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Harry Reid plays the "I'm an idiot" card

You can't get more insane than this:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took his GOP-blasting rhetoric to a new level Monday, comparing Republicans who oppose health care reform to lawmakers who clung to the institution of slavery more than a century ago.

The Nevada Democrat, in a sweeping set of accusations on the Senate floor, also compared health care foes to those who opposed women's suffrage and the civil rights movement -- even though it was Sen. Strom Thurmond, then a Democrat, who unsuccessfully tried to filibuster the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and it was Republicans who led the charge against slavery.

Senate Republicans on Monday called Reid's comments "offensive" and "unbelievable."

But Reid argued that Republicans are using the same stalling tactics employed in the pre-Civil War era.

"Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, 'slow down, stop everything, let's start over.' If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right," Reid said Monday. "When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said 'slow down, it's too early, things aren't bad enough.'"

He continued: "When women spoke up for the right to speak up, they wanted to vote, some insisted they simply, slow down, there will be a better day to do that, today isn't quite right.

"When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today."

That seemed to be a reference to Thurmond's famous 1957 filibuster -- the late senator switched parties several years later.

Reid's office stood by the remarks, with spokesman Jim Manley saying Republicans have "done nothing but obstruct health care" in the Senate.

On the merits of this alone, Harry Reid should immediately be inducted into the Asshat Hall of Fame.

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Comments (18)

Silly old bastard. ... (Below threshold)
mag:

Silly old bastard.

I never bought Michael Jack... (Below threshold)
Maggie Mama:

I never bought Michael Jackson's "soft-spoken" act; and Harry's nearly drives me to distraction ... Maybe he's taking anesthesia too ... his mind is a little muddled on facts.

Fortunately it looks like Nevada voters will fix that next election.

Is he forgetting that it wa... (Below threshold)

Is he forgetting that it was the Democrats that were pro-slavery and and against civil rights? If that idiot wants to bring it up, I'm sure we'll all be happy to point out that inconvenient truth

Actually, blacks to this da... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Actually, blacks to this day remain enslaved in a political sense to the Democrat Party. Do you ever notice how an African-American is treated if he/she tries to leave the "Democrat plantation" so to speak?

The problem with accusation... (Below threshold)
Edward Sisson Author Profile Page:

The problem with accusations like this is that it makes it difficult effectively to label properly the very real ongoing effects of the state-enforced racial discrimination of the past. Senator Reid holds the same Senate seat as one of the most virulently racist Senators of the post-Civil War era, Senator Francis Newlands -- also a Nevada Democrat -- a man who in 1912 sought the repeal of the constitutional amendment guaranteeing the vote to African-Americans, and who as a real estate developer in our nation's capital, Washington D.C., established much of the racially-segregated neighborhood patterns that we live with today.

There are real and terrible effects in the US today of the racism mandated by Democrats of the past -- and the fact that Democrats today fling about accusations of racism so cavalierly at any opposition to liberal policies makes it harder to focus our energies on correcting those effects.

It was the Democrats that a... (Below threshold)
st:

It was the Democrats that also opposed the vote for the women. They are the ones that fought the admission of Wyoming into the United States, because Wyoming was the only state that allowed women to vote. It took a stand by the Republicans to get the 19th amendment passed.

So, who said Obama was the ... (Below threshold)

So, who said Obama was the only polititian allowed to have a waterloo moment? Reid's in deep trouble with his chances to retain his seat in the Senate, along with numerous other Democrats who will make an early exit from their political careers when they vote for this government take-over of health care.

Even his prior Democratic leader has contributed to this debacle last February:

Daschle says health-care reform "will not be pain free." Seniors should be more accepting of the conditions that come with age instead of treating them. That means the elderly will bear the brunt.

Seniors will bear the brunt of this "reform" and yet these democrat drones still sit there in the Senate and insist they are "out to make history". History will record their short careers and Harry Reid will lead the charge to the exits.

(I call them drones, because they almost seem to be controlled by a toggle switch or a computer program, moving in what ever direction their leadership dictates, even when the polls are showing them the edge of a cliff)

Meanwhile, it is Barrack Ob... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Meanwhile, it is Barrack Obama, Harry Reid and the rest of the Democrats who are attempting to enslave all Americans through practically every policy they advance. The dumbass can't see the irony.

You can't even get angry at... (Below threshold)
Pretzel Logic:

You can't even get angry at these idiots anymore, just stick a fork in him....so long Harry.

Edward Sisson,We n... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Edward Sisson,

We need more people like you pointing out the facts. If we all keep doing it, sooner or later it is going to sink in. Thanks.

The Rise & Fall of Jim C... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

The Rise & Fall of Jim Crow
Democrats supported slavery - PBS.org

After the Civil War, most white Southerners opposed Radical Reconstruction and the Republican Party's support of black civil and political rights. The Democratic Party identified itself as the "white man's party" and demonized the Republican Party as being "Negro dominated."

...

Northern Democrats, most of whom had prejudicial attitudes towards blacks, offered no challenge to the discriminatory policies of the Southern Democrats.

...

When the House passed a federal anti-lynching bill several times in the 1930s, Southern senators [Democrats] filibustered it to death.

"The wrong side of history" indeed. Evil men always are, in every age. Today is no exception. Democrats stand in the gap for killing babies and using fetuses for Nazi-like experiments. They attack Christianity because it is an effective antidote to their evil deeds. They are the Party of Death, as Ramesh Ponnuru so aptly puts it.

Let the facts speak.

Harry Reid is a blabbering... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Harry Reid is a blabbering nit-wit too stupid to know how to tie his shoes and more of his mindless braying its no wonder his party is losing and OBAMA polls are further sinking

How much more whining do we... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

How much more whining do we have to put up with from Reid?

Time for the dog track, har... (Below threshold)
moseby:

Time for the dog track, harry. "Washed-up" doesn't even come close...

Time for Reids yearly forma... (Below threshold)
914:

Time for Reids yearly formaldehyde transfusion.

Why are dems so damned Racist.

So Reid's way of insulting ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

So Reid's way of insulting Republicans is to call them Democrats? Wow. He has truly lost it. It's definately time to cart him off.

Surely there is only simula... (Below threshold)

Surely there is only simulated surprise that the envy-motivated,rage-engined and hatred-driven senate leader of the vast criminal enterprises whose public face is called the "Democratic" Party has everything barse ackwards. Including that the Republicans ended slavery and passed every major and minor piece of Civil Rights' legislation.

Reid doe not have to play t... (Below threshold)
poptoy:

Reid doe not have to play the card. He is ONE. His real name is a nickname for Richard.




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