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Reading Reid's Tea Leaves

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Is anyone else having trouble understanding what is going on inside Harry Reid's head?
A couple of weeks ago, he vowed to take a new tack and work more closely with
Republicans on compromise Iraq legislation this fall, but today there's this:

After weeks of suggesting Democrats would temper their approach to Iraq
legislation in a bid to attract more Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
declared abruptly Tuesday that he had no plans to do so. "There (are) no goals. It's all
definite timelines," he told reporters of [future] planned legislation.When
asked why Democrats won't soften the deadline, the majority leader said he doesn't
have confidence Republicans are willing to challenge Bush on the war. "I think they've
decided definitely they want this to be the Senate Republicans' war, not just Bush's.
They're jealous," he said with a smile.

In the spring, it seemed to me Democratic Iraq strategy in the Senate careered back and
forth in direct response to the overwhelming emotions of frustration and fury provoked
by waffling Republicans. Now it doesn't look like the summer helped shore up
anybody's reserves of patience. At least nobody can accuse Reid of staying the course.

--Eve Fairbanks

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