The other day, we touched upon Harry Reid’s retirement in 2016 by sharing Rush Limbaugh’s tale of Democrat debauchery and debasement.
But compared to some of the other voices piping up, Rush was practically French-kissing Reid (dread image).
Charles Cooke, National Review:
[T]his is good news for Republicans and it is good news for America. Good riddance, Harry. Good bloody riddance.
Harry Reid is a stone-cold killer who has damaged Washington considerably, who has elevated his own political preferences above the institution he was elected to protect, and who has made worse the partisan rancor that our self-described enlightened class claims to abhor. The greatest service he can do America is to go away.
Certainly, progressivism is in better shape today because of Harry Reid. But for those of us who care about process, who do not believe that the ends justify the means, and who are concerned primarily about the integrity of the American constitutional and political order, Reid has been little more than a dangerous menace.
Ian Tuttle, National Review:
He was able to wreak endless havoc because he had the backing of his party. It would be nice to think that most Democrats held their noses while voting for Reid, but it simply was not so. He served six years as his party’s whip, and will retire having served 12 years as his party’s leader in the Senate. The disreputable methods, the scorched-earth tactics — all was done with the approval of Senate Democrats. Perhaps Reid started that train of abuses and usurpations moving, but eventually his caucus hopped aboard. If he was avant-garde at the beginning, he is now simply the avatar of most of his party’s elected leadership.
The second indictment is more sweeping. As the editors note, for years Harry Reid has played double-dutch with every legal line he comes to — and the result has been political effectiveness and personal enrichment. Recognizing that Reid is not the first to live comfortably off corruption, and recognizing also that he will not be the last, is it not still an indictment of Washington that so filthy a character can live such a long, happy, and successful political life?
It ain’t over yet. Give it time.
The editors, National Review:
There is no gentle way to characterize Senator Reid’s career: He is and long has been one of the worst things about American government — a self-interested, dishonest, sanctimonious, unscrupulous charlatan who began his career with an act of cheap theater — choking Jack Gordon, who had offered him a bribe, for the benefit of the FBI’s cameras — and capped it by filibustering a bill intended to help people being held as slaves because it did not allow for shunting public money into the coffers of Planned Parenthood for subsidized abortions, a stunt he pulled after boasting of his pro-life voting record.
He has grown wealthy in office and made fortuitous investments in real estate that later benefited from federal projects. He used campaign funds as a family slush fund, channeling money to his granddaughter and taking dubious steps to conceal the fact — omitting her surname from official documents — all while posing as a champion of campaign-finance reform. He invested an extraordinary amount of time and effort — including speeches from the Senate floor — denouncing two private citizens for their philanthropic and political donations. He flat-out lied when it suited him, for example announcing during the 2012 campaign that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid any taxes in ten years, a complete and utter fabrication that is, unfortunately, the sort of thing in which Reid has been all too happy to traffic.
He bears a great deal of responsibility for the mess that is Obamacare, for the shocking waste of the stimulus package, for the unprecedented deficits produced by his joint congressional leadership with Nancy Pelosi, and for the undermining of U.S. policy in the Middle East when sabotage suited him.
He has been as near to a personification of everything that is wrong with American public life as we ever hope to see.
That’s National Review heard from. Who else?
“Harry, we hardly knew ye, and what we did know we didn’t like,” Krauthammer said on Special Report.
Ed Morrissey, Hot Air:
The worst part of the next eighteen months or so will be the valedictions offered to Reid for his service. By any objective measure, Reid has been a blight on the Senate and on Congress. He declared the Iraq war “lost” while Americans were still fighting there, and he derailed a budget process that had worked well before his ascent into leadership. He stripped the Senate of one of its debate functions after sabotaging the amendment process, and nearly destroyed regular order. On top of that, Reid used his post to commit McCarthyite character assassination of Mitt Romney, claiming to have inside knowledge that Romney hadn’t paid taxes in ten years, a smear that turned out to be utterly false. He has been a malevolent force for years in American politics, and nothing he did in Washington will improve the place as much as his leaving it.
Goodbye, Harry, and good riddance.
A common theme.
Good riddance for good reason:
“I think it is unfair for me to be soaking up all the money to be re-elected with what we are doing in Maryland, in Pennsylvania, in Missouri, in Florida,” Reid told the Times.
Reid said neither his recent eye injury nor concern over his chances of winning played a factor in his decision.
But the real reason Reid is retiring may have nothing to do with any of these excuses and everything to do with his concerns that a possible Republican Presidential victory in 2016 would lead to the appointment of a Republican Attorney General in January 2017.
A Republican Attorney General would be almost certain to initiate a criminal investigation into Reid’s abuse of his political power in a brazen intervention in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) issuance of EB-5 visas to investors in a Las Vegas casino and hotel that was represented by his son, Rory Reid, as was highlighted in a report released by the Inspector General of DHS last week.
“I think Harry Reid’s getting out of town ahead of the posse,” former U.S. Attorney Joe diGenova tells Breitbart News.
Last word, as it should be, to Mark Steyn:
How mean-spirited are House Republicans? So mean-spirited that they would end federally funded cowboy poetry! On Tuesday, Harry Reid, the Majority Leader, took to the Senate floor to thunder that this town ain’t big enough for both him and the Mean-Spirited Kid (John Boehner).
“The mean-spirited bill, HR 1 … eliminates the National Endowment of the Humanities, National Endowment of the Arts,” said Senator Reid. “These programs create jobs. The National Endowment of the Humanities is the reason we have in northern Nevada every January a cowboy poetry festival. Had that program not been around, the tens of thousands of people who come there every year would not exist.”
“Tens of thousands” would “not exist”? There can’t be that many cowboy poets, can there? Oh, c’mon, don’t be naïve. Where there are taxpayer-funded cowboy poets, there must surely be cowboy poetry festival administrators, and a Bureau of Cowboy Poetry Festival Licensing, and cowboy poetry festival administration grant-writers, and a Department of Cowboy Poetry Festival Administration Grant Application Processing, and Professors of Cowboy Poetry Festival Educational Workshop Management at dozens of American colleges credentialing thousands of cowboy poetry festival workshop co-coordinating majors every year. It all adds up.
That’s what I had to say four years ago, but, as ol’ Harry rides off, let’s have one more chorus of my own contribution to the cowboy-poetry genre. I’m still waiting for the grant check:
An ol’ cowpoke went ridin’ out one dark and windy day
Upon a ridge he rested as he went along his way
When all at once he spied a posse from the GOP
A-hangin’ from that ol’ mesquite his fed’ral subsidy
His pen was still a-fire and he knew how to spell “git”
But an ol’ paint can’t outride a trillion-dollar deficit
If only Harry Reid can head ’em off at that there pass
‘Cuz he hasn’t finished paying off creative-writing class
Cow Poets On The Dole
Cow Poets On The Dole…
Our grandchildren will not believe that someone as corrupt and as comical as Harry Reid actually existed, much less wielded the power he did. He’s as mythical and criminal as Boss Tweed, as crude and coarse as LBJ. Nothing will become him as his long-awaited departure.
PS: There are those who don’t believe his story about a broken exercise band causing his injuries. Count me among them.