February 27, 2008
The scene at the November 15, 2007 Democratic debate in Las Vegas was thick with the usual suspects—the candidates, the flacks, Wolf Blitzer, Dennis Kucinich's Amazonian wife. But there was someone who seemed out of place, a ghost of campaigns past: Howard Dean. The 2004 presidential candidate turned Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman had been strangely absent all fall, not just a ghost of an earlier campaign but seemingly the ghost of his former self. Among campaign junkies, suddenly glimpsing him up on stage shaking hands with John Edwards "set off a flurry of commentary," remembe
Harry Reid's Monkey Wrench
January 31, 2008
This is interesting. The Hill reports Harry Reid has set the vote on the Senate's economic stimulus package for Monday--the last day of campaigning, of course, before Super Tuesday. Ordinarily this wouldn't be a problem, except that becuase the Senate added a number of provisions Republicans don't like (particularly an extension of unemployment benefits), Reid may need Obama's and Clinton's votes to pass the measure.
*now* Reid's Cracking Down?
January 23, 2008
So Harry Reid announced that the Senate would take up new FISA legislation, which would include retroactive immunity for telecom companies that broke the law and helped the Bush administration do warrantless spying (see this New York Times story for an overview). Chris Dodd said that he'd filibuster the bill. But now Reid's insisting that Dodd and friends are going to have to do a "real" filibuster: [I]f people think they are going to talk this to death, we are going to be in here all night. This is not something we are going to have a silent filibuster on.
Romney On His Mormonism
October 19, 2007
Well, it wasn't exactly JFK at the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, but Mitt Romney did broach the religion question at the Family Research Council's "Washington Briefing" just now. Here's what he said (and I'm paraphrasing slightly since it was a few minutes before I could jot it down): I understand that a few people have heard I'm Mormon. Some people have wondered whether they could vote for a Mormon. But that's probably just because of Harry Reid.
Those Evil-natured Lobbyist Robots, Programmed To Destroy Us
October 09, 2007
Obama is angry today at the Senate for listening to the money and dropping their assault on private equity firms. The sentiment is dead on -- except he is a member of that Senate. I understand campaigning takes up all a candidate's time, but if he worried so much about reform on this getting accomplished, he could have pushed Harry Reid a little. Word from your party's presidential candidates that they really need a chance to register a crucial Senate vote has some influence.
Reading Reid's Tea Leaves
September 19, 2007
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.
The Gop's Glum View
August 01, 2007
Along with several other reporters today I attended a background lunch (held at 101 Constitution Avenue, naturally) with a prominent Republican senator. It doesn't seem like much fun to be in his shoes right now. He could barely mount a case for a Republican comeback in the short term, and even fretted about the possibility of Democratic numbers in the Senate growing to the point where Harry Reid can easily break filibusters. Particularly telling was his response when someone asked which issues he thought the GOP could ride back into power.
Go On And Cry Me A River
July 23, 2007
I'm not a big Bob Novak reader over here, but this morning's incredibly incoherent and intelligence-insulting offering deserves a mention: Billed with the sexy title "Reid's Anti-Reform Maneuvers," Novak's column consists of a harangue against a single earmark offered by Senator Ben Nelson -- debate over it was scuttled to make space for the all-night Iraq debate, a switchoff that Novak concedes was "mere coincidence," not the result of Reid's disclosure-suppressing machinations -- and vague harrumphing about the government's good old days of the sort you usually get sitting at the feet of you
You'll Stay Up 'til This Dump Shines!
July 17, 2007
The cots were just rolled into the Capitol to dramatize Harry Reid's forcing the Republicans to do an all-night filibuster on the Levin-Reed amendment.
More On The Politico
June 15, 2007
The Politico story I slammed yesterday--about Harry Reid criticizing Generals Pace and Petraeus in a conference call with liberal bloggers--turns out to be accurate, at least as it relates to Pace. Blogger Bob Geiger, who was on the call, has confirmed that Reid described Pace as "incompetent." The outstanding question, as far as I can tell, is what, if anything, Reid said about Petraeus during the call. The initial story asserted that the majority leader made "similar disparaging remarks" about Petraeus but gave no further sense of what those comments might have been.