Wanker Of The Day

2 comments April 26th, 2007at 07:34am Posted by Eli


Here’s a Washington political riddle where you fill in the blanks: As Alberto Gonzales is to the Republicans, Blank Blank is to the Democrats — a continuing embarrassment thanks to his amateurish performance.

If you answered “Harry Reid” give yourself an A. And join the long list of senators of both parties who are ready for these two springtime exhibitions of ineptitude to end.


[C]onsider the mental gyrations performed by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as he rationalized the recent comment from his majority leader, Harry Reid, the leading light of Searchlight, Nev., that the war in Iraq “is lost.”

On “Fox News Sunday,” Schumer offered this clarification of Reid’s off-the-cuff comment. “What Harry Reid is saying is that this war is lost — in other words, a war where we mainly spend our time policing a civil war between Shiites and Sunnis. We are not going to solve that problem. . . . The war is not lost. And Harry Reid believes this — we Democrats believe it. . . . So the bottom line is if the war continues on this path, if we continue to try to police and settle a civil war that’s been going on for hundreds of years in Iraq, we can’t win. But on the other hand, if we change the mission and have that mission focus on the more narrow goal of counterterrorism, we sure can win.”

Everyone got that? This war is lost. But the war can be won. Not since Bill Clinton famously pondered the meaning of the word “is” has a Democratic leader confused things as much as Harry Reid did with his inept discussion of the alternatives in Iraq.


Most of [Reid’s] earlier gaffes were personal, bespeaking a kind of displaced aggressiveness on the part of the onetime amateur boxer. But Reid’s verbal wanderings on the war in Iraq are consequential — not just for his party and the Senate but for the more important question of what happens to U.S. policy in that violent country and to the men and women whose lives are at stake.


Instead of reinforcing the important proposition — defined by the Iraq Study Group— that a military strategy for Iraq is necessary but not sufficient to solve the myriad political problems of that country, Reid has mistakenly argued that the military effort is lost but a diplomatic-political strategy can still succeed.

The Democrats deserve better, and the country needs more, than Harry Reid has offered as Senate majority leader.

Funny that Broderella only has a problem with Reid when he actually pushes back against the administration and the Republicans. He doesn’t say a word about all the times Reid has rolled over without a fight (Alito confirmation, Military Commissions Act), or his inexplicable and inexcusable support for the noxious Joe Lieberman. No, the only times Reid is an Incompetent, Bad Opposition Majority Leader are when he’s actually… opposing.

And oh-by-the-way, there’s nothing wrong with saying the war is lost. The war has been an unwinnable fantasy from Day One. If Schumer wants to try to spin and dodge that fact, that’s his problem, not Reid’s.

The fact is, I’m not wild about Harry, but for the opposite reasons from Broder. I don’t think he makes these kinds of “gaffes” (apparently defined as comments embarrassing to the Bush administration) enough.

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Media,Wankers


  • 1. Multi Medium » NOLA&hellip  |  April 27th, 2007 at 10:35 am

    […] And for those of you who are appalled at David Broder’s mean-spirited cluelessness towards Harry Reid, the Senate Democratic Caucus has got his back. Even Lieberman. David, when even Joe Lieberman tells you you’re a dishonest, ignorant hack, you might want to listen. […]

  • 2. speednosteve  |  May 7th, 2008 at 7:24 am

    attempt. crashing down a scientist. about crashing down

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