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Thursday
Nov042010

Chris Matthews should ask Reid if he’s ‘hypnotized’

Less than 24 hours after voters voiced extreme displeasure with the federal government, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was back to doing what he does best. Griping about Republicans.

Reid isn’t sounding very bipartisan. Judging by what he told The Canadian Press, I’d suggest ‘progressive’ pundit Chris Matthews ask if Reid’s ‘hypnotized’ just as Matthews asked that, very rudely, of a Republican representative on Election Day.

TCP reported Reid’s take on the midterm: “Reid, a former boxer, said, ‘the fight is far from over.’ He called Tuesday's results a bell signalling ‘the start of the next round.’

The Hill then reported Reid’s comments during a conference call—the results are the same-old-same-old. He called Republicans “obstructionists” and generally gave the idea Democrats are the only good guys in the political arena.

I wanted to meme Matthews and ask, “Harry, are you in a trance? Are you hypnotized?”

Americans expressed extreme displeasure with Reid by casting votes that returned the House of Representatives to Republicans. The GOP also picked up  enough seats in the Senate that Harry will now have to work harder to ram looter-type legislation such as the much underreported GIVE Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act down American taxpayers’ throats. Democrats came dangerously close to passing the anti-US bill HR 2454, Cap and Trade, passed by the House.

President Barack Obama may have drawn the fire for his party during the Midterm, but fact is the Democrat Congress was one of the most inept, insulting, incapable and generally unethical Congresses America has seen for quite some time. Second fact is the Democrat Congress failed every task Obama handed them because the legislators could not legislate—their bills are works of destructive art.

Somebody needs to snap a couple fingers and bring Reid out of his trance. He no longer has the supermajority that enabled Democrats to pass whatever their tax and spendthrift hearts desired, whether they knew what was in the legislation they signed or not. He’s got 2 independents among those 53 seats he bragged about to TCP. Reid may be able to do some cramming in the lame duck, but by the time 2011 rolls around, he will have to relinquish his ideals of grandeur.

Democrats took Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008 by running on an economic platform that resulted in levels of spending that should land that Congress in the world record book. The result of all that spending and all those promises is a fiscal disaster and record unemployment.

And Republicans should bear in mind it’s not bipartisanship we are after. We will support whoever demonstrates what is lacking in Washington—common sense and pro-US policies on the economy.

As a famous preacher once said, “The chickens are coming home to roost.” Reid should come out of his trance and start cleaning out his henhouse.  (Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 4, 2010)

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