Harry Reid & Democrat Obstructionism

Not to be outdone by his counterpart, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid shows just how whiny and hypocritical he can be. Two days ago, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate and whined about Republican obstructionism.

He said the lack of Republican votes on the Medicare “doc fix” was another effort of the Republicans to “slow down, divert, and stop” what they (Democrats) are trying to do with health care “and basically everything else”.

He has lamented how things have changed in Washington, and he wants everyone within the sound of his voice to understand that Washington is being driven by a small number of people on the other side of the aisle that are preventing them (Democrats) from doing things that “help the American people”.

Sorry Harry. Those accusations just aren’t going to fly anymore. The Democrats hold a 58-40 majority over the Republicans in the Senate. The two Independent Senators caucus with the Democrats, which gives the Democrats a 60-40 majority.

It takes 60 votes to end debate on legislation and bring it up for a vote. That process is called cloture.

If the Democrats are truly doing what’s best for the American people and the “essential legislation” he keeps whining about will actually help Americans, why doesn’t his own party support it?

The truth is, Democrats don’t need Republican support on any legislation. They have the numbers. They have the votes. They can introduce, debate, and ultimately pass any bill they choose to force on the American people. The Republicans, with just 40 votes are unable to stop any of it, not by themselves anyway.

It’s time for Harry Reid to stop whining about Republican obstructionism and face the truth. The truth is, Harry Reid does not want to pass “partisan” legislation, especially where health care and anything else important to the American people are concerned, because he doesn’t want Democrats to take the sole blame for how completely ridiculous and dangerous it really is.