Harry Reid Disgraces Himself With Parting Speech
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) is set for retirement, but he couldn’t resist unleashing a barrage of unwarranted attacks on his Republican colleagues before lurching back to his home state. Reid, who has been one of the most divisive politicians on Capitol Hill for the last decade, used the final day of the congressional term to lash out at the GOP and their 2016 presidential nominee.
“I feel compelled to comment on how Republicans have treated the president of the United States during the last eight years,” Reid said Thursday. “History will look back and note the Republicans in Congress treated President Obama with unprecedented disrespect.”
Well, you get the respect you give.
Reid said that Senate Republicans “have not done the basic work of government,” which, in Reid’s twisted mind, means going along with whatever Barack Obama dreams up in the Oval Office.
“They have not stood by their commitments to restore regular order or to pass a budget,” he said. “Republicans have spent their time doing everything in their power to discredit President Obama and empower Donald Trump.”
That’s a laugh. Republicans in Congress are doing everything possible to empower Trump? If that jab is limited to Mitch McConnell’s refusal to hold confirmation hearings on a Supreme Court nominee, we can forgive this otherwise-ridiculous comment, but Reid didn’t specify. In fact, as he continued, it became clear that he has a very distorted view of how the GOP establishment has treated their presidential nominee.
“The only thing Republicans have done this year was to prove that they are the party of Trump,” he said. “They are the party of Trump. They would have us believe that Trump just fell out of the sky and somehow mysteriously became the nominee of the party, but that’s not the way it is.”
First of all, Reid needs some help when it comes to keeping his tenses straight. He’s all over the place with “was” and “is.” Maybe he can consult an elementary English book in his retirement.
Second, Reid was all too happy to use the filibuster when Democrats were in control of the Senate, so his criticism of Republicans reeks of hypocrisy.
Third, he’s out of his gourd if he thinks congressional Republicans paved the way for Donald Trump. If anything, it was their inability to stand on principle and block the worst of Obama’s agenda that gave rise to Trump. Trump isn’t the ultimate manifestation of the Republican Party; he’s a message from Republican voters to the party elite: You had your chance, now we’re doing this.
“He is their Frankenstein monster,” Reid said.
No, sir. He’s OUR Frankenstein monster. And much like the one in the movie, he’s unjustifiably demonized and willfully misunderstood by the village idiots on Capitol Hill, including both Republicans and Democrats. They’re coming after him with their torches and pitchforks, blithely unaware that in attacking him, they are attacking us. And if they keep it up, they may be joining Harry Reid in the world of the unemployed very soon.