Harry Reid deserves to lose

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Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader, is one of the most pathetic, transparent politicians of our time, and if he loses the upcoming election to Sharon Angle, well, I’ll be happy.

Not that I like Angle. The Republican’s shining hope is a certifiable loon, whose extreme, extreme, extreme right views make one long for the moderate outlook of Sarah Palin. But as a Democrat, I am simply repulsed by Reid, who time and time again places political self-preservation over the good of the nation.

Latest example: Today Reid came out against the NYC mosque. As far as transparent political moves go, this one’s a biggie. “The First Amendment protects freedom of religion,” Reid said through a spokesperson. “Senator Reid respects that, but thinks that the mosque should be built someplace else. If the Republicans are being sincere, they would help us pass this long overdue bill to help the first responders whose health and livelihoods have been devastated because of their bravery on 9/11, rather than continuing to block this much-needed legislation.”

Ugh.

Let me be clear: This whole mosque issue makes me ashamed to be an American. It really, truly does. Who have we become as a people and as a nation? Are we a land that values diversity as our strength, or one that cowers? For my money, there is no more powerful message to the world than the U.S. embracing the mosque; saying, “This nation accepts all faiths. Absolutely all.”

It’s just so sad. Nine years ago we were attacked on 9.11, and we vowed to keep our prinicples and ideals.

We have failed miserably.

PS: All that said, I blame the GOP for making the mosque an issue. This is such an unhealthy, unproductive debate for the nation, yet the Repubs see it as a way to win an election. Fucking depressing.

11 thoughts on “Harry Reid deserves to lose”

  1. Thankfully I moved out of NYC 2 years ago and don’t have to witness this first hand being built.

    It’s sickening enough just watching it on the news and hearing it from friends and family members.

    Totally ashamed to be an American lately. Wondering when the red, white and blue will be changed to the color green and the stars to money signs.

  2. Sen. Reid is a coward. shameless pandering and wavering, which is a shame since he could probably win alot of the independents in nevada by just keeping his mouth shut and letting that nut angle talk like the crazy she is. when the majority leader of the house submits to this, its a sad day in politics, but i guess its hard to tell what reid ever stood for in the first place.

  3. While Reid is an idiot it would certainly behoove the country to have democrats controlling the house and senate. It would also be disastrous if Obama is a one term president. We certainly don’t want a Republican nominating the next Supreme Court justice.

    As for Republicans, they are just the worst.

  4. Muhammad Goldstein

    There is not a single current Republican in office that I can respect..and sadly, the Dems are joining them in putridity..

  5. Muslim extremists attacked us, not everyday Muslims. Does that mean that since the KKK is made of Christian extremists, Harry Reid would not favor a church being built near the site of a lynching? Of course not. This country has always been one of fear mongers. Keep in mind, it is not even 70 years ago that we interned thousands of Japanese AMERICANS. Our politicians favor religious freedom only when it is convenient for them.

  6. A couple of things…you bash the Repubs for making political hay out of the mosque issue. They do that with every issue. I get the feeling they have no beliefs to live by, only stances to take to help them get elected. Which leads me to point two…you bash Reid for pandering. Angle now has an ad running saying we have to PROTECT Social Security (after first saying it should be eliminated, then saying it should be “personalized” which is a euphemism for privatized). All politicians pander-I think when someone goes 180 degrees the other direction, as Angle is now doing, places them in the Mitt Romney Pandering Hall of Fame. I’m still voting fo Reid.

  7. It’s possible (in fact, probably) that Harry Reid doesn’t actually feel this way. I would like to draw a parallel, Jeff, between Tom Daschle and Harry Reid. Senate leaders often lose their popularity back home because as the head of the caucus, they need to take the lead on issues with which their constituencies may disagree. The Republican Party is fantastic at bringing up these issues around election time. In 2004, they ousted Daschle when they brought up a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. They were able to frame Daschle as a gay-loving liberal because he opposed this amendment. Now, they will look for ways to trap Reid and they are picking similarly divisive issues. Since Reid’s pal Obama, according to the GOP, is not a true American, the Ground Zero Mosque is the perfect issue. It framed Obama as beholden to an “anti-American” religion (bullsh*t, obviously) and allows them to paint him as such. Reid saw what happened to his buddy Daschle in 2004 and did not take the bait.

  8. Mr. Pearlman, I still don’t understand how you consider Angel Pagan to be no better than a 4th OFer, and Jon Niese no better than a spot starter and middle reliever like Joe Price. Please explain. Thx.

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