Skip to comments.Reid Flares Over Media Coverage of Energy Proposals (Asks Reporter: Do You Speak English?)
Posted on 07/25/2008 8:53:07 AM PDT by kristinn
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's advice to reporters who don't get his energy agenda: Check your hearing.
Reid, D-Nev., may look like a mild-mannered man, but when he's backed into a corner, this former boxer comes out swinging. On Thursday, the object of his ire was the Fourth Estate as he lashed at reporters quizzing him over stalled Democratic energy proposals.
At a "pen and pad" a more casual, off-camera chat with reporters Reid attacked and scolded correspondents in attendance, telling them he's "really disappointed" in how they have been writing his energy plans, which include a bill to reign in speculation in the energy futures markets.
According to two Senate Democratic aides, Reid and other Democratic leaders were particularly stung by an article Thursday in The New York Times. It followed on several other reports that have highlighted Democrats' attempts to fend off defections from their ranks to GOP-sponsored amendments, measures that would permit new drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf and in the West for oil shale.
Reporters tried to pin Reid down Thursday on the amendment issue.
In the exchange, Reid told one reporter she should "watch the [Senate] floor more often. ... You might learn something."
Another reporter explained she had watched the Senate proceedings and said it was not clear he was ... offereing separate amendments, to which Reid asked the reporter if she "spoke English."
"Turn up your Miracle Ear," Reid added.
Reid spokesman Jim Manley later told the reporter his boss's comments were a show of "frustration," not desperation.
The House No. 2 Republican, Roy Blunt of Missouri, told reporters today, "Clearly we've built a fire on energy that they're feeling the heat from."
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perhaps feverishly would have worked better.
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pushing for a vote tomorrow on his
version of an energy bill that does nothing to decrease our dependence
on foreign oil.
Reids bill does nothing to lift the offshore drilling ban, or open up
rich oil fields in northern Alaska, or expand our nuclear capacity.
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Republicans can't play hardball.
Thanks for the thought.
You are good at wise cracks, but how many phone calls did you make?
nothing wrong with making money.
Harry Reid’s days as majority leader are numbered. Politicians don’t lose their cool like that unless they are under enormous pressure.
"You'll take it and you'll like it."
That includes Wind, Solar, Nuclear, Coal and Drilling on available acreage.
The Democrats want to drill only in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
However, just as it is with the new solar farm West of my house here in the desert, the environ-mentals will file lawsuit after lawsuit with environ-mental friendly judges to block alternative energy sources.
In the case of the solar farms the environ-mentals say the power line to San Diego corrupts the view of the desert, might (MIGHT) harm a bird or god forbid leave tire tracks in the sand during construction.
Democrats are Dangerous To America.
Punch drunk is the term that comes to mind
Most Americans haven't realized that they have LOST 50% of their wealth. If you had money or a 401K in the stock market in 2003 since the dollar has weakened roughly 50% even though you've still got your money it's only worth half as much. Wait until the American stu-sheeple figure this one out. We haven't even touched on what the real inflation numbers REALLY are (it's not 2% that's for sure), then we can move over and talk about social security a year or two from now when we will be increasing the debt to pay for this, but hey we have 9 trillion dollars to pay for a drug plan that nobody (except the politicians) wanted. You would be lucky to have your money & wealth OUTSIDE of the United States.
And if one says "Two-Hit" fast enough, it sounds like "twit"
Simple enough, he doesn't have a financial interest in Nuclear.
His biggest seller right now is Hot Air.
Living in the desert I like rain better :)
Hmmnn. Let me guess, youre an investor.
not in wind, windmills don’t produce enough energy to produce another windwill, if windmills were a viable energy source the dutch would be a world superpower
That's a great line.
Don't make the mistake of putting your words in Harry Reids mouth ;)
As long as they brought it up first, it's worth repeating this story from 2006: Reid Accepted Free Boxing Tickets While a Related Bill Was Pending.