December 17, 2010
Re: Harry Reid Finds Himself OmnibustedTopics: Political News and commentaries
Via Jim Geraghty at NRO:
We're not used to watching the good guys win in spending fights very much. But last night, that's just what happened: "Speaking now on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) says he is "sorry and disappointed" to announce that he does not have the votes for the omnibus spending package. Instead, he will work with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) to draft a temporary continuing resolution to fund the government into early next year. Reid says nine Republican senators approached him today to tell him that while they would like to see the bill passed, they could not vote for it."Continue reading about what may indeed may be that "seminal moment" John McCain spoke of, and the how and why that although this was to be the appropriators' last hurrah ... in the end, they couldn't see it through.
Jen Rubin is stunned at the scale of Reid's miscalculation: "After exposing his party, the White House and himself to an avalanche of bad press and bipartisan criticism over the earmark-stuffed omnibus spending bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in a sort of political Dunkirk moment, gave up and fled. Just moments ago, he fessed up that he did not have enough votes for cloture on the omnibus spending bill. So instead, as the Republicans had demanded, there will be a continuing resolution, and the Republicans will get their shot to manage the budget next year. Think about it for a moment. Reid, for no good reason, forced the president out on a limb (recall that President Obama endorsed this mess of a bill) and helped the Republicans to cement their image as the more fiscally disciplined of the two parties."
It's later than we wanted, and in a different context than we wanted, but I still love hearing people say, "Harry Reid lost."
Perhaps, just perhaps, and at this point it's a big perhaps, the last election may actually really mean something, after all. That is, so long as we anti-appropriator voters keep the pressure on - constantly from this point on.
Meanwhile, remember to thank your senator for making Harry back down.
Posted by Richard at December 17, 2010 9:43 AM
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