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Friday, December 31, 2021

Thank you Harry Reid, austere religious scholar

I was going to pass on mentioning Harry Reid's death at 82 under the Never Say Anything Bad About The Dead rule.

But thanks to A.J. Kaufman, I have reason to thank Harry Reid, an austere religious scholar, for turning the Senate into the angry, divided zoo it is today. He single-handedly ended the comity and horse-trading that made the Senate the world's most deliberative body.

The blowback from Reid's bitterness stopped Biden's Build Back Bolshevik plan.

For as long as I had been following American politics, the Senate was 100 people who would politely argue a point, and then vote. Close votes did not fracture the Senate because those in the majority always knew they would be in the minority someday and the paybacks would be a bitch.

Reid changed that. He rose to Senate Majority leader in 2007 and for the next 8 years, he treated the opposition party like trash. In 2009, his party had 60 votes, enough to stymie any attempt by Republicans to filibuster and slow the legislative process down. The American use of the filibuster dates back to the drafting of the Constitution itself.

On February 4, 2010, the 60 became 59 when Republican Scott Brown succeeded Democrat Paul G. Kirk after a special election in Massachusetts.

Reid continued to run the Senate as if he had 60 votes. When Republicans melted that down to 53 in the 2010 general election, Reid got mad and began rolling back the filibuster.

On November 21, 2013, Reid changed the Senate rules. Suddenly, you could no longer filibuster the confirmation of judicial nominees.

His Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell warned him about using what the drama queens in DC called the nuclear option. He said, "You’ll regret this and you might regret it even sooner than you might think."

Less than a year later, voters elected a Republican majority to the Senate that stopped Obama's destruction of America cold in his final two years.

Republicans stopped confirming judicial appointees, which left 106 vacancies for President Trump to fill, including a Supreme Court nomination. Ha Ha Ha.

I was no fan of Bobby Byrd but comparing his time as Senate Democrat Leader to Reid's run makes me better appreciate the Old Exalted Cyclops because he understood the power and the purpose of the filibuster.

Had he been alive in 2013, he would have smacked Reid upside the head and told him to preserve the filibuster, which may be a pain in the ass but pain keeps you from doing stupid things.

29 comments:

  1. Reid finally lost his battle with exercise bands.

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    1. I wonder if "Rocco the exerciser" is going to be at the funeral?

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  2. All one needs to know about harry reid can be found in one two-part incident.

    At some point during the 2012 election campaign, he stood in front of the Senate and proclaimed, "Mitt Romney does NOT pay taxes!" He then waved a piece of paper over his head and exclaimed, "I have PROOF!"

    It turns out that in reality Mitt Romney did pay taxes (and in compliance with the law), and that the piece of paper harry reid was waving around was blank.

    Asked early in 2013 about this, all harry did was grin and say, "Well, he didn't win, did he?"

    'Nuf said about the creep. What a piece of cr*p he was.

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  3. And the "fell off a treadmill" black eye ranks right up there with Epstein committed suicide fairy tale.

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  4. It looks like Schumer will try to “suspend the filibuster just for voting rights.” As if. First, he either nukes the filibuster or he doesn’t. There’s no “filibuster exception for voting rights.” If he nukes it, two things will happen:
    1) The Democrat takeover of states’ election laws will not stand. The Supreme Court will cancel it. If Congress could just pass a law to change voting rights, there would have been no need for the 25th Amendment, which dropped the voting age from 21 to 18.
    2) In January, 2023, when the senators from the 2022 election are sworn in, the Senate will be majority Republican. They will not need any Democrat votes for Republicans to pass whatever they want. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth on the blue side, but they will know they did it to themselves.

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    1. Freudian slip ,there Randy, they may have to "25"Pres.Poopy Pants, then impeach Kamala. After
      after Trump is made speaker of the house.

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    2. Randy-

      The Supreme Court will cancel it.

      Respectfully disagree. You're presuming a modicum of integrity on the part of a majority of justices.

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    3. I'm late to this party - but what the GOP could do is just make mail in balloting illegal. That would end the democrat majorities on the west coast.

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  5. Some day, maybe soon, Dingy Harry will be PROVEN to have engineered the 2020 Steal. Mark my words, friends.

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  6. I always thought the exercise band story was a coverup for Reid getting whacked and abruptly retiring. They're the same age. He's dead and Pelosi is still Speaker.

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    1. Not enough room in the Swamp for two POS's that large ?

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    2. Pelosi Galore's dad was the mob's man ion the Baltimore docks.

      Call it professional courtesy.

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  7. I just remember how elated the National Review guys were when Harry Reid became Majority Leader. They said that he was such a moderate who wold work with the Republicans in the Senate. Like usual NR was completely wrong about Reid but - who knows - they were probably even happier with who he turned out to be.

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    1. NR dropped rapidly into the $hitter when Bill Buckley died. Although it shaped my teenage political philosophy (along with Rober Heinlein's "Syarship Troopers"), I haven't paid attention to the NR since 2008.

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  8. How did Reid become such a multimillionaire on a government salary?
    He never worked in the private sector and did not get a huge inheritance.

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  9. Byrd was an expert on rules. He understood the whole "You come down a little, I'll come up a little" that made things work. He got the idea a Virginia gentleman could get more done than one of Mosby's bushwhackers.

    Reid's mother was the laundress for all the houses of ill repute in town.

    Which says it all.

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  10. Schumer has managed to confirm more than 50 judges so far. Not a squeak from McConnell.

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  11. Never Say Anything Bad About The Dead rule. Does that mean we can't demean Zou Xiden?
    Have a Happy New Year even if the Dems have other plans.

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  12. As a Nevada resident during his tenure, I yield to no one in my hatred for that POS and will be celebrating his demise for months to come.

    However, I don't think it's quite fair to blame the rancor that characterizes the US Senate today on Harry Reid. Unlike historically, today's Senate consists of many members who previously served in the House, where that sort of thing is commonplace. After all, it was supposed to be the house of the rabble (cf. Swalwell, AOC, Jayapal, The Squad, and even her Refrigeratorness Herself Pelosi), and those who got lucky enough to get promoted never learned the new rules.

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  14. I believe it was in the first Batman flick where I heard a line that applies here. To paraphrase: "You SOB, I'm glad you're dead!" And I am very glad indeed.
    -Kv

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  15. Headline of the year already. Thanks, Son, for your wit and wisdom.

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  16. Son should be Don. Don't know how to fix.

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