Fall election will make or break Harry Reid’s dictatorial grip on power

The spotlight is on Nevada’s senior senator, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and it is casting some dark and ugly shadows.

Practically every news report out of Washington in the past few weeks has featured a snarling and snapping Harry Reid — sort of like the Reid who, when asked by a reporter about funding child cancer treatments during the government shutdown, snapped, “Why would we want to do that?” and then called her “irresponsible and reckless” for asking the question.

A sign in rural Nevada.

Fellow Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee has declared that the Senate is broken and its Reid’s fault. He said Reid’s unilateral killing of the filibuster for nominations ended the Senate. “While it ignores its own rules, today’s meek Senate watches as the Obama administration changes the health care law, suspends immigration laws, and rewrites labor laws,” he said.

Fellow Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma said Reid has appointed himself to be a Rules Committee of one. He points out that the Democratic whining about Republicans abusing the filibuster is a diversion from Reid’s strong arm tactics that have emasculated the GOP minority. Using parliamentary procedures, Reid has cut off debate and prevented the minority from offering amendments 78 times — more than all other Senate majority leaders combined, ever. Reid has boasted, “The amendment days are over.”

Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel has flatly stated Washington is gridlocked solely because of Harry Reid.

“Here’s how the Senate ‘works’ these days,” Strassel explains. “Mr. Reid writes the legislation himself, thereby shutting Republicans out of the committee drafting. Then he outlaws amendments.

“So yes, there are filibusters. They have become the GOP’s only means of protesting Mr. Reid’s total control over what is meant to be a democratic body. It isn’t that the Senate can’t work; it’s that Sen. Reid won’t let it.”

Legislation simply goes to die in Reid’s Senate. No budgets have passed, no jobs bills, no immigration bills, no federal land bills. While the federal government holds title to 85 percent of the land in Nevada, the only thing Reid pushes is giving more land to the federal agencies who block development and economic benefits.

For every dollar Nevadans send to Washington, we get back 65 cents. That’s the second worst return among the states, though we have the supposedly most powerful senator. For whom is he wielding this power?

The 74-year-old Reid says he is running for re-election in two years, though he was hospitalized for exhaustion recently after a routine week.

But for Reid to maintain his grip on power come next January, a majority of senators elected in November must be Democrats. We in Nevada are standing on the sidelines since neither Reid nor Sen. Dean Heller is on the ballot, but the outcome will greatly effect our state and the country. Thus, it is incumbent on all Nevadans to let their friends in other states know it is in all our best interests to return Reid to minority status.

11 comments on “Fall election will make or break Harry Reid’s dictatorial grip on power

  1. Vernon Clayson says:

    I understand the senate works in mysterious and complicated ways but Harry Reid’s ascendancy to total control of the body is beyond comprehension. It’s seems obvious he’s always operated from his own selfish interests, plus those of close association and his family, but there has to be something more behind this fairly recent turn to harsh leftist extremism. It certainly isn’t patriotism, constitutionalism or anything similarly America first, he’s long since burned those bridges, but what can it be that is so powerful that the 99 other senators dare not openly challenge him, albeit a few speak rather hesitatingly, against his bullying tactics, and he ignores the House entirely. Barack Obama hasn’t the force of personality and authority to so completely take over ownership, for lack of a better word, of the entire government, so there has to be someone, more likely a group of powerful and influential individuals, behind the scenes leading both Obama and Reid to their desired ends. It’s been said that it’s good to live in interesting times, I hope to see how the next few years and elections work out, however it does, it will be an historic time.

  2. Our future depends on what the voters do next. Be afraid. Very afraid.

  3. Steve says:

    I was wrong, Harry is not sidelined to a corner office with a view.

    He’s the prime minister to the king.

  4. nyp says:

    Wait a sec — I thought that 2012 was the election that would determine once and for all the fate of our democratic republic. At least, that’s what talking heads on Fox kept telling me for months and months. You mean so say they were just kidding?

  5. Steve says:

    Fox? You must be one those people who think Fringe was a documentary.

  6. […] Fall election will make or break Harry Reid’s dictatorial grip on power The spotlight is on Nevada’s senior senator, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and it is casting some dark and ugly shadows. […]

  7. nyp says:

    no, I’m one of those people who don’t know what “Fringe” is.

  8. Steve says:

    Yet you claim “Fox kept telling” you things….in many ways you are a Fringe event.
    Alert Scully and Mulder…oops mixing franchises there…

  9. nyp says:

    Oh, it is an X-files reference of some kind? I didn’t watch that series.

  10. Steve says:

    Truly a “Fringe” event.
    You would have to like science fiction to have enjoyed Fringe.

  11. Vernon Clayson says:

    Harry Reid is a despot but there are Nevadans, both influential and ordinary, that think it’s okay because “he’s our despot”. 2016 is two years off but you know he has tentacles out finding votes he will need to remain in office. There are no Republican or Independent stars on the rise here in Nevada that will seriously challenge him so he’s senator for life. He might be slightly concerned that his party will lose the majority in the senate but history is on his side, the Republicans always seem to find a way to fall short.

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