Reid: We’re not gonna let “five white men” have the last word on Hobby Lobby

posted at 12:01 pm on July 9, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Have we reached Peak Reid Demagoguery yet? I thought we had yesterday when Democrats signed onto Harry Reid’s Kochsteria strategy for the 2014 midterms, but we actually missed the new nadir for America’s top-ranked demagogue — but our good friend Larry O’Connor at the Free Beacon didn’t. Yesterday, when addressing the media about the Democratic strategy to undo Hobby Lobby, Reid insisted that the Senate wouldn’t let “five white men” have the last word on contraception mandates.

Um …

“The one thing we are going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determine by virtue of five white men,” Reid said. “This Hobby Lobby decision is outrageous and we are going to do something about it. People are going to have to walk down here and vote.”

Someone‘s confused, and I’m pretty sure it isn’t this man, one of the five in the majority on the Hobby Lobby decision:


What, exactly, did race have to do with this anyway? It was a gratuitous swipe, a reflex reaction by a man so consumed by poisonous demagoguery and “vilification” that he seems to have become demented by it. It exposes just how dishonest and ignorant Reid has become during his long tenure in the US Senate.

Nonetheless, Democrats keep supporting his leadership, and will move forward with their anti-religious freedom bill today. Not only does this have no chance of passing in the House, it may not pass in the Senate either, since red-state Democrats already under fire for having voted for ObamaCare may now have to vote against religious freedom too:

The Senate bill being announced Wednesday by Murray would override the Supreme Court decision by requiring for-profit corporations like Hobby Lobby to provide and pay for contraception and any other form of health coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

The bill would override the Religious Freedom Act, forcing most employers to comply with federal health-care requirements despite their religious objections. It would, however, include an exemption for houses of worship and an accommodation for religious non-profits.

Such a bill will likely face a tough pathway, even in the Democrat-controlled Senate, where several Democrats from more conservative states who face tough reelection fights will have to weigh the potential for political backlash if they support it. Other bills that would have codified major Democratic positions into law, such as paising the minimum wage and paycheck fairness, have fallen short of passage in the Senate this year.

There are currently efforts underway by House Democrats to craft a companion bill on the contraception issue, a Democratic leadership aide confirmed Tuesday, but such legislation would likely be a non-starter in the Republican-controlled lower chamber.

Yes, I’m sure the House will drop whatever it’s doing on the economy and jobs to strengthen ObamaCare. Reid wants vulnerable Democratic incumbents to vote once again to support an outcome of ObamaCare, even though it has no possibility whatsoever of passing the House and opens up another demographic — voters of faith — for stronger turnout against them in the fall.

It’s an insane strategy, one so bizarre that it alone should have Democrats wondering why they’re still listening to Harry Reid at all. Voters will be asking that question in four months, too.

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Schadenfreude on July 9, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I thought that the left believed supreme court decisions were sacrosanct?

I love how the left believes that good legal analysis is based on your gender/ethnicity rather than the actual analysis.

Fine, you don’t agree with a Court decision. But the reason you don’t agree is because the judge is white or male (yes, I realize Thomas is not white)?

That is your “reasoning”?

How is it that leftist have any faith in their “thinking” at all? Even they must realize how vapid they are, no?

verbulace, help me out here. Is a court decision’s validity based entirely on whether or not it was written by a woman? If so, are any Supreme Court decisions valid – after all, there has never been a decision issued by a supreme court majority made up of women.

So, is Harry Reid’s point that no supreme court decision holds any validity because no supreme court decision to date was issued by 5 non-white, non-male justices?

Just trying to understand the “logic”.

I kid, I kid. We all know the left is devoid of logic.

Monkeytoe on July 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM

WOW! This public display of utter contempt for our legal system, the members of the SCOTUS, and the very Constitution itself is appaling and evidence enough that Reid, who was recently caught illegally giving campaign money to his granddaughter, should be immediately removed as Senate majority Leader!

easyt65 on July 9, 2014 at 2:48 PM

Monkeytoe on July 9, 2014 at 2:43 PM

I guess the implicit argument Reid is making is that women can’t be expected to analyze law based on anything but their uteri because women aren’t equal to men in rational thinking. Therefore, according to Reid’s argument, regardless of what the laws says an unthinking, uteri obsessed women is going to always vote for “free” abortificants.

Basically, Reid thinks women are nothing more than unthinking baby-making machines.

And “white”? I guess Reid’s thinking in objecting to white people being on the court is that white people can afford their own abortificants and therefore we need a “person of color” to decide whether people are entitled to “free” abortificants?

Monkeytoe on July 9, 2014 at 2:49 PM

Cmon folks who CARES what a demented washed up ole pedophile says or thinks about anything?

Katfish on July 9, 2014 at 2:50 PM

“Old men white are responsible for all this country’s evils” is orthodoxy in the modern progressive movement, so blaming this on “5 white men” is really just a tic/reflex for Reid. It’s robotic.

Good Solid B-Plus on July 9, 2014 at 3:09 PM

I must say, if Harry was (were?) my dad, I’d be in close consultation with a physician.

Tard on July 9, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Justice Thomas should hold a press conference, and refer to Reid as a “senile old honkey” or “ignorant cracker”.

Ward Cleaver on July 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM

One of the following statements are true:
–Clarence Thomas is a narrow minded white racist
–Harry Reid is an astonishingly malicious and possibly senile anti democratic d@@chebag.

Your choice.

orangemtl on July 9, 2014 at 3:31 PM


Rook on July 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

I think Reid is out to energize the Democratic base. Get them to come out and hope that the Republicans don’t get as much turnout as hoped. Worked in 2012 and, anyway, what other strategy can the Democrats try? If they get enough of these “issues” out in front of the base, it might just work.

Russ808 on July 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Reid made a racist/sexist statement on multiple levels, and needs to be called out on it.

He is contributing towards a climate of hate against white males, many of which he is supposed to be representing.

He is implying one gender cannot rule magnanimously for all, this sword cuts both ways and simply fosters more hate.

He is assuming he will retire before the many latinos in Nevada take the hint and vote out the “old” “white” “man” Senator for a tribalist pick “more like them”.

The poisonous vitriol he is sowing is dangerous to our country.

Perspicacious on July 9, 2014 at 4:26 PM

I must say, if Harry was (were?) my dad, I’d be in close consultation with a physician.

Tard on July 9, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Yep. A family intervention is needed. Of course, the extended “family” in Nevada is getting rich from connections to Dingy Harry, so they would be shooting themselves in the wallet.

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2014 at 4:29 PM

This is yet another in a long, long list of reasons why you should never vote for Democrats. They are a cancer on our country.

Theophile on July 9, 2014 at 4:36 PM

…Harry is colorblind?

JugEarsButtHurt on July 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Can we still tar and feather our politicians? Or is that a crime nowadays?

ncconservative on July 9, 2014 at 5:46 PM

This thread was awarded best Headline Photo combo of the day. Congrats Ed!!!

Bmore on July 9, 2014 at 6:02 PM

I must say, if Harry was (were?) my dad, I’d be in close consultation with a physician.

Tard on July 9, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Remember: “If I were a rich man …”
Then I wouldn’t be (1) a poor woman (2) a poor man (3) a rich woman …

AesopFan on July 9, 2014 at 6:21 PM

In the real world, people like Dingy Harry would be committed, but in Washington DC he blends in with the rest of the nuts. The reason our government has closed down the greatest share of mental institutions was for self preservation.

savage24 on July 9, 2014 at 8:37 PM

See, folks, Harry meant to play the gender card, but mistakenly also pulled out the race card, which was stuck to the gender card in his wallet.

bmmg39 on July 10, 2014 at 1:05 AM

Seriously, I think Reid is projecting his own inner-racism feelings because he thinks the Honorable Clarence Thomas is soooo white on the inside that it gets blanched all the way through his clothings. Same for his Koch habits, too. Or maybe that’s a new class of OCD?

Kokonut on July 10, 2014 at 1:19 AM

What I don’t get is what happened to the Stupak amendment?

timoric on July 10, 2014 at 7:55 AM

This is just more proof that leftists like Reid are racists. Of course, it won’t be portrayed that way by the obama felating media.

earlgrey on July 10, 2014 at 10:37 AM