Harry the Hypocrite

The Associated Press reported on Nov. 30 that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NEV) is threatening to “take the unusual step of using a simple majority vote to limit filibusters.” [ref]

A filibuster is a tactic historically used by members of a minority party — Democrat or Republican — to prevent bipartisan legislation from being rammed through the Senate by the majority party. A filibuster can only be stopped by a 60 vote majority, a tally that typically requires partisan support to achieve.

The really sad thing about Harry Reid’s threat is that it utterly exposes Harry Reid for what he is: a hypocrite. The proof is in Reid’s own prior opposition to limiting filibusters.

On Tuesday, March 15, 2005, back when the Democrats were the Senate minority, Reid released a statement regarding threats by Republicans to limit filibustering:

The Republican leadership want[s] to eliminate a two-hundred-year-old American rule saying that every member of the Senate can rise to say their piece and speak on behalf of the people that sent them here… This attempt to strip away these important checks and balances … is about the desire for absolute power… It would mean that one political party — be it Republicans today or Democrats tomorrow — gets to have all the say. [ref]

Then, on Tuesday, April 26, 2005, Reid made this further statement regarding possible filibuster rule changes:

The Republican majority has threatened to break the Senate rules, violate over 200 years of Senate tradition and impair the ability of Democrats and Republicans to work together… It is astounding that Republicans would precipitate this destructive confrontation… The American people have rejected [the filibuster rule change] because they see it for what it is — an unconstitutional abuse of power. Regardless of political affiliation, Americans understand that this is a partisan power grab. [ref]

In the same statement he accused the Republicans of hypocrisy. Reid was right. Those in favor of the rule change were being hypocrites. Sadly, Reid is now being the same kind of hypocrite they were, and worse, as we’ll get into at the end of this post.

It is now “tomorrow” and the Democrats are in control of the Senate. To use Harry’s own words against him, it is “astounding” that Harry Reid and the Democrats would seek to “eliminate a two-hundred-year-old American rule saying that every member of the Senate can rise to say their piece and speak on behalf of the people that sent them here” and “would precipitate [a] destructive confrontation” with “a partisan power grab” that amounts to an “unconstitutional abuse of power.” It is all “about the desire for absolute power.”

Harry Reid clearly wants to remove any obstacles to his and President Obama’s liberal agenda. They pay lip service to bipartisanship, but behind their anything-but-transparent closed doors, they prefer to ramrod their legislation through: My way or the highway. Obamacare is a prime example.

Not only is Harry Reid a hypocrite, he is also a liar. That is no surprise, as the two always go hand in hand.

What makes Reid a liar? As reported by Andrew Kaczynski of BuzzFeed.com, Harry Reid’s official website has removed Reid’s multiple 2005 press releases and statements that voiced his fervent opposition to filibuster rule changes. [ref] Below you can see screen captures of the suddenly missing information. Why would Reid remove them? The answer is obvious, but I’ll say it anyhow: Reid is trying to hide his hypocrisy by obfuscating his record. The likely next step for him is to publicly deny or contort the facts of past statements.

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