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Reid's wife and daughter sent to hospital after car accident

Updated 12:50 a.m.
By Josh White and Shailagh Murray
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's wife and daughter were in a serious car accident Thursday afternoon on Interstate 95 in Fairfax County, and police said they were treated at an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the Reids' van was rear-ended and crushed by a fully loaded tractor-trailer while driving in heavy traffic.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Landra G. Reid, 69, and Lana Reid-Barringer, 48, of McLean, were driving northbound on I-95 at about 1:10 p.m. in a 2005 Honda Odyssey van in stop-and-go traffic when Reid-Barringer began to stop for traffic ahead of her. A tractor-trailer loaded with rolls of plastic behind her did not stop and pushed the van into another car.

That car in turn hit a third car.

Geller said the van was crushed on both ends.

Both Reid-Barringer and Reid were wearing seatbelts and were transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church. The driver of a 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the driver of a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, also involved in the crash, were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"Mrs. Reid has a broken nose, broken back and broken neck. Lana has a neck injury and facial lacerations. Both Mrs. Reid and Lana are conscious, can feel their extremities, and according to doctors their injuries are non-life threatening," Jon Summers, a spokesman for Sen. Reid (D-Nev.), said in a statement late Thursday afternoon.

"Senator Reid has been to the hospital and appreciates the support he and his family are receiving from Nevadans and his colleagues in the Senate," Summers said.

Landra Reid was admitted to the hospital in serious condition, Reid's office said in a later statement. Reid-Barringer was released Thursday night, hospital spokesman Tony Raker told the Associated Press.

Reid went to the Capitol to preside over a health-care meeting and will return to the hospital when it concludes, aides said.

Police said the driver of the tractor trailer, Alan W. Snader, 59, of Ohio, was not injured. Snader was charged with reckless driving.

Traffic on I-95 was blocked for about two hours, and all lanes were reopened shortly after 3 p.m. The accident took place near Exit 166 at the Fairfax County Parkway, about 14 miles south of the District.

By Josh White and Shailagh Murray  |  March 11, 2010; 5:11 PM ET
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Comrades: This is a test case!! The Reid family members will be treated under the conditions of the soon-to-be-rammed-home health care reform plan.

Posted by: rep15 | March 12, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 11, 2010 6:07 PM |

"Beginning on page 1,000 of the measure, Section 3403 reads in part: ". it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection."


"In other words, if President Barack Obama signs this measure into law, no future Senate or House will be able to change a single word of Section 3403, regardless whether future Americans or their representatives in Congress wish otherwise!!"

This is one contributor who follows comments with great interest. Obviously, so do others. And here is an example of a concern introduced followed by arguments to the contrary.

What is OBVIIOUS to many of us, is that "the media" would never read as far as 1,000 pages! They haven't the "brain-width." The "fellowship" of the soft liberal arts majors, journalism and communications, expert "word smiths" in correct "grammar" without a CLUE as to the topic about which they would converse.

Watch CNN's "Reliable Sources" for the MASS rituals of the benign intellects content to reside in zones of mediocrity with the similarly impaired, conferring upon one another mutual celebrity.

Last Sunday, March 8, some babbling idiot harpooned analytical critics of "Health Care Reform," with the most idiotic demand that it be viewed as "better than nothing." This source, a columnist for some publication who felt that such attacks were downright rude!

Why is "the media" lacking credibility? Are those types protected by ANOTHER UNON, the folks running OBAMA? cURIOUS that All reporting is seemingly a regurgitation of a "press release" so distributed as "FACTS."

Posted by: SavvyRead | March 12, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

tractor trailers should not be allowed to drive during daytime especially rush hour traffic. They should be only used at night with less traffic.

Posted by: WhatBubble | March 12, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

After hearing of the horrendous tragedy for the Reed family, mother and daughter, it struck me that a broken nose, neck, and back were described as "not life threatening." CNN had a "physician" in split seconds to "weigh in."

It is apolitical. One of the most stressful impacts for members of The Armed Forces and their families is FORCED SEPARATONS in such instances, even births of children, and absences during their developing year.

To think ANYONE would leave ANY family member in must have been extreme fright of paralysis .. pain .. anxiety .. to "get back to business," that of "ramming through" health reform is abominable.

Was Reed concerned to "stand up" Pelosi and Emmanual? My prayers are for the recovery of Mrs Reed without loss of her quality of life. And as well for her daughter. Funny how "the media" took such a casual view of a broken nose, neck, and back. Stellar!

Posted by: SavvyRead | March 12, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Please pray for the speedy recovery of Majority Leader, Harry Reid's wife.
Forget your politics and pray for this lady.

Posted by: prossers7 | March 12, 2010 11:59 AM | Report abuse

Make no mistake, I despise Harry Reid's ideas. However, I believe he is a respectable man, and, for God's sake, his beloved wife and daughter have been seriously injured. I suppose there's nothing I can do to stop others from politicizing this tragic event, but I refuse to join in. My faith teaches me otherwise. God bless you, Reid family, and a speedy recovery to all of the victims.

Posted by: linguist64 | March 12, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Knock off the politcal garbage. It was a bad accident. If it was your wife and daughter, would you be reacting this way? Grow up.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 12, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

Sending good vibes to the Reid family in this unfortunate circumstance.

As for some of the comments on here...I see bad karma building up for certain people.

Posted by: fluxgirl | March 12, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I hope and pray for the full recovery of Senator Reid's wife and daughter. Harry Reid necessarily put our nation's welfare above his personal needs, as it should be. No one doubts Reid's love or concern for his family. Posters who use this tragedy to vent anger or political frustration are out of order and proving they are mean spirited as well as narrow minded.

Posted by: IAmend | March 12, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

I wish Landra Reid and Lana Reid-Barringer and the other victims of yesterday's accident a speedy and complete recovery. They are in my thoughts and prayers.

Life is about choices. While I understand the pressing business of legislating and the game of politics, I am both puzzled and troubled by Sen. Reid's choices yesterday.

The majority leader claims that he wants to get health care reform passed to help American families. Yet he appeared to put politics over a family medical emergency yesterday. If he was looking for political brownie points, he would have been better served by staying in the hospital and actually living what family and health care are all about.

Most people would have stayed by the side of a seriously injured spouse and offspring regardless of their station in life. In so doing, the senator would have a sent a stronger "health care" message than he did by leaving to go back to Capitol Hill to attend a meeting to discuss it.

I do not want someone whose priorities are so screwed up that he seems to put politics & work over his loved ones during a medical crisis making health care policy decisions on behalf of MY family. He validated the point that Congress is out of touch and just does not get it.

Posted by: Mari26 | March 12, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Some of the comments here are a sad commentary on our Educational system, family and moral values. WTF people, wake up and look at yourself in the mirror. Look at what you've become: a right wing mob of Gollum-like American terrorist sympathizers. Maybe if Healthcare reform had a strong Mental Health component we could help some of these people.


It is also a sad commentary on our politics. Accident my eye! The FBI should tear apart the truck drivers life to see what radical branch of the Tea Party he belongs to and what corporation sponsored this terrorist act.

Posted by: alpacaman1 | March 12, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Call Gary....

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Posted by: KarenC365 | March 12, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I wish Senator Reid's wife and daughter a speedy recovery. And Harry stay busy on the business of the people, we're counting on you.

I wish right wing posters who posted viciously here an accident. Why not? They could not restrain themselves even one single time. It is unbelievable how evil they are and some of them call themselves Christians. What would Jesus say? He would not say he was glad. Supposedly, Jesus loves us all and that would include Reid and his family. I guess that he also loves the evil posters. Speaks well of him but not the right wing posters.

You know, I can recall having said many nasty things about George Bush but I never wished him pain or death, just gone from office. I never ever thought that his wife and family were fair game for nasty comments. I know many democrats and liberals may have but their wrong should not cause you to commit your wrong. They both still add up to WRONG.

Posted by: robertmerry | March 12, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

why is this is important news? So what? So what he is a senator.

Posted by: Rockvillers | March 12, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

To the right wing-nut idiots, under Obamacare, even you, the brain dead idiots will get the same good medical care & attention Reid's wife & daughter get. If you didn't understand it by now, they can't reverse the brain-deadness for you.

Posted by: sarvenk63 | March 12, 2010 8:54 AM
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Just curious, what time in the morning do you start drinking your obama kool aid?

Posted by: senatorgoofy | March 12, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I can never understand how a semi-trailer driver CANNOT SEE MILES OF RED BRAKE LIGHTS IN FRONT OF THEM AND SLOW DOWN!! If you are not high, sleepy, or distracted, it should be easy.

Posted by: case50 | March 12, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

No matter how I loathe Reid, I certainly do hope that his wife and daughter recover fully. Certainly, Mrs. Reid will have a very difficult time with her injuries. It goes without saying that they're fortunate they have such good insurance; an injury of this magnitude can devastate a family's finances like nothing else will.

Posted by: JenAZ | March 12, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm sorry that Mrs Reid and her daughter were injured and I wish them a speedy and full recovery.
I'm also sorry that they are associated with such a left leaning, dishonest liberal slug as dirty Harry.
I hope he gets stomped in the election.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 12, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse

hope Mrs. Reid and her daughter have speedy and complete recoveries.

I'm astonished at the depths to which conservatives have stooped in these comments. I shouldn't be astonished, but I am.

Posted by: jlhare1 | March 12, 2010 8:42 AM

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Please don't think we're all like this. Even though I disagree with Sen. Reid on just about everything, that didn't stop me from saying a prayer for him, his wife and his daughter last night.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | March 12, 2010 9:21 AM | Report abuse

The mark of the beast on your forehead is when you accept the Anti-Christ through blind faith. The mark of the beast on your hand is when you accept the Anti-Christ through gifts. People Obama is the Anti-Christ that you have all read about. You have been warned.

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No, no Obama is not the AntiChrist.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | March 12, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

The mark of the beast on your forehead is when you accept the Anti-Christ through blind faith. The mark of the beast on your hand is when you accept the Anti-Christ through gifts. People Obama is the Anti-Christ that you have all read about. You have been warned.

Posted by: makom | March 12, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

To the right wing-nut idiots, under Obamacare, even you, the brain dead idiots will get the same good medical care & attention Reid's wife & daughter get. If you didn't understand it by now, they can't reverse the brain-deadness for you.

Posted by: sarvenk63 | March 12, 2010 8:54 AM | Report abuse

I hope Mrs. Reid and her daughter have speedy and complete recoveries.

I'm astonished at the depths to which conservatives have stooped in these comments. I shouldn't be astonished, but I am.

Posted by: jlhare1 | March 12, 2010 8:42 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully all will be fine with his wife and daughter.
For slimeball reid, did your insurance cover the medical cost? Will you be "slamming" the doctors/insurance firm?
Remember, you and obuma have both criticized these two groups.
And will they cover your upcoming operation...you know, the one where you will have a spine implant?

Posted by: senatorgoofy | March 12, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I hope everyone has a full recovery.

Although the article says the injuries are "non-life threatening," they certainly are life altering.

Was the truck driver texting or on the phone?

When we are attentive and mindful on the road,
we are caring for each other in a profound way.

May all of us be caring; may all be safe.

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Posted by: pizzz | March 12, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

I just can't believe some of the slim responses to two people in a serious car accident. I wish the Reid family a speedy recovery. Some of these comments need to be posted to Glen Beck's website.

Posted by: linda538 | March 12, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Right wingers: Knock it off. It's really bad form to pick on a politician's personal life unless it's John Edwards.

Left wingers: Get to work trying to find out if the truck driver was a republican.

Toyota Executives: Relax, the senator's family was driving a Honda. I'm surprised they weren't in a GM or Chrysler product.

Posted by: ADNova | March 12, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

The right wing pigs who attack a man's wife and daughter when they are injured in a car wreck can go straight to hell. It shows what kind of jerks the opposition is.

Posted by: orange3 | March 12, 2010 5:47 AM | Report abuse

Say what you want about your god Reid, you freak leftist apologists, but when my wife pulled a back muscle so badly that we could not get her into an ambulance -- when I had to pay a physician to come to our home -- I didn't leave her side for days. I was there for her constantly whenever she needed anything. And when I was hospitalized last year for six days, my wife slept in the room with me to make sure I was taken care of well.

We dropped everything in our lives during those two time periods. Do you know why? Because we took a vow to do so, to love each other and completely surrender to each others needs till death do us part. Those vows were real, they were before God, and not a damn thing in this world will ever come between them or us.

You NEVER leave your wife for any reason when she needs you. To even think about doing so shows a complete lack of taste, character, commitment, and class -- politically motivated or not.

And I feel sorry for anyone who would think otherwise.

Posted by: crisp11 | March 12, 2010 5:19 AM | Report abuse

At 69, would she be eligible for this care under Obamacare?

I mean, shouldn't she just take a pill and learn to live with a broken neck? Don't we need to weigh the amount of expense associated with her care? as opposed to her being close to 70?

Isn't the health care more worthy to be used on someone younger? an illegal alien perhaps?

Or, was Harry upset because he was going to be unemployed soon and did he become one of those men prone to violence?

Posted by: CitizenPayne | March 12, 2010 5:05 AM | Report abuse


I'm sick of those that think Harry Reid is doing the Lord's Work,and we can' comment on his self-serving attitude,and his ability to just walk away from his family when they might need him the most, just to talk about talking..
Deep in your cold blooded liberal hearts,you know I'm right...

Posted by: sdavis4 | March 12, 2010 5:04 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if the other victims got to go to the executive ward of Inova.

Can I have the same health care you give yourself, Harry?

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | March 12, 2010 5:00 AM | Report abuse

Harry Reid's compassion for His wife is underwelming.....If this how much compassion that is shown by Harry for loved ones; how much compassion, for us, will be reflected in his version of a health-care bill?

Posted by: sdavis4 | March 12, 2010 4:55 AM | Report abuse

I am really disgusted by the "What kind of human being..." comments.

I was in a similar accident, and let me tell you that with a broken neck and a broken back, they have Mrs. Reid drugged out of her gourd right now. She will be in that condition for at least 2 weeks. She will be lying flat, and probably immobilized, to protect the spinal cord in her neck. When I was in this state I hardly knew when my family was there and when they weren't.

So lay off Harry Reid for now. He's got work to do, and it's better for him psychologically to be doing it than sitting useless in an ICU freaked out by the physical appearance of his wife.

My spouse stayed with me during all visiting hours for the first ten days or so, but then the stress literally nearly killed him. His stress and resulting physical illness only got worse when they weaned me off the morphine drip and gave me less powerful pain killers. It's very hard for any spouse to stand hours of their significant other screaming and moaning in pain for hours and hours.

The only way my spouse maintained his sanity was to stay away from the hospital for all but a few hours of the day. I lived through the hard parts, and we are both OK.

So once again commenters, don't stand in judgment of Harry Reid's devotion to his wife unless you've walked the 4-6 month recovery process in shoes like ours.

Posted by: Jennifer555 | March 12, 2010 4:49 AM | Report abuse

Blind partisanship really makes some people vicious doesn't it? Or is it the other way around? I wish the best for Reid and his family.

Posted by: twm1 | March 12, 2010 4:28 AM | Report abuse

The Post: "Mrs. Reid has a broken nose, broken back and broken neck. Lana has a neck injury and facial lacerations."

So Harry Reid goes back to work after his wife nearly dies in a car accident? I don't care who you are, or what your position is in life, Harry Reid going back to work instead of being by his wife's side in a time like this is just about the lowest thing I've ever heard.

Posted by: liberalsareblind | March 12, 2010 3:34 AM | Report abuse

I hope that they both recover fully. Breaking this many bones at 69 is no joke.

Crisp11 -- You don't know what the relationship is between Senator and Mrs. Reid. Women frequently don't want their husbands in the room when we are suffering because we know how hard it is for them to see us like that. Then we have to be braver than we want to be to save our men from feeling terrible when there's nothing they can do anyway. Maybe she sent him back to work, knowing what he is doing is important to the country. Reconciliation starts on Monday. Maybe she's willing to make the sacrifice of having his hand to hold for the good of the country. There are people like that, people who put their country first.

Posted by: WonderfulWorld | March 12, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

To bendan2000:

There really is nothing more to know. Wife and daughter get injured in a car wreck, wife seriously. Husband goes to the hospital, and before his wife is even finished with her medical assessment, husband bolts back to work.

I don't care how important one thinks their job is, that's just slimy.

Posted by: crisp11 | March 12, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

crisp11, you don't know the situation so S*T*F*U, jack@ss.

Posted by: bendan2000 | March 11, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

To Senater Reid and his family:
Best wishes for a speedy recovery and all other's that were hurt in the accident. My prayers are with you all.God Bless

Posted by: res8d7ss | March 11, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

I wish Senator Reid's wife and daughter a full recovery, they are in my thoughts and prayers. I can't believe some of the ugly comments wishing them ill. I changed my party affiliation from Republican to Independent a couple of years back because of the hateful, paranoid fringe that has taken over the GOP... anyone who thinks the far right isn't out of touch with the average American only needs to read some of these sick comments!

Posted by: BlueGirl2 | March 11, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Yea...I'm not naturally given to Grassy Knoll Gunmen or anything, but all of these traffic, plane accidents-- well, a little tooo coincidental IMHO.

With all the money at stake...who can prove that an opportunistic attempt (ie: a quick, blinding laser flash in trucker's eyes or something) didn't facilitate an already potentially dangerous situation?

Stranger things have happened...take for example the bomb that Reid's wife found in her car when he was gaming commissioner. Things that make you go hmmm.

Posted by: JustinMcC | March 11, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

To RobinVAbeach:

I stated not a single word about politics, political affiliations, or policy. I pointed out that Reid was worthless for leaving his wife and daughter at the hospital. And it matters not where he was going or what he was doing. Further, I would have stated the same had it been Reagan who had done such a deplorable act.

The only one who dragged politics into the discussion regarding my post was you. So I believe it is you who needs to get a life.

Posted by: crisp11 | March 11, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

As someone who was involved in an accident about one month ago that somewhat bears a resemblance to Senator Reid's family's situation (I was rear-ended while I was stopped at a red light, then as a result, forced to hit the car in front of me; thankfully, in my situation, nobody was injured), I understand the toll an accident can take on one's busy life. While I may not always agree with his politics, I wish Senator Reid and his family all the best for a speedy recovery.

Posted by: VIPLaw | March 11, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

One last thing on this ~ the authorities (whoever they might be) shut down I95 at its most critical point in the region FOR 3 HOURS.

Those two women were outta' there in minutes after the wreck.

So, why the tie-up?

Well, this was the wife and daughter of the Senate Majority Leader.

Given the fact that this was the very CENTER of the Iranian, Afghani, Jordanian, Iraqi, Saudi and Palestinian population in the Washington DC area, I suppose they got busy checking out everything they could to see if there'd been a TERRORIST ATTACK.

I'm actually waiting for someone to tell us that BUT THEY HAVEN'T.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 11, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

That sucks

Posted by: BO__Stinks | March 11, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

The early reports of broken backs and necks were chilling. We wish the senator's family speedy recoveries. What is most disheartening here are the negative postings from these bloggers. I hope they come to understand the true meaning of karma.

Posted by: irsbob | March 11, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

cjcanu01 ~ so you live here.

I think we need one of those Pro-Gun sign things:

"Truckers Speed"
"To Meet Our Needs"
"But Open Carry"
"You Should Tarry"
"Lock and Load"


Something like that. Put them on big billboards just off the right of way on both North and South lanes.

A little art work like a wrecked and burning truck, driver hanging out the window with X's on his eyeballs like a dead fish ~ might get their attention.

Another option might be one of those semi-automated advanced artillery pieces that track sound back to the source. Put that on the SPFLD BYPASS bridge ~ when those guys create compression waves exceeding the 55 MPH speed limit the gun drops a round in the seat next to the driver as a kind of "warning".

There are so terribly many things I've thought about over the years. Someday maybe we can get the deathrays going and shut them down in ways so they don't come back!

Posted by: muawiyah | March 11, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

ceblakeney ~ check into the nearest emergency room at any hospital open to the public.

They'll take care of you.

It's the law.

Plus, if you have insurance through your employer, the pre-existing thing has been outlawed for many years. They gotta' take you ~ along with all the others where you work. That's what they negotiate for.

Now, about the poor ladies who got whacked by the truck, that happens around here on a regular basis.

Lots of stuff happens here (if you read my other post).

Posted by: muawiyah | March 11, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to the Reid family and the others in the crash. My prayers are with you all. As for those here making their nasty comments about "socialism". Stuff it!

Posted by: jingle8 | March 11, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

KARMA: the law of moral causation.

Evil acts bring evil results, harry.

Posted by: ItsOver2 | March 11, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Two and a half years ago, I was in a vehicle with a supervisor when we were hit by a semi at a (luckily) relatively low speed. We both had health insurance through the state agency we work for. I was relatively unscathed, but my supervisor has neck problems that continue.

Two years prior to the incident, due to lack of sufficient income, I had no health insurance and hadn't for most of my adult life (health insurance came with the state agency position I took at the age of 47, after graduating from college).

My best wishes go to the Reid family members, and my sincerest astonishment to those who continue to support the position that we should deny access to health care for people like who I used to be.

Posted by: ceblakeney | March 11, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

I would dearly LOVE to shake the hand of the driver of the other vehicle....I suppose that's one way to fight socialism . But don't all you Koolaid drinkers worry, the insurance these jerks have is NOT the insurance they are trying to shove up the American people as***. I hope I will be able to post RIP in the not too distant future!

Posted by: gstove1 | March 11, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

@ANTILIB:

Does your user id explain exactly why this country cannot get it together in DC? I may be a socialist, but I believe in everything this country was founded upon, including and not limited to a diverse array of opinions and political parties. Those were the days when people spoke, now we have resorted to using labels to speak for ourselves. I chose iamasocialist as a user ID to prove that labels do not speak for themselves. While I am a socialist, commie, progressive (to the most rev. Glen Beck's chagrin), I do not believe that our politicians should take their jobs lightly. What awesome power and confidence we give our elected officials. As Americans we have a responsibility to our government, and our officials have a responsibility to us, no matter the circumstances (9/11, Katrina, Pearl Harbour, The economic crash of 1939/2008). Praise be to Allah, and God bless America.

Posted by: iamasocialist | March 11, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Calling Ken Star .... opportunity for another lifetime employment investigating conspiracy's and lawsuits!!!

Let's see ... Reid-gate, or Wife/Daughter-gate or Harry-cover-up-gate oooorr maybe Bill Clinton's involved with Harry's wife or better yet Harry's daughter....

Posted by: knjincvc | March 11, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Certainly, I share the concern for anyone involved in a collision, and I'm heartened their injuries were not "life-threatening," but I have a professional problem with the term, "non-life-thretening injuries," used so often in print and broadcast scripts.

News writers and editors are taught to avoid bureaucratese (at least they were when I started in the news "business" right after high school graduation). I was taught to write what happened and not to use bureaucratic terms, highly technical terms or the contorted phrases in police reports.

News writers now produce what they might call idioms, but I call them idiocies. They don't make sense, and they fail in their purpose, to communicate,

The news business is losing readers and viewers for many reasons, but one of them is deteriorating writing. Your colleagues are paying attention, if no one else is.

"Non-life-threatening injuries" is a cumbersome and inaccurate phrase. The injuries do not threaten "non-life" (death?). The injuries were "not life-threatening" or "not critical." They were described as "serious," in hospital assessment, however.

For a long time now, I have wondered, with growing irritation, "Who teaches this writing?" It's far too common in print and broadcast scripts.

Write accurately, clearly and fairly; that's about all I ask.

Posted by: byliner | March 11, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

For anyone who wishes that Reid's wife and daughter die, all I can say is your mouth to God's ear.

Posted by: FridayKnight | March 11, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

@iamasocialist: I didn't realize the GOP was into socialism; your comments has enlightened me.

But like you, I, too, hope the Reids recovers from their nasty accident soon. A fine example of compassion and bipartisanship at its best.

Posted by: tronic1 | March 11, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

I'm so sick and tired of these commercial truck drivers. I witness everyday on that same stretch of highway, about the same time and later in the night these fools not obeying the traffic laws. They go as far as blatantly running people off the road , flashing their headlights for you to get out of their way when your doing 65mph in a 55mph zone in the far right lane! Their out of control and I see no enforcement to control their actions!

Posted by: cjcanu01 | March 11, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't recall any Lib-commie wishing any conservative a speedy recovery...quite the opposite.

So, I'll throw it back...Are the Reid family going to be subject to the Obama Death Panel?

Is Obama going to pull the plug because they are deemed unworthy of medical care?

Posted by: ANTILIB | March 11, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Praise be to Allah that all are well. I hope the Doctors can ensure a speedy recovery for Mrs. Reid. What a traumatic experience. For all of you out there criticizing Sen. Reid's decision to return to DC; after all, was he not elected into a position to represent his state as a leader? Surely, the governance of such great a country as ours will not be postponed for every tragic accident. Consider 9/11 and former President Bush's swift response. It is Senator Reid's obligation, nay, duty to his constituents to work on this important health bill as he was elected to do so.

Posted by: iamasocialist | March 11, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

My prayers go out to Senator Reid's family - I wish them a speedy recovery. While I definitely do not agree with Senator Reid's politics, I would never wish him or his family any harm.

As to those who try to turn this accident into a political platform - you are among the lowest scum of the earth.

Posted by: LoveThoseNats | March 11, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

My prayer:

GOD, PROTECT ME FROM YOUR FOLLOWERS. AMEN.

Posted by: firecat20906 | March 11, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

The nutty truck driver is from Ohio - no surprise. Ohio drivers are by far the dumbest and clueless around (forget Massaschusetts and RI drivers.) Normally, they are in the passing lane going 20 mph. Had one cut me off on I-270 at Democracy Blvd. several years ago. I had to come to a near complete stop. Put the nut in jail!

Posted by: juanchin | March 11, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

My best wishes to the Mrs. Reid, her daughter and the Reid family.

I hope your recovery is speedy and painless.

I wish the same for the others injured, also.

Posted by: thegreatpotatospamof2003 | March 11, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes to Mrs. Reid and her daughter for a quick recovery and hopefully no permanent damage.

Mrs. Reid is covered by her husband's excellent healthcare plan, presumably. Here's hoping the daughter has good insurance as well - it would be a shame for her to be in the same boat as the millions of uninsured or underinsured Americans.

Posted by: privacy3 | March 11, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I wish Mrs. Reid and her daughter a speedy recovery with no compactions. On the job I retired from on the railrosd I have investigated too many crossing accidents where the people in the autos needed body bags not hospitals. When someone has been injured in an accident they need our prayers not our criticism.

Posted by: OldCoot1 | March 11, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

This is a perfect opportunity for Harry to resign, due to family health issues, before he loses his senate seat this November. I wish a speedy recovery for your wife & daughter, for you, I wish terminal hemorrhoids!

Posted by: olddog3006 | March 11, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Neither Mrs. Reid nor her daughter are politicians, and this was a traffic accident on I-95 in which no one was killed. So why all the words and the prominant coverage?.

Posted by: edwardallen54 | March 11, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

I hope they recover quickly

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | March 11, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

I hope they recover quickly

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | March 11, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

RobInVaBeach ~ can you redo that with some punctuation. Whatever your message was it got stepped on.

You don't live around here do you?

Posted by: muawiyah | March 11, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

BTW, that's not the first time that truck driver has exceeded the speed limit going North on I95 carrying a load of plastic, or wall board, or rebar, or......

...... I do believe this bad-boy is KNOWN by the State Police.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 11, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

++++++What kind of worthless human being leaves his injured wife and daughter right after they arrived at the hospital? I can see leaving for a bit once they are settled in a room, or after discharge, but even then only to attend to the most pressing of personal issues -- like having to fill prescriptions needed for their treatment. But to leave while they are still being evaluated is abysmal.

Posted by: crisp11 | March 11, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse ++++++


No, abysmal/worthless human being is saved for those that bring politics up when a woman and child were in a serious car accident. Domestic terrorist comes to mind as well.

You don't know all of the details, so for you to comment on what him and his family did is none of your business. That's their choice, not for you to decide what they do. Should we add communist terrorist to your label?

Good for those of you sane and reasonable human beings that actually hope for the recovery of the wife and daughter. Some have mentioned they don't agree with his politics, that's no problem. But to use your maniacal political agenda to wish harm on innocent human beings is at best pathetic.

Get a life......

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | March 11, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Exit 166 at the Fairfax County Parkway ~ at's where it happened. Kind real close to the world's largest Wood Roofed building.

It has a Class 4 facility inside one of the main units ~ that's here they keep the Anthrax Contaminated mail boxes and postal equipment!

Jon Mohamed and his young shooter visited a small shopping center just on the West side of the highway at that location. They apparently intended to get out there and shoot across I-95 at a nearby Michaels. Their plans were defeated by reason of a massive ramp wall between them and their target.

If the cops had told folks what to look for, these guys would have been identified in that area and reported. Several people who are now dead wouldn't have been shot.

Suffice to say this is a major convergence point for the FORCES OF HISTORY.

The AlQaida ground support "jump out team" were located in rented townhouses less than 159 meters from the site of the Reid Wreck!

Then, the two main guys in Chinagate, part of the fundraising done for Bill Clinton, lived in that community ~ on that same street ~ Gilbert Colon and Raefi Wiriandonata. They're still wanted by the FBI.

Of note, the Pakistanis caught Mir Aimal Kasi who'd killed a bunch of people at the CIA headquarters one morning in 1993.

He used to work on brakes for some of the Afghanis who lived at that time in that part of town.

He was executed. An AlQaida field operative was shot down by federal officers on a basketball court in that same little development.

Just all kinds of stuff goes on in that small space ~ and yeah, around the beautiful concrete and steel centerpiece of the throbbing heart of downtown Springfield VA those of us who hear the WHOOMPHS in the night as yet another death goes down do pray for the souls of the dead and the safety of the living.

Do please drive carefully through this area ~ the speed limit is 55 MPH, not 85.

Maryland drivers are the worst!

Posted by: muawiyah | March 11, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Its looking like, by the time wifey gets out of traction.

We will be kicking hubby out of the senate.

Posted by: dashriprock | March 11, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Gods way of punishing socialists/communists.
Praise be much more to come.

Posted by: jlbpa | March 11, 2010 8:00 PM |
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ah...the good ol' "those with whom we do not agree should be injured"--I think the Taliban is already trying that. You should go check them out.

Posted by: jlm062002 | March 11, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

A speedy recovery to the Reid family!

Posted by: PepperDr | March 11, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

They're going to be sore tomorrow.

Biden's wife and daughter were killed in a collision with a semi weeks after he was first elected in 1972.

Good to know everyone survived.

Posted by: blasmaic | March 11, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Wishes for a full and speedy recovery for all who were injured.

And those who are posting hateful comments really should lay off.

Despicable You!

Posted by: jade_7243 | March 11, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

While I do not agree with senator Reid's politics, all Americans should pray for the quick recovery of his family.

Posted by: farmsnorton | March 11, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

What kind of worthless human being leaves his injured wife and daughter right after they arrived at the hospital? I can see leaving for a bit once they are settled in a room, or after discharge, but even then only to attend to the most pressing of personal issues -- like having to fill prescriptions needed for their treatment. But to leave while they are still being evaluated is abysmal.

Posted by: crisp11 | March 11, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

I know firsthand how much pain and suffering such an accident can cause. I call upon all the saints in heaven to go to their side this night.

Posted by: seemstome | March 11, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow...republigoons really suck...amazing, maybe the good lord commanded them to write such poisonous drivel

Posted by: dac04 | March 11, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Oh, man. This is DARK stuff. They'll NEVER be able to prove it came from the health insurance lobby.

God bless Sen Reid and his family. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by: JustinMcC | March 11, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Hey chin123:
Who do you think you are?
I don't want to see your unwanted advertisement on a blog about a car accident. If you want to advertise your wares, there is a link right above the comments that you can "buy" space for you peddling. If you're too cheap to buy space, maybe your products are cheaply made in China, and are taking valuable jobs from the American workforce.
If you have something to say, say it, but go peddle your wares on your own time and not here.

Posted by: EduardoDe | March 11, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I feel badly for the Reids and even worse now that I have read some of these horrible, hateful comments. I am stunned by the hate that is oozing from some of these individuals. I take some comfort in knowing that most people aren't like that.

Posted by: napster | March 11, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Honorable Mr. Reid:
I pray for your wife's and daughters recovery.
Although I do not agree with your views about the Health Care Reform, my heart goes out to your family through this traumatic experience.
I know that the passage of a bill is important for Americans, but the way I see it, family comes first.
Sir, you should examine your priorities.
You only have one wife (that has a broken back) and one daughter which you have shared minimal time with in their ordeal.
Make your family time count. Believe me, the world is not going to end if you decide to be with your family.
Go be by your wife's side. She needs you.

Posted by: EduardoDe | March 11, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

do you think wants to use that funky healthcare system he designed for the rest of America on his wife and daughter?

Posted by: infantry11b4faus | March 11, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Senator Reid's priorities might be a bit strange, most people when family members are involved in a accident,are willing to stay with those loved ones and be with them, and support them at that time is most crucial time...But not Harry,He would rather go back to Capitol Hill and do more useless talking about health care,something that could be put off for a while.......
I'm sure everyone would understand!

Posted by: sdavis4 | March 11, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I do not agree at all with Dirty Harry's Reid's tactics nor what he is trying to do to our country, and that he be one of the lucky ones with golden HC that is not shared by the rest of us Americans; although he should not have to use it in this case depending on how the accident happened.
I truly hope and pray for his daughter and wife that they will fully recover from this terrible mishap. So my prayers are with them.

Posted by: drdavisdr | March 11, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse


I hope everyone it OK.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 11, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

But shouldn't she be flown to Cuba if she wants really good healthcare leftists? Oh ye liberal suckers..

Posted by: wewintheylose | March 11, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

An awful family tragedy. Anyone who spins it as more than that or seeks to inject partisan politics into this is a jerk.

That his wife is 69 and has a broken back and broken neck is terrible (even if everything goes perfectly she will have a long recovery)- but for now, the good news is the reports are she can feel her extremities.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | March 11, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow a broken nose, back and neck and Mrs. Reid is NOT paralized. She is very fortunate. I wish them a speedy recovery!
Prayers to all.

Posted by: Julescator | March 11, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

God Bless America. Not Allah. God.

Posted by: robtjonz | March 11, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

What a shame, lucky the accident occurred now, and not a year or two from now. Harry's health care bill would have really effed their care.

Posted by: cr10 | March 11, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

He didn't stay at the hospital?!? What in the world? That is your high-school sweetheart lying there in pain, sir. Go to hell, Harry Reid.

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 11, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

My wishes are with the Reid family. Best to the Reids.

That being said, there are very ugly comments on this blog, as there always is on any blog from losers hiding behind a screen name.

However, remember that karma is real. When you losers see a police person knocking on your door with bad news, or something horrible happens to you....remember that you reap what you sow.

Posted by: lenegal77 | March 11, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Cornell1984, my sentiments exactly. That doesn't sound right.

Posted by: april3 | March 11, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

While I disagree vehemently with Senator Reid's politics and what he's trying to do to this country, an incident like this MUST call for ALL of us to put aside our political differences and remember that these are human beings suffering through a tragedy that could befall any of us. My prayers are with the Reid family.

Posted by: Skyjockey | March 11, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

This doesn't seem like the type of article that needed to be opened up to comments. The responses confirm that.

Posted by: mrdorkbutt | March 11, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Nice they have medical insurance.

Posted by: aghastinsantafe | March 11, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

my initial thought is...was the moron driving the truck on the phone, texting, etc?

Posted by: spfunbath | March 11, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Would the rightwing.....???? Cheney's "boys"??? Naw....I refuse to believe what I'm thinking...


Posted by: demtse | March 11, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Would the rightwing.....???? Cheney's "boys"??? Naw....I refuse to believe what I'm thinking...


Posted by: demtse | March 11, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse


Would the rightwing.....???? Cheney's "boys"??? Naw....I refuse to believe what I'm thinking...


Posted by: demtse | March 11, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

People are sick. Seriously, seriously, sick.

A 69 year old woman and her 48 year old daughter are nearly killed in a car accident when they're rear ended by a reckless driver and all people talk about is politics? Seriously?

Give it a rest. Thoughts and prayers with the Reid family for a speedy and painless recovery.

Posted by: flyingdonut | March 11, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

PanhandleWilly:

That is incorrect. As you correctly intuit, it would be unconstitutional to absolutely foreclose the possibility of future change. What Section 3403 does is require 3/5 of senators to approve an amendment. It is essentially a legislative enactment of the filibuster. You quoted Section 3403(d)(3)(C). Please see Section 3403(d)(3)(D):

(D) WAIVER- This paragraph may be waived or suspended in the Senate only by the affirmative vote of three-fifths of the Members, duly chosen and sworn."

I'm not sure this provision is constitutional either, but it's something of a moot point. If 51 senators want to change the bill, they can appeal the ruling of the President of the Senate that their motion is not in order. Their appeal will be passed with 51 votes and they can then introduce an amendment modifying Section 3403.

Whoever told you about Section 3403(d)(3)(C) is trying to scare you and betting you won't read the whole paragraph. I promise, the health care bill is nowhere near as scary as everyone would like to believe.

Posted by: grapoport | March 11, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Police said the driver of the tractor trailer, Alan W. Snader, 59, of Ohio, was not injured. Snader was charged with reckless driving.

HOW DOES HE VOTE?

Posted by: kase | March 11, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Look here- maybe this is why the sins of the politicians are falling on the families- here is trickery, and deceit in it's fullest form.

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Sick piece of crap

Posted by: sr31 | March 11, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

I certainly hope these Democrat ladies are comfortable and that they both get well asap.
Was the driver of the truck connected to the RNC at all...maybe to the Tea Baggers?
How about (the) Dick Cheney...any connection there?
I hope some deep digging is done so that the Republican(s) responsible are brought to justice!

Posted by: kase | March 11, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

Holy cr@p! I hope they're going to be okay. Thank God they were wearing seatbelts.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 11, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

No fan of Reid but this transcends politics. I hope they are ok!!

Posted by: lovinliberty | March 11, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

OMG! He left the hospital?? He didn't stay with his wife? Are you kidding me!

Harry -- go to the hospital and be with your wife. A broken neck, back and nose!! THis is serious! What man wouldn't be with his wife! And daughter!

This is insane. Go to the hospital!

Posted by: Cornell1984 | March 11, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed at the level of stupidity in half of these posts.
You make my toaster feel intelligent..thanks. Now I know to support anyone you nitwits spend your time attacking.

Posted by: kiaralynn43 | March 11, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Folks, conservative or liberal, now is not the time to be petty. I'm a lifelong Republican, can't stand what is going on in Congress right now, but my prayers and the prayers of my family are going out to the Reid family tonight.

God willing, Mrs. Reid and her daughter will make a full recovery. It is certainly heartening to hear that Mrs. Reid is able to feel her extremities. I hope that Mr. Reid finds some solace in the well wishes of EVERYONE around this great nation of ours - regardless of our political leanings, I can't believe that anyone would wish harm to come to fellow countrymen.

Best wishes, Reid family!

Posted by: teresakoch | March 11, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

I don't remember the liberals wishing Dick Cheney well when he was in the hospital. Must have missed that. Or when Bush choked on a pretzel.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | March 11, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

To obamaalmighT:

Gee, I wonder what you will reap from what you sow -- which is hate, ignorance, and massive amounts of misinformation.

By the way, what's 'elitist' about not letting insurance companies deny you coverage because of pre-existing conditions. Wonder how you'd feel if your mother or sister or, god forbid, yourself should suddenly develop a serious disease and their/your insurance company decided to drop you, or deny coverage because of some technicality.

And do you think all Democratic senators are elitist, and all Republican senators are not? Seriously doubt if that's the case. And why don't you think hard about what the work elitist even means, and see how much it's thrown around by people who don't even know what they're talking about.

Posted by: Nancy26 | March 11, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Best to the Reids. Broken Back and Neck? Wow. Those are serious injuries. The tractor trailers scare me. That once happened to me and my children on I95 as well. The tractor trailer couldn't stop and went off the road.

Harry should be with them. It is a good thing they have good private health insurance.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | March 11, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

My best of wishes to Senator Reid's wife and daughter for a speedy recovery.

To those of you who are saying hateful things you should be ashamed of yourselves.

Regardless of politics these are people that have had a serious accident and are hurt.

Posted by: Shingo56 | March 11, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

OMG, I hope they're all right. It was just yesterday I was talking to all my friends about Harry and his family. I will have to bring cookies from the church bake sale. They're so beautiful, and they count ever so much to all Americans living and dead.

Posted by: KraftPaper | March 11, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

hmmm hmmmm hmmmm,
it is taking Wapo a long time to get the details into the story, since the first rendering.

Semi trucks should have a Federal Hi-way they run one way on away from passenger cars. They are dangerous and with Nafta drivers, it is really bad.
There is a shovel ready job for Congress to pass into play.
If there were elevated monorail tracks down the middle of the interstates in this Country, there would be fewer cars.

Posted by: dottydo | March 11, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who is suggesting any ill toward Senator Reid or his family is disgusting. He has served a long time in public service and tirelessly worked for families in Nevada and across this country to make their lives better. These times are tough, they certainly are, and all are reckoning with ways to bring security and relief to this economy. But shame on those who are mixing politics with this serious of news. My thoughts and prayers with the Reids.

Posted by: MJUH | March 11, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

I was right! Grand Pa went to the hospital to see his family; then headed right back to Capitol Hill to continue negotiations- afte he knows damned well in his heart that he's included legalese that will prohibit any one from EVER changing the wording- thus regalating America to a Socialist Democracy FOR EVER!!!


These elitists feel that they can pull a Hitler, or Stalin on America, and we won't push back. He was wrong!!

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 11, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Our thoughts are with the Reid family. Non-life-threatening injuries is a reassuring phrase, but the fact that Mrs. Reid broke her neck is tragic and alarming. I hope all the Reids will be well again soon.

I do feel moved as a local resident to again remind everyone what a terrible human toll our local traffic is taking. Traffic is simply not a minor annoyance here because it has become so extreme, whether it causes awful accidents like this (made more likely by the sheer congestion and driver stress) or simply rips away at family time, fitness, and mental health day by day.

We must find the political will to solve this, Virginia! We cannot let these stories keep happening to innocents on the roads.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | March 11, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Our thoughts are with the Reid family. Non-life-threatening injuries is a reassuring phrase, but the fact that Mrs. Reid broke her neck is tragic and alarming. I hope all the Reids will be well again soon.

I do feel moved as a local resident to again remind everyone what a terrible human toll our local traffic is taking. Traffic is simply not a minor annoyance here because it has become so extreme, whether it causes awful accidents like this (made more likely by the sheer congestion and driver stress) or simply rips away at family time, fitness, and mental health day by day.

We must find the political will to solve this, Virginia! We cannot let these stories keep happening to innocents on the roads.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | March 11, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"How is the driver, or were they driving the car themselves?"

Did you Read the article??? hmmm hmmmm hmmmm

Posted by: fitchett1 | March 11, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

I do not like Harry Reid as a politician but sincerely wish is wife and daughter a speedy recovery.

Posted by: askgees | March 11, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Look here- maybe this is why the sins of the politicians are falling on the families- here is trickery, and deceit in it's fullest form.

Reid and Grandma P keep talking about changing things through reconcilliation, but here's what's really good:


Beginning on page 1,000 of the measure, Section 3403 reads in part: ". it shall not be in order in the Senate or the House of Representatives to consider any bill, resolution, amendment or conference report that would repeal or otherwise change this subsection."


In other words, if President Barack Obama signs this measure into law, no future Senate or House will be able to change a single word of Section 3403, regardless whether future Americans or their representatives in Congress wish otherwise!!


Note that the subsection at issue here concerns the regulatory power of the Independent Medicare Advisory Board (IMAB) to "reduce the per capita rate of growth in Medicare spending."

That is precisely the kind of open-ended grant of regulatory power that effectively establishes the IMAB as the ultimate arbiter of the cost, quality and quantity of health care to be made available to the American people. And Reid wants the decisions of this group of unelected federal bureaucrats to be untouchable for all time.


No wonder the majority leader tossed aside assurances that senators and the public would have at least 72 hours to study the text of the final Senate version of Obamacare before the critical vote on cloture.


And no wonder Reid was so desperate to rush his amendment through the Senate, even scheduling the key tally on it at 1 a.m., while America slept.

True to form, Reid wanted to keep his Section 3403 poison pill secret for as long as possible, just as he negotiated his bribes for the votes of Senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, Ben Nelson of Nebraska and Bernie Sanders of Vermont behind closed doors.

The final Orwellian touch in this subversion of democratic procedure is found in the ruling of the Reid-controlled Senate Parliamentarian that the anti-repeal provision is not a change in Senate rules, but rather of Senate "procedures." Why is that significant?

Because for 200 years, changes in the Senate's standing rules have required approval by two-thirds of those voting, or 67 votes rather than the 60 Reid's amendment received.

Reid has flouted two centuries of standing Senate rules to pass a measure in the dead of night that no senator has read, and part of which can never be changed. If this is not tyranny, then what is?


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Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 11, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Just like in the movies-- Watch out for black cars or SUV. Hmmmmmmmmm !
I do wish the Reid well.

Posted by: MinnPolwatcher | March 11, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Tis is news? No- UNEMPLOYMENT is NEWS!!! What about some information about THAT?

Sorry, I don't wish the woman and child no ill, hope they get better and all that- but karma is a M; and you reap what you sow.

Look for more things to start happening to Capitol Hill families. Maybe that's "karma's" way of letting these elitists know they are no different than the rest of us "poor plebians", who were not lucky, or blessed to be born into aristocracy.


Maybe this will wake up the jellyback, spineless senators who are perched on the fence like the birds that they are to pass this Socialist Democrat debacle, to vote No, for that's what's in their hearts; AND that's the vote they know they can L I V E with. .

Maybe this will make ol Harry rethink his crooked and lying strategy, and do the RIGHT THING by Americans; for, Obama has already shown himself to be a sociopath, lets see what this does for the Ol geezer. Maybe he'll take Student Loan Reform out of the HCBill since they have absolutely NOTHING to do with one another.

http://nakedemperornews.com

Posted by: obamaalmighT | March 11, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Reid family in an accident you say.

hmmm hmmmm hmmmm

This news is disturbing.

How is the driver, or were they driving the car themselves?

Posted by: dottydo | March 11, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's time for Reid to retire and take care of his family He is not taking care of Americans.
Double Counting the Cuts: Sen. Harry Reid, speaking on the Senate floor in advance of the key cloture motion at 1 a.m. said:

“And it protects America’s oldest citizens by strengthening Medicare and extending its life by nearly a decade …

“This bill also strengthens our future by cutting our towering national deficit by as much as $1.3 trillion dollars over the next 20 years ….”

As many now know, the Senator double counted the cuts. Honestly, the cuts are being used to offset the 2.5 trillion in new spending over a 10 year window – not to save to Medicare or increase its solvency. CBO caught him on this.

Posted by: fitchett1 | March 11, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

Reid family in an accident you say.

hmmm hmmmm hmmmm

Posted by: dottydo | March 11, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I sincerely hope for a complete and speedy recovery for both Senator Reid's wife and daughter.

He is not a favorite person, just the opposite, but politics and personal circumstances are two different thing.

One thing for sure, Senator Reid's excellent insurance coverage provided by taxpayers will allow them excellent care.

In the meantime, we need tort reform and competition across state lines.
This will make affordable insurance premiums possible for responsible taxpaying Americans.
Also, there should be reasonable support for Americans who have lost HC due to lack of affordability (and jobs lost) -- not personal choice.

Posted by: pjcafe | March 11, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

dcunning1Thank goodness they are okay.
Just one more moment for us all to realize how precious life is and appreciate the lifesaving health care that Sen. Reid has and is fighting, along with others, to make accessible to ALL American mothers, wives, daughters, etc.
Best to the Reids.
___________________________________________________
What an inappropriate time to pull a HC deform insurance scam commercial unless you are suggesting that Reid is going to dump this scam and provide us all the same insurance he, his wife and his daughter have which is provided to all Senators.

Posted by: kwoods2 | March 11, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I wish no harm and a quick recovery to his wife and daughter. That being said...What goes around,comes around Mr.Reid. You are doing your best to @#$%^&* our families.

Posted by: fitchett1 | March 11, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse


Thank goodness they are okay.
Just one more moment for us all to realize how precious life is and appreciate the lifesaving health care that Sen. Reid has and is fighting, along with others, to make accessible to ALL American mothers, wives, daughters, etc.
Best to the Reids.

Posted by: dcunning1 | March 11, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

My best wishes to Sen Reid's wife and daughter for a speedy recovery.

Posted by: lmontefusco | March 11, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse


I think a health care crack would be too obvious, so I'll just say I hope they're OK>

Posted by: sacomment | March 11, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

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