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Is It Time to Bury Harry?

Does Harry have a Prayer?

The Nevada US Senate race between Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid and Republican state legislator Sharon Angle is very close. Most of the elite election prognosticators categorize this race as a “toss up”.

Reid and Angle met in their one and only debate. And, judging from the reviews of left-leaning pundits, Reid just may be toast.

John Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun wrote:

Sharron Angle won The Big Debate. Angle won because she looked relatively credible, appearing not to be the Wicked Witch of the West (Christine O’Donnell is the good witch of the Tea Party) and scoring many more rhetorical points. And she won because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid looked as if he could barely stay on a linear argument, abruptly switching gears and failing to effectively parry or thrust.

T. A. Frank of The New Republic whined:

I could go on with my laments about Reid’s performance—about how he fumbled an answer on Social Security, about how he picked Antonin Scalia and Byron “Whizzer” White as particular Supreme Court favorites, about how he couldn’t find his closing statement and wound up shuffling through his papers and then reading something that didn’t really work anyway. But we’re all busy people. No, let’s not dwell on the past…

Taegan Goddard of CQ’s Political Wire posted:

It’s hard to paint your opponent as not ready for primetime if you don’t come across looking much better than she did… Reid also slipped into ‘Washington-speak’ time and time again. Perhaps the worst moment for him: his shuffling around for notes for his closing statement.

Reid’s congressional co-conspirator, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA/8), resides in a very safe district — centered on super-liberal San Francisco. Pelosi will coast through her re-election race.

However, Reid’s term expires at a particularly bad time for him. Reid has to run for re-election in a state with 14.2% unemployment — the  highest in the nation. And, Reid has been front and center in ramming through the most odious components of the Obama economic agenda.

This makes Harry Reid the national “poster boy” for a midterm referendum on the Obama presidency. That infamy channeled over $14 million to Angle’s campaign to oust Reid… in just three months!.

Nevadans will decide if this is the final chapter in the Harry Reid saga. But, right now it appears Reid’s re-election hope is living on a prayer (cue Bon Jovi). But as Garth Brooks sang, “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”

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Bon Jovi / “Livin’ on a Prayer”

Garth Brooks / “Unanswered Prayers”

Reid Flip-Flops on Birthright Citizenship

Attractive on feet... not in politicians.

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) is channeling his inner John Kerry. Kerry (in)famously tried to explain his stance on the Iraq War by saying he “voted for it, before he voted against it.” Reid is now doing the same on birthright citizenship. 

Reid introduced a bill in 1993 to end birthright citizenship. In 2010, Reid can’t fathom why anyone would have a problem with it. 

Birthright citizenship refers to a provision of the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution which grants any person born on American soil citizenship. The origin of the provision was to ensure that the children of freed slaves were treated as citizens under state law in the former Confederate states.  

Reid’s 1993 bill includes a summary of it’s intent: 

A bill to curb criminal activity by aliens, to defend against acts of international terrorism, to protect American workers from unfair labor competition, and to relieve pressure on public services by strengthening border security and stabilizing immigration into the United States. 

That sounds suspiciously like the Republican agenda, doesn’t it? 

Yet, Politico reports Reid’s recent take on the GOP discussion about birthright citizenship: 

I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK?

Today, the birthright citizenship provision is a key issue in the illegal immigration debate. Children born to illegal aliens in the US are legal citizens and can’t be deported. This allows their illegal-status parents to remain in the US. Because of this, these children are sometimes referred to as “anchor babies”. 

According to the non-partisan Pew Research Center one in thirteen births are children of illegals. This translated into nearly 340,000 births in 2008. By 2009, 4 million such anchor babies resided in the US with their illegal-status parents. 

The truth is Harry Reid is a weathervane — pointing in all directions at once. When the unions needed him to limit immigration to save jobs, Reid was in favor of repealing birthright citizenship. Now, he’s trying to win Hispanic votes through a U-turn. 

On November 2nd we’ll all find out if the winds in Nevada finally blew against Reid. 

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Written by kensten

08/14/2010 at 2:30 pm

LVRJ: Obamanomics Sucks

President Obama was in Las Vegas today shilling… er, campaigning… for US Senator Harry Reid (D-NV).  The Las Vegas Review Journal uses the president’s visit as an opportunity to take him to task for his economic policies. 

The newspaper’s lead editorial is entitled “Welcome Back, Mr President: Your Economic Policies Suck”.

The editors describe a litany of terrible Obama Administration policies and the havoc they have wrought on Las Vegas — and the nation. 

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Written by kensten

07/09/2010 at 5:00 pm