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Don’t Screw It Up

posted at 1:16 am on October 10, 2013 by

It must be a joy to hang around Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid these days. If you’re a Republican, you’re an anarchist.

If you’re a female reporter from CNN and you ask him a question that’s a little uncomfortable regarding the government shutdown, he replies, “Why would we want to do that,” and challenges the reporter’s intellect for asking the question in the first place.

If you’re the president of the United States, and you’ve asked Reid to play lead on the negotiations with House Republicans, the Nevada Democrat’s one condition was to keep Vice President Biden far away from him.

If you’re a family member of a veteran who died in the service of the country recently, and you would like to receive the death benefits you are entitled, Harry Reid can’t seem to get that done, even though the President has already demanded it, and the House passed it unanimously Wednesday afternoon. Just to explain procedure, Harry Reid could have brought up the motion this afternoon and asked for unanimous consent it be adopted. There wouldn’t have been one member of the Senate who would have objected, and it would have been sent to the President in about 10 minutes.

Instead, Harry Reid called a hastily-arranged press conference outside the Capitol to tell the world what he really thinks of Republicans…again. Except this time, besides the media he really doesn’t like being in attendance, he had company. Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray crashed the majority leader’s little soiree to ask him to reconsider his strategy of saying no to everything, and allow the bill the House Republicans have already passed funding the District of Columbia to come up for a vote in the Senate. Naturally, the media thought this was interesting and pressed the issue. Reid didn’t find it nearly as interesting, and all of a sudden, the presser was over. Here’s what  NBC’s Washington affiliate cameras caught.



I’m on your side. Don’t screw it up. And here I thought it was the Republicans who were supposedly falling apart at the seams and having this internal civil war over tactics? Seems to me there’s a little disunity on the Democratic side, too.

Reid’s really in a precarious position here. If he brings up the death benefits bill the House just passed, and again, it was a unanimous vote, it’ll pass and go to the President for immediate signature. So much for the whole ‘it’s the whole clean CR or nothing at all’ meme. They’ve already violated it once with the payment of the veterans. This would be another breach in the red line that won’t be crossed, apparently. And if Vincent Gray keeps pressing on the DC funding bill, it’s going to be very difficult for Democratic senators to keep hiding behind the bullying tactics of Harry Reid. It won’t take many exceptions in what they’ll accept in piecemeal funding until some very powerful constituency groups start wondering why they don’t get the same treatment.

In short, if Reid and the Democrats back off the ‘we won’t play the House Republicans’ game of partial funding’, then the strategy technically worked, didn’t it? The House can just start passing one thing after another, and let Harry Reid explain to America who gets funding and who doesn’t.

The optics of that playing out would certainly be fun to watch.

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Reid’s strategy is to run out the clock until the Oct. 17 debt ceiling deadline, in hopes either Boehner will give in first or that the supporting media will be able to once again ignore all the things Harry’s refusing to fund in order to focus on the debt ceiling authorization and heap blame for that on Congressional Republicans.

The idea now is to make the low-info voters think there’s no other options but the Democrats’ way or the shutdowns. That all falls apart if Reid gives in before next Thursday, so in his mind, the veterans and the mayor of D.C. can just sit and suffer for The Cause a little while longer.

jon1979 on October 10, 2013 at 2:16 AM

…Harry Reid needs to become a real cadaver…and not just look and act like one!

KOOLAID2 on October 10, 2013 at 2:31 AM

Kinsley gaffe.

apostic on October 10, 2013 at 5:03 AM

It seems in the long run, Cruz’ strategy is better than Reids.

Lonetown on October 10, 2013 at 6:25 AM

I liked him much better when he played the crypt keeper.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25iKIaPXcpY

deimos on October 10, 2013 at 7:28 AM

If you’re the president of the United States, and you’ve asked Reid to play lead on the negotiations with House Republicans, the Nevada Democrat’s one condition was to keep Vice President Biden far away from him.

So we have one piece of evidence that the logic center of his brain hasn’t shutdown.

He’s the lowest, scummiest form of politician I’ve ever had the misfortune to see in action. I hope there’s a massive portion of Nevada that finally learned something and get to work on putting this chump out on his ass.

PXCharon on October 10, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Don’t be fooled into thinking Harry Reid is the only obstructionist. Remember, the rest of the Senate Democrats elected Reid to be the Majority Leader. They all get tarred with this brush.

Mitoch55 on October 10, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Of all the vile people in Washington D.C., Harry Reid is the lowest of the low. Worse than Pelosi, Obama, Durbin, Schumer, DWS — the worst. His behavior during the 2012 campaign was abominable, and his behavior now is despicable.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on October 10, 2013 at 8:49 AM

What a novel concept: let’s have Congress reconsider some of this ridiculous spending, item by item.

Boehner should run a session in which some of the ridiculous spending gets highlighted and voted down. A little like that scene of a cabinet meeting in the movie Dave.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZARAldXlSyA

BuckeyeSam on October 10, 2013 at 9:04 AM

“DP” are a rather unfortunate pair of initials to come before the title “Don’t screw it up”…

DarkCurrent on October 10, 2013 at 9:52 AM

I noticed that none of the print or video media even mention this. Fox News on it’s way to becoming the new CNN never said a word about Reid and the Mayor of DC. It’s no wonder the Republicans get the blame for everything that goes on, the truth never gets out.

savage24 on October 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

If the Speaker were smart he would try to hold a press conference with Gray to put pressure on the Senate. But that would require that the GOP actually develop an effective messaging strategy.

ncconservative on October 10, 2013 at 10:16 AM

Nice city you’ve got there — be a real shame if something happened to it…

affenhauer on October 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM