Bad news from Harry Reid: The Republicans may have helped Russia annex Crimea

posted at 6:01 pm on March 24, 2014 by Allahpundit

This guy now occupies a magical place in American politics, not unlike the niche Joe Biden occupies although different in a crucial respect. Both get the media’s Democratic discount from bad coverage whenever they say something stupid and/or offensive, and both also get a discount from the sheer volume of stupidity/offensiveness that pours forth. (“Just Joe being Joe.”) The difference is that Reid’s worst soundbites are demagogic by design whereas Biden’s are more oafish. This is the sort of thing that would warrant a 35-minute block on “Hardball” about McCarthyism had a Republican said it of Democrats; as it is, it’ll float by with some vapid comment attached about how Reid’s just an old boxer who enjoys a street fight now and then.

And the worst part isn’t the demagoguery. The worst part is that he’s willfully stupid about Russian intentions during an ostensibly serious debate about how to deter Russia.

Outlining the Senate’s agenda after a one-week recess, the Nevada Democrat said the first item would be the Ukraine bill that Republicans blocked just before lawmakers went on break. He urged Republicans to consider “how their obstruction affects United States’ national security as well as the people of Ukraine” and said their delay of any congressional action “sent a dangerous message to Russian leaders.”

“Since a few Republicans blocked these important sanctions last work period, Russian lawmakers voted to annex Crimea and Russian forces have taken over Ukrainian military bases,” Reid said. “It’s impossible to know whether events would have unfolded differently if the United States had responded to Russian aggression with a strong, unified voice.”

GOP Senate aides noted the House has passed different legislation, meaning the Senate bill could not have become law before recess anyhow. They blamed Reid and Democrats for blocking the Senate from taking up the House legislation.

In other words, having already seized Crimea at the cost of poisoning relations with the U.S. and EU, Putin might have belatedly abandoned the whole project last week if only the Senate’s weak-ass sanctions bill had passed on time. Even though there was zero chance the bill could have become law before the recess regardless. Just an old boxer, misleading the public in the name of uppercutting his opponents in the groin for funsies.

Here he is on the Senate floor, with an assist from McCain, laying into Senate Republicans for blocking the sanctions bill last week in the name of strengthening IMF reforms that are attached to it. They’re voting on cloture as I write this and have already cleared 60 votes. Presumably Putin will now gift Crimea back to Ukraine in terror. When you’re done with this, go take David Freddoso’s new quiz, “Whose Fault Is It?” Hint: There are no wrong answers!

Update (Ed): Hey, does anyone else remember Mr. Unity declaring the Iraq War lost in 2007? That’s a few orders of magnitude worse than a delay of an aid package, no?


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Oh…so it was the GOP..? You sure the Koch bothers have nothing to do with this..?

ujorge on March 24, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Don’t worry; Harry name checked them in his rant.

TC@LeatherPenguin on March 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Reid = anus

Neitherleftorright on March 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Talk about connecting the dots. Boy Dingy Harry figured us out and exposed on the Senate floor. This is one short of it being Bush’s fault.

COgirl on March 24, 2014 at 6:06 PM

it’ll float by with some vapid comment attached about how Reid’s just an old boxer who enjoys a street fight now and then has permanent brain damage.

Cindy Munford on March 24, 2014 at 6:06 PM

In other news, Harry Reid claimed Republicans went back in time and crucified Jesus.

Marcola on March 24, 2014 at 6:07 PM

I thought Obama did the sanctions with his pen and phone.

Cindy Munford on March 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Harry is wrong, it was Global Warming that made Putin steal Crimea….

albill on March 24, 2014 at 6:08 PM

McCain is furthering this tripe?

Cindy Munford on March 24, 2014 at 6:09 PM

Just Reid being Reid. After Russia takes Eastern Ukraine, he’ll blame the Koch bro’s of being involved in order to get in on the ‘ground floor’ of frickin’ frackin’ in the East. He’ll then go back to Nevada to neuter little boys get his latest kickback checks from the Mafia.

vnvet on March 24, 2014 at 6:11 PM

This guy now occupies a magical place in American politics,

why does the word “rectum” come to mind when Allah says that…???

ted c on March 24, 2014 at 6:14 PM

“Those radical Repubs backed by the radical Koch bros. helped those radical Russians take Crimea. And, I heard not a single one of them has paid their taxes for the last twelve years.”

-Harry

change is for suckers on March 24, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Reid = anus

Neitherleftorright on March 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Reidhole.

HiJack on March 24, 2014 at 6:17 PM

Senator Obama was pivotal in disarming Ukraine.

portlandon on March 24, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Someone needs to up Harrys Tourette’s meds again. He’s gone from randomly shouting out KOCH BROTHERS! and has regressed back to GOP! Whats next BOOOOOSH again?

neyney on March 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM

This guy is redefining “douche”, downward, by the minute.

Hucklebuck on March 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Just die already, Harry.

Maddie on March 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Harry Reid is such a crap talker…

sorrowen on March 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Yeah and it was Reagan that made Iran take our embassy staff hostage…..

Good try Harry, it will be delicious when you are booted as Majority leader.
After that you need to quit and go die….

redguy on March 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM

That’s right, Harry, you old wrinkled anus, you… and guess what! Republicans are going to help Russia annex Nevada next, so you can meet the wall head on before you turn around and see the firing squad. Bye, Harry! Bye bye!

ExpressoBold on March 24, 2014 at 6:20 PM

More lies from the Majority Liar.

Meople on March 24, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Good try Harry, it will be delicious when you are booted as Majority leader.
After that you need to quit and go die….

redguy on March 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM

Why should we have to wait that long?

HiJack on March 24, 2014 at 6:21 PM

This is the ss me demented old Marxist that announced that the War in Iraq was lost, while ou boys were fighting. Oh, yea, and we won. Reid is pure scum.

Whitey Ford on March 24, 2014 at 6:22 PM

This guy is redefining “douche”, downward, by the minute.
Hucklebuck on March 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM
The case could be made Harry Reid is making douche a compliment he is truely scum though.

sorrowen on March 24, 2014 at 6:23 PM

To me the worse thing about Obama, Reid, and Pelosi is that they were elected. Our fellow citizens voted these people into office. Idiocracy rules.

Kaffa on March 24, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Honestly, is there some sort of parliamentary rule that prevents a Republican senator from yelling “point of order,” or better yet “Shut up and get f**ked!?”

Rixon on March 24, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Also Harry I think Obama helped Russia enex Crimea due to his super inept and naive policies…

sorrowen on March 24, 2014 at 6:27 PM

McCain is furthering this tripe?

Cindy Munford on March 24, 2014 at 6:09 PM

This guy might as well be a Democrat. He has long ago negated any respect he had as a POW.

bw222 on March 24, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Someone in the Senate should publicly tally Pederast Reid’s top lies. No. 1 would be his bald-faced lie that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid any taxes for years.

LASue on March 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Huh, I thought this was the Walking Dead thread.

John the Libertarian on March 24, 2014 at 6:39 PM

And the glittering jewels of colossal ignorance that comprise the democrat voting base will eat it up.

Murphy9 on March 24, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Does anyone know if Boehner will appear on the Tonight Show for confirmation?

Brock Robamney on March 24, 2014 at 6:41 PM

When one is little more than a pathetic, sociopathic, lying pederast, we shouldn’t be surprised when he keeps digging and redefining how low and base someone can become.

He knows no one in the press is going to call him on his lies and demagoguery.

He knows no one in the GOP Senate ‘Leadership’ is going to call him on his lies and demagoguery….and if any GOP Senator does, the senior AZ Senator, Senator Nightingale, will rush to his rescue and lock lips on Reid’s wrinkled ass.

Athos on March 24, 2014 at 6:43 PM

I wish it were true Republicans helped split Crimea off from Ukraine. I view such action as positive, really.

There is talk of splitting Ukraine along pre-WWII lines. Probably a good idea.

antisense on March 24, 2014 at 6:44 PM

I greatly dislike McCain he has used that POW card to death.

sorrowen on March 24, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Someone in the Senate should publicly tally Pederast Reid’s top lies. No. 1 would be his bald-faced lie that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid any taxes for years.

LASue on March 24, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Hey Aqualung.

forest on March 24, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Reid is almost as insane and senile as McCain. They should both divorce their wife and marry each other.

VorDaj on March 24, 2014 at 6:58 PM

This is news? At this point it would only be news if he blamed Obama for his nose-picking on the Senate floor.

SteveInRTP on March 24, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Reid = anus

Neitherleftorright on March 24, 2014 at 6:05 PM

Kind of like an anagram, only different.

What a pathetic little man. (Reid, not you, Neither…)

SailorMark on March 24, 2014 at 7:04 PM

What do you expect from a political pedophile? Obama, Reid, Pelosi. The Three Stooges. And they lead the Socialist Dem Party. Amazing stuff, Libbies.

RobertMN on March 24, 2014 at 7:06 PM

When will Harry Reid answer to the widespread accusations of pederasty that have been made against him?

ConstantineXI on March 24, 2014 at 7:21 PM

Huh, I thought this was the Walking Dead thread.

John the Libertarian on March 24, 2014 at 6:39 PM

Close, it’s the Talking Dead thread.

HumpBot Salvation on March 24, 2014 at 7:27 PM

Was he drinking before he made the speech?

Franklin100 on March 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

This might be mildly funny if the USA didn’t need a serious leader in the Senate with integrity. Instead we have Harry Reid.

Too bad the Marx brothers aren’t still around. I think Harpo would be a significant improvement over Harry Reid. Harpo was definitely more reliable, honest, and intellectual, and he knew how to get things done without being a blabbermouth.

s1im on March 24, 2014 at 7:33 PM

I’m guessing the Crimea is a major source of 14 year old children sucked into the sex trafficking black market.

Otherwise, Sen. Reid wouldn’t take such an interest.

Allegedly…

JohnGalt23 on March 24, 2014 at 7:43 PM

There is no getting along with bossy bullies such as Reid, Obama, Nanzi, and Hillary.

jukin3 on March 24, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Sen. Reid was just spotted on the floor of the Senate with his pants around his ankles and was overheard screaming PUDDING!!!

D-fusit on March 24, 2014 at 8:09 PM

…just die!…Harry…just die !!!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 24, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Reid, and those that continue to put him office, is a whackjob

Ptrck on March 24, 2014 at 8:18 PM

I notice that none of you have nay actual, y’know, arguments that Reid is wrong. Because he isn’t and you know it. Most of the Senate Republicans joined with the Democrats to do the right thing, implicitly endorsing Reid and condemning the House.

Teahadis should go back to Russia. And if they won’t do so voluntarily, they will share the fate of traitors everywhere.

Smert’ Shpionam!

BrianJ on March 24, 2014 at 8:18 PM

Taken from another thread:

Nazi comparisons only weaken and discredit the argument your side is trying to make. It makes you look shrill, obnoxious and desperate.

MJBrutus on March 24, 2014 at 11:57 AM

Good think Harry didn’t mention Nazis, it might have made him look shrill, obnoxious and desperate.

Axeman on March 24, 2014 at 8:21 PM

1984 + Atlas Shrugged + Idiocracy = America 2014

wytshus on March 24, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Too bad my bill to swat them with wet towels didn’t pass. Now, we have Russian occupation of the Crimea. See, it’s all because my bills to swat them with wet towels wasn’t even taken up by my representative!!

Axeman on March 24, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Is this guy insane or is he just pretending to confuse us.

crankyoldlady on March 24, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Dingy Harry has gone way past dementia.

GarandFan on March 24, 2014 at 8:43 PM

If ONLY they had paid their fair share……

Cookie?

famous amos on March 24, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Harry Reid is part of the long line of politician from both side saying ridiculous things about the other side just for political points. A few weeks agos people on this very site were saying Obama made Putin todo it. Today Harry Reid is saying it was the republican s fault. Both premise are dumb as F. So I can’t wait what republicans are going to blame on Obama next to retaliate. As the world turn.

coolrepublica on March 24, 2014 at 8:48 PM

Just an old boxer, misleading the public in the name of uppercutting his opponents in the groin for funsies.

Harry Reid never misses an opportunity to blab about his boxing career, no record of which exists with any sanctioning body anywhere.

He had a high school teacher (Michael O’Callaghan) who was a boxing trainer, set up some bouts between students he trained… but anybody can pay a few dozen dollars a month at a local Y or West Coast Fitness and have just as much of an “amateur record” in a few weeks.

joewm315 on March 24, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Harry Reid jonesin’ for a Koch fix again?

Newtie and the Beauty on March 24, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Both premise are dumb as F. So I can’t wait what republicans are going to blame on Obama next to retaliate. As the world turn.

coolrepublica on March 24, 2014 at 8:48 PM

So Obama’s opinion that keeping an eye on Putin was “foreign policy from the 50s” didn’t play a role?

I’m not saying that any president could have caused Putin not to take Crimea, I’m saying Obama is weak on foreign policy and suggested that the cold war was over. His first answer to Putin taking Georgia was to push a “Reset button” -> “Hey, you can keep Georgia. Do overs.”

Weak and ineffective.

Axeman on March 24, 2014 at 9:40 PM

I think Reid took way too many shots to the head, when he was a boxer. Aside from that, he’s a great Democrat and a terrible Majority Leader. Of course, you really don’t have to be good when you have a minority leader like McConnell and guys like McCain and Graham who will try and sink their party.

I personally can’t stand the Democrats but one thing they do well is get into the party mode. I can’t think of a time when a Democrat would throw other Democrats under the bus. Indeed, they always try to protect their weak links who are running for re-election, allowing them to vote against the majority Democrats, as long as they have the votes to win without them.

Hopefully, in November, we can solve this little problem. I don’t want a bunch of people with group think going for them, I want a group of Senators who are diverse and can sit in a room together and work out a unified strategy. With leadership like McCain, McConnell, and Graham, that’s difficult.

bflat879 on March 24, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Isn’t it worth anything to get rid of this SOB?

V7_Sport on March 24, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Okay… McCain is my favorite bitter and crabby grandfather when it comes to foreign policy. And we could have gotten rid of Reid in 2010 if the Republicans nominee wasn’t a crazy person like Sharon Angle.

Illinidiva on March 24, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Argh! Go away McCain. Go way Reid. McCain should just join the Democrats and get it over with. I am so sorry that I ever voted for him. Reid should just join the Communists and get it over with.

Theophile on March 25, 2014 at 12:44 AM

To get to McConnell’s position, just exchange the word “Tea Party” for the word “Republican”

Brock Robamney on March 25, 2014 at 5:56 AM