Harry Reid made this remarkably idiotic comment on the Senate floor December 7...
Specifically, Reid said...
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. 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."...
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....
I don't know why Republicans didn't stage the Biggest News Conference Ever to remind American voters, specifically blacks, that it was Democrats who "dug in their heels" to hold on to slavery, and it was Democrats like sitting senator and former KKK member Robert Byrd who filibustered the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
It was then-Democrat Strom Thurmond who waged the longest filibuster in Senate history to stop the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The AP photo, left is of Thurmond exiting the chamber after his 24 hour, 18 minutes, 1-man racist foment.
And it was Democrat Gov. George Wallace who barred the University of Alabama from entry by black students in 1963. The photo, right, is of Wallace defying desegregation orders by Deputy US Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach.
Oy, where are the Republicans? Apparently Reid brazenly risked the obvious sucker punch because he gambled Republicans would be too genteel to respond.
And apparently Senate Democrats like Minority Leader Dick Durbin were happy to gamble on Reid's comment because they win either way. If Reid gets away with it, good; if he doesn't, the odds grow only better he'll be defeated next November in his reelection bid, making way for Durbin to take his place and others to move up a rung.
Yes, there is another punch to be had. It was reported only 3 days ago...
... for the first time, opposition is above 50% and support is below 40%, a new poll commissioned by the Las Vegas Review Journal reveals.
The telephone poll of 625 registered voters found that 53% of Nevadans oppose the president's attempt to provide a remedy for problems in the nation's health care system. Support for the plan is at 39%.
So Reid's grotesque comparison of opposition to government-run healthcare to support of slavery or opposition to black civil rights indicted the majority of his own constituents.
Reid's poll numbers have gotten so bad even liberals are worried. From the Las Vegas Gleaner on December 7, which provides "progressive news and opinion from the heartland":
Last week, yet another poll showed that if the election were held today Harry Reid would get beat by a wooden spoon, a box of rocks or even Jerry Tarkanian's wayward son. Evidently a massive early onslaught of TV ads touting Reid's impoverished youth as an illiterate urchin begging for crumbs and splashing through the open sewers of Searchlight has failed to move voters....
But... "If Harry Reid decided not to run again," is an absurd premise.
"Should Harry Reid decide not to run again?" - well, that's a legitimate question.
The case for Reid's reelection routinely shopped by his campaign and his many gushing apologists invokes stunned disbelief that Nevadans could lose the most powerful Nevadan in the whole history of ever....
Of course, the argument in favor of a surprise Reid announcement that he is not seeking reelection is simple: Reid might not be able to recover, no matter how many jillions he spends, and if and when he goes down, not only would one of those Republican nitwits be Nevada's senator, Reid could take the entire Nevada Democratic ticket down with him.
I think the only explanation for Harry Reid's protracted act of political hari kari is that Obama has promised him an ambassadorship some place warm, like Doug Kmiec, who sold his soul for such a deal.
What an outstanding post. This was such a golden opportunity for the Republicans, but Republicans being Republicans, they throw golden opportunities down the crapper.
How wwll I remember Democrat George "segregation forever" Wallace. Oh, and let's not forget Democrat police chief "Bull" Connor who turned fire hoses and attack dogs on black civil rights demonstrators. Oh and that civil rights icon, Democrat John Kennedy, who did squat for civil rights so don't ask me why he is viewed as some champion of civil rights, actually preferred foreign affairs over being bothered with Dr.King and "his Negroes".
Let's not forget Democrat icon Franklin Roosevelt who would not lend his support to anti-lynching legislation and who signed an executive order putting American citizens of color into concentration camps, after confiscating their property and businesses.
Good question about the Republicans Jill.Posted by: Mary at December 9, 2009 10:42 AM
Off topic: Lila Rose has struck again. Gotta love it.
Appleton, Wisconsin, here we come!
Kevin Jackson is a black conservative who wrote a book about this very thing. He shows how the DEMOCRATS and LIBERALS are the true racists and how he went from growing up in a Democrat household to discovering the truth about that party and then how he became a conservative.Posted by: Sydney M at December 9, 2009 11:09 AM
Sorry, and the book is called "The Big Black Lie: How I learned the truth about the Democrat party."Posted by: Sydney M at December 9, 2009 11:13 AM
I am a Nevadan and have always been embarassed that Reid is one of our senators. He certainly does not represent me, nor has he ever. Whenever I email him or call about the issue of abortion, I receive an email ensuring me that he is pro-life in all cases except when it comes to the health of the mother or rape/incest. Clearly he's a liar.
Next year I will be proud of my state as we reject Reid at the polls. I can't wait for voting day 2010!!Posted by: Jessi at December 9, 2009 12:36 PM
I agree with Mary. Excellent analysis and post. You belong on TVPosted by: Maria at December 9, 2009 1:42 PM
Thank you for your very kind words.Posted by: Mary at December 9, 2009 3:12 PM
Please read the quote.
Reid never says Republicans or Democrats were on either side in any of his examples. What he says is that, when there were no arguments left, against repealing slavery, or against voting rights, or against women's rights (hi there, little missy,), "there were those who dug in their heels" and refused to budge, even though they had no arguments left, no alternate proposals, just "I don't wanna!"
Which is where the Republicans are now. No ideas, no proposals, just lying on the floor, holding their breath when not screaming "I don't wanna!"
Excuse me Cal Damage,
But the Democrats have all the votes they need to pass this legislation tomorrow. The Republicans can't do squat to stop them.
You might ask why the Democrats have so much infighting they can't get anything done.
Sorry, but its Democrats screaming "I don't wanna" that is gumming up the works.