January 31, 2006


HOWIE AND HARRY (Washington Prowler. 1/31/06, American Spectator)

It appears that the Democrat Party is closer to imploding than the Republican. How else to explain the ongoing attempts by Democrat Party Chairman Howard Dean to destroy Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid?

According to knowledgeable DNC sources, Dean about ten days ago was shown opposition research documents generated by the Republican National Committee more than three years ago, which laid out facts regarding Reid and his family's lobbying and ethical conflicts.

Dean, according to the sources, was fascinated by the details, and asked that his staff research and independently confirm everything on the documents. "Basically he oppo'd a member of his own party," says a DNC source loyal to Dean.

"Basically, we were looking at three- or four-page documents that made Jack Abramoff's lobbying work look like that of a rank amateur," says the DNC source. "Between the minority leader's past in Nevada and here in Washington, and the activities of his sons and son-in-law, there probably isn't anyone in this town with more conflicts. The Reid family is the symbol of what's wrong with Washington; it's their behavior that enabled the culture that spawned people like Abramoff."

Dean then went public over the weekend, saying that Democrats with an Abramoff problem would be in trouble, not only with voters, but with the Democrat Party. But why attack a senior member of his own party?

According to Democrat Party watchers and DNC staff, Dean has grown increasingly frustrated at how he is treated by the likes of Reid, Sen. Dick Durbin, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Rep. Rahm Emanuel, who leads the House Democrat candidate recruitment effort.

Presumably the DNC is the source of the rumor that Mr. Reid is going to step down as Minority Leader next month?

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 31, 2006 1:32 PM

I could be wrong but if Reid steps down due to Abrahamoff/other that should offset any damage the GOP gets from Abrahamoff/other.

Posted by: AWW at January 31, 2006 2:10 PM

A Red-on-Red engagement. How apt.

Posted by: Luciferous at January 31, 2006 2:14 PM

Is there really that rumor? I'd just like to state for the record that in the 2006 prediction thread a month or so ago that my "under the radar big story" was that the "corruption scandals" of Washington would bring down Reid and/or Pelosi...

Posted by: b at January 31, 2006 2:49 PM

Dean hates Reid and Pelosi because they treat him like the crazy aunt in the attic (and why shouldn't they?). But Reid has real problems (as does Dorgan) with Abramoff, and Pelosi has her own issues. When leadership in Congress is predicated on fund-raising, no one is going to be "clean".

The problem the Democrats have is that there is no one who can be the standard anymore. They have no adults in D.C. There are no Bob Strausses. There are only screamers, shills, whiners, and haters.

Howard Dean may well run Reid off, but who will replace him? Chuck Schumer? Boxer? The Dems may be reduced to picking Bob Menendez as Minority Leader.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 31, 2006 3:58 PM

It's been a while since oj last used the phrase "forcing the contradictions" but Bush ... with assists from conservative blogs and talk radio ... is sure good at that.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 31, 2006 4:34 PM

> The problem the Democrats have is that there is no one who can be the standard anymore.

Nonsense! There's Joe Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew who supports American troops in Iraq. ...Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?

Posted by: Guy T. at January 31, 2006 10:55 PM

The real problem is that the core is rotten, they have sold out to Soros and Peter Lewis and Hollywood.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 31, 2006 11:07 PM

Guy, Lieberman's orthodoxy is for sale.

Posted by: erp at February 1, 2006 9:47 AM