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Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks frankly about the wrong side of history rut today's Senate Republicans are in....
"Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, 'slow down, stop everything, let's start over.' If you think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said 'slow down, it's too early, things aren't bad enough.' When women spoke up for the right to speak up, they wanted to vote, some insisted they simply, slow down, there will be a better day to do that, today isn't quite right. When this body was on the verge of guaranteeing equal civil rights to everyone regardless of the color of their skin, some senators resorted to the same filibuster threats that we hear today."
Here's how the "liberal" Washington Post's, Ramesh Ponnuru, responded to what Reid said...
The offensiveness of Senator Reid's comments should not blind us to their stupidity. If he is right, then it is always wrong--it is always wicked and immoral--to slow down or to rethink. This is, however, exactly the right course of action on many occasions. The senator should take it each time he opens his mouth.
I don't know if you know this.....but Villagers and Republican senators are extremely sensitive to how Democrats talk. I guess I never fully appreciated how delicate a bunch of flowers these Republicans are today. VP Cheney did not faint, or even tremble uncontrollably, when he was telling Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to "go Cheney himself" a while back. I thought Republican honchos could take the rough and tumble, the back and forth, the abrasiveness that accompanies politics. Guess not. The party of the tough and macho Commander Guy is, in reality, full of nothing but junior-high, soap-opera, drama queens in search of a couch to faint on.
Call the waaambulances...
Sen. John Thune (R-SD) called the (Reid) remarks "inflammatory and irresponsible." Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) said he was "personally offended." Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) said there's "no place for language like that."
Sen. Orrin Hatch said the remarks were "extremely offensive."
Not just "offensive"...."extremely" offensive. Mister Golly-Gee-Whiz is an especially sensitive guy.
These are people who are not offended in the least that millions of Americans are without health insurance. If they were, they would have done something about health care when they were in power. They didn't.
But when Harry Reid points out the obvious....that Republicans, by their own admission, will do and have done everything in their power to defeat national health care reform....make it "Obama's Waterloo"......then a waaambulance full of Republican diaper-aides must be dispatched to the Senate....network-camera-carrying grief counselors made available.....because the feelings of Republican senators are akin to the skin of an elderly person.....easily bruised. And Harry Reid.....he's so mean.
I mean, how dare Harry Reid point out the consistent refusal of the Republican Party to join the modern world? Think about it.....Reid went easy on the pearl clutchers. Wrong side of history? Hell, Republicans are on the wrong side of reality. Global warming, gays born gay, embryonic stem cell research, Schiavo (end of life), Islamophobia, Latino bashing, women bashing, black bashing, God in public.....I could go on and on.....Republicans are not simply on the wrong side of history on health care reform (although they are).....Republicans, setting aside their penchant for being super sensitive....have been on the wrong side of reality....for decades.
I do disagree with Harry Reid's response to the bruised-sensibilities-mini-conference held shortly after Reid reviewed recent Republican obstructionist history......
"It is hard to believe Senate Republicans are making these charges with a straight face."
No, it's not Harry. It's not hard to believe, at all. In fact, I expect this from Republicans. The Father of the modern GOP was a B-movie actor, for crying out loud......this tendency for the GOP to over-dramatize in such a cheesy fashion comes naturally. Just look at Sarah Palin.
It's time for conservatives and Republicans to step up and change Thune, Hutchison, Hatch, Coburn and Michael Steele's diapers and put them down for their nap.
I sure as hell ain't doing it.