That’s Show Business: Harry’s Cynical plot to keep the Senate
Everything you’ll see from the Senate in the next few weeks will be complete bullshit. POLITICO grinds out the story on the Senate leaders’ familiar playbook. Here’s the money quote:
Reid has scheduled votes on a politically populist agenda devised by Schumer aimed at forcing Republicans to block bills aimed at wooing students, women, seniors and the middle class. Democrats have repeatedly put forth bills that have little chance of passing — like on increasing the minimum wage, gender pay equity, contraception access and student loan assistance. And even when there are efforts they actually support — such as Obama’s executive action on immigration — Democratic leaders have lobbied the White House to punt on the issue to avoid hurting their vulnerable incumbents and candidates in red states. Read the rest of this entry »
EXCLUSIVE: Nearing Retirement, Harry Reid’s Unusual Behavior Fuels Increased Speculation about Recreational Drug UsePosted: September 3, 2014
“When I move my hand…like this…pretty colors…”
(WASHINGTON D.C.) Rumors are swirling in both Democratic and Republican campaign headquarters about Senator Harry Reid‘s alleged use of psychoactive drugs, recreationally, including hallucinogens, though what kinds remain uncertain. In the last few months, in advance of Reid’s near-certain retirement as Senate majority leader, Reid’s mood appeared to be melancholy, say sources close to the Senator.
“His attacks on the Koch brothers seemed increasingly insincere, as though he were just going through the motions,” said a campaign staff worker, who spoke to punditfromanotherplanet on the condition of anonymity.
Others near the Senator concur. “Even while blocking bills from reaching the floor, helping to raise money for negative TV ad campaigns, engaging in partisan attacks against Republican opponents in public, and complaining about president Obama in private, his voice seemed hollow, his posture, defeated,” said a reporter who covers the Capitol.
In recent weeks, however, according to close observers, Reid’s demeanor has improved. “He smiles for no reason, sings quietly to himself, and carries on stream-of-consciousness monologues to anyone who will listen”, complained a staff member. Reid’s mood is elevated, some say, to the point of euphoria, which has caused concern among his closest supporters. Read the rest of this entry »
“I know it sounds absurd, but it’s true.”
Senator Harry Reid has found something else to blame on the Koch brothers: climate change. Taking to the Senate floor, the majority leader called the philanthropic businessmen “one of the main causes” of the phenomenon.
“While the Koch brothers admit to not being experts on the matter, these billionaire oil tycoons are certainly experts at contributing to climate change — that’s what they do very well. They are one of the main causes of this — not a cause, one of the main causes.”
Reid went on to claim the brothers were the “biggest air and water polluters period” and were “waging a war against anything that protects the environment.” “I know it sounds absurd, but it’s true,” he said…(read more)
The first of two parts
For RealClearPolitics, Adam O’Neal writes: Last month, as the Senate was busy negotiating the final details of its Ukraine aid package, Majority Leader Harry Reid became temporarily distracted with a campaign finance issue. Since winning re-election in 2010, Reid’s campaign had purchased gifts for supporters and donors from vendors like Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon, Nordstrom, and the Senate gift shop, among others. But one round of spending was directed to a less recognizable firm: Ryan Elisabeth, a jewelry line.
In 2012 and 2013, the campaign spent $31,267 purchasing gifts from the company, which is owned by Reid’s granddaughter, Ryan Elisabeth Reid. All told, she took in nearly seven times more cash than all vendors of donor gifts combined during that period of time.
Veteran Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston first reported the news after receiving a tip about the expenditures. (Ryan Elisabeth’s last name did not appear on the FEC reports, and the senator’s office initially failed to confirm her identity.) While Sen. Reid does not appear to have broken the law, he understood that the purchases created a perception of favoritism. Lamenting the unwanted attention heaped on his granddaughter, he decided after the news broke that “it would be best to pay for her work out of my own pocket.”
This was not the first time that Reid had mixed family and politics — or potentially run afoul of ethics rules.
Harry Reid has spent more than 40 years in government, starting as a small city’s attorney and eventually becoming the most powerful senator in the country. He has raised tens of millions of dollars in political contributions, established himself as an institution in Nevada politics along the way, and made himself a very wealthy man. His humble roots — from growing up in a remote desert town to working six days a week as a Capitol police officer while in law school — are legend in Washington and Nevada. Reid exhibits the toughness of a once destitute boy who completely transformed his life through determination, hard work — and good luck. Read the rest of this entry »
Senator Reid on Cattle Battle: “It’s Not Over.” Harry, It’s Over
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) — Senate majority leader Harry Reid hasn’t been very vocal about the cattle battle showdown in recent days, but says
“it’s not over.”
Harry? we talked about this. It’s over.
Reid tells News4’s Samantha Boatman his take on the so-called cattle battle in southern Las Vegas.
“Well, it’s not over.
Well, yeah it is, Reid. It’s over.
“We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it.
So it’s not over,” Reid said.
Harry, you represent a Federal government that violates the law every day, and walks away from it. You’re in the worst possible position to make statements like that anywhere near a live microphone. Sit down, shut up.
[VIDEO] ‘Groundhog Day’ Alzheimer’s Remix: All 134 Times Harry Reid Has Mentioned the Koch Brothers on the Senate FloorPosted: April 11, 2014
The Senate Majority Leader has gone to incredible lengths to demonize a pair of anti-cancer philanthropist brothers named Charles and David Koch, to the extent that he’s mentioned them 134 times in a series of strange diatribes on the Senate floor.
Nearly all of those mentions have occurred since Feb. 26, when he first went off on the Kochs as an unsubtle means of rallying support for the flailing Democratic Party’s hopes to retain a majority.
It had to happen. It was only Feb. 27th when Harry Reid‘s breathtaking, audacious, self-destructive Senate floor comments went viral: On Senate Floor Harry Reid Claims All Obamacare Stories Are Made-Up ‘Horror Stories’, and only Feb. 25th that we reported on The Left’s New Narrative: “Nobody is Hurt by Obamcare” in “That’s Our Story and We’re Stickin’ to it”.
It’s not that Reid went off-script, or ventured a little too far over the line, when voicing Democrats’ frustration with Obamacare’s critics. He wasn’t even the first to use this language. The problem is Harry Reid is A. not as gifted at dark-force big-lie campaign messaging as some of his peers, and B. He did it on the Senate floor.
Not that their overall strategy is without merit. In late February, a pattern began to emerge, no longer content to backpedal and rationalize, Democrats went on the offensive. Gambling that voters are tired of hearing Republicans bitch about Obamacare, they settled on a unified campaign message, to go out there and say, with a straight face, that every one of the negative stories about health care from their opponents is completely made up.
This bright idea lasted less than one week before it blew up in their face, with Reid’s stunning Senate speech. It’s only March 1st, and the ammunition provided by Harry Reid has been assembled into an NRSC ad. The opening is so good, and Republicans are so inept at counter-messaging, Guy Benson complains Republicans took too long to respond. He gets the scoop:
Guy Benson writes:
I’ve been lamenting Republicans’ haphazard and sclerotic response to Harry Reid’s Obamacare smears, wondering with frustration why the party hadn’t produced any instant YouTube ads or mobilized to draw attention to the comments. Last night I received word from the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) — the group devoted to relegating Reid to minority status — that they were working on it. They’ve since shared their production exclusively with Townhall:
If you’re wondering why the ad doesn’t actually feature Reid’s remarks, Senate rules severely restrict campaign committees’ ability to use floor footage in ads. This strikes me as a bizarre and anachronistic regulation, but the rules are the rules. Unless, of course, you break them to accumulate more political power, which is how Reid rolls….
The NRSC spot takes Reid to task by highlighting individuals whose stories directly rebut the Nevada Senator’s initial assertion that every single “horror story” is “untrue.” He’s since dialed that back a bit, stating that merely the “vast majority” of certain accounts are “deceptive.” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus seized on a piece I wrote at Hot Air, which runs though a number of powerful stories that Reid snottily dismissed in the above floor speech. Priebus did not mince words:
Stephen Dinan reports: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delivered a striking mea culpa on the Senate floor Friday as he opened the chamber, saying he and his colleagues have simply gotten too personal and nasty in their floor debates.
A day earlier Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, had scolded Mr. Reid for attacking Sen. Ted Cruz, another Texas Republican, by name as they debated the government shutdown. Mr. Cornyn read directly from the Senate Rules that prohibit members from impugning each other’s motives or conduct.
The Senate majority leader hasn’t looked like much of a leader at all.
Andrew Stiles writes: The government shutdown that most Democrats thought would benefit them politically has not gone according to plan.
Sure, the initial polling shows that more Americans think Republicans (44 percent) are to blame than Democrats (35 percent), as most expected. But Democrats have hardly come off looking great. Reports that the Obama administration ordered the shuttering of the open-air World War II Memorial, temporarily blocking veterans from visiting, didn’t help. Top Democrats such as House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic National Committee chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz have refused to give up their paychecks during the shutdown. “Negotiations” between the two sides have descended into a war of Twitter hashtags. The White House is trolling for shutdown sob stories.
VIDEO: Harry Reid Dissmisses Question About Helping Kids with Cancer: ‘Why would we want to do that?’Posted: October 2, 2013
This exchange happened this afternoon on CNN. Add it to the wonderful shutdown optics the Obama administration is generating by trying to shut aging veterans out of their own monuments.
CNN: “If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?”
Sen. Reid: “Why would we want to do that?”
The Senate plunged into debate over legislation to fund the government while cutting of money for the new health-care law, with both sides accusing the other of threatening to bring about a government shutdown.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) opened debate by denouncing the bill passed by the House Friday that embodies conservatives’ campaign to “defund Obamacare,” as the health law is known. Read the rest of this entry »
MSNBC has mastered the art of making unracial things racial.
By Jonah Goldberg
‘Why do they seem so determined to also make it racial?”
So asks Joy-Ann Reid, the managing editor of The Grio, a web magazine owned by NBC News whose mission is to “focus on news and events that have a unique interest and/or pronounced impact within the national African Americans audience.” The “they” in question are conservatives and journalists asking, among other things, why President Obama hasn’t inserted himself into a new criminal-justice case the way he did in the Trayvon Martin tragedy.
The irony-impaired Reid was asking that question about a heinous murder in Oklahoma, where, according to police, an Australian student was shot by a black youth with the help of two friends (one of whom was white) “for the fun of it.” Police allege that the bored teens spotted Christopher Lane jogging and decided to follow him and shoot him in the back.
Reid asked the question while guest-hosting a show on MSNBC, a network that has mastered the art of making unracial things racial. Just two days earlier, Reid had insisted that there’s a “neoconfederate thread” running through the gun-rights movement. Whatever that means.