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Harry Reid Defines Leadership Downward

“I’m not personally, at this stage, ready to get rid of the 60-vote threshold.” – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

THIS MAY not be the most pathetic statement on what the twisting of the meaning of filibuster has done to the meaning of “majority” in the Senate, but it comes close.

Reid goes on to talk about “the history of the Senate” and the importance of preserving it.

Since when does a supermajority preserve that history? Senator Reid isn’t stupid, so he must know it doesn’t. He expects everyone to believe this crap?

The Senate is supposed to be a more deliberative body. Reid’s malarkey about not being ready to do away with a 60-vote threshold cements that it will continue not to be what the founders intended.

This is sheer cowardice and refusal to lead change in the Senate that’s absolutely needed. It’s abdication of his job as a Democratic Senate majority leader.

Democrats need new blood or at least someone who is up to the job at hand, which is getting President Obama’s agenda through in the first 9 months of his second term, before stasis sets in.

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10 Responses to Harry Reid Defines Leadership Downward

  1. Cujo359 January 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    “This is sheer cowardice and refusal to lead change in the Senate that’s absolutely needed. It’s abdication of his job as a Democratic Senate majority leader.”

    I’d argue that it’s actually just another sign that the status quo serves Reid and the rest of the Democrats just fine, and so there’s nothing that needs to be done about it. Having an excuse not to do something that would cost them the support of Wall Street or other special interests is far better than being expected to do something by their base and having no handy excuse.

    • jjamele January 24, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      ReiD and his fellow Democratic Party collaborators like to argue that “well, the Republicans may be in the majority some day, and then we would be in big trouble.”

      1. If the Democrats change the rules and use their majority to pass legitimately progressive policy, the Republicans will never be in the majority again,

      2. If the Republicans gain the majority in the future, nothing the Democrats do this year will prevent them from changing the rules to suit their interests, and they WILL because unlike the Democrats, the Republicans have never been afraid of exercising power,

      3. If changing the filibuster rule is a good idea, it’s a good idea regardless of which party it helps or which party it hurts. Talk about the triumph of partisanship. Pathetic- but I expect no better of this version of the party I supported exclusively for 25 years.

      • Cujo359 January 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

        Further, there’s no reason to expect that these Democrats would filibuster anything of consequence, anyway. They didn’t before, even when the Alito nomination or endless, unprovoked war were the things that the GOP was pushing. Past is prologue, no matter what many progressives would like to believe.

  2. DaGoat January 24, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    Reid probably realizes with political cycles being what they are there will come a time the Democrats will want the same power the GOP now has. It’s the same reason he is hesitant to use the nuclear option – what goes around comes around.

    • jjamele January 24, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

      The problem with that theory is: If the Republicans get the majority, they aren’t going to look back and think “well, Reid didn’t take advantage of his majority, so to be fair, we aren’t going to take advantage of ours.” They are going to say “ok, how do we get our program accomplished? If we need to change the rules to do it, that’s what we’ll do.”

      What goes around comes around, even if it never starting going around. The GOP won’t care less what the Dems did in 2013 when they are in the majority again, and if Reid doesn’t get that, he’s too damned stupid to be Majority Leader. Of course, this has nothing to do with being stupid- it has everything to do with preferring an excuse for failing to act than having the power to act.

    • james richardson January 25, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

      Reid had a choice here… help and support current Dems policy now, or block rightie policy and some point in the future. After the relection, the momentum, the gains, and yet Reid blocking future republican deals over supporting current Democrat deals. Is he insane?

  3. Joyce Arnold January 24, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    This is Electeds being Electeds …

  4. LiberalJoe January 24, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Democrats are p&**^%s-they just are, at least the leadership is. jjamele was very right when he said ‘this has nothing to do with being stupid- it has everything to do with preferring an excuse for failing to act than having the power to act.”

    It is easier to explain away why real progressive or core democratic principles can’t pass when you can’t get past an obstructionist Repub party. They don’t want to pass progressive legislation out of fear, fear that it may fail or that Repubs will call them”liberal” never mind that the country is center-left.

    I can predict the excuses for the following now-

    want to ban high capacity magazines or real gun control-can’t Rpubs won’t let us.
    budget deal-got have chained CPI or else Repubs won’t let us pass a budget in a bipartisan manor

    pick a progressive -liberal objective and just watch the excuse roll off Pres Obama’s Reid’s Durbin’s, Schumer’s tongue. In fact Schumer is floating chained CPI for Soc Sec as we speak-God I hate that he is my Senator that corporatist pos.

    Evidence of what Repubs would do if they get control is all around us and the beltway Dem assholes. Look what they did in Virginia with the vile re-districting in their state senate, or their introduction of lwas to change electoral votes in states.

    The Beltway Dems are f*^^&$#g useless.

  5. james richardson January 24, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    I can’t believe anyone thought Reid had the ballz to pull this off in the first place.

  6. mjsmith January 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm #

    Pass a budget.

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