Reid: The GOP’s filibuster of financial reform is “anti-American”

posted at 4:27 pm on April 28, 2010 by Allahpundit

Via Breitbart, a bold new work from the craftsman who brought you “evil-mongers” and who once compared opposition to ObamaCare with opposition to abolitionism. His own spokesman says he “probably” should have chosen different words, but after the ObamaCare debacle, you can understand Reid’s confusion. In an age when Congress is willing to use reconciliation to squeeze through a bill opposed by most of the public, halting the pace of the Democratic agenda even temporarily seems beyond the pale. And this is temporary, by the way, or rather was: Just as I’m writing this, news is breaking that the GOP is ready to let the bill come to the floor. Thank goodness this crisis of anti-Americana could be resolved.

In lieu of the standard “what if a Republican had said it?” point, let me simply note what a liability this moron frequently is to his own side. If negotiations hadn’t been close to the finishing point, anger among the righty base over what he said here could have made life difficult for Shelby and the rest of the GOP caucus in reaching a deal. If/when Nevadans take him down in November, it won’t only be grassroots conservatives who are celebrating.


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Anti-American to fight a bill you won’t discuss the details of. Reminds me of another bill.

Vashta.Nerada on April 28, 2010 at 4:29 PM

What an idiot. Pelosi at least is smart enough to not call conservatives anti….oh wait.

Doughboy on April 28, 2010 at 4:29 PM

This evil little clown won’t return all the $$$ he got from Goldman Sachs… I wonder why?

tetriskid on April 28, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Anti-American to fight a bill you won’t discuss the details of. Reminds me of another bill.

Vashta.Nerada on April 28, 2010 at 4:29 PM

They have to pass it first so we know what’s it in after all.

Yakko77 on April 28, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Sneak peak of his concession speech.

Christien on April 28, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Newsflash for the GOP, the Democrats are trying to defeat you, stop helping them.

Conservatism always works, perverted Conservative principles, loses.

Speakup on April 28, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Isn’t it amazing how easily that comes out of his mouth?

Kensington on April 28, 2010 at 4:31 PM

They have to pass it first so we know what’s it in after all.

Yakko77 on April 28, 2010 at 4:30 PM

in it

Yakko77 on April 28, 2010 at 4:31 PM

I wonder what he’s gonna do with his life starting in January.

Denverslim on April 28, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Yakko77 on April 28, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Frighteningly, I think you were right the first time.

Vashta.Nerada on April 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM

For the extremely limted number of Camper Van Beethoven fans out there (from Where the Hell is Bill?):

Where, where the Hell’s the Bill?
Where, where the Hell’s the Bill?
Where, where the Hell’s the Bill?
Where, where the Hell’s the Bill?
Well, maybe it went to get a cornhusk kickback
Maybe it went to to a smoked filled room
Maybe it went to get a Lousiana purchase
Well, maybe it went to get a permanent bailout
Maybe it went to Chris Dodd’s bathroom
Maybe it went to get a paygo exception
Maybe it went to get Acron funding
Well, maybe it went to get Richard Shelby
And maybe it went to get some Republican RINOS
Maybe it went to Wall Street lobbiests
Maybe it was voted on by the circle jerks

WashJeff on April 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Reid: The GOP’s filibuster of financial reform is “anti-American”

Goebbels: The Jews obstruction to reform is anti-German.

MB4 on April 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Goldman is still funding and paying Reid… he attended a fundraiser hosted by their president just a week ago.

After criticizing Republican leaders yesterday for having a secret, closed-door meeting with Wall Street executives, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today faced his own questions about a fundraiser he attended this year hosted by the president of Goldman Sachs.

Asked by reporters to confirm his attendance and how it played into the debate over financial regulatory reform, Reid didn’t answer the question directly. Instead, he read from what appeared to be prepared remarks, touting his reform efforts.

“I’m leading the effort to rein in Wall Street,” he said at his weekly on-camera news conference. “I’m going to make sure that in this legislation I do everything within my ability to make sure that banks aren’t too big to fail.”

Asked later by NBC News to confirm the fundraiser, Reid spokesman Jim Manley readily did so — adding that everything was done in accordance with campaign finance rules. It raised $37,000, Manley said.

Yesterday, however, it was Reid and Manley who were on the attack, condemning Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and NRSC Chairman John Cornyn for meeting with Wall Street execs in New York City. In a written statement, Manley said the senators “should immediately reveal what they discussed earlier this month during secret, closed-door meeting with Wall Street executives in New York City.”

When news of Reid’s Goldman Sachs fundraiser was circulated yesterday, NRSC spokesman Brain Walsh said, “One can only presume that Sen. Reid will be return these donations immediately.” Today, Manley said the majority leader plans to keep the money.

tetriskid on April 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Is tomorrow November 1st?? Please, Dear Lord, let it be November.

GoldenEagle4444 on April 28, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Guess I am Anti-American and didn’t even know it!

Seriously, how would Reid know what being an American is anyway?

Beaglemom on April 28, 2010 at 4:35 PM

His own spokesman says he “probably” should have chosen different words

Different words?

He should have chosen a different brain.

MB4 on April 28, 2010 at 4:35 PM

ya know…I think he may just be brain dead.

search4truth on April 28, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Don’t worry, Harry, the spineless Republicans will cave.

They always do.

fossten on April 28, 2010 at 4:36 PM

His own spokesman says he “probably” should have chosen different words

So, he “spoke stupidly”…?

ted c on April 28, 2010 at 4:37 PM

Insert Hillary Clinton’s “I am sick and tired of…” Screed

Defector01 on April 28, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Remember this.

rob verdi on April 28, 2010 at 4:40 PM

really, isn’t reid just phoning it in now?

joeindc44 on April 28, 2010 at 4:43 PM

I’m beginning to think the only reason the GOP sometimes refuses to play ball with the Democrats is because they can’t find a Republican with balls.

Daggett on April 28, 2010 at 4:46 PM

Barak Hussein Obama is anti-american and has a two year record of it. Shove that up your a#$ Harry Reid.

Inanemergencydial on April 28, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Reid’s spokesman clarified by saying “What the Senator meant was anyone who doesn’t agree with our Marxist policies is a racist, well dressed, evil mongering hack and Nazi terrorist.

darwin on April 28, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Good. Then we can say this, right?

Socialism is evil.

petefrt on April 28, 2010 at 4:50 PM

This filibuster is lost.

Also Sprach Reid-athustra.

profitsbeard on April 28, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME): “I’m going to vote to proceed to the bill.”

amerpundit on April 28, 2010 at 4:50 PM

In lieu of the standard “what if a Republican had said it?” point, let me simply note what a liability this moron frequently is to his own side. If negotiations hadn’t been close to the finishing point, anger among the righty base over what he said here could have made life difficult for Shelby and the rest of the GOP caucus in reaching a deal. If/when Nevadans take him down in November, it won’t only be grassroots conservatives who are celebrating.

Allahpundit

And yet he’s getting the job done.

We’re tired of the whole “let him talk, he’ll embarrass himself” meme. The truth is that constant drumbeat desensitizes the public.

Just get them out of there.

fossten on April 28, 2010 at 4:51 PM

. . . and Reid is a flaming leftist ass.

rplat on April 28, 2010 at 4:51 PM

Reid wants to pass the bill to find out what is in it…

I hope the American public doesn’t fall for it again.

Sekhmet on April 28, 2010 at 4:51 PM

The government started the problem pushing loans for people that didn’t disserve them, but their answer is to punish the ones that employed their rules.

Super sick. Time to replace the politicians, not the bankers.

saiga on April 28, 2010 at 4:52 PM

I just want to assure you that not all Mormons are as crazy as Reid.

Badger40 on April 28, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Gotta say he is keeping us amused in his final months of employment. He’s going down anyway, but he’s doing it colorfully. He is the face of anti-Americanism, him & Pelosi. Oh yeah and Obozo.

SWChance on April 28, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Does he get drunk before he gives speeches or something? People like him and Pelosi appear to be totally disengaged from reality. Even if it’s political posturing, it’s so clumsy and over the top that I have to wonder how they keep their jobs.

Heralder on April 28, 2010 at 4:56 PM

ya know…I think he may just be brain dead.

search4truth on April 28, 2010 at 4:36 PM

He’s been dead all over for years, nobody’s told him to get in the coffin yet ….

Jerome Horwitz on April 28, 2010 at 4:59 PM

What happened to: “Don’t question my patriotism!!!!11″?

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on April 28, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Another preposterous dickhead statement from a dickweed senator. I would like him to address the things Glenn Beck brought up the other day about GoldmanSachs and Dear Leader and Al Gore. Eh? Some very smelly here. Where’s Friedman? C’mon, boys, let’s hear what the deal is. Meanwhile, GoldmanSachs goes on their short sword but the wound isn’t fatal, amazingly. A feat of super-human survivability, I say! Then, back at the White house there is a great huddle to confirm the flimflam and put together some more contingency plan. Jesus Christ! Is anyone ever going to pick the right target?

LarryG on April 28, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME): “I’m going to vote to proceed to the bill.”

amerpundit on April 28, 2010 at 4:50 PM

I’ve got a feeling this will pass. Until November, we’re just plain screwed. We just need to make sure we rally in November, vote conservative (not simply for people with a “R” next to their name as examples like Collins and others show) and make them pay for this crap and then hopefully we can undo some of this mess.

Yakko77 on April 28, 2010 at 5:01 PM

I keep forgetting that capitalism is un-American now. I’ll have to tie a string on my finger to remember.

RBMN on April 28, 2010 at 5:01 PM

COMPLETE and total collapse of the GOP on EVERY SINGLE ISSUE that Conservatives believe in in 5…….4……..3…….

LADIES and gentleman the United States is dead. Barring divine intervention the nation will become a complete and TOTAL Progressive dictatorship (apparent to all very shortly….and the Left will cheer, and the Founders weep).

It is over……. They don’t care if you call, they don’t care if you march and DAMN you…..they are in charge……get used to it you freaking serfs.

PappyD61 on April 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM

PappyD61 on April 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM

That’s the spirit!

Heralder on April 28, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Jim Manley, a Reid spokesman, acknowledged that it was “probably a poor choice of words” to call the GOP tactics anti-American.

Nope. He meant every word.

tru2tx on April 28, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Incontinent senile men/women in the Congress and teenagers in the WH ‘lead’ us.

Schadenfreude on April 28, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Hey Reid, is “the war is lost” anti-American

rjoco1 on April 28, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Harry Reid happens.

Fletch54 on April 28, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Why are the Republicans changing their minds and letting the thing come to a vote at this point? Something change in the language?

Midas on April 28, 2010 at 5:13 PM

PappyD61 on April 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it is no exaggeration to say that the fate of this nation hinges on the outcome of the next couple elections. Will we abandon our Constitutional principles forever yo a socialist/Statist agenda or can they be reborn?

Yakko77 on April 28, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Well, everyone must know by now that economic fascism is as American as baseball and apple pie.

Rae on April 28, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Remember when it was bad to even imply (not actually say, mind you–nobody actually said it)–that the political opposition was “un-American” or “anti-American”? I guess that sword was supposed to cut only one way in Washington.

Since the gloves are now apparently off, I’m proud to point out that I do in fact consider Reid, Pelosi, Obama and any and all of their quasi-socialist cronies and/or supporters anti-American. That is to say, their beliefs are antithetical to the beliefs upon which this nation was founded, and their goals appear to be consistent with the destruction of the American way of life. I consider their actions to be treasonous, and consider they themselves to be traitors to the American people. And I’m confident I can argue a stronger case than Harry Reid and his parliament of scum.

Blacklake on April 28, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Cry wolf again, Harry.

t.ferg on April 28, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Why are the Republicans changing their minds and letting the thing come to a vote at this point? Something change in the language?

Midas on April 28, 2010 at 5:13 PM

The Republicans are only allowing the debate to BEGIN on the floor of the Senate. There still has to be another vote to END debate (cloture) which can be filibustered if the Republicans aren’t satisfied with the results of the debate.

Let’s face it, lots of people blame Wall Street for “packaging” the risky sub-prime mortgages into “mortgage-backed securities” that were oversold to companies who had no idea of the downside, and SOME government oversight could be useful to prevent this from happening again.

However, an automatic bailout of any bank that goes belly-up is NOT the way to prevent this, and any new Government regulation has to also apply to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, whose executives got rich selling bad mortgages to insolvent borrowers, with the Government assuming any downside risk, which the initial cause of the 2008 financial collapse, although others share the blame.

It’s possible that a Republican threat of a filibuster prior to cloture could force Democrats to include free-market ideas in an eventual bill, whose eventual purpose could be to discourage risky behavior and allow the risk-takers to suffer the full consequences of any failure. Another possible reform could be to impose mandatory solvency limits on borrowers, so that a mortgage payment can never exceed a fixed percentage of the borrower’s income.

Let’s given the Senate a chance to have a full debate on C-span, not an “un-American” debate behind closed doors.

Steve Z on April 28, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Just cut to the chase, Harry. Simply say, anything you propose that we’re against is “anti-American”. That way we only have to endure your idiocy once.

swash_plate on April 28, 2010 at 5:48 PM

I wonder if Harry will get a talk show gig after he loses.

Yep, Harry, not wanting to drift away from American principles is un-American.

I’m done insulting morons, so I don’t know what to call Harry and his Democrat ilk.

reaganaut on April 28, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Reid is such an idiot. He really is. It is absolutely depressing that a man like this could rise so high in our political class. Depressing.

As for the GOP letting it come to a vote, I hear there is a compromise. I figured there would be. The truth is, it is probably better for both parties to pass a compromise with some consumer protections and move on from this.

Terrye on April 28, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Liberal insults and name calling is nothing more than frantic desperate liberals gasping for air in their final moments.

Remember November folks…

makaput on April 28, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Just as I’m writing this, news is breaking that the GOP is ready to let the bill come to the floor.

What a gutless bunch of posers.

Blaise on April 28, 2010 at 6:23 PM

Anti-American, Kenyan maybe?

tarpon on April 28, 2010 at 6:35 PM

Harry is a huge boob!

MCGIRV on April 28, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Somewhere in Searchlight…

ZK on April 28, 2010 at 7:39 PM

It’s prolly anti-Semitic too, or something.

Akzed on April 29, 2010 at 12:02 AM

I would like to have Harry Reid give us an example of how any thing the democrats stand for isn’t anti-american.
I’m sorry but if you’re a democrat, you are anti-american.

elifino on April 29, 2010 at 4:31 AM

Clock’s ticking, Harry! November is closer than you think!

pilamaye on April 29, 2010 at 6:41 AM