Senate Democrats all in for Harry Reid’s leadership, majority or no

posted at 8:01 pm on April 3, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

Ed and Allahpundit have already covered Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s most recent bouts of furiously unhinged, untenable anti-Koch showboating — both on the Senate floor and on the official Senate interwebz — but here’s a quick addendum for you. In case you were wondering whether Reid’s especially apparent inanity of late has any significant portion of Senate Democrats thinking about whether they maybe want to start considering a different, perhaps slightly more coherent leader after the midterms — that would be a “no.” Via Politico:

A wide cross section of the Senate Democratic Caucus said in interviews that they are willing to back Reid as either majority or minority leader in the next Congress — no matter how controversial the Nevada Democrat has become as part of the furious battle for control of the chamber this fall.

Even if Democrats lose the majority, Reid’s top deputies and potential successors, including Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Patty Murray of Washington, are already committing to get behind the five-term Nevadan if he were to run as minority leader. …

Boosting his standing with colleagues, Reid is on a relentless fundraising drive to help raise money for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Senate Democrats’ main super PAC, the Senate Majority PAC. The leader is barnstorming the country from Orlando, Fla., to San Francisco, dialing for dollars and helping raise roughly $2 million for his party committee — all as if his own seat were on the line this fall. …

“Absolutely,” Sen. Mary Landrieu, a vulnerable Louisiana Democrat facing voters this fall, said when asked if she would back Reid as leader no matter the outcome of the November elections. “We all share in success, we all share in the failures; we’re a team. But Harry Reid has tremendous respect of members of our caucus. … I don’t believe that he would be challenged in our party for leadership until he’s ready to step aside.”

I’m surprised Landrieu didn’t demur from Reid’s hyper-partisan craziness a little more there, as several other vulnerable red-staters did further into Politico’s piece; but then again, I suppose there isn’t much utility in getting into internal debates about a change of leadership at this point anyway. Reid’s doing just fine raising that cash for his cohorts — and speaking of riling up the uber-progressive base for those fundraising purposes, you know he was just tickled by Charles Koch’s Wall Street Journal op-ed:

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) responded to the Koch op-ed Thursday at an event held to build support for a proposed increase in the minimum wage.

I think I must be getting under their skin,” Reid told the crowd, packed mostly with members of labor unions.

“Most people here are familiar with the Koch brothers. If I’ve helped make them a little more infamous or famous, I’m glad I’ve done that. These two men are a pair of shadowy billionaires spending millions of dollars to rig our political system. And who does it help? Them.”


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…did you see …who would follow Harry?
…bigger bullshitter’s!

KOOLAID2 on April 3, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Erika dear, you misspelled Democrap…

oscarwilde on April 3, 2014 at 8:06 PM

A wide cross section of the Senate Democratic Caucus said in interviews that they are willing to back Reid as either majority or minority leader in the next Congress — no matter how controversial corrupt and criminal the Nevada Democrat has become as part of the furious battle for control of the chamber this fall.

FIFY.

Tells you all you need to know about the Dems …

ShainS on April 3, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Good, get them on tape, string it together with video of the coot ranting and foaming at the mouth. This will make for some great ads.

JusDreamin on April 3, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Under our skin? So does poison ivy.

rbj on April 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

Harry “the Zombie” Reid is rotting from the head down.

Charlemagne on April 3, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Posted at Politico this morning:

Reid’s support remains solid in part because most Senate Democrats blame the White House — not him — for their increasingly tenuous hold on power.

Harry Reid has solid support from most Democrats because the actions and policies signed into law, (or by executive orders), by our President is to blame for their political demise? None of this is Harry’s fault or the Senate Democrats? Hmmmm. Wasn’t it Harry’s Senate that passed, (under reconciliation), an unpopular government takeover of the health insurance industry—with backroom deals, kickbacks, and zero support from ONE Republican or a majority of the public? It’s not our (liberal progressive Democrats) fault so many red and purple states want to replace us…..it’s the President’s fault! Got it?

Several at-risk Democrats in 2014, and some who represent red states, weren’t ready to entertain questions on whether they’d vote for Reid as leader next Congress — something that would give ammunition to Republicans eager to tie vulnerable Democrats to their “polarizing leader“.

Again, why the attempted separation, (by this author), between the President’s actions and the Democrats? What has caused this President to suddenly become “polarizing” and not the entire party who have supported and, (with a majority in both the House and the Senate for the first two years of an Obama Presidency), overwhelmingly joined the President in passing unpopular progressive legislation—including increasing the national debt by 6-7 trillion dollars? Perhaps Harry and his Senate cohorts should have entertained the idea of passing an actual working budget, (including tax reform), instead of cramming ACA down the throats of an American Public that is neither affordable or reasonable to the middle class who are being asked to shoulder the largest cost of this train wreck. Polarizing? You bet. But, it’s the entire Democratic Party and this President who are enjoined in these misguided policies—they are NOT SEPARATE.

~ Rovin

Rovin on April 3, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Reid told the crowd, packed mostly with members of labor unions.
 
“Most people here are familiar with the Koch brothers. If I’ve helped make them a little more infamous or famous, I’m glad I’ve done that. These two men are a pair of shadowy billionaires spending millions of dollars to rig our political system. And who does it help? Them.”

 
Ha.
 

WASHINGTON — Unions are gearing up to spend more than $400 million to help re-elect President Barack Obama and lift Democrats this election year in a fight for labor’s survival.
 
Under siege in state legislatures around the country – and fearing the consequences of a Republican in the White House – union leaders say they have little choice as they try to beat back GOP efforts to curb collective bargaining rights or limit their ability to collect dues.
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/22/labor-unions-obama-elections-2012_n_1293173.html

 
And who did that $400 million help?

rogerb on April 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

He can probably buy and sell all of them put together.

crankyoldlady on April 3, 2014 at 8:27 PM

“Most people here are familiar with the Koch brothers. If I’ve helped make them a little more infamous or famous, I’m glad I’ve done that. These two men are a pair of shadowy billionaires spending millions of dollars to rig our political system. And who does it help? Them.

Why aren’t Republicans doing the same thing with Soros and Buffet?

crankyoldlady on April 3, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Those Red-Staters facing a re-election challenge can stand beside, or behind, Harry now while he’s raising money for their campaigns; but, if they lose, they won’t have a vote to keep him in the Minority Leader’s postion, and the ones who have to serve next term (particularly those who are up for re-election along with Harry in ’16) will be casting about for a leader who is not a PR disaster.

Another Drew on April 3, 2014 at 8:31 PM

Even if Democrats lose the majority, Reid’s top deputies and potential successors, including Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Patty Murray of Washington, are already committing to get behind the five-term Nevadan if he were to run as minority leader. …

Schumer, Durbin and Murray are all of the same cloth as Dirty Harry Reid.

The next Republican president needs to make Nevada the nation’s nuclear waste dump.

By voting Reid into office, they deserve it.

GarandFan on April 3, 2014 at 8:32 PM

“…These two men are a pair of shadowy billionaires spending millions of dollars to rig our political system…”

…unlike Hedge-Fund Billionaire Tom Steyer who has pledged to spend ONE-HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS to elect Democrats who are opposed to the Keystone-XL pipeline the improvement of the economy and job-creation.

Another Drew on April 3, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Boosting his standing with colleagues, Reid is on a relentless fundraising drive to help raise money for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Senate Democrats’ main super PAC, the Senate Majority PAC. The leader is barnstorming the country from Orlando, Fla., to San Francisco, dialing for dollars and helping raise roughly $2 million for his party committee — all as if his own seat were on the line this fall. …

Dingy Harry + “barnstorming” = does not compute.

How can someone that barely has a voice left do barnstorming?

slickwillie2001 on April 3, 2014 at 8:38 PM

It’s simpler than all of this – they are all afraid of Reid, and no one wants to walk the plank first

matthew8787 on April 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

Schumer, Durbin & Murray? If you are nuts yourself, you regard other nuts as sane. The senate dems that are likely to lose will only move the remaining democrats further to the loony left.

pgrossjr on April 3, 2014 at 9:14 PM

Winnie the Pooh! That’s who Reid reminds me of! I knew it would come to me eventually…

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on April 3, 2014 at 9:15 PM

These Democrats backing Reid brings to mind the blind being lead by one that is even more blind. It’s no wonder that the country is in the shape it’s in. The only Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness they are interested in is theirs.

savage24 on April 3, 2014 at 9:17 PM

potential successors, including Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Dick Durbin of Illinois and Patty Murray of Washington

Are you kidding? No wonder Democrats support Reid!

Alopen on April 3, 2014 at 9:35 PM

Democrat Code of Conduct: “Follow the Money”…

vnvet on April 3, 2014 at 9:48 PM

I have begun to feel sorry for Harry … this guy is truly sick in the head. Nevada, recall this idiot!

ORrighty on April 4, 2014 at 2:55 AM

Why aren’t Republicans doing the same thing with Soros and Buffet?

crankyoldlady on April 3, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Ooooo! Ooooo! I KNOW! I KNOW!

Because they don’t have any B A L L S!

bigmacdaddy on April 4, 2014 at 5:54 AM

Of course they said that now.

Let him lose the Senate, and the long knives come out.

Adjoran on April 4, 2014 at 5:58 AM

Of course they’re “all in” for him. They can’t find a bigger lunatic.

Pelosi’s in the House.

NoPain on April 4, 2014 at 8:25 AM

Ok folks in districts where these Dems are running for reelection do your duty. Get rid of every stinkin last one of these people with a D after their name. You owe your children and grandchildren.

neyney on April 4, 2014 at 4:06 PM