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Gingersnap
12-08-2009, 10:20 AM
Reid faces criticism after comparing health-care reform opponents to civil rights opponents

By Paul Kane

Senior Republicans lit into Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) Monday after he likened GOP opponents of proposed health-care legislation to those who opposed abolishing slavery, fought against a woman's right to vote and blocked civil rights laws 50 years ago.

In a prepared floor speech that began Monday's debate on health care, Reid said the nearly universal Republican opposition to health insurance reform was akin to the efforts to block some of the nation's most important hallmark civil rights reforms of the past 150 years.

"You think you've heard these same excuses before, you're right. In this country there were those who dug in their heels and said: Slow down, it's too early, let's wait, things aren't bad enough about slavery. When women want to vote, slow down, there will be a better day to do that," Reid said.

A flurry of denunciations from Republicans followed, including an angry rebuttal from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has emerged as the GOP's leading opponent to health-care reform legislation since losing the presidency to Obama last year. McCain demanded that Reid return to the Senate floor to "if not apologize, certainly clarify his remarks."

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, the highest ranking African American in the GOP, called Reid "far out of bounds with his absurd and offensive comments."

"Reid has now compared his quest to pass the Obama-Pelosi government takeover of health care to the effort to end slavery.... To suggest that passing this horrible bill is anything akin to ridding our country of slavery is terribly offensive and calls into question Mr. Reid's suitability to lead," Steele said in a statement.

Reid has declined to apologize, suggesting that Republicans will be "on the wrong side of history" for their efforts to obstruct health-care reform, just as lawmakers stood athwart history yelling stop in past civil rights debates.

"For the past eight days they've done nothing but obstruct health care on the Senate floor and throughout this year have played politics with this and virtually every other issue of importance to the American people. Today's feigned outrage is nothing but a ploy to distract from the fact they have no plan," Jim Manley, Reid's spokesman, said late Monday.

I'm guessing the outrage isn't very feigned.

WaPo (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/2009/12/reid_faces_criticism_after_com.html)

Rebel Yell
12-08-2009, 11:25 AM
Reid has declined to apologize, suggesting that Republicans will be "on the wrong side of history" for their efforts to obstruct health-care reform, just as lawmakers stood athwart history yelling stop in past civil rights debates.

Why won't any Republicans stand up and ask him, "And what party was that, Mr. Reid?"

stsinner
12-08-2009, 11:54 AM
I'd imagine Reid sealed his fate in the next election with that stupid remark. Imagine if a Republican had said that.

Last Samurai
12-09-2009, 04:57 PM
Did I almost hear the "If you don't support the Obama Agenda you are a racist" card being played here?

Good thing he didn't, that particular card has been played so much over the last two years that other players at the table can spots it's worn vistage while still in the opponent's hand. If the other players know what's in your hand....... you are going to start losing more often. Through outmanouvering if nothing else.

LS

PoliCon
12-09-2009, 09:57 PM
I'd imagine Reid sealed his fate in the next election with that stupid remark. Imagine if a Republican had said that.

The dems will excuse him. They always excuse bad behavior by their candidates.

stsinner
12-09-2009, 10:01 PM
The dems will excuse him. They always excuse bad behavior by their candidates.

So true...