Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Harry Reid's Hypocrisy

Harry Reid took to the Senate floor this morning and oozed his usual unctuousness: “I will never come to the Senate or anyplace else and denigrate my job and those of my 99 colleagues.”

Right. Reid is getting on in years, but still he must recall those many occasions in the not so distant past when he did denigrate not only his Senate colleagues but the very institution in which they serve.

Like on December 18, 2005, when Reid called the Republican-led Senate: “the most corrupt Congress in the history of this country."

Former Senator Bill Frist led Republicans at the time. Most Republicans would agree that current Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has been much more effective at out-foxing Reid than was Frist. Nonetheless, Frist is widely regarded as a decent man who loves is country. So Reid's description of Frist rings particularly hollow. According to Reid, Frist had "no institutional integrity.”

Reid's disdain for the Senate and his colleagues has been a recurring them of his oratory. Like on on September 18, 2006, when Reid declared: "This Congress has failed.”

Or two days later, when Reid characterized the greatest deliberative body in the world as the “Do-Nothing Congress:”

Then on December 4, 2007 Reid described his Republican opponents as “49 puppets he [President Bush] has here in the Senate.” (Doubtless President Bush read that description and thought, "I wish!")

It seems that no one told Reid that the Democrats' theme for this election cycle is "post-partisan." To the contrary, Reid's vitriol is hyper-partisan. Reid's comments, moreover, suggest that his tenure as Democratic Senate Leader will be short-lived, should Barack Obama actually manage to win the White House, because Reid has yet to master the platitudes of "hope" and "change" that now pass for policy among "progressives."

Reid conducts himself as if he was still battling the mafia in the Nevada Gaming Commission. Memo to Reid: you can stop checking for car bombs. And you can stop throwing rhetorical bombs.

1 comment:

PARADISE said...

This is a good post, but I am constantly amazed at how intelligent people continue to be misled by the MSM. You are right, Harry Reid is a hypocrite. You are also right when you say that Mitch McConnell has done a good job as Minority Leader. You are wrong when you say that Senator McConnell has done a better job than Senator Frist. You are comparing apples and oranges. Frist was Majority Leader, McConnell is Minority leader. Frist's job was to get the Administration's legislation through the Senate. Go back and check Frist's record for the four years that he was Majority Leader. I think you will be surprised. McConnell's job is to prevent the Democrats from getting their legislation through. He has done a good job. A fairer comparison would be Frist during his first two years, to Reid during his first two years. No comparison. Frist wins hands down. Thanks for such a good post.