Who should Obama campaign for next?
Via Hot Air Headlines comes your feel-good news of the morning: During his whirlwind visit to Las Vegas two weeks ago, President Barack Obama mentioned U.S. Sen. Harry Reid by name four dozen times, gave him a big hug and talked him up as if he was a long-lost brother. [snip] A larger percentage of voters surveyed (17 percent) said they would be less likely | Read More »
Congressional Democrats still wondering who the sucker was at yesterday’s summit.
When Hot Air and the Daily Beast are giving the same review – Republicans looked good, the President looked all right, other Democrats looked bad – you have to end up wondering whether the President actually minds. Jonah Goldberg fairly accurately sums up what Obama has to work with, after all: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi relied on the Democrats’ favorite rhetorical gambit: policy-by-anecdote. Invoking the | Read More »
Obama: That wacky Harry Reid.
I’m stuck writing this on a borrowed Mac laptop running Safari, of all things – and yes, this qualifies as ‘stuck’ – so let me let haystack do the actual analysis of Harry Reid’s some-of-my-best-friends-have-Negro-voices attitudes. I just want to note this: the President’s immediate acceptance of Reid’s sorry-for-offending ‘apology’ just goes to show. The President is very magnanimous and forgiving about personal attacks made | Read More »
I’m gobsmacked. So is Sen. McCain. Heck, so is Sen. Durbin.
(Via Hot Air Headlines) Avoiding boggling gets harder and harder every day: Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin admitted Friday that he is “in the dark” about the national health care bill currently under construction by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. In an exchange on the Senate floor, Republican Sen. John McCain asked Durbin, “Should we not at least be informed as to what the proposal | Read More »
Sen. Reid to GOP: I need some time off to raise money.
He had a fundraiser in New Orleans that he rather badly needed to do, and never mind the rhetoric on how important it is to pass health care rationing. The GOP mocked him, as was only fitting. The GOP is, in fact, using it as local campaign fodder; and so Senator Reid doesn’t get to go to New Orleans. He’s quite upset about it, too*: | Read More »
Senate Majority Leader Reid’s successful public option rollout.
No, seriously: successful. You see, by Mary Katharine Ham’s count Reid only explicitly lost Senators Lieberman and Lincoln from his own caucus, and Senators Collins & Snowe from ours for his clumsy and ill-planned advocacy of a government ‘public’ option in the Senate health care rationing bill. It was not unreasonable to expect that Reid would not only alienate those four, but Senators Ben Nelson | Read More »
Speaker Pelosi, Senator Reid and the Bad Touch.
(Via @CalebHowe) If you still need it confirmed that Senator Reid lacks any ability to function in the outside world, you can see it here, in eighteen seconds. Madame Speaker, we have had our differences in the past: but if in the future you ever feel the need to knee Senator Reid in the testicles for touching you when you don’t want to be touched, | Read More »
Update of IG-Gate: Grassley holding up nomination until answers given.
Background information available here: the executive summary is that the Inspector General of Americorps was fired earlier this year, under circumstances that appear at best to be part of a whitewash of an administration crony. Senator Grassley (R) of Iowa has taken an interest in the case, and is making it clear that he’s not going away: Republican Sen. Charles Grassley has blocked the ambassadorial | Read More »
Even post-adultery, Ensign still more popular than Reid.
Admittedly, Ensign’s taken one heck of a drop, but he’s still at least more liked than disliked. Favorable / Unfavorable Sen. Ensign (R): 39 / 37 (May 12-14: 53 / 18) Sen. Reid (D): 34 / 46 Job Approval/Disapproval Reid: 43 / 55 Ensign: 48 / 45 Jim Geraghty thinks that Reid should try having an affair; I will not be cruel and write the | Read More »
Obama privileged to be in Las Vegas.
So. Back in February the President went to Elkhart, Indiana and made a speech where, as Deceiver.com helpfully reminds us, he included this part: You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers’ dime. There’s got to be some accountability and some responsibility, and that’s something that I intend to impose as president of the | Read More »
Harry Reid attacked Barbara Bush in his book.
(Via AoSHQ): In 1988, I was a Democrat. I came from a long line of Democrats; we were a good union household, the old blue-collar generation pushing the new generation into white collar. When it came to political heroes, it was FDR, Truman, JFK all the way: my parents voted for Carter, and grumbled about Reagan throughout his term. 1988 was my first election, and | Read More »
Burris did in fact make an offer for the Senate seat.
I am perilously close to being gobsmacked by this transcript of the Burris/Blagojevich conversation (via Hot Air). I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that there’s enough there to indicate that Roland Burris flat-out lied about not trading favors and money for the Senate seat. I am not, however, so stunned as to be unable to remind people about this, this, this, this, | Read More »
Gitmo closing not to be funded.
“The rule is – jam yesterday, jam tomorrow, but never jam today.” – Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There Fresh from Senator Webb’s decision to play bellwether – or Judas goat? – on the retreat from Gitmo (see also here) we have this latest word on the Matter of Gitmo: AP source: Democrats won’t fund Guantanamo closing By ANDREW TAYLOR – | Read More »
Senator Harry Reid’s *un*favorables hits 50.
Somewhere in Nevada, a Republican has just decided to run for Senator. We do not know his or her name, but whoever it is, he or she worries Senator Harry Reid right now: CARSON CITY — Nearly half of Nevadans have had enough of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as the powerful Democrat heads into his re-election campaign, a new Las Vegas Review-Journal poll finds. | Read More »
The difference between ‘libertarian’ and ‘liberal,’ courtesy of Harry Reid.
[Libertarian]: “Voluntary taxation” = You can choose whether or not to participate in the tax system. [Liberal]: “Voluntary taxation” = You calculate and send in your taxes, instead of your employer. And, oh, yes, you don’t have to pay taxes on a house if you don’t want to own one. Watching an example of the former explain the definition to an example of the latter | Read More »
Senate to discreetly shut down House AIG bill of attainder.
They may call it “delay,” but they mean “eliminate” – and the Washington Post is happy to assist with putting this story on the seventh page. Senate Will Delay Action on Punitive Tax on Bonuses Jarred by a cool reception from the White House and fears of unintended consequences across the financial world, Senate leaders are likely to delay until late next month legislation to | Read More »
Good morning, Senators Collins, Snowe, and Specter.
Jim Geraghty is quite blunt about the consequences of Sen. Kennedy’s being absent for today’s vote, and Sen. Gregg’s return to the Senate: “Guess what, Sens. Snowe, Specter, and Collins? You are providing the decisive votes.” And Senator Reid is worried about this. He’s trying to scare up another GOP Senator to give cover to these three – something that even his own people are | Read More »
You think you have the votes, Reid? Fine.
Then just go ahead and pass that debt bill of yours, over our objection. RIGHT NOW.
Harry still thinking like a loser on his debt bill.
Or maybe he doesn’t want to win this one. Would you, in his shoes? Via AoSHQ: Reid to GOP: It’s your fault if stimulus stalls As the $820 billion stimulus package heads to the upper chamber, Senate Democratic leaders are launching a pre-emptive strike. In a Thursday afternoon news conference, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urged Senate Republicans not to line up against the bill, | Read More »
Barack Obama is/is not interfering with Reid’s seating/not seating Burris.
This is from yesterday, via TPM, and it’s President-Elect Obama declaring that the Burris pick is a “Senate matter:” “That is a Senate matter. But I know Roland Burris, obviously he’s from my home state. I think he’s a fine public servant. If he gets seated then I’m gonna work with Roland Burris just like I work with all the other senators to make sure | Read More »