Skip to comments.Are conservatives 'misunderestimating' Harry Reid?
Posted on 12/10/2004 11:49:08 PM PST by ScoopandDizzy
Saturday, December 11, 2004
Are conservatives 'misunderestimating' Harry Reid?
Posted: December 11, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Brian Maloney © 2004 WorldNetDaily.com
Has conservative euphoria over Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle's toppling begun to subside? Hope so, because here's a reality check:
His supposedly "mild-mannered" replacement, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, could become a bigger headache for Republicans and conservatives than Daschle ever was. He's misunderstood by the opposition, and the political machine he built in Nevada provides great insight into what may happen nationally.
I know from experience: I've been on his bad side and lived to tell about it only because of a lucky career break.
In 1996, after a stint as a radio talk-show host in California, I was hired to host the afternoon drive program at Reno's primary news/talk radio station, KOH-AM. Its news anchors, rare longtime locals in a transient state, were quick to help acquaint me with Nevada's quirky political culture.
I drove all over the area to meet various political leaders, but found most had little idea why they should spend time with the new kid on talk radio. The medium's nationwide impact just hadn't registered despite the 1994 election results.
Before I even got started, though, I encountered Sen. Harry Reid. Steps ahead of the others in understanding talk radio's impact, he visited the station regularly to tape on-air commentaries. Listeners would complain the Democrat was getting free airtime without Republican responses, but the feature continued. It wasn't a case of media bias, as ours was a rare news operation almost free of known liberals. Rather, it was a testament to Reid's power in the state: Don't mess with me if you know what's good for you.
My first crime apparently was not to have him as a regular guest on my show, lobbing softball questions Larry King-style, as had been done previously. It was like refusing to pay protection money to local goons in a tough neighborhood.
Worse, I went after him on the air, attacking positions, votes, his partisan nature and most of all ties to southern Nevada's fat-cat special interests. Since he was one of many I criticized, including Republicans, I didn't realize the severity of the transgression. Some of the other targets didn't seem to be paying attention. Why would a U.S. senator? I was naïve; he certainly was keeping tabs.
After spending a program lambasting Reid over a front-page Wall Street Journal story connecting him to a controversial land exchange involving Del Webb Corp., Reid and his staff finally took the gloves off. They demanded tapes of the show, threatened litigation and personally attacked me in a Las Vegas Review-Journal story. Station management publicly downplayed the pressure placed by Reid and his staff to get me off the air, but what was going on behind the scenes was less clear.
As luck would have it, at the same time, I was grabbed by a Seattle station for a similar position and left just as the kitchen got too hot. Had that not come through, he might have succeeded in yanking an opponent from the airwaves. I'm glad I didn't stick around to find out.
Let's shatter some myths: One, he isn't the bipartisan-division-healer the press has made him out to be. His recent mean-spirited slam against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on "Meet the Press" ought to shatter this faulty perception.
Two, the low-key image he's created is exactly how he wants to be seen. It's to disguise a very experienced operative in the art of political hardball, a skill developed across years of getting Nevada's good ol' boys to do exactly what he needed.
Most of all, he isn't a moderate (or laughingly, a "conservative" as the New York Times labeled him recently). Aside from some pro-life positions held until recently, due to his Mormon faith, his voting record is liberal.
This hasn't wavered: In 1996, Americans for Democratic Action, a leftist group, gave Reid a solid 85 out of 100 approval rating based on his votes. The American Conservative Union consistently rates him in the single or low double digits on a scale where 100 reflects full agreement on bills. He's not far from Ted Kennedy territory. National Journal has given him liberal marks especially on economic and foreign policy issues. Waffling on the abortion issue to appease the party base is the one recent change.
Reid doesn't give a strong first impression and you wouldn't notice him walking toward you in even the lightest of pedestrian traffic. But I think that's just the way he wants it. Harry's busy consolidating power and working on media control at the same time he's characterized as unassuming. If he attempts to reinstate the FCC's former Fairness Doctrine to muzzle talk radio once and for all, I will be the least surprised person in the country.
So, just in case this hasn't yet happened, it's time to clean up the paper plates and leftover cake from the Adios Daschle party and take his replacement seriously before he has a chance to do nationally what he did with ease in his home state.
Brian Maloney, a longtime radio talk-show host and writer, has hosted programs in Washington state, Nevada, California and as a frequent substitute in Dallas-Fort Worth, Kansas City and around the country. A resident of Cape Cod, Mass., he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and maintains a blog at http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com.
After his appearance on Russert, no one would seriously believe Reid is "mild-mannered."
It seems to me Reid succeeded exactly as planned. Out of one Liberal's back yard into an even more Liberal bastion in Seattle. Net result: Maloney out of Reid's hair.
Of course he doesn't...BECAUSE HE'S A LOSER!
Tyrell's deconstruction of this dope was one of the most accurate post-election assessments that I've read thus far.
Reid is basically a guy who would be too stupid to be entrusted with the solemn responsibility of closing up a Denny's.
By some strange quirk of fate-and your customary Dem. vote fraud-he managed to squeeze past the electorate and seize a U.S. Senate.
Six years from now, we'll have finished the job that was started in '98. and this guy will be going back to picking his nose in his split-level apt. in Reno.
I hope you are right..
Absolutely. He's a wolf in sheep's clothing and *knows* how to get away with repulsive and slanderous racist comments of a conservative black. That moment on Meet the Depressed was a trial balloon. He passed relatively unscathed thanks to the gutless GOP and the MSM. He wasn't held to the same standard as Lott.
If Ensign hadn't been cheated out of his election the last time that Reid was up, back in '98, we would now have two GOP senators from the great state of Nevada.
I don't doubt the writer's experience and assessment - but I think he misses the big picture - and the big picture is that now Reid's on the national stage - and I dare the little frikk to try to pull that small-town BossHawg act on Limbaugh and Hannity, for starters. When Clinton ran Arkansas - he ran it like his own little nazi state. Don't work on the national venue, and I'm glad to see this particular small-town despot getting the heat for his idiotic statements on national TV. He's facing some big guns now.
Understand, thanks. I thought it may have been a nervous tick or something.
His supposedly "mild-mannered" replacement, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, could become a bigger headache for Republicans and conservatives than Daschle ever was.
Does this guy seriously think the reason for getting rid of Dasshole was that he would be replaced with a mild-mannered minority leader? If so, would we have wanted to him to stay if the RATS told us they'd replace him with Hitlery Rotten Klintoon, or that he would not seek to remain minority leader if re-elected?
You get rid of these vermin because they're vermin. Period. You work hard to replace the vermin with someone good like Thune replacing Dasshole in that seat, but you don't play realpolitik games of keeping the vermin know because you're worried about the vermin you don't know. That's how we're plagued with the Senate RINO Club of Snowe, Collins, McCain, Chaffee, and, of course, the Senator from Scotland.
Reid also has to know that Dashcle was not re-elected due in large part to his conduct as Senate Marjority leader-obstructionist. Reid comes from a red state; he better be careful. He can't count on the mainstream media to hide his actions-not in the modern era of blogs and talk radio.
I despise Reid's comments about Thomas, he said he thought this fine justice was an embarrassement (a matter of opinion embarrassing to Mr. Reid and his Party if you ask me), but his comments were not as damaging as Lott's comments. Also, the GOP got rid of Lott- standard practice for the GOP. Democrats stand by their man through thick and thin (not to mention blue dresses with icky stains) Republicans don't. Personally, I think Republicans have more integrity than Democrats-one of the many reasons I am a former Democrat and a Republican today.
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