May 6, 2005


LESSON IN POLITICS: Reid calls president 'loser' (ERIN NEFF, May 06, 2005, Las Vegas Review-Journal)

In the course of a discussion on filibusters and Senate rules, Washington's top Democrat gave the 60 juniors a lesson in partisan politics, particularly about the commander in chief. "The man's father is a wonderful human being," Reid said in response to a question about President Bush's policies. "I think this guy is a loser.

"I think President Bush is doing a bad job," he added to a handful of chuckles.

"He's driving this country into bankruptcy," Reid said, referring to the deficit. "He's got us in this intractable war in Iraq where we now have about 1,600 American soldiers dead and another 15,000 injured."

The one thing Mr. Reid has going for him is that no one's ever heard of him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 6, 2005 6:57 PM

Keep it up and ole Searchlight here won't be unknown for long. When's he up for re-election? Let's Daschle him.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at May 6, 2005 7:23 PM

what a class act, how proud the people of nevada must be, of their "hero". what a scum bag. am i the only one that thinks these never ending temper tantrums are going to destroy the dems as a viable politcal party ?

Posted by: cjm at May 6, 2005 7:42 PM

The President just landed in Latvia. Did Senator Reid wait until Air Force One left U.S. airspace before making his comment? Just wondering.

Posted by: old maltese at May 6, 2005 8:04 PM

If Bush is a loser, what does that make Kerry?

Reid is strange. His voting record and his stances have not made him seem really in La-La-Land, but as Majority Leader he's behaved like a rabid chihuahua. Lots of barking, a sharp bite but when things come to a head, he can be stomped quickly into a greasy spot or flicked into a wall. Nevada is the ultimate practical state. I can't imagine anyone there has the time or interest to listen to someone who is tilting at windmills. If you are a political extremist, you'd stay in California.

The political parties in Nevada have a close relationship and many important positions are essentially given to a competent individual regardless of party like Kenny Guinn or Oscar Goodman. The state is run by organized crime and the multinationals that own the casinos and neither like loud noise or disorder.

Why they would want a seemingly increasingly deranged figure like Reid representing them in DC escapes me completely.

Posted by: bart at May 6, 2005 8:04 PM

It gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling to think that Reid and Pelosi are the best talent the Democrats have.

Or, rather, the best they respect. The best talent, Harold Ford, just got called stupid by Charlie Rangel.

Posted by: pj at May 6, 2005 8:24 PM

That's like being called 'short' by Gary Coleman or 'crooked' by Edwin Edwards.

Posted by: bart at May 6, 2005 8:47 PM

Or a wimp by Peewee Herman. Or ugly by Bella Abzug. Or a lousy driver by Ted Kennedy. Or fat slob by Mikey Moore. Or incomprehensible by Jean Chretien.

(And I seem to remember that Reid just got relected. As with Boxer and Murray, the GOP didn't put much effort into pushing him out the door.)

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at May 6, 2005 9:45 PM

Reid was re-elected in 1998 by about 900 votes. But he cruised in 2004 because there wasn't strong opposition.

So far, he has called Clarence Thomas stupid and now this. The end of the filibuster can't come quickly enough. And if the Dems lose seats in 2006, watch for Dick Durbin to become party leader.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 6, 2005 10:36 PM

Oh, joy, a socialist as the head of the dems.

Dickie "Eddie Haskell" Durbin.

Listen to Teri O'Brien Sundays 12-3 P CDT.

As to Reid, well, he has stopped judges, what prevented him from stopping the budgets?

Posted by: Sandy P. at May 7, 2005 1:30 AM


Reid hasn't stopped anything yet; the GOP just hasn't swept him aside (yet). But they must.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 7, 2005 8:35 AM

Dick Durbin is at least a skilled politician, who knows how to deal with a tough electorate. Winning Illinois with a Downstate base as a Democrat is not easy.

I really just don't understand what Reid is doing 'for Nevada' right now. And all Nevada politicians since the days of Pat McCarran have put Nevada interests(i.e. casinos, ranchers, and the Teamsters Union) first, last and in between.

Posted by: bart at May 7, 2005 10:38 AM