Harry Reid: Maybe we can use that disputed Pacquiao fight to get a federal boxing bill passed

posted at 6:46 pm on June 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

Via Mediaite, it’s big news when the U.S. Senate majority leader says he thinks a major fight was fixed and that Congress should spring into action to solve the problem. Or at least, it would be: As you’ll see, he’s actually not saying that he thinks it was fixed. On the contrary, he thinks the outcome was the result of poor judging, not fraud. In which case … why the hell is he using this as an excuse to promote some sort of new federal boxing statute? It’s Rahm Emanuel’s infamous line about not letting a crisis go to waste, but without any actual crisis. Essentially he’s arguing that the perception of a crisis is enough of a pretext to justify a federal power grab. How’s that to make you feel warm and fuzzy about big government this evening? For three years he’s refused to pass a budget, but show him a boxing scorecard that’s in dispute and suddenly he’s ready to haul ass. This, I guess, is the “future” that Carville’s firm has in mind.

Doesn’t Nevada already have regulatory bodies to deal with this, incidentally? The state AG is also reportedly weighing a request to investigate the fight. Makes me wonder if Reid is serious about a federal boxing law or if he was just yammering because someone happened to ask him a question about his good pal Manny.


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Hey, Harry, how about a budget?

either orr on June 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

. . . . . . it’s big news when the U.S. Senate majority leader says he thinks a major fight was fixed and that Congress should spring into action to solve the problem.

excerpt: Allahpundit

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Can’t waste a perfectly good “crisis”.

listens2glenn on June 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

What impetus do you need to get a Federal budget passed, j@ck@$$?

CycloneCDB on June 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Wow. First time in the first spot ever.
Sorry, Bishop.

either orr on June 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Pacquiao got screwed…That was bad…I don’t know how boxing judges cannot see what was clear to everyone else…the other guy won one round at best….Wow…

RedSoxNation on June 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Wow. First time in the first spot ever.
Sorry, Bishop.

either orr

Not so fast…

RedSoxNation on June 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Boxing is dumb. Harry Reid is dumb.

SouthernGent on June 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Harry Reid is right. There oughta be a law against fixing boxing fights.

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HitNRun on June 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Dirty harry, this is why you will lose this coming election by biblical proportions. If you think 2010 was bad, wait til 2012.

Please keep pushing this so we can increase our margin of victory even more.

signed,

Conservatives.

rightside on June 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Boxing is dumb. Harry Reid is dumb.

SouthernGent on June 12, 2012 at 6:52 PM

You’re dumb. Harry Reid is dumb.

The Notorious G.O.P on June 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Wanna solve the kerfuffle without having to get Washington involved? Let HBO and Showtime say they’re not going to be involved in any more PPV fights in Nevada for the foreseeable future because they can’t trust the state’s judging system, and the problem will be resolved within 90 days.

jon1979 on June 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Hey, Harry, how about a budget?

either orr on June 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

+ a bazillion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Khun Joe on June 12, 2012 at 6:55 PM

From the former Nevada Gaming Commission Chair’s wiki:

Harry Reid has achieved a more senior elected position in the United States government than any Mormon in history

Sounds like he’s projecting his fear of losing his own title this fall.

Down goes Reid! Down goes Reid!

Christien on June 12, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Please, please, please stop feeding Reid prunes!

Everything that comes out of him is soft, wet and smells bad.

LaserBeam on June 12, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Watched Atlas Shrugged on Netflix and this reminds me of some of the ridiculous legislation being discussed.

Brad on June 12, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Appoint a special prosecutor to learn who has been leaking classified information that threatens national security – Harry rallies his troops to vote no.

Pass a federal boxing bill because he thinks a boxer lost a fight due to lousy judging – Harry’s all over it.

Pathetic.

Flora Duh on June 12, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Harry Reid: A cure in search of a disease.

LaserBeam on June 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

The economy is in freefall, our international relations with long-term friends is destroyed, our national security is hemorraging and this fool wants to investigate boxing! Dear God help us!

rjoco1 on June 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Harry Reid: Tackling the issues no one cares about.

LaserBeam on June 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

And Sharron Angle was worse how? Ay yay yay. What a gasbag.

jclittlep on June 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Harry Reid: “This fight is lost!”

LaserBeam on June 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

boxing? Reid should stay focused on cowboy poetry

burserker on June 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Please, please, please stop feeding Reid prunes!

Everything that comes out of him is soft, wet and smells bad.

LaserBeam on June 12, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Why else do you think they call him “Regular” Harry Reid?

Actually, they don’t, which means he’s still full of it.

mintycrys on June 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Now this is an issue to fire up my base. Good goin’ Harry.

Your pal,

Barack Obama

LaserBeam on June 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Harry Reid: Maybe we can use that disputed Pacquiao fight to get a federal boxing bill passed….‘cuz after 1,141 days, it’s not like I’m going to let anyone vote on a budget and screw up our efforts to create My Progressive Little Ponyland.

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Please, please, please stop feeding Reid prunes!

Everything that comes out of him is soft, wet and smells bad.

LaserBeam on June 12, 2012 at 6:56 PM

He’s always reminded me of the farmer in American Gothic. lol

Resist We Much on June 12, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Dingy Harry must have bet on Pacquiao.

LaserBeam on June 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Obama losing 20% of black vote to Romney in North Carolina?

Harry Reid: Maybe we can use that disputed Pacquiao fight to get a federal boxing bill passed

Reid, you magnificent bastard!

Flora Duh on June 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Golly, I wonder if lots of money is involved and if this was done to build the drama for the automatic Nov. 10(?) Bradley-Pacquiao rematch. Crazy talk, I know.

Christien on June 12, 2012 at 7:07 PM

And Sharron Angle was worse how? Ay yay yay. What a gasbag.

jclittlep on June 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

My thoughts exactly.

Harry Reid: “This fight is lost!”

LaserBeam on June 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Well played!!

Bitter Clinger on June 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Being +$16 Trillion dollars in debt is a crisis…

… a boxing match, not so much.

Seven Percent Solution on June 12, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Hey Harry! Here’s a novel thought….how about doing your frikken job and passing a budget!

Rovin on June 12, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Hey Allah-
open thread tonight?

cmsinaz on June 12, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I can’t believe this skinny mealy-mouthed little weasel used to box. Anybody know what weight division he was in?

Flora Duh on June 12, 2012 at 7:17 PM

I would bet a shinny penny that Harry has big money on Manny to win or at least some people in Vegas lost a big load money on the fight, like millions.

One wonders how much Vegas lost on “I’ll have another” not trying for the triple crown or even racing. All bets are final and non-refundable even if the horse is a non-runner.

tjexcite on June 12, 2012 at 7:19 PM

What surprises me is there are still boxing matches.

docflash on June 12, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Uno Mas!

For you old schoolers.

Bishop on June 12, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Maybe we could get some “cowboy poetry” in between rounds too.

J_Crater on June 12, 2012 at 7:20 PM

The Filipinos are still pretty steamed about Jessica Sanchez, also. Maybe that’s a case Charles Schumer can take up.

MNHawk on June 12, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Its schtick to gin up the rematch.
It will work.
Thats the actual crime…organized crime manipulating the size of the purse.

Mimzey on June 12, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Typical Harry….hardly working at everything but his actual job! People of Nevada, please, please wake up and save us from this blathering nimrod!!!

dddave on June 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM

I used to watch boxing a lot but then it went into this pay-per-view nonsense and stopped watching so I don’t who the winner or loser) is or if the fight was fair or fixed- and DON’T CARE -and neither should Reid!

MaiDee on June 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM

Maybe you should concentrate on a budget you frigging bipedal rectum, and stop worrying about helmets, and boxing, and all the other happy horsesh!t that keeps you from working on REAL things that help regular people.

waterytart on June 12, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Harry has no problem with liberal community organizers trying to fix elections though…

Dragoro on June 12, 2012 at 7:39 PM

What an absolute moron. TOTUS has more sense.

ultracon on June 12, 2012 at 7:44 PM

When is the majority of the people in Nevada going to wake up and fire this bum who does everything but his job?

sadatoni on June 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Just to provide a different perspective, I’m a little worried that by pointing out the distracted nature of Harry Reid and the Democrats in the Senate that they might actually get serious. I’m thinking it might be better just to let them stick with stupid side issues until the election arrives. Nothing good is going to happen until after November anyway; it’s not as if Harry Reid and Pres. Obama are going to agree to a sensible compromise on anything anyway. Might as well let Harry Reid waste his remaining days as Majority Leader on issues virtually no one cares about.

I’m no great cowboy poet, but here’s a haiku:

Dingy Harry Reid
Decries fixed boxing matches
As the nation stalls

MinnesotaSlinger on June 12, 2012 at 7:50 PM

You are missing the overall big picture. Pacquiao’s promoter has already stated that the rematch will not be held in Nevada, they will move it to a non-tax state like Texas. By taking control, the federal government would be able to prevent something like this from happening. More likely, this is a shake-down by Reid to get the promoter to cave and hold the rematch in Vegas.

xdwall on June 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Maybe they should check into the chance of a Triple Crown falling apart the day before the race!!!!!

Cindy Munford on June 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Doesn’t Nevada already have regulatory bodies to deal with this, incidentally?

HA! Nevada is has an extremely corrupt state government. Don’t trust it to regulate in the interests of the people of Nevada. Not that they don’t do that ever, but just that it’s not something we can rely on.

No, boxing is in bad shape, and that decision was absolutely the result of corruption and not merely bad judging. But no need for a federal law on this, since it’s much better if we just let the professional sport die a natural death.

NorthernCross on June 12, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Some of may have seen this, and I’m not the originator but I think it is truly apropos…

Which side of the fence?

If you ever wondered which side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a Republican doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one.
If a Democrat doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a Republican is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat.
If a Democrat is a vegetarian, he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a Republican is homosexual, he quietly leads his life.
If a Democrat is homosexual, he demands legislated respect.

If a Republican is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A Democrat wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a Republican doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Democrat’s demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a Republican is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church.
A Democrat non-believer wants any mention of God and religion silenced.

If a Republican decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A Democrat demands that the rest of us pay for his.

Harry has to go!

belad on June 12, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Guy campaigned for Reid in the final days before 2012 Election. You reap what you sow. Yawn.

fitzfong on June 12, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Guy campaigned for Reid in the final days before 2012 Election. You reap what you sow. Yawn.

I meant 2010 Election.

fitzfong on June 12, 2012 at 8:09 PM

No one knows the sport of boxing like Dingy, -boxing is the reason that he can barely talk.

slickwillie2001 on June 12, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Gee, I wonder how much Harry and/or his Vegas “friends” lost on the fight?

n0doz on June 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM

When is the majority of the people in Nevada going to wake up and fire this bum who does everything but his job?

sadatoni on June 12, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Hell, they just elected him again 2 years ago.

cptacek on June 12, 2012 at 8:14 PM

I can’t believe this skinny mealy-mouthed little weasel used to box. Anybody know what weight division he was in?

Flora Duh on June 12, 2012 at 7:17 PM

…I say we put in a request to Orin Hatch…to see if Harry can still take a punch!

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2012 at 8:30 PM

Yes, because boxing is much more important than a budget.

#DemocratPriorities

Good Lt on June 12, 2012 at 8:33 PM

I’d rather see Manny get into the ring with Reid.

Ward Cleaver on June 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

A national boxing bill? What could go wrong?

Of course, if it’s like any other government interference, we’ll get less boxing and it’ll cost more.

More lawyers will sue.

We’ll get a whole new LGBT division.

Pre-fight theatrics will be monitored by the EPA. (No more of those fireworks)

Ringside seats will be allocated by a racial quota system.

Members of congress will be exempt from the seat allocation quotas.

Ring Girls cannot be selected on the basis of appearance.

All boxers and ring personnel will be unionized.

Breaks between rounds will be extended to 45 minutes, per union rules. Actual round time will be reduced to 10 seconds.

Strangely, boxing will lose popularity and eventually cease to exist.

A new national boxing law will be proposed to further subsidize boxing.

trigon on June 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Nice photo of Manny campaigning for Dirty Harry October 29, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Quid Pro Quo on the public dime, sweet.

http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/iRCj4I5lcvy/Harry+Reid+Attends+Get+Out+Vote+Early+Rally/BxzzqUIRjEr/Manny+Pacquiao

R Square on June 12, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Here’s Harry giving Manny a personal tour of the Capital.

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/02/manny-pacquiao-harry-reid-us-senate-/1#.T9fwJd5DArY

Wonder how much Manny and friends have given Harry in political contributions?

When politicians use their position to do the people’s a friend’s business on the public dime, we should have full disclosure.

R Square on June 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Two things:

1) Sen. McCain and I…

Really? Invoking the name of the original squish to generate sympathy? He is why we’ve been saddled with the SCFOAMF the past three-and-a-half-years. GFY Harry.

2) Boxing? With all the Ultimate this and that, does anyone even watch boxing anymore?

Maybe I’m just bitter because I ordered the Holyfield-Tyson fight; the last fight I’ve watched.

pain train on June 12, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I’d rather see Manny get into the ring with Reid.

Ward Cleaver on June 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I’m sure after Manny became a bible-believing Christian, he won’t mind knocking him out.

maynila on June 12, 2012 at 10:20 PM

There’s Senator Reidiculous again–talking about any-old-thing just to distract from his deadbeat leadership and no-budget-passing record, er, no anything-passing record?

stukinIL4now on June 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Someone should tell that senile old fool that the Senate has more serious things to worry about.

Given this idiots performance to date, Nevada DESERVES to be the country’s nuclear dump.

GarandFan on June 12, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Guess it’s time to write off the sport of professional boxing as they’ve caved to ‘Al Gayda’. It would appear Pacquiao’s comments on queer nuptials has inflamed and outraged the pink parade crowd and a little blowback was in order.

LizardLips on June 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM

I got an idea. Why don’t we let the Nevada Boxing Commission regulate the senate? Its quite probably the less corrupt organization.

palarson on June 12, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Harry’s upset because the black guy won? Doesn’t that make him a…

stiney on June 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM

OT but speaking of Manny Pacquiao, has anyone heard Fareed Zakaria’s interview with tennis champion Rafael Nadal after the latter’s seventh French Open victory yesterday? No? Me neither.

Nadal earned 1.6 million dollars for his win. He earns 25 million dollars a year for his tennis stardom. Nadal’s home country Spain is bankrupt. Spain’s’ unemployment rate is 25%.

I want to know if Nadal thinks it’s wrong for him to make millions while his country is suffering. I want to know if Nadal has been banned from any shopping malls lately. Mr. Zakaria? Anyone?

texacalirose on June 13, 2012 at 2:22 AM

You are missing the overall big picture. Pacquiao’s promoter has already stated that the rematch will not be held in Nevada, they will move it to a non-tax state like Texas. By taking control, the federal government would be able to prevent something like this from happening. More likely, this is a shake-down by Reid to get the promoter to cave and hold the rematch in Vegas.

xdwall on June 12, 2012 at 7:54 PM

I agree with you here 100% – I think it is painfully obvious why Harry’s sticking his nose into this.

Bizarro No. 1 on June 13, 2012 at 8:12 AM

Harry Reid trying to get rid of corruption in boxing is an absolute joke. Without corruption this moron would have never been in public office and never the leader of the Senate. He leads the most corrupt Senate in our history. His refusal to establish a Congressional budget for Obama’s entire term is corruption on parade.

volsense on June 13, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Everybody continues to forget that big federal government is the solution to all problems, large or small. I know this is true because Dingy Harry said so, would he lie to us.

savage24 on June 13, 2012 at 2:26 PM