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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks to the media after a caucus meeting with Senate Democrats on Capitol Hill in Washington August 1, 2011.
Do you approve of the way that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing his job?

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Do you approve of the way that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is doing his job?

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Comment Preferences

  •  Two words, "nuclear option" (14+ / 0-)

    For that he gets my "Yes" vote.

    There are lies, damn lies, and statistics but they all pale in comparison to conservative talking points.

    by ontheleftcoast on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:45:48 PM PST

  •  Reid is acting like he has had enough (11+ / 0-)

    of being played by MitchCo., I like the way he has acted recently.

  •  Yes and no (6+ / 0-)

    imo he took way too long to set the filibuster back. AND it feels as if we could have put the repubs back on their heels with some targeted legislation i.e. minimum wage, unionizing easing, protect women's reproductive rights act, protect voter's rights act, repealing the AUMF etc.

    ALL of our institutions have been hollowed out by the greed ethos. There are none left with heart intact or souls for that matter. So the zombie is all around us - me

    by glitterscale on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:49:47 PM PST

  •  Results on these two polls have always been (1+ / 0-)
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    Scandalous One

    interesting.  There was a time when we had the minority in both houses and approval of Reed was much higher.  Of course, the Senate rules provide a lot more possibilities for the minority leader.  During the time we controlled both houses, Pelosi was more popular.  The flip side is that the majority leader in the house has more unobstructed power.   Now, both our leaders are in the problematic position that tended in the past to make them unpopular.  I am pleased to see positive results for both, and perhaps more recognition that their positions place limits on what they can do as "leaders."

    So I see only tatters of clearness through a pervading obscurity - Annie Dillard -6.88, -5.33

    by illinifan17 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:52:28 PM PST

  •  Don't know if it's Sen. Reid or just events. (3+ / 0-)
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    chicating, Scandalous One, Creosote

    But his leadership seems to be working more effectively in the Senate. He has managed to take most Presidential appointments out of Republican hands yet still can paint the GOP as obstructionists in the Senate. Republicans play into his hands by behaving ridiculously about unemployment benefits re-authorization. I don't see how we could ask a lot more from a majority leader like Reid. But, he's had his share of errors and holes in his swing in a long and uneven tenure.

    "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." John Kenneth Galbraith

    by LeftOfYou on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 12:54:37 PM PST

  •  I think in the past year (2+ / 0-)
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    Scandalous One, Creosote

    he has proven to be a very good Senate Majority Leader.

    "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

    by pierre9045 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:03:02 PM PST

    •  Hey, that's great… (3+ / 0-)

      But how about all the years he just stood around with his dick in his hand?

      He should have told turtle-boy and cry-baby to sit-down-and-STFU years ago.

      Wasted time, killing the middle class with the death of a thousand cuts.

      I would tell you the only word in the English language that has all the vowels in order but, that would be facetious.

      by roninkai on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:15:07 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

      •  Good point. (0+ / 0-)

        "In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” -Confucius

        by pierre9045 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:29:57 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

      •  I have no problem with your raw language but... (0+ / 0-)

        if someone had said something equivalent about a female majority leader whether Democrat or Republican, they would have been immediately HR'd for the comment.

        I for one hate censoring people's thoughts (unless you are an egregious right winger lol...) so I would never HR for something as benign as what you said, but I just wanted to draw attention to the fact that your comment would have been handled differently (by others on here) if the subject of your comment was a different gender. It's a double standard that many on here do not even recognize.

        •  Hmmm TU status yanked away... (0+ / 0-)

          because I made the above comment. Big deal. I never use it anyways. What I said is true though and I stand by it. The double standard is so glaringly obvious on here I have to laugh. I guess someone "up there" didn't like me calling them out on this.

          In case you guys are wondering I am a 26 year old black male so double standard is nothing new to me. I can smell it when I see it :-)

    •  I think in the past year (0+ / 0-)

      he has proven he could have been a much better Senate Majority Leader, much earlier. I don't think he's really satisfied my need to know what took him so long to get around to the realization that this current crop of Republicans have absolutely no interest in ever working with Democrats in good faith.

  •  Reid (0+ / 0-)

    enjoys the view


    I think clowns wear makeup just to get my attention. Actually, I’m more of the big shoe type.

    by glb3 on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:07:52 PM PST

  •  Had to vote NO (2+ / 0-)
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    Be Skeptical, Naja pallida

    All these people should have stood up to the Republicans YEARS AGO.

    Why are we rewarding FAILURE?
    Demand more from Congress.

    I would tell you the only word in the English language that has all the vowels in order but, that would be facetious.

    by roninkai on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 01:08:39 PM PST

  •  Harry Reid.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Scandalous One

    even though he changed the rules to help lessen the filibuster and obstruction, he still is a weak majority leader.  Case in point..just today...he couldn't overcome a filibuster by getting just 5 republicans to vote for freakin unemployment extension.  A very routine maneuver at least in the past.  Reid really needs to go ahead and get rid of the filibuster for everything....except to only allow it if a senator wishes to go to the floor and speak for as long as he wishes.  We can reform the filibuster to retain the "mr. smith goes to washington" unlimited debate aspect and stop the every vote is a filibuster maneuver today.  Why he doesn't do this is beyond me and it would actually help to show the Americans who is obstructing.  

    •  I agree on the point of the filibuster (0+ / 0-)

      I think it should be removed entirely except in unique circumstances. It has been abused far too much by the Republicans. Besides, if the Republicans ever get control of the Senate again they are almost certain to do it. There is no need putting one foot in the ring... Reid needs to jump in completely and fight.

  •  I'll say the same about Reid... (0+ / 0-)

    as I did about Pelosi, too old and been around too long.

    Our party really needs new and younger leaders.

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