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  •  When can we get rid of Harry Reid? (5+ / 0-)

    I'm sorry but Harry Reid is no Lyndon Johnson, no Mike Mansfield.

    •  He's just a symptom. It's endemic among the (9+ / 0-)


      The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt. Bertrand Russell

      by accumbens on Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 01:19:59 PM PST

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      •  as the majority leader... (6+ / 0-)

        ...he is a lot more than a "symptom", you might call him "Patient Zero".

        He is the person most capable of impacting significant change in the Senate, and he does, in favor of the Corporatist and Corrupt (which includes himself).

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        by mp on Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 01:23:50 PM PST

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        •  It's a mixed bag (4+ / 0-)
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          Remember, he didn't magically become Majority Leader. The Senate Democrats put him there and keep him there. In a sense  they're all to blame for his lack of action. In fact, I'm sure many of the more gutless ones use him as a shield. "Well, I couldn't do 'X' because the Majority Leader didn't do it either".

          There's always the chance something good will come out of expressing oneself honestly

          by ontheleftcoast on Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 01:31:19 PM PST

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          •  No, the process by which he became leader... (4+ / 0-)

            was pretty corrupt and dirty.

            It goes back to Daschle's election by 1 vote...from a guy who switched parties a short time later.

            Following being elected Majority/Minority Leader, both Daschle and Reid have utilized the same kinds of power mongering practices to diminish rivals within the caucus and elevate their allies.  Chris Dodd was the guy that lost by 1 vote to Daschle, and the only one who was even considered to challenge Reid, the progressive caucus was greatly diminished at this point and Reid "knew were the bodies were buried."  He also, like Daschle, rode a national messaging train of "the Democrats need someone from a red state that can communicate with Americans."

            Dodd and Feingold were the only real "rivals" to reid for leadership, both are gone.  Look at the membership today and compare it to the membership before Daschle took power.   There were far more "powerful voices and leaders" then, now it is a bunch of disjointed voices and the dominant voice of the majority leader and his cronies.

            He has been methodical in controlling power and has used his authority as majority leader to kill progressive legislation and push forward anti-progressive agendas (the FISA debacle was a very visible example).

            Reid knows where the bodies are buried because he buried them himself, and in most cases, he created them from silly putty and greed, tattooed a rivals name on them, and dropped them in a desert grave.

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            by mp on Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 02:18:08 PM PST

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        •  And if the R's run someone stronger than Susan A. (0+ / 0-)

          But then, how could they not? Or at least coach them not to mention chickens.

        •  I really don't think Reid is worse (2+ / 0-)

          than any Dem in the Senate... really.  They need to take some lessons from plain folks who are fighting to survive.  I guess they are afraid of Gov. Plenty calling growing government, powerful unions and bailed-out businesses as the "a royal triangle of greed" in America.  Dems are really amazing losers. And we still ain't close to throwing them out of the party.  Oh well...

          Pass new laws to end media monopolization now.

          by john from vermont on Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 01:57:57 PM PST

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        •  I really miss Ted Kennedy. (3+ / 0-)
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          There's nobody like him in the Senate now.   I  hope Chris Murphy makes it.

    •  Reid is the dem party (0+ / 0-)

      we will never get these dems to fight for us. Never.

      Look to Egypt and Wisconsin for the only way forward. Direct action.

      How far to the right do the Dems have to move before you stop calling them Dems?

      by Diebold Hacker on Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 02:48:44 PM PST

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      •  Direct Action Has It's Place, Diebold Hacker (0+ / 0-)

        But remember it is up to the people to bring about change.
        Vote Democratic!
        Pres Obama did say We, were going to bring about change!
        The We, is Us, The American Citizens!

        Brought To You By That Crazed Sociologist/Media Fanatic rebel ga Be The Change You Want To See In The World! Ghandi

        by rebel ga on Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 03:08:58 PM PST

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    •  Wall Streeters sat him down (0+ / 0-)

      ..and explained in no uncertain terms that they didn't like how Reid and Company were running their country.

      My Vampire Squid can kick your Big Brother's ass.

      by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 04:12:24 PM PST

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