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Defiant to End, Reid Says No Tax Cuts

In Can You Hear Me Now?, The Wrong Right Turn on 04/11/2010 at 07:36

True to his obnoxious form, Senate majority leader Harry Reid announced today that he will oppose any attempt by Republicans on the Hill to continue the Bush tax cuts. Citing what he calls Democrat’s goal to “cut taxes on the middleclass,” Reid is standing by his word to allow across-the-board tax cuts enacted by the Bush Administration on millions of Americans.

Parroting his “light-skinned-no-negro-accent” friend in the White House, Reid said that the Bush tax-cut extension “Won’t happen.”

Senator and Vietnam turncoat John Kerry is just gushing over Harry’s unexpected victory over Tea Party favorite Sharron Angel. “Harry Reid isn’t just Dracula, he isn’t just Lazarus, he’s our Leader and our whole caucus is thrilled that he’s unbreakable and unbeatable.” In Kerry’s mind, I suppose, Dracula is as good an analogy as any.

This is a wonderful opportunity for Mitch McConnell. He must keep this in play with the American people. Nevadans may think Reid is reliable enough to return to the Senate, but most Americans don’t. McConnell and Boehner have to flog this horse every day until it’s dead, and it ain’t nearly in the ground yet.

The Reid-Pelosi Congress was the most costly to taxpayers in U.S. history, and if John Boehner and Mitch McConnell blow it now, there will be little opportunity for recovery in the future.

For most voters, this is a trial run for the Republicans. To regain the public trust they must do more than just say no; they will have to put forth alternative solutions that the nation can identify with. Obama will talk a go-along-to-get-along game but he will not compromise. Mitch McConnell needs to point that out at every turn, starting now.

It remains to be seen which of the conservative Republicans in the House and Senate will emerge on the front bench, but the present leadership must single them out and tap into their passion. While newbies such as Rand Paul and vocal conservatives like Michele Bachmann may seem a little out of the box for the stoic Washington mainstream, now is exactly the time the current GOP leadership must embrace them and tap into their ideas.

Harry Reid is arrogant and defiant. He will not back down after pulling out a come-from-behind win against the Tea Party. This guy has never seen a tax he didn’t love.

But Republicans will not, at least when the doors are closed to public scrutiny, be willing to embrace anyone who they perceive threatens their lead positions in Congress. This will be a mistake. Boehner and McConnell should move quickly to bring in the outsiders and listen to them.

Ironically, with so many Blue Dogs losing out in last night’s contest, this Congress may be even more liberal than the last. Now is no time for Boehner and McConnell to get hinky.


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