By Onan Coca and Jeff Dunetz
Harry Reid has added to his record of stupidity by claiming that congressional is low because the Republicans eliminated earmarks. Typical comment by the retiring Minority Leader Harry Reid.
In some ways Harry Reid is going to be missed by the blogging community. After all the guy was so much fun to lampoon. He combines the undesirable traits of being a liar, an idiot, and plain nasty.
It was just four years ago that he falsely claimed the Mitt Romney hasn’t paid his income taxes for ten years, and when he was caught in the lie his answer was; Well it worked!. This is the man who trashed American citizens, the Koch Brothers on the senate floor seemingly every day for a year. But all that publicity didn’t stop him from having his campaign cut two checks worth a total of $16,787 to his granddaughter for “holiday gifts ” (it was legal). There was the campaign ad he created to bash opponent Sharon Angle which unintentionally slammed Progressive Democratic Congresswoman Dina Titus. Then there was the interview where Reid was asked the greatest living American and he picked two dead guys. Or the time he claimed that President Obama was just like the Chilean miners, or when Harry appeared on the Ed Schultz show and claimed that he personally saved the world from a worldwide depression.
Senator Tom Cotton nailed it in May 2016 when he got up on the senate floor and defended John McCain against Harry Reid attack:
“I would never complain about the tasks were given, there is one small burden I bare though. As a junior senator, I preside over the Senate. I usually do in the morning, which means I’m forced to listen to the bitter, vulgar, incoherent ramblings of the Minority Leader.”
“Normally, like other Americans, I ignore them. I can’t ignore them today, however,” the Junior Senator said before launching into Reid for “grinding the Senate to a halt” to stall a bill that eventually passed 98-0 and “in committee all the Democrats on the Armed Services Committee voted in favor of it. When was the last time the minority leader read a bill? It was probably an electricity bill.”
This next part was classic, “And to say that he [Reid] cares for the troops, how about this troop [McCain] and his son and his father and his grandfather, four generations of service, to include almost six years of rotting in a prisoner of war camp, say that he’s [Reid] delaying this because he cares for the troops, a man who never served himself. A man who in April of 2007 came to this very floor before the surge reached its peak and said the war was lost when 100 Americans were being killed in Iraq every month when I was carrying their dead bodies off an airplane at Dover Air Force base. It is an outrage,”
And for his coup de grace, Cotton said, “We’re delaying it for one reason and one reason only, to protect his own sad, sorry, legacy. He now complains in the mornings that the Senate is not in session enough, that our calendar is too short. Well, whatever you think about that, the happy by-product of fewer days in session in the Senate is that this institution will be cursed less with his cancerous leadership.”
Even though he has but a week left in his Senate career Harry Reid is out to prove that Ron White was correct when he said, “you can’t fix stupid.”
Democrats have spent the last month trying to find ways to lay the blame for their disastrous 2016 at anyone’s feet but their own, so why wouldn’t they be looking for ways to blame everyone else for other problems too?
Congressional popularity has dipped to all-time lows in recent days, and both parties are attempting to blame each other for that precipitous drop, but Harry Reid (D-NV) may have just come up with the most “creative” reason for the hate yet. In a recent interview with Nevada’s NPR station, Reid actually argued that the reason Congress was so unpopular was because they’d ended the practice of “earmarks”!
(Earmarks, for the uninitiated, are a legal form of bribery whereby a government official appeased local interests by showering them with taxpayer dollars, all in an effort to ensure that they get reelected.)
Watch as the most divisive politician of the last generation proudly oozes corruption for all to see.
NPR: Caller Mike wanted to know about the efforts to cut pork in Washington, D.C.
Harry Reid: I think one of the reasons Congress has failed in recent years is because they arbitrarily, the Republicans and I’m sorry to say Obama worked with them, and that is they cut out earmarks. We have a constitutional duty to have congressional directed spending.
I’m very proud of what I was able to do with congressional directed spending. I believe as someone who was born and raised in Nevada, been in government all these many years, I think I know has much about what Nevada needs as someone who works in the bowels of the Energy Department or the Interior Department.
I think the country worked pretty well for many generations when you kept the president from determining all the money that should be spent and we had earmarks.
Perhaps Reid didn’t notice what happened in the recent presidential election (it was in all the papers). America voted to “drain the swamp” to end crony capitalism…just the kind of practice Reid is talking about in the video below.
Wouldn’t it be great if the day before the new congress is sworn in on January third, they have a swearing out ceremony for creeps like Harry Reid? We can have an American citizen, perhaps Mitt Romney or one of the Koch Bros. put their right hand on a bible, point to Harry Reid with his left hand as he began to scream:
“Harry Reid! F-U! You lied your a** off and screwed the American people, you don’t get to pass go or collect $200, just get the hell out of here and we don’t want to see your lying face ever again!”
Parts of this post originally appeared at Constitution.com