Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wild About Harry

To try to escape the expected devastation to the Democratic Party in the midterm elections, I decided last week that the best place I could go (other than just staying home, of course, as California pretty much escaped also) was to Las Vegas, where I spent election day poll watching for the Nevada Democratic Party.  Therefore I can now take some of the credit for Senator Reid's remarkable victory, and I can also attest that the election was completely on the up and up.  So I don't want to hear any conspiracy theories from Sharron Angle supporters.  You have enough to celebrate elsewhere.

The more I watch Harry Reid, the more I admire his quiet capacity to get things done.  And getting re-elected in this environment may be one of his more amazing accomplishments.  We are lucky his leadership role in the fractious Senate will continue.  But because the House is now solidly Republican, we can look forward to at least two years of gridlock in Congress.  What will the President do in response to his party's losses in Congress and in state houses, I already hear the TV pundits wondering.  The answer, of course, is that he will concentrate on foreign policy, as all presidents have done in this situation.  His big Asian trip is already scheduled.  


  1. I would rather have had a Sestak win, a Reid loss, and Chuck Schumer as majority leader. Wouldn't that be a fun two years?

  2. The Democratic Party of FDR, Truman and LBJ seems to have lost its soul in the last two years. It was a party that fought hard for the regular people, forging an alliance with them, in opposition to corporatists, in opposition to financial powers-that-be, and in opposition to the most militant aspects of the military. People that have flocked to the Tea Party, because of fear and confusion, were those who would have supported these Presidents gladly, particularly in opposition to the Fat Cats of the Republican Party.

    The election is over. We need to focus on the next cycle, and bring back into the fold, not the crazies, but those who voted Republican because they see an economy in turmoil, friends and family struggling without a clear vision of the future, teachers fired, jobs lost, grocery bills rising quickly, while the Administration boasts that the recession has long been over, continues to spend money on propping up the wealthiest, and perpetuates eternal wars.

    FDR, Truman and LBJ would be rolling up their sleeves as we speak.

  3. Say it ain't so Joe ... say it ain't so.

  4. I don't know, Adam. My impression of Sestak is that he is a bit of a bomb thrower, and if I had to choose a majority leader instead of Reid, I'd probably be more in favor of Dick Durbin. But I truly believe that Harry Reid will go down in history as one of the great majority leaders. And they will be naming something big for him in Nevada because he has done so much for his state.

    And ZK, didn't the Democratic Party already sell its soul during the Clinton administration, if not before that? I think they have actually been working on getting it back. But that will take more than two years, and we seem to have suffered a setback last night on the road to soul recovery.

  5. Harry Reid may have single handedly delayed the return of the soul of the Dems with his pork barrel politics; the various payoffs to certain Senators to secure their votes for Obamacare as well as payoffs to various special interests favored by the Democratic Party. He may go down as a great politician. He may be one of the fiercest. He may be a great family man and a good friend but he is as short on political soul as he is long on savy. His (and others from both parties) back room style politics makes my stomach ache –- and I am pretty sure I speak for the majority of Americans.

    Some have speculated that for have Angle to have one in Las Vegas she would have needed more than a 5% lead going into election day.

  6. Harry is as dishonest as they come (on both sides of the aisle)!!!

  7. Reid symbolizes why there is a rebellion against Obama and the Dems. Obama was elected to change "how the system works", not the system. He energized the cynical and then abandoned them. He and Reid and Pelosi took the trust of those who no longer believed and convinced them to come along. Then, he turned his back on them with the same old back room tactics that made so many cynical.

    It is clear to me, what he really wants is to change the system. What those who became engaged wanted was for him to alter the business as usual in Washington. He squandered the opportunity. It has been a power grab. It is politics as usual. There goes what so many believed was Hope and Change.

  8. Here is what Harry Reid said today about all the Republican talk of repealing health care reform:

    “It speaks volumes that the first thing on Republicans’ ‘to do’ list is to give power back to big health insurance companies. Republicans have always been the party of putting big business over the middle class, and they are wasting no time in trying to jam through favors for big corporations at the expense of hard-working families who are struggling to make ends meet. If Republicans think the American people want to go back to giving insurance companies free rein to impose their abusive practices on middle-class families and seniors, then they are truly out of touch with the middle class.”

    Okay, so he's an old pol who works within the system. But I for one do not feel that Reid, or Pelosi or Obama turned their backs on me in any way. I spent all day Tuesday watching hundreds of people stream into a polling place in North Las Vegas, most of them putting their faith in Harry Reid to stand up for their interests. I don't believe their faith is misplaced.

  9. Reid, Pelosi and Obama didn't turn their backs on you. I think it's fair to say you wanted them to change the system. You are an active Progressive. The people they turned their backs on were the ones outside politics or on fringes who are disgusted by and desperate to see politics as usual end. It got worse.

    On Reid's comments, I was not writing to defend Republicans. But since you point out Reid's comments, I find them humorous. Nobody wants to give more power back to insurance companies. That is a silly comment -- but look who said it. His bill did nothing to adderess insurance company monopolies, increase competition, hold down rising costs. In fact it provided millions of new mandatory customers and my insurance costs have risen as my income falls. It is a bad bill. Are there parts of it that are good? Absolutely! There are also facets that need to be dropped or re-written. Both sides know that. It will not be repealed. Reid's commnets are so typical of him -- and so are McConnell's. It's politics as usual. It's classic Reid being a classic politician; and that is not a compliment.