Monday, July 6, 2009

Today's The Day, Senator Reid

This is what we've all been waiting for. After eight long, drawn-out months, Al Franken will finally be sworn in as the Junior Senator from Minnesota. I celebrated this over the weekend by watching Al Franken: God Spoke, a documentary about Franken's involvement in the 2004 Presidential campaign, the start of Air America radio and Franken's motivation to run for the U.S. Senate. Highly Recommended.

When the Democrats took control of Congress in January 2007, Senator Harry Reid became Majority Leader Reid. While only holding a 51-49 control of the chamber, the new Majority Leader warned that a Democratic agenda would be tougher to pass in the Senate. He would go on to say numerous times that he would need 60 votes to stop a Republican filibuster. You give him 60 votes, he gets your agenda passed. Honest injun.

I can ignore the fact that Harry Reid let our agenda get kicked around and controlled in the Senate by the Republicans. They threatened to filibuster every major piece of legislation and the Majority Leader would eventually cave in to their demands. The new Republican minority threatened to filibuster a record number of times, but did they ever have to? NO.

I can ignore this because we gave you 58 votes. We knocked on doors. We made phone calls. We put you oh-so-close to your precious 60. But, for all you've done, we might as well have put you back down to 49. You watered down our stimulus package. You muddied up the energy bill. You're letting key administration nominees get held up. Sure, you got Arlen Specter, but at what point does he start acting like a Democrat?

Some might say I'm being a little too rough on you, Senator. But, at what point do we realize that your "leadership" consists of nothing but pandering to an extreme-right minority that wants nothing to do with you, had no ideas to contribute and actually hopes for your policies, your party and your President to fail?

Now is your chance to prove me wrong, Mr. Leader. Prove to me and everyone else who worked to give you this majority that you have the leadership to help steer this country in the right direction. Prove to us that you can pass good, honest legislation without any excuses. The Republicans, to use your own terminology, bulldozed over us for years without any consideration. It's time to show them the same courtesy.

Otherwise, I'll start a 'Draft Durbin for Leader' movement.

UPDATE: I look like a fool. Senator-elect Franken will be sworn in tomorrow at 12:15pm. My bad.

1 comment:

blakey said...

im not counting on reid for anything. its more likely he will lose his senate seat next year, but why dont you go ahead and start the draft durbin movement now. (hopefully he can be a new LBJ)