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.