An Opportunity To Rid Ourselves Of Senator Harry Reid
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is under fire for remarks he made a few years ago regarding then candidate Barack Obama. As reported in the new Washington insider book, Game Change, Reid is quoted making, in essence, racist remarks. He is under fire not from African American groups or even the democratic party, but from Republicans. The Republican Party, long held advocates of social equality and justice, have made a point to claim Harry Reid should be removed from power because of his remarks the way Trent Lott was removed from power for his remarks that the country would have been a better place if Strom Thurmand had been elected President when he ran as a dixiecrat in 1948 advocating against Civil Rights and for segregation.
The Republican Hypocracy
The Republican Hypocracy
Republican outrage over Harry Reid's remarks is almost as insulting as the remarks themselves. Since when is the neo-conservative Republican worried about racial justice? When you listen to the arguments made about Harry Reid, their argument is not that he should resign because of the remarks themselves, which would be a valid argument, but because when Trent Lott made similar, albeit more outrageous comments, he resigned from power. The Republican response is simply that it is not fair. Come on Republicans, argue the bigger point one time would you. This was your opportunity to show that you had turned over a new leaf, opened up the big tent for real, and actually can live up the principles found in the bible. Instead, Republicans turn to the old stand by and show their self centered underbelly once more. Too bad, you could have been a contender.
Republicans Are Right About One Thing
The Republicans are right about one thing, Harry Reid should be removed as the leader of the Democratic Party. The remarks themselves show a 1950s mentality about race akin to the house versus field slave debate and this in and of itself is troubling. But Harry Reid should be removed from power for other reasons. Namely, Harry Reid should be removed from power because he is not the person who should be in charge of Democratic politics. He is not the person who should be the point man of Health care. He is not the man who should ever be put in front of podium. Harry Reid is simply not a leader. He is weak, simple minded and not worthy of airtime. He should simply fall away.
President Obama: Please Take Over
President Obama is to blame for Harry Reid being the Senate Majority Leader. President Obama, who himself is a skilled and brilliant politician, has simply has covered for the failings of Congressional Democrats for too long. They have messed up the health care debate and further inhibit the President's agenda. The real problem in Washington today is that Harry Reid exemplifies the current crop of Congressional Democrats who are weak, moderate and while trying not to upset anyone they alienate everyone. And President Obama has failed into their malaise and needs to come clean and tell the American People what they already know: Congressional Democrats are a joke, would you please rid the country of these losers.
As Joe Scarborough has suggested, the Republican Party would be smart to keep quiet about Harry Reid and allow him to remain in office. The Republican Party and Republican Agenda has no greater ally in Congress than Harry Reid being the leader of the majority. With Harry in the lead, nobody will follow. For this simple reason, real democrats, the few of us left, should take this opportunity to remove Harry Reid from power to save what is left of democratic party from this moderate wimps who have no intention to fight for anything that matters and who only seek to be reelected for their own sake.
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