Monday, January 12, 2009

As predicted, Harry Reid folds

In the "No Shit, Sherlock" Dept., we have Majority Leader Harry Reid displaying his consistently weak pimp hand today when he acquiesced and decided to allow Roland Burris to be seated in the Senate. Not only does he look bad yet again, but he's sending Senate Republicans a strong signal that they can always count on him to fold when the going gets tough. This bodes poorly for the upcoming battles we'll surely see in the Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Illinois senior senator and Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin said the Senate would accept Burris' credentials.

"The Secretary of the Senate has determined that the new credentials presented today on behalf of Mr. Burris now satisfy Senate Rules and validate his appointment to the vacant Illinois Senate seat. In addition, as we requested, Mr. Burris has provided sworn testimony before the Illinois House Committee on Impeachment regarding the circumstances of his appointment," the two said in a statement. (from
Gee whiz, Harry Reid collapsed like a bad souffle. Why am I not surprised?

In fact, I'll bet the souffle can kick Reid's ass.


carterman said...

Early on Reid refused to seat Burris on what amounts to a technicality (Secretary of State Signature missing). Reid's rhetoric at the time was to not seat anyone appointed by
Blagojevich, which made for some great sound bites. In hindsight, this seems silly because Reid had to know that the law was not on his side. Maybe he was hoping to stall in hopes that Blagojevich would get tossed out of office? I am not sure.

I do agree Reid looks foolish now. He pretty much set himself up to fail from the beginning by talking a big game. I think folding was his only option. What else could he have done?

CT Bob said...

"What else could he have done?"

The only other thing he could (and should) have done was to urge the Illinois legislature to schedule a special election to fill the seat the minute Fitzgerald released the details about Blago's misdealings.

The Republicans would have unanimously voted for it because it would have given them a slight chance to win the seat, and the Democrats would have supported it so they wouldn't appear to have the stink of scandal on them.

But Reid was too much of a pussy to chance losing the seat in an election, so he tried to bluff Blago into resigning. When Rod laughed at Reid and appointed Burris, the only thing that would have prevented him from being seated was if there was any dirt on Burris.

There wasn't, so Reid was fucked. And in the process, he ended up looking weak and pathetic.

Not quite the qualities we look for in a Majority Leader!