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Huh? Dem Senate candidate won't endorse Reid as majority leader

Wow. Do Dems really think Harry Reid is this radioactive all the way over in Kentucky?

Jack Conway, the Dems' Senate candidate in that state, pointedly refused to say he'd vote for Reid as majority leader, and also cast doubt on whether Reid will win reelection, according to a local news report:

Conway stopped far short of endorsing Reid as leader, and suggested that Reid may well lose his reelection bid for Senate.

"I don't know. We don't know the outcome of that race in Nevada. I don't know the outcome of a lot of these races and that kind of falls in the category of 'measuring the drapes.'"

"What I will do is I will go up there and cast my ballot for someone that I respect, someone that I think will be a good leader, and someone who will always listen to me when it comes to representing the interests of Kentucky."

Conway's opponent, Rand Paul, has been baiting Conway on this issue, trying to get him to say whether he would vote for Reid, apparently on the theory that this is a liability, because Reid has done more than any other Dem to advance the Obama agenda.

So it's understandable, perhaps, that this is a bit of a tricky question. But casting doubt on Reid's reelection prospects doesn't seem like the best answer Conway could have given, at least for the Dem cause overall. Walkback to commence shortly?

By Greg Sargent  |  July 29, 2010; 1:25 PM ET
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Conway said that he does not what the outcome of all those races will be.

Cripes: How controversial.

Greg: Get real!

Posted by: Liam-still | July 29, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

And now from some political news with some real teeth in it.

From Politicalwire.com

"
Sandoval Not Worried Because Kids "Do Not Look Hispanic"
Nevada gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval (R) "did indeed say that his children don't look Hispanic" when asked by a Spanish-language television station "whether he was worried about his kids being profiled if they were in Arizona," Jon Ralston reports.

Sandoval twice denied making the comments but they "are on videotape, I have confirmed."

This certainly fits Kinsley's definition of a "gaffe.""

...................

Another Republican lets slip that they are all about The Ethnic Cleansing Of Brown Skinned People.

Posted by: Liam-still | July 29, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Related....Tarryl Clark, the Dem candidate looking to unseat Michelle Bachmann, is not a fan of HRC, and says that if elected, she may join the Blue Dog Caucus.

Non-troversies, both.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 29, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

But, here is a BFD:

Republicans block small business lending bill

Bill creating $30B lending pool for community banks hits impasse in Senate over amendments

Senate Republicans blocked a bill to increase small business lending Thursday, dealing a setback to President Barack Obama's jobs agenda.

The bill would create a $30 billion government fund to help community banks increase lending to small businesses, combining it with about $12 billion in tax breaks aimed at small businesses. Democrats say banks should be able to use the lending fund to leverage up to $300 billion in loans to small businesses, helping to loosen tight credit markets.

The fund would be available only to banks with less than $10 billion in assets. Some Republicans, however, likened it to the unpopular bailout of the financial industry.

Senate leaders said they will continue to negotiate amendments to the bill. But Thursday's vote will make it difficult for Congress to pass it before lawmakers go on summer vacation. The Senate is in session for another week; the House is scheduled to adjourn Friday.

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/news/2010/07/republicans_block_small_business_lending_bill.php?ref=fpa

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 29, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

It is not a "non troversy" if a Dem Senate candidate is throwing the majority leader under the bus.

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 29, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/economyunemployment/Republicans Filibuster The Small Business Assistance Bill.

"Reuters) - Senate Republicans blocked a $30-billion plan to help community banks boost lending to small businesses, dealing a blow to President Barack Obama's election-year battle to reduce unemployment."

.....................


Republicans are doing all they can to prevent an economic recovery. They want to keep people out of work, and angry. Of course; at the same time, those same Republicans are blaming those who are unemployed, for not getting back to work.

It does not get much more cynical and evil than what Republicans are willing to do to out of work families, in order to further their return to power agenda.

For two full terms under Bush/Cheney; Republicans implemented all of their major economic policies; and it ended in disaster.

They are now campaigning to let them return to those failed policies.

Wake Up America:

Trying The Same Thing Again; And Expecting Better Results; Would Be The Height Of Insanity.

Posted by: Liam-still | July 29, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Right sue, there are major pieces of legislation and efforts to govern happening every day and I don't see why we have to pay attention to every little piss-up during an election battle.

The Senate is a huge problem, and so I can't get very worked up about who we put there at the moment. Yes, Dems are better than GOPs, but they are all still headed to a broken part of the gov't.

And honestly, if I was Conway I would have said the same thing. I certainly wouldn't let the stupid Rand Paul dictate the conversation. He should respond with: if the Senate was controlled by the GOP, would you support Jim Demint for Majority Leader?

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 29, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Greg, "throwing him under the bus"? Consider the source of the question. Is an affirmative answer going to help Reid or Conway in any substantive fashion?

Conway is perfectly right to suggest that it's a premature question. Conway might just ask Paul how he plans to create jobs as a US Senator.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 29, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

BG -- I would argue it's letting Rand Paul set the agenda to give a craven answer like this one.

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 29, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Here's another BFD. Granted, this is my home community. But, we may just be on the verge of finding out how a 100 million gallon oil spill will affect a Great Lake.

US hit by new oil spill

A new oil spill is sullying US waters in the northern state of Michigan after a pipeline leak sent more than a million gallons of crude into a river tributary, officials said Wednesday.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the spill began Monday when a 30-inch (76-centimeter) pipe in Marshall, Michigan burst, spewing the crude into Talmadge Creek, a waterway which feeds into the Kalamazoo River.

Officials said the pipeline belongs to the Canadian company Enbridge Inc.

The agency said it is directing and monitoring all aspects of oil spill clean-up and containment efforts over 30 miles (48 kilometers) of the Kalamazoo River, including marshlands, residential areas, farmland, and businesses.

"This is a serious spill that has the potential to damage a vital waterway and threatens public health," said EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson.

"Staff from EPA's regional and headquarters office are on the scene and ensuring the leaked oil is contained and cleaned up as quickly and effectively as possible."

On Tuesday, the environmental agency requested that the US Coast Guard make two million dollars available for the federal response to the spill, and said the money eventually will be reimbursed by Enbridge.

Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm however criticized both EPA and Enbridge Wednesday for what she described as a slow response so far.

"The situation is very, very serious," Granholm said in a conference call with the news media, adding that oil could reach Lake Michigan if more intensive containment measures are not put in place.


Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 29, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Greg,

You are way out over your skis on this one. He did not do as you are claiming.

He just did not answer a future hypothetical. How the hell could he. He does not know how the Senate numbers will look, after the election, of if he will be in it. He does not know if Harry will be in it. He does not know if Harry will have some one challenge him for the leadership position, or who that person might be.

Of course Rand Paul wants him to answer The Hypothetical now, so he can use it against him.

Why you are so eager to help Rand Paul spring his trap, is what astounds me.

Posted by: Liam-still | July 29, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Agreed Greg, if he stops there. I don't know why Dems can't advance the game by hitting back with policy. Reid has accomplishments that could be named. In what ways, exactly, does Paul disagree? What policies would he suggest as an alternative?

Maybe Al Franken could coach him.

Posted by: BGinCHI | July 29, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Greg, If I was running for Senate, I don't know if *I* would support Harry Reid for continuing his stint.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 29, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

@greg: It is not a "non troversy" if a Dem Senate candidate is throwing the majority leader under the bus.

The only walkback I can imagine is for Conway to say,

"I think Harry Reid has done a commendable job in getting legislation passed despite the relentless obstruction and delaying tactics of republicans. I don't agree with every provision of every bill or even every bill that has passed the Senate, but it is important for us to do the work the American people sent us here to do, not follow the repubican tactic of just mindlessly obstructing every proposal by not allowing votes so the representatives elected by American people can either support or oppose the actual bills. For example, the package that provides money for community banks to lend to small businesses can't even come up for a vote, because republicans won't allow a vote. I think people are sick and tired of repubilcan obstructionism delaying tactics. In terms of the next senate leader, we don't even know who is running so how can I say who I would support? "

Nuff said.

Posted by: srw3 | July 29, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

@BGinChi "Is an affirmative answer going to help Reid or Conway in any substantive fashion?"

It actually could. A large part of Harry Reid's campaign is based on the assertion that he can provide more benefits to Nevada as Majority Leader than Sharron Angle would be able to provide as a first term Senator. If Angle is able to use comments like Conway's to cast doubt on whether Reid will be Majority Leader, then it could undercut a substantial part of his campaign.

I'm not sure this really merits as a controversy unless Angle is able to do that though.

Posted by: QuiteAlarmed | July 29, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

A Lesson In Politics 101
For Greg:

Kentucky Is an Uber Red State. Ergo: Harry Reid is very unpopular there. Rand Paul wants to tie his opponent to the very unpopular Harry Reid. If Harry was very popular in Kentucky; Rand Paul would not be trying to tie his opponent to Harry.

Only a Moron would take Rand's bait, so Greg, for cripes sake stop castigating the Democratic candidate for not being a Moron.

Reality Check:

How many more Kentucky voters would cast their votes for Conway, if he tied himself to Harry Reid now?

Rand Paul knows the answer; Why the hell do you not?!

Posted by: Liam-still | July 29, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

"Do Dems really think Harry Reid is this radioactive all the way over in Kentucky?"

Greg, it's KENTUCKY. A red state. For goodness sake, IF Conway is elected, he's gonna be a conservaDem. To the left of Nelson, but not toooo far. Conway has yet to pull ahead of Rand Paul. If making a "measuring the drapes" comment = thowing under bus when he hasn't secured a lead...well Jeebus.

But, to answer your question, YES, Reid is radioactive in KENTUCKY.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 29, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Yesterday; Greg drew attention to how Harry Reid was going to try to win by stressing local issues in Nevada.

Today, Greg is astounded that Conway opted to take the same approach in Kentucky.

I guess we will have to keep repeating it; every day.

"All Politics Is Local" Tip O' Neill,

And he did not say; except in Kentucky.

Posted by: Liam-still | July 29, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

So; Can We Now Put The Damn Spotlight On This: Because It Exposes The Ethnic Cleansing Intentions Of The Republicans.


From Politicalwire.com

"
Sandoval Not Worried Because Kids "Do Not Look Hispanic"
Nevada gubernatorial candidate Brian Sandoval (R) "did indeed say that his children don't look Hispanic" when asked by a Spanish-language television station "whether he was worried about his kids being profiled if they were in Arizona," Jon Ralston reports.

Sandoval twice denied making the comments but they "are on videotape, I have confirmed."

This certainly fits Kinsley's definition of a "gaffe.""

...................

Another Republican lets slip that they are all about The Ethnic Cleansing Of Brown Skinned People.

Posted by: Liam-still | July 29, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

srw3 for the win!

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 29, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

thanks sk, but it wasn't that hard.
Hit back hard every day with the "republicans not allowing the senate to do the work they were sent to do, support or oppose legislation, not waste the country's time." It should be on every dem senator's lips every day...

Hope you're not too close to the k river spill. I have relatives that went to K college and now live in Ann Arbor.

Posted by: srw3 | July 29, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

"I'm not sure this really merits as a controversy unless Angle is able to do that though."

It would take her coming out of her cave and talking to the press. How likely is that?

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 29, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

AP NewsAlert

AP NewsAlert

Ousted USDA employee Shirley Sherrod says she will sue blogger Andrew Breitbart

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 29, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Re: Conway
All politics is local. If I was Reid, I would understand the situation Conway is in, and not be overly offended. Hell, if I was Reid, I would have told Conway to take any steps he needed to in order to localize the election. Saying he doesn't know the outcome of the election in NV is a pretty foggy hedge anyways.

...

@Greg

Two stories got mentioned in this thread that also warrant some attention.

Liam's post on the Sandoval gaffe is pretty big, especially if there is video and it gets out. Nevada is 25% latino, and the last poll to come out had Reid trailing Sandoval 52-38...but they split the hispanic vote 43/43. This kind of comment has the potential to drive hispanics to Reid in droves. If Reid can get a lead in the hispanic vote like he has in the African-American vote (71%), he could make up a big chunk of that 14-point gap.

Also...Sandoval just put into words the exact argument liberals have been making against this law. Talk about handing your opponent a weapon...

...

The second story is about jobs, jobs, jobs. Sue posted the link that showed the GOP is filibustering a jobs bill for small business, even after complaining that Dems hadn't taken it up yet.

This isn't as big a story, despite the fact that it's much more important, because Dems won't make it one. Again.

What I wouldn't give to see Reid break out the cots, and just go off on the GOP for blocking something that mere days ago they were clamoring for. Talk down to them and berate them for their hypocrisy and their whining about how they don't get to water down the bill before they have to vote on it.

"It's a sad thing to see my Republican colleagues hoot and holler about us not bringing a bill up for debate, then, only days later, to filibuster that same bill when we do. If the GOP is upset that the Senate does not have the time to allow them to try and water down this legislation with amendments, then I'd simply point them to the unprecedented obstruction they've wrought on this institution for the past 18 months. This bill needs to pass, and it needs to pass quickly if we are to help get the American economy out of the ravine that the GOP put it in."

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | July 29, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

"Hope you're not too close to the k river spill. I have relatives that went to K college and now live in Ann Arbor."

Ohhh...right now, I am about ten miles from it. I live 15 miles west of kzoo, but work in town.

The really bad part is that the Kalamazoo River is a main feeder for area ground water. I have a well at home. My water source is fed by the Kzoo River. I am not liking this.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | July 29, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Conway answered the question the right way for his local campaign in Kentucky.

He does not need to answer it again; period.

Rand Paul would love to keep him pinned down, talking about Harry Reid, who can not help Conway win a single damn vote in Ken Friggin" Tucky.

If Conway threw his full support behind Reid now, then Paul would beat him over the head with that endorsement, for the rest of the campaign.

On the other hand; if Conway had said that he would not vote for Harry under any circumstances, then the Angle camp would use that statement against Reid, back in Nevada.

That is why Conway answered the question in exactly the right way, and should never address it again. Neither should Plumline, unless they want to put some wind in Rand Paul's sails.

Posted by: Liam-still | July 29, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Another Republican says UI benefits encourage people not to seek jobs:

http://bit.ly/9Qoq8p

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 29, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

So the choice is either a guy who wants to wait until Reid actually wins his election before deciding whether to vote him Senate leader, or a guy who defends racists against the Civil Rights Act.

Conway would have my vote.

Posted by: SDJeff | July 29, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

@ethan: Another Republican lets slip that they are all about The Ethnic Cleansing Of Brown Skinned People.

That's a bit harsh. Only the undocumented brown people, immigrants just need their pass cards like apartheid South Africa or the Gaza Strip. See republicans aren't that heartless.

Posted by: srw3 | July 29, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Would any thinking and honest candidate endorse Bernie Madoff? Reid has harmed us much more than Bernie Madoff. No thinking American would endorse Madoff and much less Reid!

By helping Obama force us to swallow the job-killing, economy-killing, freedom-killing Obamacare scam, Reid has harmed us much, much more than Madoff.

Thinking Americans would rather vote for Madoff than for Reid. Fortunately we have an honest and patriotic lady, Sharron Angle, for whom we can vote.

It'll be a pleasure to vote against worse-than-Madoff Reid and FOR Sharron Angle!

Posted by: AntonioSosa | July 29, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

srw3, as a "brown-skinned person," I can tell you that informed Latins and hispanics are turning REPUBLICAN in record numbers.

We have realized that progressives (Marxists) use race to promote hate and manipulate uneducated blacks and Latins and other groups into believing that their socialist programs would help them.

The truth is just the opposite. Socialist programs create a plantation mentality that keeps blacks and others poor and enslaved.

INFORMED Americans, including blacks and Latins, are against Obamacare and the rest of the "help-the-poor" socialist/Marxist scams. That's why record numbers of INFORMED and PATRIOTIC blacks and Latins will be seeking office as REPUBLICANS.

Posted by: AntonioSosa | July 29, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Jack understands that all politics are local and that the GOP would like nothing more than to pin Conway as connected to the "Obama-Pelosi agenda". This is a political distraction - it's a ploy. Conway deflected the issue by saying we have to focus on November first, then worry about what happens after the elections.

His point about "measuring the drapes" is well-taken - there is no assuming that Democrats will have the majority or that Reid will be the Senator from Nevada. Reid is, in fact, in the fight of his life.

Posted by: benintn | July 29, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

@AntonioSosa: As a first generation American and a person of color, I am sure that the numbers don't support your claims of black and latino defections to the party of apartheid for immigrants, tax cuts for the wealthy, and cuts to the vital safety net that is already too weak to support the massive destruction that the bushies wrought. Exactly how many Blacks and Latinos are in the republican caucus? Its easy to have record numbers if you start from 0 for black republicans and 7 for hispanics out of >170....

Posted by: srw3 | July 29, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

@antionososa: Oh and BTW, equating progressives with Marxism shows how little you understand about either subject.

Posted by: srw3 | July 29, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like Kentucky candidates are running for "who's wackiest" Rand Paul or Jack Conway.

Whoever makes the least sense, wins.


Posted by: lindalovejones | July 29, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

"Posted by: suekzoo1 ....Tarryl Clark, the Dem candidate looking to unseat Michelle Bachmann, is not a fan of HRC, and says that if elected, she may join the Blue Dog Caucus."

That statement is B.S. Post the quotes where Tarryl states that she is not a fan of the HRC and 'might' join the blue dog caucus.

Posted by: 2tellthetruth | July 29, 2010 11:54 PM | Report abuse

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