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Worst Bluff Ever

Harry Reid folded his hand today in the worst political bluff in recent memory.

Nevadans everywhere must be personally insulted that their own U S Senator can't play poker better than an arrested and handcuffed Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Resolutely standing athwart Senate Rule 2, Reid brazenly challenged the appointment of Roland Burris, the Constitution of the United States, the Black Panthers, the Congressional Black Caucus and invited the ridicule of a certain liberal pundit (who succeeded in making me laugh at her comments for the first time in a long time....as they say, read the whole thing).

Reid has embarrassed himself in a way only he could accomplish in this bizarre political story. As Jim Antle at The American Spectator hilariously noted:

"...it looks like Blago won this round. He didn't get any obvious financial reward, but he proved that he still held the powers of the governor's office and forced the ball in his detractors' court. In other words, he didn't just f--king give the Senate seat away for nothing. It's a very valuable thing." Emphasis mine.

Liberals need to ask themselves an honest question: would former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell have walked into a left hook like this?


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Look at the silver lining. ... (Below threshold)

Look at the silver lining. Harry will be with us for a couple more years, and the laughs will continue.

The biggest injustice in al... (Below threshold)

The biggest injustice in all of this is that Reid's overt racism will probably get a complete pass from the same Civil Rights establishment that demanded Trent Lott's resignation.

As of 24 hours ago (at leas... (Below threshold)

As of 24 hours ago (at least according to CBS news), I heard that Reid said he might allow Burris to be seated only with the stipulation that he not run in the next open election, the idea being he would be weak against a Republican challenger. The cynicism of that trial-balloon was laughable, but not as much as Reid's complete collapse today. Too bad, I had come to enjoy the spectacle. Has there ever been such disarray among a bunch of nominal winners?

A poker player, Reid ain't.... (Below threshold)
teebo the elder:

A poker player, Reid ain't. But, I wouldn't even trust him in a game of Fish.

Something perverse in me re... (Below threshold)

Something perverse in me really enjoys Blago's guilt-denying grit, challenged only by the impeached but never repentant Clinton - who also refused to resign. Blago - the energizer bunny, takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'. Republicans just up and resign, like good little goobers. Blago hangs in there, giving plenty of entertainment value and making Harry Reid look like a grade-school tattle-tale ignored by the yard monitor. He also makes Obama stupid. Just who is the greater fool here?

The Senate can reject Burri... (Below threshold)

The Senate can reject Burris based on HIS qualifications, but no one has ever questioned his qualifications. He meets all the criteria for serving in the Senate. He is a U.S. citizen, of a certain age, not a felon. He wins and Harry and the Senators who are opposing him lose. And they also look like real jerks.

It is not the job of the Senate to dictate to Illinois how to resolve any state-level laws. The Illinois law says the governor picks the new Senator. The governor picked someone who meets all the criteria for service. The Senate has no grounds to attack Burris. They don't like the governor, but that's an entirely separate matter.

They are also are failing to recognize that the Boy Scout Prosecutor has not even filed an indictment yet. We have not even heard any facts to support charges against the governor beyond allegations that the governor used the Bleep word and Talked Trash. But nobody accused Burris of any crime or improper behavior.

Burris was legally appointed by a person authorized and directed to make the appointment. The Senate has no legal grounds to deny Burris his seat.

Blagojevich has not been indicted, and Fitzgerald has, himself, to carry a little of the shame of the politicized US Attorneys because he was NOT one of those fired. Leaking evidence as he did is a classic example of trial by publicity, and you must wonder what he does have. Reid didn't have to do anything; he should just call and make Fitzgerald show his hand, soon enough then to act in perfect justice.

You gotta love this, blood sport politics, this is the way it always has been, just never been so public before.
Blogo was genius when he made this pick, look what a fire storm it has set off.
Woohoo, now it is getting fun.

Burris was legally appointed by a person authorized and directed to make the appointment. The Senate has no legal grounds to deny Burris his seat.

Also in MM, remember Coleman saying "that the loser should concede gracefully and let the Senate get on with the people's business. That was easy for him to say when he thought he was the winner." Now he is going to court because he lost, Same damn thing from each party, except you, Hugh try to make it into a strict Demo party thing, and it's both parties screwing up. Ha ha ha.

Allen, there's no winner in... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

Allen, there's no winner in the Coleman/Franken race. The recount has hopelessly ensnarled any possibility of a fair decision. Currently several locations show more votes than voters, the recount procedures have been an absolute mess, and even a fair court hearing will be unable to determine a real victor.

Next to fold is Obama himse... (Below threshold)

Next to fold is Obama himself!



When counting the electoral votes, either Congress finds by 1/8/09 that Obama -- not being an Article II "natural born citizen" (father Kenyan/British, not American, citizen) -- fails to qualify as President whereupon Biden becomes the full fledged President under 3 USC 19 (free to pick his own VP such as Hillary) or thereafter defers to the Supreme Court to enjoin Obama's inauguration with Biden becoming only Acting President under the 20th Amendment until a new President is duly determined.

The preferable choice (especially for the Democrats) -- IN WHAT WILL BE THE MOST IMPORTANT AND HISTORIC CONGRESSIONAL VOTE SINCE THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR -- should seem obvious.



Harry Reid is pathetic. He'... (Below threshold)

Harry Reid is pathetic. He's been doing this for the past 4 years. Big talk, then backing down at the end. He's an embarrassment.

He's got to go.

Reid is a colossal idiot. ... (Below threshold)

Reid is a colossal idiot. I will relish his loss for reelection in 2010.

Ref #8. Ted, that old lie o... (Below threshold)

Ref #8. Ted, that old lie of a talking point isn't working, get over it, your party lost!

Harry Rude is the best thin... (Below threshold)

Harry Rude is the best thing the Republicans and or Conservatives have going for them in the Senate. Pelosi likewise in the House. The true faces of liberal idiocy and hypocrisy. With Obamalala in the W.H. it will be a three ring circus.

Reid was attempting to bluf... (Below threshold)

Reid was attempting to bluff while playing his cards face up. I think the phrase here is 'vulgar display of hubris'.

Reid is more comfortable... (Below threshold)

Reid is more comfortable playing a behind-the-scenes role, cutting deals to implement Obama's agenda in much the same manner that Mansfield (D-Mont.) shepherded expansive civil rights and environmental legislation into law. "I'm more Mike Mansfield. I'm not LBJ -- I don't twist arms," he said. - Washington Post

This, in a nutshell, is my biggest problem with this idiot. He's not going to get anything done in Washington without twisting a few arms and getting tough. This one of the main reasons he's been walked all over by the Republicans and his own party in the last two years.

If he's not going to get tough, what the hell good is he? No one needs a lover in there, they need a fighter.

I'm done with him. I hope he just goes. He and Pelosi and the only reason the republicans have a reason to feel optimistic.

Re # 5: "Republicans just u... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Re # 5: "Republicans just up and resign, like good little goobers."
You mean like those good little goobers Craig and Stevens?
As to Harry Reid, I was hoping Hillary would have stayed in the Senate and become majority leader. She has balls twice as big as Harry Reid's. Oh, well.

I agree with #13, Reid was ... (Below threshold)

I agree with #13, Reid was all talk - it was all a show - to demonstrate his "outrage" that a criminal could appoint a Senator - but yes it was all a good show for the American public - I knew Reid wasn't truthfully outraged to have a criminal appoint a Senator otherwise he would not be supporting the democrat party.

The saddest part of this sa... (Below threshold)

The saddest part of this saga is the democrats not giving the citizens a say in the matter by way of a special election. They are afraid they may lose, so screw them. Typical. ww






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