Yucca Mountain will open for business, probably by 2018 or 2019.

There’s a reason for that prediction.

States with nuclear power plants have eyed Yucca Mountain since the late 1980s as a place to bury spent but still highly radioactive fuel rods. No state offered to host a repository, so Congress shoved it down Nevada’s throat when we didn’t have the political means to fend off the bullies.

…Translation: “Harry Reid said no.” Guess who won’t be running a danged thing in 2017? …That’s right! The next Senate Minority Leader isn’t going to be a Nevadan – Nevada may not even have any Democratic Senators in 2017 – and that’s pretty much the only thing keeping Nevada from storing the waste at this point. And if you don’t think that American Senators – on both sides – are petty enough to put a thumb in Reid’s other eye once he’s safely out of the Senate, well, I applaud your righteous nature.

Hey, you win some; you lose some.

Harry Reid FINALLY caves on opposition to anti-trafficking bill.

Took him long enough: “It took Congress more than a month, but Senate leaders announced Tuesday morning that they’ve finally broached an agreement on legislation to help the victims of human trafficking. After a vote expected as early as Tuesday afternoon, the Senate can then finally take up the nomination of Loretta Lynch.” Basically, the Democrats objected to language in the bill reaffirming that federal tax money could not be used to fund abortions (the shorthand for this is “the Hyde Amendment”). The ‘compromise’ here is that money appropriated for this bill wouldn’t be used for any medical services; medical procedures for trafficking victims will be handled via existing procedures, which are already subject to the Hyde Amendment. Continue reading Harry Reid FINALLY caves on opposition to anti-trafficking bill.

Quote of the Day, Alas, Mitt Romney Is Too Nice To Do This edition.

Glenn Reynolds‘ reaction to hearing that Harry Reid is proud of the fact that he slandered an innocent man:

You know, if I were Mitt Romney, I’d put a million or so toward hiring some investigative journalists to ensure that Reid’s remaining years were uncomfortable.

Fortunately, there are enough people out there with that kind of discretionary income who aren’t the freaking King of the Boy Scouts* that this advice could still be followed. And followed to some profit, too – profit beyond simple revenge, although simple revenge has its points.  After all, fairly credible rumor has Harry Reid being involved in a lot of interesting things of dubious probity and legality.  Pick him up, turn him upside down, and start shaking, and who knows what will fall out of Harry Reid’s pockets?

I don’t know, Timmy! Let’s find out.**

Moe Lane

*Thank you, Mass Effect 3.

**…Well, I thought that this was a quote.

Sen. Harry Reid (D, Nevada) cuts and runs.

But… my birthday is tomorrow.

Mr. Reid, 75, who suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a Jan. 1 exercise accident at his Las Vegas home, said he had been contemplating retiring from the Senate for months. He said his decision was not attributable either to the accident or to his demotion to minority leader after Democrats lost the majority in November’s midterm elections.

See also the Weekly Standard, which has Harry Reid’s remarkably tin-eared attempt to spin his retirement into something that would be helpful for Democrats retaking the Senate. Only in the sense that Harry Reid will no longer be around to blight the long-term careers of red-state Democratic politicians: his tenure has had a remarkable amount of churn in that regard.  Also, Nevada just shot up the rankings on the Big Board: and if Governor Brian Sandoval decides to run for Senate, it pretty much goes off of the Big Board completely. Continue reading Sen. Harry Reid (D, Nevada) cuts and runs.

I’m not saying somebody paid to have Harry Reid beaten up. But if somebody did…

…it apparently was Planned Parenthood:

Tensions are roiling between Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi over an unusual point of contention for the two top Democrats: abortion policy.

The fight is serious enough that it could kill the House Minority Leader’s ambitious deal with Republicans on the so-called “doc-fix.”

Continue reading I’m not saying somebody paid to have Harry Reid beaten up. But if somebody did…

John Boehner essentially ignores Harry Reid’s ‘request,’ tells Senate to send over DHS bill.

This response is either a display of the Hawaiian good-luck symbol to Harry Reid, or simply an indication that the Senate is just going to have to shove this thing into conference. Your guess is as good as mine: “U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday said House Republican leaders were waiting for the Senate to act on legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security.” I mean, personally I would prefer the Hawaiian good-luck symbol, but I can’t pretend that a conference to resolve the differences in the House and Senate DHS bills is a low probability. Guess we’ll see.

Harry Reid’s medical condition continues to slightly disquiet me.

(Via Instapundit) OK, if this was supposed to reassure me about Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s medical condition: well, it didn’t.

Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, who is filling in for Reid on the floor during his absence, said he left the meeting encouraged about Reid’s condition.

“I’d been told what his condition was, and I was pleasantly surprised that he really was strong and lucid and involved, engaged. It was like a meeting in his office, and so that was encouraging,” the Illinois Democrat said. “Make no mistake: this was a serious trauma. Imagine going face first through a windshield of a car. That is what happened to him.”

…Wait, what the heck was Harry Reid doing? The reason why people don’t like going face first through a windshield of a car is that the scenario involves breaking a lot of heavy glass with your head, at high speeds. I am trying to conceive of an exercise regime where this combination of impact and speed can be duplicated in your living room, and failing. Continue reading Harry Reid’s medical condition continues to slightly disquiet me.

Turns out Harry Reid was dumping money into Greg Orman’s race after all.

Assuming that the Graham-Everett-Wheeler Many-Worlds hypothesis for resolving quantum mechanics is correct, in some alternate universe right now I am posting this Tweet with an angry I told you so.

…because in that world ‘independent’ Greg Orman actually won his Senate race, and alternate-me would have already started counting down to the date where Orman would reveal that he was a Democrat after all.  Which, indeed, the this-universe Greg Orman might as well admit it now anyway, given that we can actually see the receipt for his purchase and everything. Continue reading Turns out Harry Reid was dumping money into Greg Orman’s race after all.

Barack Obama repays Harry Reid’s loyalty with a calculated insult.

How absolutely brilliant of the President: “The White House on Tuesday threatened to veto an emerging deal that would restore several lapsed tax breaks, bringing into the open tensions between President Obama and the top Senate Democrat.”  I need hardly note that this is not actually ‘brilliant’ of President Obama, yes? – In fact, it’s a little petulant, and dumb.  It’s also demonstrating that Harry Reid turns out to have a noticeably tin ear, as well: from where I’m sitting, getting a veto override on this one wouldn’t be that problematical.  Reid only needs about half of his caucus to follow him to get that override, after all.

Ach, well, I guess that we’ll have to do things the hard way.  That’s all on Barack Obama, mind you.

Moe Lane

PS: The actual tax credits and whatnot are almost irrelevant in this context, but I will note that if Obama does veto this deal and it doesn’t get overridden then we will have an excellent chance at killing wind subsidies once, and for all – and that the Republican party can in no way be blamed for that happening.  So, hey, win-win for me.