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June 21, 2007
POLITICS: Finally, A Man Harry Reid Can Respect

Was it the pork? The filibusters against civil rights? The white sheet?

Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid calls Robert Byrd "this unusually brilliant man."

Well, that's a change of tune. Consider what Harry the Insult Comic Senator has had to say about a number of other distinguished public servants:

Reid on Justice Clarence Thomas:

I think that he has been an embarrassment to the Supreme Court. I think that his opinions are poorly written. I just don't think that he's done a good job as a Supreme Court justice.

Reid on General Peter Pace:

Pace is also a yes-man for the President. I told him to his face, I laid it out last time he came in to see me. I told him what an incompetent man I thought he was.

Reid on General David Petraeus (here and here):

I don't believe him. . . isn't in touch with what's going on in Baghdad.

Reid on President Bush: "a loser" and "a liar"

Reid on Alan Greenspan: "one of the biggest political hacks we have here in Washington."

Reid on Bill Frist: "no institutional integrity"

Given the company, I'm quite certain I'd rather be criticized by Senator Reid.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:14 PM | Politics 2007 | Comments (11) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

If you go back and look at the prescient things Senator Byrd said about our invasion of Iraq -- not just during the '02 vote, but right up through the invasion in March of '03 (while most Senators were spending more time praising Captian Kangaroo -- i kid you not) and you compare it to the crap the White House and Military have been feeding us for the last five years about Iraq, I think its easy to disagree with you Crank.


Regarding Reid's comment about Thomas -- I remember hearing them on Meet the Press, two months after John Kerry went down in flames, and harsh as it was and perhaps a little unfair, I thought the new majority leader's frankness would be an excellent contrast to the failed presidential candidate's waffling.

Posted by: Patrick at June 22, 2007 1:32 AM

But . . . Bush is a loser and a liar.

Posted by: steve at June 22, 2007 7:45 AM

Patrick: Even assuming Byrd was dead on about the Iraq War, he still i) is a former Klansman, who vowed never to serve in the military with blacks, filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act, recently (2001) explained to a reporter that there are white n*ggers as well as black n*ggers, and ii) has spent untold millions, if not billions, of tax dollars on questionable projects in West Virginia by using his power as Appropriations Committee chairman and became known as the King of Pork. I think Crank's point went more toward his character, or lack thereof, than his position on the war or anything else.

Posted by: WD at June 22, 2007 11:24 AM

Yeah, Reid is a mess. He seems to be the Murtha of the Senate, that he is calling the pays is sad. I wonder, with the amount of despicable lines that come from his mouth, if he is not an alcoholic/abuser. It amazes, Bush is a monstrous disappointment, the Republican congress was filthy and pathetic; yet after 6 months these clowns have reached new lows? I expect another terror attack, I wonder if it would not be a blessing for them to hit DC? They are not all scum, but the percentage has to be the highest in the US. Both parties, to hell with them all.

Posted by: abe at June 22, 2007 11:29 AM

Ever see a republican defend David Duke? Yeah, did not think so. Byrd is a thief and a bigot.

Posted by: abe at June 22, 2007 11:34 AM

I flipped through Barack Obama's book the other day, trying to determine whether this guy was worth a fraction of the hype.

I was not very impressed; but he did tell a long story about how he and Senator Byrd became buddies. He concluded that in bridging the differences of their backgrounds they demonstrated the potential greatness of this country.

Now I am not sure if the plug was just payback for some highway project in Illionois, but far be it from me to question Obama's opinion of Byrd's standing on racial matters.

Hence -- i think his wisdom and courage on the rush to war with Iraq far outweighs his background on racial matters (and before you start yapping about Trent Lott -- let me tell you I have more respect for him than many of his colleagues on both sides of the aisle).

Posted by: patrick at June 22, 2007 12:25 PM

Patrick: OK, I misunderstood your point. I still think there is a special room in hell where Robert Byrd and Ted Stevens will spend eternity fighting over a dime of taxpayers' money.

Posted by: WD at June 22, 2007 4:13 PM

I agree Sen Byrd is top tier pork purveyor; but I give him a partial pass because if any state in the union could use a little extra $$ to get through the day, WV is it.

Posted by: Patrick at June 22, 2007 5:18 PM

How about the good buddies Bush respects? Like the Saudis. Like the Iranians, they are paying for, and arming the Iraqi (Sunni) insurgents. I guess Bush doesn't like to criticize his employers.

And Frist is the lowest of the low. Using his MD to diagnose from a look on TV, that was totally wrong, but for political gain.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at June 23, 2007 10:10 AM

..you forgot Vladimir Putin -- Bush looked into the former KGB agent's 'soul' and liked what he saw; too bad the Russian leader has made a mockery of Bush's calls for democracy and freedom around the world (though Bush himself was already doing a good job of that).

Or how about Bernard Kerik -- Bush's mobbed up nominee to head Homeland Security.

Or Ahmed Chalabi -- the former bank president/ convicted embezzeler/ international fugitive who sold us a war.

Or Paul Wolfowitz.

Or Douglas Feith.

Or Tom Delay.

Or Michael Brown.

Or Alberto Gonzales.

Or Dick Cheney.

Given the company, I'm quite certain I'd rather be criticized by President Bush.

Posted by: Patrick at June 23, 2007 5:34 PM

Isn't this the sort of situation that lost Trent Lott his job? Wonder if Reid will be forced to step down

Posted by: Cannon at June 27, 2007 12:32 AM
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