Is Harry Reid Bi? Partisan?
"If the president disagrees, let him come to us with an alternative. Instead of sending us back to square one with a veto, some tough talk and nothing more, let him come to the table in the spirit of bipartisanship that Americans demand and deserve."If I hear him say "bipartisan" again, I think I'll bifurcate.
Here's how partisan Bi-Harry was in his comments today:
- He called the Vice President "the president's attack dog."
- He said, in comparing Bush to Lyndon Johnson, that Bush's motivation in Iraq is to "save his political legacy" (not containing Islamofascism)
- He said Bush "is the only person" who fails to see Iraq the way the Dems see it. (What was their margin of victory in '06 again?)
Reid has gotten so bad that even David Broder, the purported "dean" of the liberal DC press corps, is saying the Dems should dump their speaker. Here's the transcript from an XM radio broadcast:
I got that from Think Progress which just added an update to its original story in a little fact-check for Broder:
EDWARDS: White House and congressional Republicans really blasted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for saying the war in Iraq is lost. Do Republicans believe it can still be won?
BRODER: Uh, Republicans, some of them believe that, and Democrats, by and large, wish that Harry Reid would learn to engage mind before mouth opens. This has become kind of a pattern for him, and, uh, I think at some point down the road the Democrats are gonna have to have a little caucus and decide how much further they want to carry Harry Reid. They’ve got able people on the Senate side, and they don’t have to put up with this kind of bumbling performance forever.
EDWARDS: You think Harry Reid is an embarrassment to the Democrats?
BRODER: I think so. I mean, he has been a pretty effective leader but he is verbally just a real loose cannon and it seems to me, Bob, that about every six weeks or so there’s another episode where he has to apologize for the way in which he has bungled the Democratic case.
UPDATE: Greg Sargent: “I just checked with Reid’s office, and they told me in no uncertain terms that Reid has not apologized for any of his remarks during his first four months as majority leader.”The partisan in me would like Reid to stay. He's so obnoxious and weaselly that he's a natural vote-getter for the GOP.
But the American in my, who wants rational minds to prevail so our troops are taken care of an the threats to our security are minimized, would rather have someone a little more ... bipartisan.