accusing them of rooting for the economy’s failure for their own political game.

“And I warn them, once again, that this country has no place and no patience for those who root for failure,” Reid said to the GOP.

If this country had no patience for people like that, his ass would have been tossed ages ago. Not because he once thought the war was lost — a lot of people thought that — but because he insisted upon it, occasionally in the most reptilian political terms, in ways that few others did. Everyone remembers him declaring defeat but few people remember this, from 2007:

Senior Democrats are calculating that if they keep the pressure on, eventually more Republicans will jump ship and challenge the president — or lose their seats to Democratic contenders…

Added Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.: “We’re going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.”

That’s not all. After Bush ordered the surge, Dingy had to cope with the prospect that it might work. His solution? Simply refuse to believe Petraeus if he came back with good news. A few months later he supposedly told a conference call of nutroots bloggers that Petraeus and Peter Pace were incompetent, just in case they were inclined to start believing the reports of progress too. As late as December 2007, after it was already widely accepted that the surge had begun to turn things around, he was still arguing to the contrary. And why not? There were Senate seats at stake, after all.

Via Greg Hengler, here’s a mash-up of this tool’s hypocrisy in action. Honestly, I’m starting to come around to Michael Roston’s position: Between his rhetorical miscues and his mismanagement of the caucus, we really can’t afford to beat this guy this year. He’s too valuable to us. Reid in 2010!