What part of “It won’t pass” does Harry Reid not understand?

posted at 8:13 pm on November 3, 2011 by Tina Korbe

No surprises here, but the failure of another component of the president’s jobs bill deserves at least a mention, if for no other reason than that it’s important to remember that Harry Reid insists on wasting the Senate’s time in this way — by picking the least palatable portions of the president’s bill, bringing them to the Senate floor for a vote and then blaming Republicans for their failure. Up for defeat today: A $60 billion infrastructure bill.

The bill’s failure was followed by all the finger-pointing from one side of the aisle to the other you’d predict. National Journal reports:

“Democrats are more interested in building a campaign message than in rebuilding roads and bridges. And frankly, the American people deserve a lot better than that,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in an animated floor speech earlier Thursday.

McConnell implored Democrats to bring forward jobs legislation that can be enacted rather than legislation designed to be cited in a “campaign speech.” The remark drew a pointed response from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

“We have had here for the last 10 months a campaign speech every day directed by my friend, through his Republican colleagues and his caucus, doing everything they can to make President Obama look bad,” Reid said.

But let’s remember the reality here:

  1. The Senate is Democratically-controlled. Reid doesn’t have to win over all the Republicans — just a handful — to prevent a filibuster.
  2. Members of both parties lined up to oppose the American Jobs Act in its entirety when the Senate first voted on the president’s plan. That means, in general, the bipartisan position in the Senate is to oppose the AJA.
  3. Republicans’ anti-tax-hikes position preceded the president’s rollout of the AJA.
  4. Finally, the House of Representatives acted on jobs long before the president’s final pivot to the issue. Why has the Senate decided to take up the president’s bill before taking up even one of the #Forgotten15?


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What part of “It won’t pass” does Harry Reid not understand?

Maybe he thinks it just needs a little prune juice.

malclave on November 3, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Good video, for once.

rrpjr on November 3, 2011 at 8:22 PM

I think he understands that although the Senate is controlled by the Retards, he can still effectively demagogue the whole ‘The Evil Republicans just want you to starve to death’ meme with the always ready to lie for the Spaz Team, lickspittle MSM…

BigWyo on November 3, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Obama doing a fine job looking bad, doesn’t need much GOP help.. Besides most of the GOP too dumb to do it.

kringeesmom on November 3, 2011 at 8:29 PM

So? The GOP should proudly kill Reid’s idiotic bills.

joeindc44 on November 3, 2011 at 8:30 PM

Lorrie Morgan, please sing your signature song.

SouthernGent on November 3, 2011 at 8:32 PM

What part of “It won’t pass” does Harry Reid not understand?

Taking a lead from the WH, Harry is assuming its a messaging problem and he just hasnt explained the bill properly to the senate.

Koa on November 3, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Latest metric for ObamaCare:

Number of people who haven’t died since it became law.

BobMbx on November 3, 2011 at 8:43 PM

just got off tele-townhall with my Congressman Robert Hurt (R) VA5. 2 women called in to ask why Congress wasn’t passing Bambi’s jobs bill to help people (I think these women were OWSers). Congressman Hurt said politely & respectfully (of our President & to these women) that we just couldn’t afford these bills.

He went on to say that the Republican Congress had passed de-regulation bills that would jumpstart employment but Senate would not act.

its the messaging.

kelley in virginia on November 3, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Lorrie Morgan, please sing your signature song.

SouthernGent on November 3, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Kudos, ya beat me !

pambi on November 3, 2011 at 8:54 PM

kelley in virginia on November 3, 2011 at 8:49 PM

Good on you !!
The House has already passed fifteen jobs bills that still await action in the Senate. Now, the RSC has added a comprehensive plan to that list.
http://rsc.jordan.house.gov/Solutions/jobsthroughgrowth.htm

pambi on November 3, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Why has the Senate decided to take up the president’s bill before taking up even one of the #Forgotten15?

Well ya see, there’s this senile old fool (Thank you Nevada!) running the show.

GarandFan on November 3, 2011 at 9:11 PM

What part of “It won’t pass” does Harry Reid not understand?

Maybe he thinks it just needs a little prune juice.

malclave on November 3, 2011 at 8:17 PM

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listens2glenn on November 3, 2011 at 9:16 PM

The same part of Thou shalt not Covet that he doesn’t understand

chemman on November 3, 2011 at 10:01 PM

This is all political posturing, in support of Obama’s Trumanesque campaign strategy. i.e., accomplish nothing and blame Congress/Republicans.

LarryD on November 4, 2011 at 9:32 AM