Strained negotiations over the fiscal cliff have to led to some heated remarks in the normally stodgy Senate. Harry Reid called House Speaker John Boehner a "dictator" for the latter's refusal to bring Senate bills to a vote in the House. Before that, Reid compared Republicans to the New York Jets.
Which is to say: Senate insults have gotten lame lately and productivity seems to have suffered as a result. At least you could count on the Senate to authorize a war or two in the days when Dick Cheney stalked the chamber, telling Sen. Patrick Leahy to do a certain anatomically impossible thing to himself.
Maybe if we get back to the days of hardcore incivility and let elected officials blow off some steam, they'll get more work done. Consider the greatest congressional insults in history:
Tags: Fiscal Cliff, Harry Reid, History, Senate
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is supposedly thinking about changing Senate rules this congress so that legislators seeking to enact a filibuster would no longer just have to say, "Hey, I filibust this, yo!" or whatever traditional talk they use. Instead they'd have to stand up in from of the Senate and talk for a really, really long time, Jimmy Stewart style. Which is why I thought people got into politics to begin with.
Anyway, Republican senators are apparently concerned that this would get in the way of their plan to be as obstructionist as possible at all times. And they're threatening that, if Reid has his way, they will be as obstructionist as possible at all times…
Republicans are threatening even greater retaliation if Reid uses a move rarely used by Senate majorities: changing the chamber’s precedent by 51 votes, rather than the usual 67 votes it takes to overhaul the rules.
"I think the backlash will be severe," Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), the conservative firebrand, said sternly. "If you take away minority rights, which is what you’re doing because you’re an ineffective leader, you'll destroy the place. And if you destroy the place, we'll do what we have to do to fight back."
Taking away minority rights?! Oh, man! That could really hamper Republicans' ability to take away minority rights!
Not to mention their ongoing plan to destroy the place.
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Tags: Filibuster, Harry Reid, Senate, Tom Coburn
Speaking in front of the Women's Political Committee, Nancy Pelosi — House Minority Leader and Bizarro Michele Bachmann — claimed she saw the spirits of Suffragette icons in the White House materialize before her and heard them say, "At last we have a seat at the table."
Susan B. Anthony must be rolling over in her plain, matronly, yet sensibly and sturdily built coffin. Here's video of the incident…
Oh my God. That must have been terrifying… for the ghosts! BOOM!
What do White House ghosts do to scare each other at night? Tell Nancy Pelosi stories! BAZZZIIIIING! SOCK IT TO ME!
Democrats can spend all day laughing at the crazies in the Republican party (and they should, because it's fun), but they have to recognize the crazy in their own party. The only thing that separates Herman Cain from Harry Reid is that Herman Cain has charm and Harry Reid has power.
Tags: Harry Reid, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann, Nancy Pelosi, Video, White House
Harry Reid's accusations about Mitt Romney's taxes — based upon the words of supposedly anonymous sources — are weird and a little gross. And since a team of Romney scientists was unable to come up with any way to somehow refute these claims, they were forced into getting their surrogates to go on television and call Reid names.
The problem with this, however, is that… well, nobody gives a shit about Harry Reid. And people who nobody cares about don't make very good monsters with the public at large, no matter how much a group may try to push them as such. (See also: George Soros, Bill Ayers, Saul Alinsky and almost anybody ever mentioned by Newt Gingrich.)
Not to worry! Republican guru John Sununu has a solution! And it doesn't undermine the basic premise of the GOP argument in the slightest…
"Look, Harry Reid is a bumbling Senate leader," the former New Hampshire governor said Monday on Fox News. "He hasn't been able to pass a budget, he hasn't been able to do anything about entitlement reform, he's done nothing worthwhile except the bidding of the Obama administration. They have pointed out that Harry is lying, and the public is beginning to understand that Harry is lying."
"It's not Harry Reid, it's President Obama and the Obama campaign doing what they always do," he said. "The Obama campaign and President Obama are the ones that are behind this dishonesty and misrepresentation because they are trying to hide the failure of this abysmal presidency that we have had in office the last four years."
We think it's wrong wrong wrong to claim a bunch of awful things about the opposing presidential candidate without offering any semblance of proof to back up your claims! Oh, and we think the opposing presidential candidate is behind these attacks.
Why? No reason. Just a hunch.
Tags: Harry Reid, John Sununu, Mitt Romney, Senate, Taxes
Finally! Harry Reid is getting a little back-up in his some anonymous mystery person told me something bad about Mitt Romney story…
"Harry Reid made a statement that is true. Somebody told him. It is a fact," [Nancy] Pelosi told The Huffington Post in a Sunday interview. "Whether he did or not can easily be disposed of: Mitt Romney can release his tax returns and show whether he paid taxes."…
Asked to respond to Priebus calling Reid "a dirty liar" over the situation, Pelosi initially responded, "Who?" She went on to say that Priebus doesn't know what he's talking about since he wasn't part of Reid's conversations.
"Well he doesn't know that," Pelosi said. "Harry Reid is a person who is, as we know, A, is a fighter, B, he wouldn't say this unless it was true that somebody told him that."
Well, there you have it! Some unnamed person said something or other at some point in time about Mitt Romney's taxes to Harry Reid. "It is a fact!"
What more corroboration could anybody possibly want?
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Tags: Harry Reid, House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, Senate, Taxes