According to Byron York, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Mt. Crumpit), after forcing the Senate to vote in the dead of night in the middle of the holiday season on bills hacked together in back rooms to meet a deadline that, the New York Times reports, he set, is asking his colleagues to get into the Christmas spirit:
“Let’s try to work through this,” Reid said of the protracted health care struggle. “For those of the Christian faith, we have the most important holiday, and that is Christmas, and we hope everyone would keep in mind that that’s a time when we reflect on peace and the good things in life, and I would hope that everyone would set aside the animosity and focus on that holiday.”
There is, Reid conceded “a lot of tension in the Senate.”
Yeah, Harry, you’re right, there is a lot of tension in the Senate. Wonder if your evil-mongering rhetoric has anything to do with it. Can’t remember the last time a Republican Leader, in the majority or minority, took to the Senate floor, telling opponents of a particular piece of legislation they were on the wrong side of history, likening them to supporters of slavery:
Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, ‘slow down, stop everything, let’s start over.’ If you think you’ve heard these same excuses before, you’re right. . . . When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said ‘slow down, it’s too early, things aren’t bad enough.’
If that’s not the height of hypocrisy, I don’t know what is.
If Harry Reid wants to inaugurate a new era of comity in the Senate, he could start by apologizing for his mean-spirited attacks, then agree to move up his retirement by a year, making it voluntary and not forced.