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Harry Reid Harry Reid Threatens GOP with Nuclear Option On Senate Filibuster Rules

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada)

ZZZZZ – Harry Reid couldn’t pull the trigger and the Senate is better for it.

Progressive senators working to dramatically alter Senate rules were defeated on Thursday, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and his counterpart, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), set to announce a series of compromise reforms on the Senate floor that fall far short of the demands. The language of the deal was obtained by HuffPost and can be read here and here.

The pressure from the liberal senators, led by Oregon Democrat Jeff Merkley and backed by a major coalition of progressive groups, created the political space for Reid to cut the deal with McConnell, which includes changes to how the Senate operates but leaves a fundamental feature, the silent filibuster, in place.

OK, the Dems surrendered because the prudent ones know that what goes around, comes around.

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Most Americans would agree to send all of the members of Congress packing, if they did not vote for a budget.

Why should Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is protecting Democratic Senators, up for 2014 re-electon in Red States get a pass.

Dingy Harry: Pass a budget and let’s have a discussion with the House to regain fiscal sanity.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada)

I think this is a bluff by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The Nevada Democrat said he would give Republicans another 24 to 36 hours to agree to filibuster reform and then trigger the so-called nuclear option. This controversial tactic would allow him to change the Senate rules with a simple majority vote.

“I hope within the next 24 to 36 hours we can get something we agree on. If not, we’re going to move forward on what I think needs to be done. The caucus will support me on that,” Reid told reporters.

Although its use has been threatened in the past to spur the minority party to agree to reforms, the nuclear option has never been used to change the standing rules, say parliamentary experts.

But, if Dingy Harry really wants to change the United States Senate to be like the House, then so be it. The GOP will benefit as NOTHING in the Senate will be voted on by the GOP controlled House for at least the next two years.

The Democrats’ and the Obama agenda will be dead as the President drifts onward to total lame duck status.

Moreover, the GOP Senators will drag their feet even more (Senate business will grind to a halt), as they attempt to get even with the majority.

A deal will be struck.

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This is the “Big Story” of the Day – hence the obligatory in the title. I mean when Jon Stewart calls lefty Dingy Harry Reid (the Democrat Senator from Nevada who is also the Senate Majority Leader) a terrible person, then you know Reid has gone off the reservation.

The flap is about the weighty issue of Mitt Romney’s tax returns and how Mitt has allegedly NOT paid any taxes. But, of course, Reid’s allegations are not proven and he looks like a moronic ass in repeating them over and over.

Democrats cheered as the Senate majority leader from Nevada focused new attention on a perceived Romney weak spot: his refusal to release more than the last two years of his tax returns. Without more disclosure, Reid has said, Romney is not fit to serve as a Cabinet member and “couldn’t be confirmed as dog catcher.”

“His poor father must be so embarrassed about his son,” Reid said, referring to then-Michigan Gov. George Romney making public 12 years of his tax returns when he ran for president in 1968.

Republicans, meanwhile, cried foul at an accusation that they complained lacked any supporting evidence. Romney’s campaign, which has set his net worth at between $190 million and $250 million, previously has denied rumors that he hasn’t paid taxes in any year.

But, placing a foot in his own mouth is not new for Dingy Harry Reid. Remember when he declared the Iraq War lost?

We noted yesterday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the Huffington Post that what he claimed was a Bain Capital investor had called him to say Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for ten years – without saying who told him this, or what basis there was for the claim.

Earlier today, he doubled down on the unsubstantiated claim with reporters in Nevada:

“I am not basing this on some figment of my imagination,” Reid said in a telephone call with Nevada reporters. “I have had a number of people tell me that.”

Asked to elaborate on his sources, Reid declined. “No, that’s the best you’re going to get from me.”

“I don’t think the burden should be on me,” Reid said. “The burden should be on him. He’s the one I’ve alleged has not paid any taxes. Why didn’t he release his tax returns?”

Harry Reid has NO evidence and his accusations are ludicrous.

Let’s move along….

Here is the Jon Stewart video ridiculing Harry Reid:

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