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  •  It's who Reid is (8+ / 0-)

    I don't buy the conspiracy theories about telcom payoffs or vendettas against fellow Democrats.  The simple truth is twofold: Reid isn't a fighter, and he's too much of a pragmatist to be an effective leader of a party where the opposition fights dirty.

    The first part is simple.  Reid's a born compromiser.  He sees it as his responsibility to keep the government from getting bogged down in political squabbling.  So he extends the olive branch again and again, and doesn't know what to do when the White House slaps it away.  Eventually, he just shrugs and decides that the only viable compromise is to cave completely.

    The pragmatist side of him is far more frustrating.  In Reid's mind, there's nothing to be gained by refusing to grant telcoms immunity.  After all, the damage is already done, right?  Holding a few execs accountable won't undo anything.  So why bother pursuing it?  But even if you set aside the fact that it's the right thing to do, if he'd paid attention during the Frist/DeLay years, he'd know that sometimes there's value in fighting just for the sake of fighting.  The equation should be simple: Bush wants it = Bad.  But it's just not how his brain works.

    All of which is to say, there are no hidden motives, here.  Reid is just a shitty leader.  

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