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Harry Reid’s real (partisan) goal
& why the Democratic Senate remains a do-nothing chamber

This following paragraph in Charlie Mahtesian’s post yesterday in Politico both gets at why Harry Reid chose to make his outlandish allegation against the presumptive Republican presidential nominee and what motives the Senate Democratic leader:

POLITICO’s Manu Raju wrote Friday that Reid remained unruffled by the flap, and “has calculated that the frenzy created by his charge has accomplished exactly what he sought to do: Turn the focus back onto the GOP nominee’s unreleased tax returns.”

The Democrat just wants to keep the Republican’s taxes in the news, that is, keep the focus off  the president’s record and on trivia about his rival.  And the Senate Democratic leader sees his real goal to play a hatchet man in the presidential race rather than to move legislation in the Senate, the legislative chamber to which he was elected.

But, in leveling the unfounded accusation, he further polarizes that chamber, making it increasingly difficult to moving legislation.  And shouldn’t moving legislation be the priority of the Senate Majority Leader?

But, well, the 112th Senate, a Democratic Senate hasn’t acted on 32 job bills passed by the Republican House nor has it passed a budget in three-and-one-half years.

Ed Morrissey links a report indicating “that the White House had to have approved this line of attack“.  His real goal is not then to run the Senate but to play a hatchet man in the presidential race.

And it may work.

In so acting in order to to advance Obama’s campaign goals, Harry Reid has further antagonized Senate Republicans, making it increasingly unlikely that he will be able to improve upon the do-nothing record he has accumulated as Senate Majority Leader these last 19 months.

Do wish the legacy media would detail Harry Reid’s real record running the Senate rather than his wild accusations helping out the president’s campaign.

Why Is Washington DC So Dysfunctional

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:52 pm - August 6, 2012.
Filed under: Free (or Private) Enterprise

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Romney (wisely) sidesteps gay marriage issue

Since talking about” gay marriage “in the heat of the primaries,” write Maggie Haberman and Emily Schultheis in Politico

. . . [presumptive Republican nominee Mitt] Romney has largely steered clear of it. He referenced defending traditional marriage in his recent NAACP speech, to the delight of social conservatives with whom he met in Denver last week, but it’s not a frequent talking point.

When Romney does bring up marriage, he merely references his support for the institution as it has long been defined between two individuals of different sexes.  He doesn’t dwell on the topic.  Even in his speech at the socially conservative Liberty University, he only briefly referenced traditional marriage, then moved on.

The Politico writers contend that

. . . the comparative quiet from party leaders would have been unimaginable even four years ago, when public opinion hadn’t yet shifted so rapidly on a signature social issue. And it marks a dramatic change among some of the top Republican donors and opinion-makers, who are supporting same-sex marriage in state-based gay legislative and legal fights, even as the official GOP platform will remain centered on traditional marriage.

Actually, if they checked the record that Republicans largely steered clear of the issue in the 2008 presidential campaign.  Even in 2004, they never made it “a frequent talking point”.  Then-President George W. Bush, running for reelection, briefly indicated his support for a federal constitutional amendment defining marriage and then moved on.

I have long argued, to borrow the title of the Politico piece that Republicans should steer clear of gay issues.  It does seem that Romney is determined to do just that, keeping the focus on economic issues which unite the party and which are of the greatest concern to the better part of the undecided voters.

Evil in Wisconsin

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:18 am - August 6, 2012.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America

The nation has been traumatized for the second time in a few days more than that many weeks by another shooting, this time of a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.  A shooter murdered six people at this holy place before a police officer shot the murderer and “stopped a tragic event that could have been a lot worse,” as Oak Creek Police John Edwards put it.

We all feel as we did when we learned of the Colorado shooting, numbed by the senselessness of the action, reminded again of the persistence of evil.  Just as last month, our hearts go out to the victims and their families.  We pray for the survival — and speedy recovery — of those now hospitalized.

Mitt Romney released this statement:

Ann and I extend our thoughts and prayers to the victims of today’s shooting in Wisconsin. This was a senseless act of violence and a tragedy that should never befall any house of worship. Our hearts are with the victims, their families, and the entire Oak Creek Sikh community. We join Americans everywhere in mourning those who lost their lives and in prayer for healing in the difficult days ahead.

Reporting as the story was unfolding, R.S. McCain restates what should be “obvious: We don’t yet know who the shooter was. We don’t know his motive, or his political affiliations.

As details emerged, he provided more information about the shooter.  Let us not jump to conclusions until the evidence is in.  For now, we should stand together as a nation and pray for the victims.