Reid: Why can’t we all just … get along?

posted at 12:01 pm on November 5, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Consider this karma avoidance by the soon-to-be-ex-Senate Majority Leader, but Harry Reid’s new act won’t fool anyone, least of all Mitch McConnell. Reid has run the US Senate for the past eight years like a dictatorship, steadily eroding minority privileges to the point where Republicans couldn’t offer amendments or put up any significant resistance to Barack Obama’s radical appointments, unless Democrats forced Reid’s hand on either score. After watching his party lay a historic egg in the midterms — the size of which is still not yet fully known — Reid tried spinning the results as a mandate for the kind of compromise that he’s blocked ever since winning control of the upper chamber in 2006:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has reached out to his presumed successor, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, saying that he hoped they could work together “to get things done” in Washington.

In a statement, according to Mediaite, Reid said, “I’d like to congratulate Senator McConnell, who will be the new Senate Majority Leader. The message from voters is clear: They want us to work together. I look forward to working with Senator McConnell to get things done for the middle class.”

Er … sure it was. The actual message was entirely a repudiation of the shove-it-down-your-throat approach and demagoguery exemplified by Reid’s leadership and Barack Obama’s attitude. The 2010 midterms sent that same signal, but Reid ignored it and amplified his dictatorial approach in the aftermath of a narrow 2012 win. He’s still not getting the message — or more likely, is willfully ignoring it in order to benefit himself.

Evidence of that has already been provided by Reid and his team. Despite coughing up the worst midterm results in a generation, Reid wants to continue at the helm of Senate Democrats:

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) does not have any second thoughts about staying on as the Senate Democratic leader after the drubbing his party took on election night.

Spokesman Adam Jentleson vowed that Reid will lead his party’s remaining members in the chamber next year.

“Senator Reid will run for minority leader,” he said Tuesday.

Not so fast, said Chuck Todd last night. While his colleagues in the Senate have been either quiet or publicly supportive, the extent of this collapse will almost certainly mean that Reid will be gone from caucus leadership in January:

“I don’t think — I will be surprised if Democrats keep Harry Reid,” Todd, the moderator of NBC’s “Meet The Press,” said late Tuesday night. “I think this is going to be an open question inside the Senate Democratic Caucus.”

Todd’s remark, made during a late night NBC News livestream, was among the boldest calls made by a member of the media on Tuesday, and certainly the most dire for the current Majority Leader. It’s not an unfair projection, either. As Nevada’s Jon Ralson recently reported, Reid’s “vaunted political machine” failed to drive Democrats to the polls this year, and Reid’s poor Senate stewardship has “induced senators and candidates he has helped to muse openly about not voting for him as leader.”

Dylan Byers notes that the other three leaders in the Senate Democratic caucus had pledged their support before the election, but that was then … and this is now. Now includes the very real possibility that two members of Reid’s caucus already have reasons to switch sides, and keeping Reid around will almost guarantee that Republicans will pressure Mitch McConnell to make the Democratic wilderness as miserable as Reid made the Republican wilderness. If that happens, both Angus King and Joe Manchin will certainly bolt, and Democrats may face another round of key retirements in the next two years, which will eat into their ability to regain the majority in 2016.

McConnell doesn’t have any incentive to make that situation on Reid any easier, and plenty of incentive to force Reid out. McConnell may want to return to normal order, but not with Reid across the table from him. If McConnell wants to play hardball, all he needs to do is insist that Democrats shun Reid entirely — no leadership position, no ranking-member position on committees — for the next two years, in exchange for returning to the pre-Reid Senate environment. If not, McConnell can promise that Republicans will follow the Reid precedent in suppressing minority participation, all the while reminding Senate Democrats that they enthusiastically supported those rules when they enjoyed the majority. Democrats may grumble, but in the end they’ll cave.

And they should, because not only did Reid put them in this position, but he’s easily the most despicable member of their caucus. He’s revived McCarthyism on top of ruining the comity and effectiveness of the Senate, and more.  David Bernstein recounts how history should remember the Reid Era in today’s Washington Post:

For one thing, I’ve made a mental note of the seemingly racist comments Reid has made, starting in 2004, when he asserted that Justice Scalia is “one smart guy” whose reasoning is “hard to dispute” while claiming that Justice Thomas “has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court. I think that his opinions are poorly written.” (One can certain argue about Thomas’s ideology, temperament, and lack of respect for precedent, but his opinions emphatically are not “poorly written,” and for some time he seems to have had at least as much influence on Scalia as vice versa).

For another, his recent vilification campaign against the Koch Brothers was, to turn his own words against him, “unAmerican.” Beginning in early 2014, he launched almost daily (and often factually inaccurate) verbal assaults on the Kochs from the Senate floor, and also established a website,www.kochaddiction.com, dedicated to the Kochs’ purported misdeeds. To get an idea of the tenor of the site, a page headlined “meet the Kochs” introduces them as “producers of toxic chemicals, harmful pollutants, carcinogens, greenhouse gases.”

Among other insults, Reid called the brothers “unAmerican” and “power-hungry tycoons.” UnAmerican? Really? Didn’t that sort of thing go out with McCarthy? And, ironically, if we’re talking “unAmerican,” how about trying to squelch political speech you don’t like? …

Reid and his allies wanted to warn other potential Republican donors that they would face a public smearing if they also gave to GOP candidates. For someone as powerful as Reid to threaten private citizens in this way for pure political gain to my mind  makes someone unfit to be a Senator, much less majority leader.

Reid has been a blight on American politics for long enough. If Democrats won’t clean up their mess on their own, then McConnell should force them to do it, for their own good. Reid is the last person in the US Senate to suddenly discover his sheet music for “Kumbaya.”


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Schadenfreude on November 5, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Using Common Core math, those numbers are highly probable.

novaculus on November 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Did we just hear a rat squeak? Steyer and Bloomberg have found out that you can’t buy our freedom.

Kissmygrits on November 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

I’m guessing Harry has had better days.

novaculus on November 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

McConnell should give Reid the phone number for Koch Industries and tell him to try and work out a bi-partisan deal with them.

jon1979 on November 5, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Harry who?

That should be the most common quote from any Republican Senator over the next 2 years. (IMHO)

barnone on November 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

….Harry…should ‘pass away’ soon.

JugEarsButtHurt on November 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Reid: “The message from voters is clear: They want us to work together. They want to bury us in dog crap and set us on fire!

Fixed for accuracy.

dominigan on November 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Any truth to the rumor someone from Dingy’s Vega$ Mafia called him yelling something about St. Valentine’s Day?

viking01 on November 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

I absolutely cannot wait to watch Harry Reid hoist upon his own petard, stewed in his own juice, caught in his own trap, pickled in his own vinegar, and firmly dispatched with the sword by which he lived. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

SRQ on November 5, 2014 at 1:41 PM

All well and good. I want to see the uncensored version.

MisterElephant on November 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Why would McConnell encourage Demo to shun Reid? The best thing that could happen for Repubs is for Reid to become minority leader.

spinach.chin on November 5, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Screw u Harry. Screw your party. Screw your President. Harry you are one of the most vile, contentious, hateful, nasty POS that this country has ever had foisted on them. I cannot stand you Harry. Go away now. You’ve done enough damage. Message to Republicans do NOT work with his creature. Remember what he and Pelosi and Obama have done to you and us all. No reaching across the aisle. No compromise. This isn’t a coffee klatch its war! Remember Repubs we are watching you. As for Harry get stuffed!

neyney on November 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Uggh… Dems, not Demo

spinach.chin on November 5, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Obama can spend the rest of his term like the crazy aunt, locked in the attic.

claudius on November 5, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I don’t think Reid plans on running for reelection in the future. He recently sold his long-time home in Searchlight, NV, and moved to LV. Can’t run as a small-town guy when you live in LV.

polarglen on November 5, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Hey Harry, America says “Right back at you, buddy”.

M240H on November 5, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Hey Harry—F-you a-hole

glock-you on November 5, 2014 at 2:12 PM

All of a sudden the media want “end of gridlock”. Where were you, harlots of obama/Reid?

Schadenfreude on November 5, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Harry better get exactly what he gave us for 6 years. Zip, Zero, Nadda.

nikophil on November 5, 2014 at 2:13 PM

If McConnell goes back to the old filibuster rules, he’s a fool.

bw222 on November 5, 2014 at 2:15 PM

The GOP needs to be and appear as workwise, getting things done.

But as the D’s rule changes to freeze out the minority should remain as long as the D’s act like the bunch of obstructionist brats that they are.

Only if the D’s act like adults and actually help pass well written legislation should they get to come out of the time out corner.

Jay Galt on November 5, 2014 at 2:18 PM

The message from voters is clear: They want us to work together. I look forward to working with Senator McConnell to get things done for the middle class.”

Actually, Harry, you moron, the message from the voters is nothing less than a complete repudiation of you, your leadership of the Senate, your covering for the President, and the intellectually, morally, and ethically bankrupt progressive-fascist agenda that has dominated for the last six years.

Athos on November 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM

Reid is the living(?) embodiment of everything that’s wrong with politics. He’s a complete liar, a con-man, an a-hole, and a selfish, greedy, narcissistic, freak.

Reid is the reason why the Founders and Framers tried to create a limited, de-centralized federal government in the first place. Scum like Reid are drawn to politics like flies to a rotting corpse.

Sad and shocking that Progressives would love Reid so much considering all of the damage he’s done to lower and middle-income families, especially African-Americans.

visions on November 5, 2014 at 2:22 PM

the really bad thing is, if the republicans actually start turning the economy around, the POTUS is going to get the credit.

RonK on November 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM

It is hilarious that he can lie about, scoff at, disrespect, misrepresent all things about his opponents and then when he loses his power acts like we can all “work together” to get things done..HAHAHAHAHAHA. What a fool.

Pound. Sand.

jjjdad on November 5, 2014 at 2:28 PM

No thanks to helping Democrats.

txhsmom on November 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM

the really bad thing is, if the republicans actually start turning the economy around, the POTUS is going to get the credit.

RonK on November 5, 2014 at 2:24 PM

/points to Clinton
//nods knowingly

yaedon on November 5, 2014 at 2:31 PM

If McConnell wants to play hardball, all he needs to do is insist that Democrats shun Reid entirely — no leadership position, no ranking-member position on committees — for the next two years, in exchange for returning to the pre-Reid Senate environment. If not, McConnell can promise that Republicans will follow the Reid precedent in suppressing minority participation, all the while reminding Senate Democrats that they enthusiastically supported those rules when they enjoyed the majority. Democrats may grumble, but in the end they’ll cave.

What’s sauce for the goose… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on November 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

In a statement, according to Mediaite, Reid said, “I’d like to congratulate Senator McConnell, who will be the new Senate Majority Leader. The message from voters is clear: They want us to work together. I look forward to working with Senator McConnell to get things done for the middle class.”

Set the bong down, Harry…

Newtie and the Beauty on November 5, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Just hope Senator McConnell shows a spine. The only compromising should be on the part of the Dems w/ Republicans. It’s time we say, “We’re in charge.” We can be polite – not snarky like a certain WH resident but firm. IT’s called discipline.

We don’t need Graham and McCain undermining McConnell either. Love the idea of reading all the bills that Dem Harry refused to bring to the floor. Just read them – short version: #1 Bill to ___________ that would help American families, STOPPED by former Dem. Senate leader, Harry Reid.” #2…. must make sure the benefit to Americans is referenced and that REPUBLICANS tried to get them passed and ole’ Harry and his Dem cronies refused.

Power corrupts – hope McConnell can control it. BUILD THE FENCE, period. Force Obama to say “no”

MN J on November 5, 2014 at 2:39 PM

Reid: Why can’t we all just … get along?

Easy to say now that he is on the “outside and discredit”, looking in.

jpcpt03 on November 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Harry that smell in the halls of the capital now isn’t citizens, its the turd you dropped in your pants last night,I hear its nice at the bottom of the Potomic River this time of year,Harry don’t fall for the free shoes Obamas going to offer you.

IXXINY on November 5, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Reid, the SOB who refused to allow any of the more than 70 pieces of legislation passed by the House reach the floor of the Senate for discussion / vote, just got his @$$ cut…and is demanding concessions from the GOP. Doesn’t work that way, Reid! “You gave no quarter, you get no quarter!”

In FACT, the 1st thing the GOP SHOULD do is force the DOJ to INDICT Harry Reid for illegally funneling campaign dollars to his daughter – a CRIME for which he has not been held accountable!
— ‘Can’t do it because of Eric Holder’, you say?! Funny you should mention the 1st Atty General in US History to be CENSURED – perhaps the 1st thing the GOP should do is force the appointment of an Independent Prosecutor, indict Holder for his ALREADY PROVEN 4 Felony Counts of Perjury before Congress, and put him in Scooter Libby’s old jail cell.
*** If anyone noticed, the DOJ was FORCED to FINALLY release all of their ‘Hidden’ Documents — they quietly dumped over 60,000 documents on Congress during the election, hoping no one would take notice. A Federal Judge struck down Obama’s/ Holder’s claim of Executive Privilege since the whole thing went down in Az, under the DOJ’s scrutint. Isa pointed out that by their releasing the documents (and the judge’s ruling, Obama and Holder were FORCED to admit Executive Privilege had no jurisdiction in ths case and that they were simple ‘OBSTRUCTING JUSTICE’…THE j\TUDGE WAS REPORTEDLY HOURS AWAY FROM HOLDING HOLDER IN CONTEMPT OF COURT FOR REFUS9ING TO OBEY A 2ND COURT ORDER WHEN HOLDER RELEASED THE DOCUMENTS!

easyt65 on November 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

Elections have consequences. Bwaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.
Stuffit, all you libertards.

soghornetgunner on November 5, 2014 at 2:50 PM

I’m still waiting for Reid to tell us who “knew” that Mitt Romney paid no income taxes.

And remember folks, he made those comments from the floor of the U.S. Senate.

He is the worst person ever to serve in Congress.

rockmom on November 5, 2014 at 2:52 PM

If McConnell wants to make history, he should whip up sixty-seven votes in the Senate and repeal OCare. It could be done, the Dems are shaken and scared right now. The accomplishment would be transcendent and Mitch would be a legend.

One can dream…

fossten on November 5, 2014 at 2:56 PM

In the immortal words of Obama to McCain when he pitched his little fit in the WH when the GOP insisted he work with them – SLIGHTLY MODIFIED FOR THIS OCCASSION, “THE ELECTION IS OVER, HARRY…I WIN!”

easyt65 on November 5, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Reid has been a blight on American politics for long enough. If Democrats won’t clean up their mess on their own, then McConnell should force them to do it, for their own good.

Really? Why?

And all of this talk of him getting the boot… uh, SanFranNan is still leader of the Demrats in the House.

chris0christies0donut on November 5, 2014 at 3:06 PM

If McCon had seeds he would send a moving team over to Reid’s office and starting taking things down from the walls and shelves, packing them away in bins.

Bishop on November 5, 2014 at 3:11 PM

The GOP would do VERY WELL to remember how they lost Congress last time. Pelosi even bragged about it in a Tme Magazine article when the deed was done. She bragged how the Democrats had JUST ENOUGH power to be able to delay and stone-wall almost all legislation in the House and Senate, grinding Congress to a stand-still. They THEN hit Americans with a media barrage claiming it was the GOP was responsible for nothing getting done. People became SO frustrated that they accepted an UN-DEFINED Generic Democratic Party Slogan of ‘CHANGE’! They offered nothing, preyed upon people’s frustrations – that THEY had created, and had the GOP removed from power…Political ‘Guerrilla Warfare’ Tactics…and it worked! Don’t think they aren’t already trying to come up with ways to do the exact same thing now!

—- It’s a favorite Liberal tactic — the DNC owned the Senate, Harry Reid let no House Legislation be brought up for a discussion, and Pelosi, Reid, & Obama successfully blamed the GOP as having done ‘NOTHING’. Even when they are in power they do this – the GOP’s ability to get any message out $UCKS!

easyt65 on November 5, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Dear Senator Reid:

We won. Go pound sand.

Sincerely,

Taxpaying Citizens of the USA

idalily on November 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Give Reid nothing. Treat him like he treated republicans because as sure as the sun will rise and fall each day, when the dems get back control, republicans will be treated like garage once again.

kings on November 5, 2014 at 3:15 PM

FOAD, dingy.

kim roy on November 5, 2014 at 3:19 PM

This article reads as though one man in the Senate is the problem.

If you think all those Democrats in the Senate weren’t fully behind their leader, you’re naïve.

Baggi on November 5, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Nowwwwwwwwwwwwww the bully wants to play nice.

FOAD Harry, hope you catch rigor mortis.

antipc on November 5, 2014 at 3:28 PM

This calls for a Koch and a smile.

UncleBK on November 5, 2014 at 3:45 PM

All those sinking riles concerning the filibuster…. They remain in place… Be Yotch

Kuffar on November 5, 2014 at 3:48 PM

GFY Harry.

emz35 on November 5, 2014 at 3:59 PM

I think we should compromise.

McConnell restores the dignity of the Senate, and runs it traditionally.

Reid spends the rest of his life in prison for corruption.

Final offer.

Adjoran on November 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM

I think we should show our gratitude to the Koch Brothers

Patrap on November 5, 2014 at 4:34 PM

Well, I see Harry Reid is off his meds…. AGAIN.

GrumpyOldFart on November 5, 2014 at 4:37 PM

Harry Reid is a POS.

V7_Sport on November 5, 2014 at 5:35 PM

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RealMc on November 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM

I find it funny how I hear GOP pundits claim they won because they had Moderate on the ballot. Really and WHO PUT THEM IN THE POSITION TO WIN: CONSERVATIVES and the TEA PARTY. Over 25 percent mind you and without us the GOP is a joke. As for Reid, he can rot in Hedes with his Shredded Wheat and Depends. There is not one chance on planet earth to work with the Dems. They shoved Obamacare down our throats, they have made GRIDLOCK a full-time job and they have taken partisan and racial relations and turned them into cheerleading chants!

51 votes and no Filibuster….Reid will reap what he sows and McConnell can take a walk if he thinks he can RETURN TO ORDER…there is NO guarantee that moderate moron will be Majority Leader. He better MAN UP and realize how he won Re-Election and it was not with moderates! You shut out Reid and the Dems and they can pound salt! You reap what you sow!

777eagleofthesky on November 5, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Repubs should make the dems get a hall pass just to go out and take a leak. Keep the senate rules and make the dens eat every word of harry reid. Make them reap what they have sewed.

jaywemm on November 5, 2014 at 9:24 PM

There’s another, much more motivating reason why the Dems will likely dump Reid for minority leader: Many of them have chafed for years over the fact that Reid refused to allow votes on any issue that he deemed might embarrass Obama:

One reason for those low [approval] numbers is that Reid won’t bring bills up in the Senate that could put Obama in a difficult spot. That National Journal article quotes Republican House Speaker John Boehner as saying, “There are 352 bills passed by the House sitting in the United States Senate. Almost all of those bills passed the House on a bipartisan basis, so go take your [the media’s] complaints to Harry Reid.”

That included issues of national security, such as Iran’s nuclear ambitions:

Protecting President Obama from embarrassment precludes protecting America from nuclear terror. That’s why Harry Reid is blocking a bipartisan coalition of senators from voting to increase sanctions on Iran.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., hit the detonator on the head Wednesday when he pointed out on the Senate floor that his Democratic counterpart “can’t stomach a vote on Iran sanctions” because “he knows the administration would lose that vote decisively, and he knows that many members of his own caucus would vote alongside Republicans to strengthen those sanctions.”

The direct result of this was that Democrat Senators couldn’t claim many — if any — legislative accomplishments, thus allowing the GOP to (correctly) claim that their Democrat opponent “voted with Obama 90-odd percent of the time.”

Paul_in_NJ on November 5, 2014 at 11:06 PM

It was a different story when the Democrats said, “We won, get over it”.

mixplix on November 6, 2014 at 7:28 AM

When all the dust settles we’ll see what the GOP can do.

mixplix on November 6, 2014 at 7:31 AM

Simple answer Reid, because of creeps like you.!!!!! Got your A$$ handed to you and LOL, now you want peace ?

J Vance on November 6, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Harry Reid changed the rules from filibuster to 51 vote majority

well, thanks Harry its our turn now

well that is after we go thru the stack of over 300 bills you REFUSED TO BRING UP TO THE SENATE FLOOR FOR A VOTE.

i WISH i had a web cam to watch you pack your chit and move out of the majority leaders prime office in the senate building and have to haul all your stuff down the hallway.

sniffles1999 on November 7, 2014 at 7:27 AM

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