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Why Harry Reid is in trouble

Harry Reid is one of the three or four most powerful people in the United States government. But the state he represents isn't just in a bad recession -- it's in something closer to a depression:

Unemployment in Nevada is now 14.4 percent, the highest in the nation and a stark contrast to the 3.8 percent unemployment rate here just 10 years ago; in Las Vegas, it is 14.7 percent.

Now, I don't think the unemployment rate in Nevada is Reid's fault. He didn't sit Nevada down and tell it to base its economy on a housing bubble. But voters blame their representatives for the economy, and given Reid's uncommon power, he has fewer excuses than most. The reality is, he'll need a miracle -- or an extremely unelectable opponent -- to survive this election.

By Ezra Klein  | October 4, 2010; 11:21 AM ET
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I sure hope Harry keeps his powder dry.

Posted by: johninflorida | October 4, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, with 15% unemployment in his home state, I'm sure telling people he's impotent to do anything about it is endearing. Sure, he COULD come up with some stimulus program, but why bother? Apparently he's got a job after he loses.

Posted by: stonedone | October 4, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for telling us absolutely nothing new Ezra.

Posted by: lainez1 | October 4, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

It's like I've said before:

If the economy is bad enough, BRISTOL Palin can get elected.

Posted by: RichardHSerlin | October 4, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

In fact, Levi Johnston could get elected.

Posted by: RichardHSerlin | October 4, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

The Democratic Liberal virus has infected our lawmakers established with Senator Harry Reid, Senator Barbara Boxer, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Janet Napolitano and all those incumbents are up for a renewal to Washington. Not eliminating them from the already corrupt Senate and House in Washington will be the immediate enactment of open border laws in lame duck sessions.. The-Amnesty-- AGjobs, Dream Act, bringing to the US a “Chain Migration” of immediate family members, parents, Sisters, Brother, uncles and aunts. Sick and infirm can take advantage of our ailing hospitals, education for their children--that will be a taxpayers demise. Amnesty for all those already here, which means massive processing of documentation that will also cost billions of dollars. Jerry Brown Vs. Meg Whitman is another political battle, as old Jerry Brown would promote another Amnesty, while Madam Whitman stated--NO AMNESTY.

Then there's San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Democratic Liberal candidate for lieutenant governor of California, never tried to halt the 'Sanctuary City" policy of San Francisco and stopping the police from questioning the national status of people, living in San Francisco. Nobody who has established their image of a pro-illegal immigrant should hold office? Money will pour out for illegal alien public entitlements by the billions of dollars, legally for the hundreds of instant baby citizenship, then illegally for bogus ID documents as the scam carries on unceasingly while 15 million Americans remain jobless. Remember Reid emasculated E-Verify to a voluntary verification legal workers computer program.

There is not enough room in my comments to explain the how this issue of illegal immigration--effects us all. But as I have constantly repeated, do your own investigation of those politicians who have appalling immigration records at NumbersUSA, GOOGLE--Illegal alien costs or Voter Fraud. Illegal aliens will try to affect the course of the midterm elections by violating the voting laws--specifically absentee ballots, as they do not need to appear in person. As I have stated America cannot afford any Democrats or Republicans who think we can keep on giving amnesty, to just about anybody? This will eventually lead to overpopulation, water shortages, energy disruption and loss of environment open land Even now water is in short supply in California and other border states.

Posted by: infinity555 | October 6, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

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