Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) is one of the worst liars ever to grace the national stage. He accused 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney of cheating on his taxes without any evidence – then celebrated his lie, since it helped prevent Romney from becoming president. He called George W. Bush a “liar” who “betrayed the country.” He said paying taxes was “voluntary,” attacked the Koch brothers as “un-American” and admitted that he’d rather let a child with cancer suffer rather than funding the government piecemeal. His Senate tenure was marked by conflict and cramdowns, from the Obamacare fiasco to the destruction of the filibuster – both of which will now backfire on Democrats.
Yet there was Reid, receiving accolades yesterday for his supposedly grand tenure in the Senate. And there he was in the pages of The New York Times, lecturing Americans about – of all things! – the supposed scourge of “fake news.” The New York Times tweeted, “Much of the responsibility for separating what’s real and what’s fake will fake on Democrats, writes Harry Reid.”
Here’s some of Reid’s other sterling advice:
- “To Republicans, I say recognize the difference between campaigning and governing, and beware of knee-jerk opposition to the accomplishments of the Obama era.” Really? Reid spend his entire career opposing Republican policy in knee-jerk fashion – and what accomplishments of the Obama era are worth upholding, exactly? Reid specifically cites Obamacare, and says that it is a “dramatic misreading of your mandate” to destroy it – even though Obama never had a clear mandate to pass Obamacare, and the public spent the next six years destroying the Democratic Party for misreading their mandate in passing the monstrosity.
- “To Democrats, I say it has never been more important to stand up for the things we believe in. We are entering a new Gilded Age.” Nobody has gotten richer off of government than Reid – he’s spent his entire life in government, and is now worth somewhere between $3 and $10 million. The Clintons are wealthy because of political backscratching.
- “Much of the responsibility for separating what is real and what is fake will fall on Democrats.” Again, this is insanity. Reid is one of the worst liars in the history of the Senate.
- “When Democrats pick their fights next year, they can do so knowing that, win or lose, they will be debating in a Senate that we made more open and more transparent.” This is Reid defending the foolish move of nuking the filibuster on cabinet picks. It’s crippled his party going into an era of Republican leadership in the White House and Congress.
Reid will significantly improve America by leaving the Senate. But recounting his legacy should remind Americans just why Democrats should never be trusted with power.