Does Harry Reid Hear What He’s Saying?


Close on the heels of his observation that Congressional Republicans must be a bunch of anarchists, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Wednesday the House GOP is “trying to get rid of” the government.

Bristling at the House GOP’s forthcoming plan to defund Obamacare by attaching a proviso to its stopgap government-funding bill, Reid struck a particularly condescending tone.

“We’re waiting to see what comes from the House on whether to fund the government or not,” Reid said. “Waiting to see what the House is going to do — to see what absurd idea will prevail over there.”

Apparently a believer that even a nursery rhyme could sound sinister if it’s recited in an appropriately alarming voice, Reid also accused Republicans of something many true conservatives — without the added hyperbole — embrace as a virtue.

“We have a number of Republican Senators and lots of Republican House members who don’t believe in government,” he said from the Senate floor Wednesday. “They want to get rid of it, and they’re doing everything they can to get rid of it.”

Yeah, guess that’s why they’re mostly career politicians. Reid’s Republicans are a bunch of radical ideologues willing to get elected so that they can subvert the system from within, like sneaky nihilistic ninjas.

But how, even in Reid’s view, does accusing conservative lawmakers of advocating for limited government sound like something that would resonate with all but the stupidest of Americans? Only the strident language makes it sound like a bad thing. And only a child would take emotional cues from the form, and not the content, of a message.

Maybe Reid is hoping there are enough functional illiterates out there who can be persuaded by his words so that the Democrats’ inevitable victory over raising the Federal debt limit can be reported on television to look like a mandate from the people.

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Mike

    Alas, if Harry is right, the false choice between the lesser of two evils is a thing of the past. I guess I’m going to have to reconsider my decision to stop wasting my time voting. We shall see.

    • FreedomFighter

      Hair “White Viper” Reid snake: makes allot of noise, spits poison and has a wrinkled leathered skin that appears dead.
      Laus DeoSemper FI

      • Deerinwater

        Nothing quite like a good ole Personal attack , feeble as it might be.

        attacking his skin ~ might seem a little out of line for some people ~ maybe you could just put dust on his shoes?

    • Deerinwater

      Hmm, ~ where might the fault lie?

  • To Tell The Truth

    Harry just got appointed the poster boy for Senility. The boy been breathing that miedra-filled air inside the Beltway way too long now.

    • Deerinwater

      If that was remotely true , it would not speak well of the opposition that you attempt to defend now. would it.

      So why not , Tell the truth? ~ that current GOP leadership is found greatly lacking.

  • Warrior

    Seriously dingy, are you somehow related to “bite me”? All “progressives” need to be placed into the “dust-bin” of history. The ONLY issue they really, really care about is CONTROL!

    • Deerinwater

      No appreciation for opposition, I take it? Aahh.

  • Jamie Higdon

    No vision. Just hyperbole and smoke.

  • Chester

    Warrior, now you speak like a true conservative, anything NEW MUST be BAD. Never bother to check it out, just automatically toss it out because it is new and/or different.

    • Larry Mellette

      This isn’t new. Look at Europe. It really works. LOL

      • Deerinwater

        Oh! you’ll get bad press for speaking the truth here. ~ ~ They believe Europe is in shambles. ~ and you do as well ~ I would suppose.

        • Larry Mellette

          No I think it is in great shape. If you like recessions and such. UK, Greece, Spain, France pretty shaky. Shall I go on. The Dutch King is stopping the welfare state. I know of one country. Germany is even starting to feel the heat.

          • Deerinwater

            Wonder , what we’ve been feeling since 1979 ?

          • Larry Mellette

            LOL 79 Maybe you have I haven’t. The feeling now can be reversed. Not by following the Euro model.

  • Aurelio Nunez

    For being the leader of the SENATE I look at him as an IDIOT

    • Deerinwater

      LOL ! ~ so that reflects poorly on whom to believe that so?

  • dan

    If God doesn’t smack DC with an asteroid or cosmic chunk of ice…..

    • Deerinwater

      God don’t care. Any out come is well with the Divine. ~ You hold strange notion of the All Mighty.

      • dan

        I disagree…He cares…He just WON’T interfere with the timeline…
        but you are correct that mine is an unusual approach :)

  • Alan

    The absurd ideas come from the WH and you, comrade Reid.

  • Carlucci

    We would all be better off without crony criminal Harry Reid and those of his ilk.
    And what would be so bad about getting rid of Fedzilla? It is an unsustainable behemoth that needs to be tamed and trimmed down at least 95%.

  • Earl Stoffel

    It’s time for Harry Reid to confess. I’m senile and I’m leaving politics.

    • Deerinwater

      I think that you might wish him senile. Why not stick with what you actually know?

      There is to be another attempt on the part of Capital Hill Republicans to defund the Affordable Heath Care Act by using the Operational Budget as leverage.

      We’ve seen this ploy used before and already know the outcome. The GOP shots itself in the foot and get a black eye and blames democrats.

  • guy r west

    youde think those guys could at least onece in a while work twords the same ends. insted of name calling back stabing secret behind closed doors deals just do whats right for america and the people not the big gov or special intrest one i read earlyer had a good ideal put common people up there retired small bussiness owners who have had military service and are christin No more mouslum or the like sounded good to me. ime tired of the BS and anit american aint christin BS. going on Put god back in our schools cort houses and publicc places let the people worshup as they please . if it ofends some one tuff dont look dont take part thats their right lits like wishing some one mary christmas
    take it for what its worth and go on . but if you want to get in my face about it thats Not going to work. Dont shuve your beleafes or lack of them on me