Skip to comments.REID All About it: Harry Reid's TOP 10 Leadership Flubs
Posted on 11/02/2005 9:32:11 AM PST by PhiKapMom
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Reid All About It: Harry Reid's Top Ten Leadership Flubs
NUMBER ONE: Pulls "Cheap Trick" And Shuts Down U.S. Senate:
The Washington Post's Dana Milbank: "Democrats Did Not Deny It Was A Stunt: A Brazen Effort To Change The Subject From The Supreme Court Confirmation Of Sam Alito ..." (Dana Milbank, "Mad About You," The Washington Post, 11/2/05)
CNN's Lou Dobbs: "One Minute This Afternoon The U.S. Senate Was Doing The People's Business, The Next, The Senate Was Shut Down In Absolute Secrecy." (CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight," 11/1/05)
The Weekly Standards' Fred Barnes: "I Thought This Was A Comedy. ... This Wasn't An Ambush This Was A Meltdown On The Part Of The Democrats." (Fox News' "Special Report," 11/1/05)
NBC's Mike Viqueira: "Well, My Understanding Of What Went On During The Course Of Those Two Hours That The Senate Was Closed Was That There Was No Debate Back And Forth And That The Classified Portion Was Never Actually Evacuated. In Other Words, The Chamber Was Never Swept By Dogs For Security Or Anything Of That Nature." (MSNBC's "Hardball," 11/1/05)
NUMBER TWO: Bows To Liberal Special Interests And Opposes John Roberts:
"The Senate Democratic Leader, Harry Reid Of Nevada, Said ... That He Would Oppose The Confirmation Of Judge John G. Roberts Jr. As Chief Justice, Surprising Both The White House And Fellow Democrats Still Conflicted About How To Vote." (Sheryl Gay Stolberg and David D. Kirkpatrick, "Top Democrat Says He'll Vote No On Roberts," The New York Times, 9/21/05)
"[R]eid Moved [To Oppose Roberts] Under Pressure From Liberal Activists, Who Were Demanding The Democratic Leadership Take A Strong Stand Against Roberts." ("Reid Says He Will Vote Against Roberts On Senate Floor," The Frontrunner, 9/21/05)
NUMBER THREE: Calls President Bush A "Loser":
While President Bush Is Traveling Overseas, Reid Tells High School Students "I Think This Guy [President Bush] Is A Loser." (Erin Neff, "Del Sol High School Appearance: Reid Calls Bush 'A Loser,'" Las Vegas Review-Journal, 5/7/05)
NUMBER FOUR: Establishes Taxpayer-Funded "War Room":
Reid Established "War Room" With As Many As 15 Staffers To Develop Unified Message For Democratic Caucus. "Reid plans to have as many as 15 staffers to join the communications center. As many as five of them might be new hires, a reflection of the emphasis Reid is placing on developing a unified message." (Geoff Earle, "Reid Makes It Clear He's No Daschle," The Hill, 12/1/04)
Staff From Various Democratic Leadership Organizations, Including Taxpayer Funded Groups, Folded Into Reid's "War Room." "The new Democratic leader is reestablishing authority over a variety of Democratic leadership organizations - the Democratic Policy Committee (DPC), the Democratic Steering Committee, and the Democratic Communications Committee - all of which are headed by other Democratic senators. Some staff from these groups could end up being folded into a new Democratic 'war room' being assembled to counter the GOP's political message." (Geoff Earle, "Reid Makes It Clear He's No Daschle," The Hill, 12/1/04)
Reid's "War Room" Located In Capitol Building. "Jim Manley, press secretary for Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., has been hired as staff director for the center, which will be located in the U.S. Capitol." (Steve Tetreault, "Reid Announces New Office Created," Las Vegas Review-Journal, 11/30/04)
NUMBER FIVE: Proudly Refuses To Apologize For Calling President Bush "Liar":
Reid Will Not Apologize For Calling The President A "Liar." Rolling Stone: "You've called Bush a loser." HARRY REID: "And a liar." Rolling Stone: "You apologized for the loser comment." REID: "But never for the liar, have I?" (Eric Bates, "The Gunslinger," Rolling Stone, 6/2/05)
NUMBER SIX: Calls Fed Chair Alan Greenspan "Political Hack":
Reid: "[I]'m Not A Big Greenspan Fan ... I Voted Against Him The Last Two Times. ... I Think [Alan Greenspan's] One Of The Biggest Political Hacks We Have In Washington." (CNN's "Inside Politics," 3/3/05)
NUMBER SEVEN: Threatens Republicans To "Go Behind The Pool Hall":
"Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) Has Challenged Republicans To 'Go Behind The Pool Hall And See Who Wins This One' Chuckling, He Said: 'We Could Do Some Real Harm.'" (James Kuhnhenn, "Harry Reid A Soft-Spoken Lawmaker With A Punch," Knight Ridder Newspapers, 3/2/05):
NUMBER EIGHT: Violates Confidentiality Of Judicial Nominee Henry Saad's FBI File On Senate Floor:
Reid: "Henry Saad Would Have Been Filibustered Anyway ... All You Need To Do Is Have A Member Go Upstairs And Look At His Confidential Report From The FBI, And I Think We Would All Agree That There Is A Problem There." (Charles Hurt, "Reid Cites FBI File On Judicial Pick," The Washington Times, 5/13/05)
NUMBER NINE: Makes Hollywood "Playboy-Producer" Top Policy Advisor:
"Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) Again Invited Billionaire And Megadonor Stephen Bing To An Exclusive Luncheon Of Senate Democrats Just Off The Chamber Floor Last Week Where The Group Was Plotting Message Strategy For The 2006 Campaign." (Paul Kane, "Bing Is Minority's Odd Man Inside," Roll Call, 10/11/05)
Bing Described As "Playboy-Producer-Philanthropist." (Eric Alterman, "The Hollywood Campaign," The Atlantic Monthly, 9/04)
"A Determined Bachelor, [Bing] Lives In A Small Two-Bedroom Home In Bel-Air But Has Bought The Seven Adjoining Houses With The Intention Of Knocking Them Down And Creating Palatial Grounds. He's A Fan Of Strip Clubs, Has Been A High Roller In Las Vegas For Years ..." (Rachel Abramowitz, "A Player In Every Sense?" Los Angeles Times, 7/3/02)
NUMBER TEN: Praises Majority Leader On Senate Floor, Insults Him Behind His Back:
Reid On Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) On The Senate Floor:
Off The Senate Floor Reid's Office Sends Out Talking Points Calling For Members To Attack Sen. Bill Frist. "A set of Democratic talking points being distributed by the office of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) urges Members to link Frist to [Majority Leader Tom] DeLay." (Chris Cillizza, "Democrats Seeking To Tie Frist To DeLay," Roll Call, 5/18/05)
Keep this handy for use in the 2006 elections when we set out to defeat these obstructionist RATS!
I'll bookmark this thread and read it thoroughly a little later today.
Bookmarked ... Thanks!
While you a reading this, you might as well read the latest from RNC Research In Case You Missed It on an AP article on Sen Ben Nelson of NE. Looks like the chance of a filibuster on the Alito nomination is quickly flying out the window!
Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson Praises Alito
From The Associated Press
By Jesse Holland
November 2, 2005
A centrist Democratic senator complimented Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito Wednesday as a moderate jurist who won't "hammer away and chisel away" existing law.
While Sen. Ben Nelson did not endorse President Bush's latest nominee for the high court, he did say he was impressed by what he heard from Alito during his introductory visit.
The Nebraska Democrat, ... told reporters that he got assurances that Alito would not be "judicial activist" or "take an agenda to the bench" if confirmed ...
"He assured me that he wants to go to the bench without a political agenda," said Nelson, ...
Nelson, one ... said that Alito "wants to decide each case as it comes before him." ...
The Group of 14 is to meet Thursday to talk about Alito, who picked up an endorsement Wednesday from Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.
"I look forward to enthusiastically supporting his nomination," said Hagel, one of several senators that Alito was scheduled to meet with during the day. ...
Republicans have said that Alito is more than qualified, pointing to his 15 years on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit and his work as a government lawyer and prosecutor.
For Entire Article Please Visit: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/02/AR2005110201324.html
Bumping the latest on the Senate's biggest liar and most active anti America senator.
RNC Research is working overtime -- I love it!
Nelson knows being from Nebraska, he best not filibuster or vote against Alito ;)
Reid is an absolute nut -- I cannot believe Nevada elected him to office -- he needs to be daschlelized and sent packing.
That came in my email a short time ago and I burst out laughing -- he has no choice since he is up for reelection.
Where did this idiot come from? Most of the Nevadans I have met seem quite Republican or at least level headed. Of course I haven't been there since 1997.
They could have Harkin as their leader and not tell the difference!
Don't you just love our government at work? The tax payers dollars are being judiciously spent....
Reid and Dean are poster boys for Lunatic Libs re their insane and emotional outbursts.
Have to say I agree with him about Greenspan - Greenspan is an idiot...
I saw that. It means that at least three of the Gang of 14 (Graham, DeWine and Nelson) are on board Alito's nomination, and that a fourth may be (Specter, though I won't breathe easy until he votes "Aye"). Assuming the other 48 GOP senators vote to go nuclear (the prospects of which improved dramaitically with Reid's hissy fit yesterday, IMO), that means it's "weapons free" if the nuke option comes to pass.
We are lucky he is Minority Leader. He's incompetent.