Friday, December 04, 2009
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in a lot of trouble, from both left and right. Don't believe me? Then believe giantess lefty blogger Jane Hamsher.
Really, we could do with getting rid of that guy. What's a freedom-loving state like Nevada doing with a senator like him anyway?
I realize this is a sweeping statement, but overall, I think that over most of the last two decades, the politicians filling the Senate and House leadership positions in both parties have been mediocre at best. Harry Reid clearly struggles to reach even that threshold. Because Reid was Senate Deocratic Whip, he succeeded Tom Daschle as Minority Leader in 2005, after Daschle lost his re-election bid. But how did he become the Whip? It is incredible to me that Reid had that degree of respect from his Democratic colleagues. It's like picking Larry to be the head of the Three Stooges.
Well, Reid also won easily in 2004 because the only person that the Republicans could find to oppose him was an extreme social conservative who was very unpopular. Many of the state's leading Republicans endorsed Reid that year. Plus at the time, he had not shown how far left he could go and was still billing himself as a moderate. Since then, it should be clear to everyone that there are no moderates left among the Democrats--unless by moderate you mean a socialist instead of an all-out Marxist.
All I can say about the Hamsher post, though, is I hope they follow through on their threats and work to undermine Reid at every turn. Many of us in Nevada are looking forward to seeing him voted out of office in 11 months.
The only downside to losing Reid is gaining Durbin as Majority Leader, and having to see his "Guantanamo is like the Gulag or something" video every day until he finally gets beat too.
More Chicago politicians I cannot take...