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Reid: 'Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today'

Updated 2:07 p.m.
From the Department of Things That Will Not Help Harry Reid comes this YouTube clip just hitting the Web. In it, the Senate majority leader, who is facing a tough re-election battle in economically strapped Nevada, appears to make light of job losses while discussing the better-than-expected jobs report out today.

"Today is a big day in America. Only, only 36,000 people lost their jobs today, which is really good," Reid said on the Senate floor Friday morning.

How much damage will the remarks do as Republicans seize on the comments?

Little, suggests influential Las Vegas Sun political columnist Jon Ralston, who tweeted: "I know what Reid meant. Most people know what he meant. Even Republicans who will attack know what he meant."

Reid also took to Twitter to explain his remarks. "Going from 750K job losses to 36K is a step in the right direction but I don't pretend for a minute that it's enough. Much work still to do," he wrote.

What do you think? Leave your comments below.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  March 5, 2010; 1:01 PM ET
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Garance.... what a colossal waste of your time. People know what Reid was saying. They know that his use of "good" was linked to his use of "only."

As in "200,000 people lost their lives in the Haitian earthquake. In contrast, so far only 800 have died in Chile, 'which is really good.'"

Do I mean 800 people killed by an earthquake is good news? Heck no. I mean it is good that comparatively so few lives were lost. Reid meant comparatively few people lost their jobs. Considering the higher job loss of a year ago, that is good.

High time more focus was on the "real" news instead of this petty, nitpicky BS.

Posted by: jade_7243 | March 5, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

joebanks said:
"Bush truly was both an idiot and a liar"

Check this out joebanks:


Results 1 - 9 of 9 for "Bush's documented lies".

Results 1 - 10 of about 41,700 for "Obama's documented lies".

Looks like Bush is more truthful 4,633 to 1.

Posted by: Billw3 | March 5, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

reid has a definite knack for mis-speaking.
as with everything the government dispenses to the american people, the numbers are still erroneous.
there are still thousands that are collecting unemployment benefits, and many many more who has been removed from the rolls, because their benefits has run out.
get people back to work, then you won't have to celebrate any unemployment numbers.
do it or you just might be among the unemployment numbers.

Posted by: ninnafaye | March 5, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

This may seem like nit-picking but it shows the lack of precision in Reid's speech. 36K people lost their job during the month, not today.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | March 5, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

lets help all these senators and congressmen lose their jobs...
and whoever takes their jobs vote to strip those thrown out of their pensions and benefits...
let's show them what being poor is like...
but since most of them are millionaires...
this will have to do...

Posted by: DwightCollins | March 5, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Joebanks wrote:No, mbcnewspaper, the difference is that Harry Reid is a fine gentleman without a mean streak in his body who's words are always twisted by some right wing goober with Adobe Premiere, while Bush truly was both an idiot and a liar---a liar who was deliberately trying to mislead the press and con the public and an idiot who was too stupid to a) know he was wrong and b) care about the difference.
I doubt that Joebanks or Reid could pilot an F-16 at the speed of sound which takes real brains and very fast thinking. President Bush can and very well. With an MBA and a grade average better than John Kerry it is amazing the liberals keep trying to describe Bush as stupid. I know what it takes to get into and graduate from fighter pilot training, with the technology in current fighters. Apparently the liberals do not. Joebanks statement and those like it are all liberals can come up with to try to deflect attention from the arrogant ignorance of the Democrat leaders.

Posted by: good_angel | March 5, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

"Only 36,000 people lost their jobs today"! "Cue the Congress laugh-track"...

Posted by: wcmillionairre | March 5, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Reed os an Obama lacky, note. A less odorous f@rt would be good to these dudes.

Posted by: Billw3 | March 5, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Since Reid is the Democrat LEADER, in the senate, this video clip exposes what the Democrats think of average working people. He said ONLY 36,000 people lost their jobs!!! Since President Obama has said on several occasions that he admires
Reid and Pelosi and that they are brave American leaders, he must think Reid reflects his own views. November seems so far away, when I think we must endure these heartless mindless clowns controlling our country until then. The TEA Party is the solution to the mess the Democrats have put the country in.

Posted by: good_angel | March 5, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

What a great day in America. Only 36,000 people lost their jobs!

The truer measure of unemployment in the United States rose from 16.5 percent in January to 16.8 percent in February.

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.

Posted by: stephenwhelton | March 5, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Oh God what a loser Dingy Harry Reid is,
that he keeps coming up with such moronic
remarks,like "Only 36,000 Americans Lost
Their Jobs Today!" Lets help Reid to lose
his on Election Day 2010! And Obama his
on Election Day 2012!

Posted by: Kim1985 | March 5, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

REID will be losing his job soon enough. Vote the maroon out.

Posted by: twotimetuna | March 5, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess, the Republican response will be "No".

To which Harry can reply "well, that wasn't really a question"

To which the Republicans will surely reply,

Posted by: Impeachbush99 | March 5, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Impeachbush99 | March 5, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

36,000 lost their jobs today

14,000 in addition to these lost their healthcare today

10 million children in the US lack healthcare today

over 100 people will die today due to lack of affordable healthcare

The MOST POWERFUL COUNTRY ON EARTH allows for the continued torture of its own.

Who are we to judge other countries.

Posted by: racerdoc | March 5, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The guy was making a comparative statement. There was a time when over 700,000 people a month were losing their jobs, and it's now down to 36,000; that, of course, in comparison, is VERY GOOD news. Sen. Reid is a very nice guy who cares deeply for the American people. You haters here need get a life!

Posted by: Figaro1 | March 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Ever heard of sarcasm. Clearly Harry Reid understands that 36,000 jobs is significant. He's saying that there are still many people suffering out there and so we shouldn't shouldn't over celebrate the new jobless numbers. Having said that, I'll admit his comedic timing and delivery are about as "old man" as you can get.

Posted by: whatwhat | March 5, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

GOP grossly distorts Reid's jobs comments

Posted by: JustinBarasky | March 5, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

No, mbcnewspaper, the difference is that Harry Reid is a fine gentleman without a mean streak in his body who's words are always twisted by some right wing goober with Adobe Premiere, while Bush truly was both an idiot and a liar---a liar who was deliberately trying to mislead the press and con the public and an idiot who was too stupid to a) know he was wrong and b) care about the difference.

Context was irrelevant with Bush--there was no other way to take his asinine smirking than as the pathetic rantings of a burned-out, coked-out drunken frat boy.

Posted by: joebanks | March 5, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

"Today is a big day in America. Only, only 36,000 people lost their jobs today, which is really good"

Because evidently Reid lives in the Bizarro world whereby 10,000 MORE job losses than the previous month is great news.

Posted by: Bob65 | March 5, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

If Reid were a Republican this would be front page news everywhere. The spin that is going on today over these job numbers is absolutely ludicrous. Every left-leaning paper in the country has a headline along the lines of "job losses better than expected". When Bush was in office, the Dems were attacking what they viewed as inadequate monthly job GROWTH and we kept hearing stories of discouraged workers.

And the snowstorm spin is a bunch of garbage. The Labor Dept. counted you as employed even if you only worked A SINGLE HOUR in a week they were counting jobs; they state specifically in the report that there is no way of knowing what effect the storms had, if in fact they had any at all. The job losses were worse than they were last month, yet the papers are getting away with spinning that this is some sort of improvement. And the commenter above me mentions a report of "strong" retail sales, conveniently leaving out that the economic data for the last three weeks has been absolutely terrible, a fact mentioned by this very same website, surprisingly. The notion that this report was, in the words of liberal shill Dean Baker, "suprisingly good" is a total joke.

Posted by: Bob65 | March 5, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Republicans would be happier if he said, "The fundamentals of our economy are strong?" Then if anyone disagreed he could accuse them of insulting American workers.

But the idea that losing 36,000 jobs in a month is better than losing 700,000? Republicans fundamentally disagree ;)

Posted by: leftcoaster | March 5, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Hmm, funny how the 'linguistical buffoon' test should be shrugged off when it comes to Reid, even though it was heavily utilized in forming the liberal narrative that Bush was an idiot. I supposed that like Reid's 'negro' comment, it all comes down to 'context'. The 'context' being that Reid is a Democrat, so he gets a pass on stuff that Republicans get blistered for.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | March 5, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Review Journal/Associated Press: Economy flexes strength; retail sales surge, factory orders rise

Posted by: JustinBarasky | March 5, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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