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NV-Sen: Harry Reid's Dilemma



Harry Reid is in deep political trouble due to his divided loyalties. Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

It's become increasingly clear in recent weeks that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in deep trouble in his re-election race next fall.

A new independent poll conducted for the Las Vegas Review Journal shows Reid trailing two unknown opponents -- former state party chairwoman Sue Lowden and businessman Danny Tarkanian -- and just 38 percent of Nevada voters had a favorable opinion of their senator.

At the heart of Reid's vulnerability is the disconnect between his role in Washington as the leader of Senate Democrats and his status as Nevada's senior senator.

In Washington, Reid is tasked with carrying the agenda -- often, if not always -- of the Obama Administration. Reid drew headlines early this year when he insisted that the President wasn't his boss but he has generally been an advocate for his priorities -- as is expected from the Democratic Senate leader.

And, on the occasions when Reid has broken with the president, he has come under heavy fire from the liberal left who are demanding more fealty to their agenda.

Case in point: Firedoglake, a liberal blog run by Jane Hamsher, has organized a petition campaign alleging that Reid is aiding and abetting a Democratic Senator who is "blocking the public option" on health care. Nearly 30,000 have signed the petition that asserts that Reid "can no longer allow members of the Democratic caucus to block a public option behind the closed doors of the Senate."

On the other side of the political equation is Nevada, where Democratic victories in the last election belie the state's competitive underpinnings. While Obama carried the state by 12 points in 2008, George W. Bush won it -- albeit narrowly -- in 2004 and, aside from Clark County (Las Vegas), the state is populated with conservative-minded voters who are more likely to disagree than agree with the direction that Obama (and Congressional Democrats) are taking the country.

Trying to be a servant of two masters never works in politics -- a lesson that Tom Daschle (D- S.D.) learned the hard way when he sought a re-election in 2004 as the leader of his party.

Republicans repeatedly sought to highlight the differences between what Daschle said in Washington and what he said in South Dakota, and what ultimately may have ended the race was video footage of Daschle saying "I'm a D.C. resident".

The comparison -- as Reid loyalists are quick to note -- is inexact. South Dakota is more Republican territory than Nevada, Daschle's natural political inclinations are more liberal than those of Reid and Daschle drew a top tier opponent in Sen. John Thune (R) while Reid will face "b-listers" at best.

All true. And, Reid, as leader, has more opportunity than most to improve his numbers and standing in the state over the next months than most endangered Senators.

"Senator Reid has built a reputation as a consensus builder," said Jon Summers, who handles Nevada communications for Reid. Summers added that the health care bill represents a real chance for Reid to bring about "real insurance reform" that can get 60 votes on the Senate floor.

The fundamental dilemma that Reid faces -- how to carry Obama's agenda effectively while also appealing to Nevada voters to whom that agenda is too liberal -- is quite similar to the puzzle that Daschle tried (and failed) to solve six years ago, however.

The simple truth is in this hyper-partisan environment, serving as the public face of your party is only truly sustainable if you represent a state that -- in the main -- agrees with your views. (It was not always so; the last Senate leader to lose a bid for re-election was Arizona Democratic Sen. Ernest McFarland way back in 1952.)

Reid's challenge over the next 13 months is to prove to Nevada voters that he is their first (only?) priority. The problem is he will have to make that argument even as he is being pressured from the Administration -- and the liberal left -- to move the Obama agenda through Congress without substantial revision or change and is being watched like a hawk by Republicans for any slipup that would break the "Nevada first" veneer.

In other words: the squeeze is on.

By Chris Cillizza  |  October 13, 2009; 11:54 AM ET
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This home state take on Cillizza's article might be of interest:
www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/18/why-theres-hope-reid-nevada-isnt-south-dakota/

Posted by: DennisCMyers | October 20, 2009 1:14 AM | Report abuse

sheesh, put on a thong grab some pom poms and cheer on the year out possibilities. This is politics. It is rough. When you become Majority leader you either get a bye as a Repuglican for doing nothing or if you're a Democrat you get to take on the sins of the world otherwize known as gittin 'er done. Cilizza, if you only understood the matrix you could comprehend the term conservative..... hold the fort and dismantle the other parties constructs (programs) and the progressives [when in power] constructing programs. Reid knew/knows this and losing is like what happened to the last Democratic Majority Leader, you get to go to H E double hockey sticks and become rich.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | October 13, 2009 11:43 PM | Report abuse

He's so fed up with this administration turning to socialism

==

why do you guys always trot out this red herring? I bet you haven't the first clue what socialism is.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 13, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Dinky Reid come Jan 2011 will be in the dustbin of unemployed Democrats at which point he'll become the Lobbist from Searchlight.

Posted by: fenoy | October 13, 2009 9:04 PM | Report abuse

A lot of dems will be in trouble in 2010 without Obama on the ballot with them.

Obama's slamming of companies using Vegas for their conferences had to make Harry cringe.

Posted by: alstl | October 13, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

MOMLEE: I'm not sure it matters which way Steve Wynn goes, but I'd be interested where you heard he wasn't supporting Reid. As of July 30, he was still praising Reid. www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/jul/30/wynn-still-critical-obama-administration/

Incidentally, I don't know where you got the idea Reid is having trouble finding contributors, but today's quarterly disclosures showed Reid has added another $2 million, putting him at $12 million-plus and halfway to his goal of raising $25 million.

Posted by: DennisCMyers | October 13, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Even Steve Winn said he USED to support Harry Reid but no longer will go that way again. He's so fed up with this administration turning to socialism and ruining the business community. It's about time Reid get out and give others an opportunity to get us back on track. He's looking for donations but he's not finding many contributors.

Posted by: MOMLEE | October 13, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Even Steve Winn said he USED to support Harry Reid but no longer will go that way again. He's so fed up with this administration turning to socialism and ruining the business community. It's about time Reid get out and give others an opportunity to get us back on track. He's looking for donations but he's not finding many contributors.

Posted by: MOMLEE | October 13, 2009 7:29 PM | Report abuse

So,why did the Neveda Wimp Democrat Senate
Majority Leader Crazy Harry Reid proclaim,
"Obama's War Is Lost" and then go kiss Der
Leader Barack Hussein Obama's Butt and lead
the Drive for Obamacare and Socialized Medicine and Euthanizing Senior Citizens?

Why,you ask? Well After All Democrat Senator Harry Reid is an Obama Democrat,
you know! And Harry Reid is Senile as well.

So,does anyone know,did Senator Harry Ried
click his heels,and shout Seig Heil. Heil
Obama! When Der Leader Obama just sent
13,000 "Support Troops" ie "Cannon Fodder"
to Afghanistan for Osama bin Laden,and Al_Qeada and The Taliban to use for target
practice and to butcher today?

Yep,Crazy Harry Reid is a Good German and
Loyal Obama Comrade,as well,you know!

Posted by: sandy5274 | October 13, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: What you ask is difficult. Here is the New York Times story about Nevada dropping out of first place in population growth three years ago: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/22/us/22census.html?_r=1

But it's difficult to chart exactly what has happened since then and everyone is waiting for the census next year. But we're not working from nothing, either. There are indices that show the decline, including the horrible foreclosure rate. For instance, school enrollments have dropped sharply. Even in Lyon County, the state's fastest growing county, they were down. No one can remember the last time school enrollments declined in the state. U-Haul recently reported data indicating it helped move 1.6 percent more people out of state than in so far this year. And scholars have said for years that the supposed migration of businesses from California to Nevada is imaginary: www.newsreview.com/chico/content?oid=970852

Posted by: DennisCMyers | October 13, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

It's the economy stupid. The democrats keep preaching the recession is over, but it just ain't so ... and in Nevada it's dang near a depression. Staggering numbers of foreclosures, business failures, and unemployed.

Posted by: penniless_taxpayer | October 13, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Harry "Kickback" Reid, the ultimate Little Liberal Socialist She-Male is pretty much over and done with.
Nobody, but a total Moron would even consider voting for that little piece of garbage.

Posted by: panielsen | October 13, 2009 5:17

No, the issue is that he is a wimp, a liar, a stooge and a leftist extraordinaire. the leftist thing was passible, but a weak leftist is not proper. this is also Obimbo's problem by the way. A wimp extermist surrendercrat.

when the repubs were in charge, this was clouded. now that the Libs have been running things for two years, the effects are on display. record unemployment, massive spending, tax hikes looming, war effort in shreds, you know the usual liberal stuff.

Posted by: snowbama | October 13, 2009 12:04 PM

The light shines on, from the day PUKElosi and Harry were elected speaker and leader I have referred to Harry as the 'MORON of the Senate' and he has never failed me.

Posted by: bodecrab | October 13, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

vintel7:

I'm not going to hell (careful with the profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments ; )

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Reid out!!! - For the first time in this administration,(ala Michelle Obozzo) I can say I am proud to be an American if this was the "change" Obozzo had in mind. Now I get it. His plan was to do such an abysmal job that during the mid terms we ousted half the lib--turds that waste the good air in DC.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | October 13, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

One would never know he was in the USA reading the right wing garbage on this blog. Your posts demonstrate your toxic malignant lack of humanity.

"Harry "Kickback" Reid, the ultimate Little Liberal Socialist She-Male is pretty much over and done with.
Nobody, but a total Moron would even consider voting for that little piece of garbage." Posted by: panielsen

Hell will be full or low lifes like panielson and JakeD. I hope they enjoy their eternal stay with Beck, Limbaugh, Colture, Hannity, Hitler, and Saddam.

Posted by: vintel7 | October 13, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Harry "Kickback" Reid, the ultimate Little Liberal Socialist She-Male is pretty much over and done with.
Nobody, but a total Moron would even consider voting for that little piece of garbage.

Posted by: panielsen
==

That would disqualify everyone but you, then.


LOLOLOLOLOL

Posted by: HumanSimpleton | October 13, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Harry "Kickback" Reid, the ultimate Little Liberal Socialist She-Male is pretty much over and done with.
Nobody, but a total Moron would even consider voting for that little piece of garbage.

Posted by: panielsen | October 13, 2009 5:17 PM | Report abuse

GoldAndTanzanite:

Does your employer know you post here?

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The fastest-growing political party here in California is the CONSERVATIVE-MINDED American Independent Party -

==

heh heh heh

it's easy to be "fastest growing" when you're starting from four digits nationwide.

Alan Keyes got fewer votes nationwide than a little municipal election gets votes for the Fire Commissioner.

Several more decades of continuing growth just might allow the American Insignificant Party to fill a high school auditorium.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | October 13, 2009 5:07 PM | Report abuse

DennisCMyers:

You asked for stats, and I gave them to you. If you have more recent stats, let's see them.

DDAWD:

Since I never STARTED wishing for you to get hit by a truck, I very well can't "stop". Maybe you are thinking of someone else you pissed off.

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: Your figures are stale. The most recent are 2000. That's nine years ago, and they certainly do not reflect the effect of Nevada having the nation's highest foreclosure rate. There are all kinds of other indices since the 2000 census that show Nevada has fallen out of its longtime fastest-growing-in-the-nation slot.

Posted by: DennisCMyers | October 13, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"DDAWD:

Perhaps it would be better if you go back to "ignoring" me.

Posted by: JakeD"

As soon as you stop wishing for me to get hit by a truck. There's probably better ways to kill me off anyways, I drive a car like once a week.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

AndyR3,

“Reid will be fine. The reason that he is down now is because democrats in general are down and Nevada's economy sucks. But lets not forget that he has something like 7 million in the bank and isn't afraid to get nasty during his campaigns. I expect his poll numbers may not get alot better but his opponents will definitly get worse.”

I see a man of principle you are not. Win at all cost, slash and burn. Who is advocating a culture of corruption now. It’s a rather slippery slope one enters when the “ends justified the means.” The R talked ethics as they rose to power in the mid-90s only to jettison it once in power for a close relationship with K-Street. It seems the D are on the same trajectory maybe not as steep.

Posted by: sltiowa | October 13, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Michael Vick could run against Reid and win.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | October 13, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Harry does have his name on an elite list, so there is hope out there. Hary's name is listed here.

BEAR REVOLT was started by Veterans ( Czar nick named terrorists) seeking to empower the active troops with a clear documentation of the majority's will of the people, via petitions (signatured by all men, women, and children who have No Confidence this 2009 Federal Government). The signed petitions are being entered into County recordations offices as a "recorded document", then pooled, and placed as a" Document" into the Library of Congress by the people of each State.
The well documented majority with " no confidence" can allow the defenders of the US Constitution the ability to carry out the "will of the majority", and allow an emergency election to void all signatures of the current Fed 2009..
This Redress call was named when Pelosi went to THE BEAR REPUBLIC California , threw imported ACORNS at their heads,
then called them astroturf , and walked on their backs with her spikey heels out the door , refusing to listen to them.

PETITION:

The REDRESS of the 2009 Federal Government of the United States of America
For NO CONFIDENCE
By the recall of :
The Congress, (all names listed both Partys)
The Hill , ( all names listed both Partys)
The Cabinet, (all names listed)
The Czars, ( all names listed)
Barack Hussein Obama ( all "currently" known names listed: Barack Hussein Soroeto, Barack Hussein Dunham )

Posted by: dottydo | October 13, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

If the current bill passes imagine the fun GOP ad makers will have merging the famous Elian Gonzalez photo into a Harry and Louise kitchen conversation commercial.

Posted by: JimInNevada | October 13, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

OHIOCITIZEN,
Actually, as the Independent party grows, I don't think either Republicans or Democrats are going to be invited back.

The Reid's and Pelosi's of both partys have no real clue what the people's lives have become under them.
They are busy redoing the interiors of the new cushy planes, with little regard of who is payinjg the bill.

These people do.
Here is a sampling of California whare Reid's buddy Democrat live.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CnnOOo6tRs8&feature=related

Posted by: dottydo | October 13, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Palin-Romney 2012 HOPE TO CHANGE!!!

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Harry's hope?
Gee fresh running water!!!!
Yipeee!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbzlGWPwrZI&feature=related

Posted by: dottydo | October 13, 2009 2:26 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD:

Perhaps it would be better if you go back to "ignoring" me.

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 2:23 PM | Report abuse

dottydo:

We need to get an ACORN-type outfit out there registering homeless (they deserve to vote too ; )

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"Yes, because I've ordered the killing of thousands of innocents too, right?

Posted by: JakeD"

Well, you pray for thousands of innocents to die. If you believe in that crap, then I'm not seeing a moral difference.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I appreciate Reid's situation: he's trying to serve two masters, and succeeding with neither.

The smart--and honorable--thing to do would be to resign his Senate leadership position so he can "better serve his constituents in Nevada," allowing the Democrats to select someone from a more liberal state who would not face such a dilemma.

Of course, that would involve leadership and a willingness to self-sacrifice, so we can be pretty sure it's not going to happen.

Posted by: dlk117561 | October 13, 2009 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Not only are there dwellers sheltering in tunnels all over Nevada , but open street life of tent cities is there too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD1W6Mo4gd0&feature=related

Good Job Harry has it great, but the people in the USA?
They are just in his way.

Pelosi's California is now the same.

Hope staying with the Democrat promise????None.

Posted by: dottydo | October 13, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

While if Reid loses that will mean one less Democrat and I don't want him to lose, there are two positives from a Democratic perspective.

The first will be that his successor will be a more progressive and consistently liberal Majority Leader, whether Durbin or Schumer. Beyond that concern, there is also the fact that both Durbin and Schumer occupy "safe" seats. Provided they avoid scandal, both will be able to continue serving in the Senate so long as they wish because they hail from overwhelming Democratic states. Therefore neither Schumer nor Durbin would be faced with the sorts of cross-pressures faced by either Reid or Daschle.

Posted by: OHIOCITIZEN | October 13, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

My wife and I are going to move from California to New London, CT next year ; )

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

http://usgovinfo.about.com/cs/censusstatistic/a/aagoingeast.htm

According to new Census 2000 reports, Nevada and Arizona had the highest rates of net inmigration from other states between 1995 and 2000 and many of their new residents came from California.

In census-speak, "inmigration" means people moving in from other places, while "outmigration" means people leaving for greener pastures.

Nevada easily led all states with the highest rate of net inmigration between 1995 and 2000, gaining 151.5 people for every 1,000 residents. Besides Nevada and Arizona (which gained 74.3 migrants per 1,000), other states with high levels of net inmigration were Georgia (48.6), North Carolina (48.4), Florida (44.0) and Colorado (43.8).

...

Many of the inmigrants to Nevada, Arizona and other fast-growing states were came California, which had a net outmigration of 755,000 people to other states between 1995 and 2000 second only to New York, which had a net outmigration of 874,000.

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

DennisCMyers:

Home foreclosures are taking a huge swath from recent California influx, but they aren't moving back, that's for sure. They are simply renting (but still voting). Are you saying you don't believe the past 10 years have seen a steady increase in Californians relocating ro Nevada and Arizona? I could get you stats on that.

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

People in Nevada are living in tunnels under ground Las Vegas, due to Obama eliminating the perks for Business, and wealth in the USA. Foreclosure is over the top everywhere.
Casinos based on the USD attract no one. Who wants to trun their currency into funny USD toilet paper anymore?

Great job destroying the place Harry!!!!

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/2651937/The-people-living-in-drains-below-Las-Vegas.html


If this is your new destiny with Obamanomics and the Pernicious Party.
Vote Independent Party.

Posted by: dottydo | October 13, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

We have a similar surge in "Decline to State" registrations -- voters are very discontented right now -- if the economy doesn't improve in 6 months, all bets are off.

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 1:47 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: I'm going with demonstrable facts and figures, not speculation. The California migration is a myth. Nevada is not gaining population anymore. In fact, there are wide suspicions we are losing residents. www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/11/lessons-las-vegas-can-learn-rust-belt/

Posted by: DennisCMyers | October 13, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

thecorinthian:

The fastest-growing political party here in California is the CONSERVATIVE-MINDED American Independent Party -- perhaps you missed the TEA Party protests this past year -- I think that both major parties are going to have a problem.

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"I like this part of Cillizza's analysis: "...and, aside from Clark County (Las Vegas), the state is populated with conservative-minded voters who are more likely to disagree than agree with the direction that Obama (and Congressional Democrats) are taking the country."

"Aside from Clark County"? Clark County is most of the state. Of the state's 2,738,733 people, 1,967,716 live in Clark. That's 72 percent of the state. Some aside!"

LOL Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln....

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | October 13, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

DennisCMyers:

Lots of conservative-minded voters from California have moved to Nevada too, keep that in mind.

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Things may not look great for Reid, but his opposition is no better. Republicans came in 4th in terms of new party registration in NV : http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2009/oct/12/republicans-adding-few-voters/

To come in anything other than 1st or 2nd in a two party system is pretty sad.

Posted by: thecorinthian | October 13, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Dingy Harry Reid is finished ; )

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I like this part of Cillizza's analysis: "...and, aside from Clark County (Las Vegas), the state is populated with conservative-minded voters who are more likely to disagree than agree with the direction that Obama (and Congressional Democrats) are taking the country."

"Aside from Clark County"? Clark County is most of the state. Of the state's 2,738,733 people, 1,967,716 live in Clark. That's 72 percent of the state. Some aside!

And Cillizza also seems to bracket Washoe County (Reno) and Carson City with the conservative rural areas, which is not supported by the voting history of those areas. Washoe is often more liberal than Clark, though that tendancy may exhibit itself in support for moderate Republicans (while Clark often elects conservative Democrats). This is a very shallow analysis of Nevada.

Posted by: DennisCMyers | October 13, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Also Snowe said she will vote for the Healthcare reform package. I may send her a donation if she sticks to her vote once the floor vote occurs.

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 13, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully.

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I always thought Reid was the boy toy of nancy. At her beck and call, on her leash.

I don't see someone being dedicated to the president(even if I do disagree with his policies) a bad thing. But I do see ANYONE doing the bidding of Nancy Pelosi as a polical carrer breaker.

Dump nancy harry and youl win relection. You can be forgiven for following your president.

Posted by: LiberalBasher | October 13, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Reid will be fine. The reason that he is down now is because democrats in general are down and Nevada's economy sucks. But lets not forget that he has something like 7 million in the bank and isn't afraid to get nasty during his campaigns. I expect his poll numbers may not get alot better but his opponents will definitly get worse.

Posted by: AndyR3 | October 13, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse


Is Sen. Harry Reid finished?

http://www.youpolls.com/details.asp?pid=6289

.

Posted by: usadblake | October 13, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Reid is in quite a bind, but if he gets a health care bill to Obama's desk, he has a credible argument to make about competence, which is a good refutation for being a Washington insider (i.e. Harry Reid successfully pioneered health care reform that will benefit Nevadans, and list off some benefits to reform in Nevada)

Posted by: sfcpoll | October 13, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

snowbama:

If you and I have "completed domination" of this site, how is it they keep posting?

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Yes, because I've ordered the killing of thousands of innocents too, right?

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Worst endorsement ever. Can probably only be topped by Osama Bin Laden telling us how wonderful Ramadan is.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

I think Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year!

Posted by: JakeD | October 13, 2009 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Off topic, but I'm already seeing banner ads on web pages for Christmas stuff.

God, I hate that holiday.

Posted by: DDAWD | October 13, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

the tide goes out, leaving the sewage behind.

you can expect a littany of complaints about how the enemy is mistreating her now. Just like the White house and fox news. It sure beats leading or thinking. Maybe all the whining will hide how empty liberal ideas are. there's always hope.

Waaaaahhhhh.

Posted by: snowbama | October 13, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

See Chris, the winger trolls have completed domination of your site. It's all theirs now.


"No, the issue is that he is a wimp, a liar, a stooge and a leftist extraordinaire. the leftist thing was passible, but a weak leftist is not proper. this is also Obimbo's problem by the way. A wimp extermist surrendercrat.

Posted by: snowbama | October 13, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse"

Posted by: drindl | October 13, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

At the heart of Reid's vulnerability is the disconnect between his role in Washington as the leader of Senate Democrats and his status as Nevada's senior senator.

>>>>>>>>>>

No, the issue is that he is a wimp, a liar, a stooge and a leftist extraordinaire. the leftist thing was passible, but a weak leftist is not proper. this is also Obimbo's problem by the way. A wimp extermist surrendercrat.

when the repubs were in charge, this was clouded. now that the Libs have been running things for two years, the effects are on display. record unemployment, massive spending, tax hikes looming, war effort in shreds, you know the usual liberal stuff.

Posted by: snowbama | October 13, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty sure having his son run for Governor isn't helping his cause either. Reid should have known this would happen. He's making himself into the senate version of alan grayson

Posted by: TexasProud1 | October 13, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

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