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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.



  1. “If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. ” – Barack Obama, 2008.

    Comment by V the K — August 6, 2012 @ 8:54 pm - August 6, 2012

  2. Thought this column quite apropos to the topic at hand, and a damn fascinating read:

    Comment by mixitup — August 6, 2012 @ 9:39 pm - August 6, 2012

  3. I was so angry with Reid that I contacted his office and told them what I think of that low life who has lowered the esteem of the Senate to the level of a bunch of gossiping preadolescent girls. Dignity of the Senate is now a completely laughable concept. No honor! What happened to “bearing false witness” being a vile concept. How about “thou shall not covet?” it is so preposterous, they just want to nit pick over every item in Romney’s tax returns. This is merely an attempt to box Romney in a corner while Obama hides all of his college records and uses an executive order to cover up the criminal Fast and Furious documents. And the MSM for the most part plays right along. Pshaw! This is a ridiculous side show diverting attention from Obama’s miserable record.

    Romney should just release a list of the taxes only that he has paid over the years not the full records because it is completely obvious that he has paid a ton of taxes and also that the Obots want the records to smear Romney. Then ask for Obama’s college records because I am telling the Romney campaign that I heard that Obama didn’t really go to Columbia or Harvard. Obama must release those records to prove he went!

    Comment by TexasMom2012 — August 6, 2012 @ 10:48 pm - August 6, 2012

  4. TexasMom, sadly you were trying to communicate with a man that has no conscience, common decency nor a soul. Dealing with him, Obama and the hard left democrats is an exercise in futility. There is only one way to deal with them, and that is to beat them and send them to the “ash heap of history.”

    Take solace in the thought that if we mere mortals have figured out what they are up to, then Mitt and his advisers have as well(I hope!!!!).

    Comment by mixitup — August 6, 2012 @ 11:10 pm - August 6, 2012

  5. Wasn’t that so nice of Harry to throw that crap from the floor of Congress where he is protected and can’t be sued! I bet he’s watched like a hawk if he even says a peep about Romney off that floor, what a sleezy scumbag crook!!

    Comment by jann — August 7, 2012 @ 1:24 am - August 7, 2012

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  7. Reid’s actions may just work to return the Senate to Republicans. That’s the long game that Reid isn’t aware of.

    Comment by anon322531 — August 7, 2012 @ 10:45 am - August 7, 2012

  8. mixitup #2 – good one! A plausible theory as to why Obama hides his college records. And we have as much (or more) evidence for it, than we do for Romney cheating on his taxes.

    Obama – the ultimate Elizabeth Warren! Not only with “you didn’t build that”, but with (possibly – speculatively) exploiting a fake resume to get ahead.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 7, 2012 @ 10:56 am - August 7, 2012

  9. BTW: I love the Democrats’ unbelievable sleaze on Romney’s taxes, because of what it makes clear: That the Democrats are truly the party of stupid people. (Win or lose, their tactic is to distract and prey upon people’s gullibility.)

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — August 7, 2012 @ 11:11 am - August 7, 2012

  10. I think another motivation is that by Reid doing nothing, Obama can then rail against the phony Republican obstructionism as a means to call for more Democrats to go to the District of Corruption.

    Comment by Charlie Foxtrot — August 10, 2012 @ 12:48 pm - August 10, 2012

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