Jul
16
2013
11

Harry Reid is not thinking smart on the ‘nuclear option.’

Here’s a few questions for Harry Reid to chew on while he contemplates this comment by Byron York about the fallout from the so-called ‘nuclear option:’

…nearly everything the Senate does requires that senators first agree to direct the body’s attention to this or that subject. That is usually done through a routine procedure called unanimous consent. But if just one senator wants to stop things, he or she can.

“Most people underestimate the importance of unanimous consent and how it will, if denied, slow down the operations of the Senate, perhaps to a halt,” says John Cornyn, the number-two ranking Republican in the Senate. “I can foresee a circumstance where every time there is an effort to do something on the floor, there is going to be an objection, and that will string out for a long time.”

…and they go like this: (more…)

Jul
15
2013
10

So Harry Reid prepares the Denethor option in the Senate.

Here we go.

Denethor

By the way: when the GOP-controlled Senate in 2015 – and the whispers about that have already started in the Beltway – uses this to force the Democrats to eat ash for two years, please be advised that they. Were. Warned.

Moe Lane

PS: I had a total of two hours sleep last night; I’m not really geared up for anything except brutal honesty right now. And brutal honesty is making me say: the GOP will control the Senate, largely despite itself. Things are just going to get that bad.

Jul
15
2013
7

Tweet of the Day, See, This Is Why We Wanted @SenTedCruz IN the Senate edition.

Precisely for stuff like this.

Because there’s no good answer for Reid, there.

Via Twitchy.

Jul
12
2013
3

Harry Reid will be 77 in 2016.

There was some speculation back in 2010 that this would be his last term. It may simply be that Reid has no plans to be in a Senate where both it and the Presidency are in the hands of the opposition party. Which means that Harry Reid has no real reason not to screw over his colleagues:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s threat to change filibuster rules is supposed to narrowly focus on presidential nominees to the executive branch.

But his potential move to invoke the “nuclear option” is raising a bigger and more sweeping question that could have huge consequences for future presidents of both parties: Is this the beginning of the end of the filibuster? If the filibuster goes, the Senate would lose a crucial check on majority rights — and it could start looking very much like the House, where the majority always gets its way.

And it will screw over his colleagues. Because I have a list, and so does every conservative activist, organizer, gadfly, and partisan hack that I know. It’s a list of stuff that we want, but can’t realistically expect to get to sixty on.

May
06
2013
10

Harry Reid has nobody to cry to about that big meanie Ted Cruz…

…so he’ll just cry about it:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called freshman GOP Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a “schoolyard bully” during a contentious exchange Monday on the Senate floor.

The two senators bickered as Cruz rose to object to Reid’s motion to appoint conferees to a House-Senate budget committee.

Cruz’s great sin? “He asked that Reid amend his motion to go to conference to make out of order any provisions raising taxes or raising the debt ceiling.” …No, I’m not exactly sure where the term ‘bully’ would apply, there.  I could conceivably see ‘pain in Harry Reid’s ass’ – which is indeed Ted Cruz’s intent, and possibly chief amusement while on the Senate floor – but ‘bully’ implies that a man who has spent a quarter-century in the Senate is somehow innately intimidated by a first-term junior Senator from Texas.

What a… fascinating revelation.  And potentially one that’s useful, as well.

Moe Lane

May
01
2013
3

Harry Reid: American people too ignorant to figure out Obamacare on their own.

I can’t believe that Harry Reid actually said this (bolding mine):

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he shares colleagues’ concerns that the Affordable Care Act could become a “train wreck” if it’s not implemented properly.

Reid warned that people will not be able to choose health insurance plans on government health exchanges if federal authorities lack the resources to set them up and educate the public.

The stress must be getting to him.

Moe Lane

PS: Yes, I’m sure that the Hill was paraphrasing whatever it was that Reid had actually said.  The real point is this: the Democrats are as scared as all get-out about how Obamacare is threatening to unfold on them.  As well they should be.

Jan
24
2013
5

Harry Reid… does not *cave* on the filibuster. Rather, he *disengages*.

Call it a “fighting retreat.” Or a disinclination to fight in a burning house.

So, the big news today is that Harry Reid apparently voluntarily spit out some of his fangs on the filibuster.  They’re modifying the rules to give the minority party a bit more input in the process:

…the deal Reid struck with McConnell doesn’t end the filibuster against the motion to proceed. Rather, it creates two new pathways for moving to a new bill. In one, the majority leader can, with the agreement of the minority leader and seven senators from each party, sidestep the filibuster when moving to a new bill. In the other, the majority leader can short-circuit the filibuster against moving to a new bill so long as he allows the minority party to offer two germane amendment that also can’t be filibustered. Note that in all cases, the minority can still filibuster the bill itself.

Apparently, some of the anti-filibuster people are livid, given that Reid’s given up a bit, not least of which is (in at least some cases) his time-honored trick of filling up the amendment tree (ie, not allowing Republican Senators the option to offer amendments to bills).  And, sure, they’re marketing this as a win – but, realistically?  The Democrats aren’t actually able to pass legislation right now that’s unacceptable to the House, so why not run things the way that they like in the Senate anyway? (more…)

Jan
24
2013
5

Harry Reid screws up online gambling bill by being… Harry Reid.

Gimme one good reason why I, or any Republican, should do Harry Reid a favor.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had promised Nevada’s gambling industry a federal law to legalize Internet poker by the end of 2012, calling it the state’s “most important issue” since the nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain was scuttled.

But in the end, Reid rolled snake eyes. And as the 113th Congress gets under way, the odds of legislation passing are even worse.

After all, as the article later notes Harry Reid himself thought that this bill was less important than getting Shelley Berkley elected over Dean Heller.  The GOP is under no actual obligation to put policy over politics when the Other Side has openly abandoned the former for the latter; but if Reid really wants this bill to pass, well, there are ways.  First, we pass a budget: then Harry Reid can find existing spending to cut that would offset the costs of this bill, plus a little bit extra of spending cuts – that’s for the house, you understand.  Reid’s from Nevada, technically: he should understand the concept.

Jan
10
2013
2

How Barry shived Harry on the fiscal cliff.

Let me translate this The New Republic article on how Barack Obama simultaneously caved, and backstabbed Harry Reid, on the tax cut deal:

Once upon a time there was an evil, wicked Senate Majority Leader who thought that he had the Senate Minority Leader in a cleft stick over the looming expiration of existing marginal tax rates.  Thanks to the Speaker of the House being unable to keep his caucus united on opposition to changing the tax rate, the Senate Majority Leader decided to draw a line in the sand – a line one half-step away from the fiscal cliff – then dare the Senate Minority Leader to step over it.  However, the Senate Minority Leader instead went to the Vice President, the Vice President went to the President, the President panicked and told the Vice President to make a deal with the Senate Minority Leader, and the Senate Majority Leader ended up swinging in the breeze by his suddenly-bare buttocks.

Somewhere in all of this, the Speaker of the House stopped by and told the Senate Majority Leader to go [expletive deleted] himself.  Which detail The New Republic did not mention, most likely because they’d rather that the Speaker of the House had said it to the President.

I think that this covers it, no? (more…)

Jan
03
2013
4

John Boehner profanely establishes power dynamic wrt Harry Reid.

Now that it’s official that John Boehner has won the Speakership again – which, by the way, was a foregone conclusion, given that nobody wanted to go on the record as being an opposition candidate – let us note very quickly this little bit of profane drama from last week:

House Speaker John Boehner couldn’t hold back when he spotted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the White House lobby last Friday.

It was only a few days before the nation would go over the fiscal cliff, no bipartisan agreement was in sight, and Reid had just publicly accused Boehner of running a “dictatorship” in the House and caring more about holding onto his gavel than striking a deal.

“Go f— yourself,” Boehner sniped as he pointed his finger at Reid, according to multiple sources present.

Reid, a bit startled, replied: “What are you talking about?”

Boehner repeated: “Go f— yourself.”

(more…)

Nov
26
2012
7

Let us hoist Harry Reid on his own ‘bipartisan’ petard.

My original title was rather more direct. Only three words, too: two of which were “Harry Reid.”

Harry Reid, 11/02/2012:

Harry Reid Dismisses Mitt Romney’s ‘Fantasy’ of Bipartisanship

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today that Democrats would try to block Mitt Romney’s agenda next year if he wins the presidency on Tuesday.

Harry Reid, 11/24/2012:

Reid faces task of mending fences with Republicans after campaign attacks

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) infuriated Republicans during the campaign with his harsh partisan attacks and now faces the delicate task of mending his relationship with the GOP.

Well, you know what they say: “what goes around, comes around.” Also… now would be a good time for Democrats to ask themselves if they really think that Harry Reid is going to get them anything that they want in the next two years, given that for the last two years he’s gotten them nothing, up to and including an actual budget.

Moe Lane

Aug
06
2012
3

#rsrh Hey, #p2! Obama’s wimping out on that dirty liar Harry Reid.

Guess that Obama doesn’t want to get all mussed up, or anything.

The White House on Monday distanced President Obama from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s comments that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney hasn’t paid taxes in a decade.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Monday that Reid (D-Nev.) “speaks for himself” and had spoken on the issue without any guidance from Team Obama.

It must really suck, having to support a candidate who won’t fight without taking a poll first.  A pure tragedy, in fact.

Pure.

Moe Lane

PS: Make me stop laughing at them.

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