Victorious Harry Reid to Party of No: ‘The Time for Politics is Now Over’
November 3, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)—On the heels of a decisive victory over radical teapartier and “Second Amendment Remedies” candidate Sharron Angle, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) laid down the gauntlet to obstructionist Republicans, who destroyed the upper chamber with unprecedented filibusters, forcing the Democrats to come up with a 60-vote super majority to even bring a bill to the floor for a vote. “The time for politics is now over,” said Reid in a statement. “Now that Republicans have more members in both houses of Congress, they must take their responsibility to present bipartisan solutions more seriously. Simply saying ‘no’ will do nothing to create more jobs, support our middle class and strengthen our economy,” Reid added. With at least six new tea party Republican lawmakers swelling the ranks of the Republican caucus, vowing to refuse to compromise with the slimmed down Democratic majority, the dynamics of the next legislative session will certainly be interesting to watch. Just moments ago, Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded to Reid’s challenge, showing no signs of compromise, insisting the American people “appreciated” Republicans saying no to everything, without offering any solutions. But if McConnell thinks the American voters will appreciate two more years of a gridlocked senate, he is sorely mistaken. The exit polls show voters dislike Republicans more than Democrats and are evenly split on repealing healthcare reform and oppose extending tax cuts for the super wealthy. The Republicans don’t have the mandate they think they have.
Sen. Reid also upped the ante during an appearance this morning on CNN, rejecting the notion that the American people voted for more Republican obstructionism.
“We need to stop using words like ‘chastened’ and I think what we have to do is recognize that all of us, all of us who are going to be in Senate, have to work together. That’s the message from the American people,” said Reid.
The majority leader stressed the need to work together to create jobs and put an end to bitter partisanship.
“As far as I’m concerned, my No. 1 job is to help create jobs, and I’m going to do everything I can. The only thing that’s going to solve our economic problems in this country are jobs, jobs and more jobs,” added Reid.
Reid made clear that a repeal of the historic healthcare reform bill was off the table.
“But I’m not in any way going to denigrate the great work we did as a country in saving America from bankruptcy, because the insurance industry bankrupted us,” said Reid.
Good to know, because as majority leader, Reid will control what measures come up for a vote. The House under Rep. John Boehner’s (R-OH) leadership can pass as many wacky measures as it wants, but when the bills reach the upper chamber they can sit there and wither on the vine, like so many Democratic measures these past two years.