Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will soon be just an ugly footnote upon the history of the Senate. Like the caning of Charles Sumner, Reid has inflicted a lack of dignity and respect upon the sacred house of government and when he retires in 2016, he will be remembered as a “leader” with the politics of Ted Kennedy and the grace of Michael Moore.
The outgoing senator, in order to rule over the largely-rural state of Nevada, has had to cozy to the Second Amendment to stay politically viable. Now that he no longer needs the support of Second Amendment supporters, however, Sen. Reid has begun to speak-out against the Second Amendment by calling for more gun control.
Laughably, the man who relied heavily upon the NRA for reelection has now betrayed the longtime ally and has called his Republican colleagues “puppets” of the organization.
Joining fellow Democrats who have inappropriately and shamelessly exploited the recent shooting in Roseburg, Oregon, Reid declared on Monday,
“I’ve started to reach out to senators in talking about what can be done to advance the cause of background checks while Republicans are in charge for the next year or so. One thing is clear, to pass background checks, we need Republicans to stop acting as puppets of the [National Rifle Association].”
He added that while “our hearts are broken for the families and loved ones, the victims and for the whole community … a broken heart really isn’t enough, is it?”
“The realities of gun violence is not only shocking, it’s pathetic,” he said. “Let’s not mince words about who would stop us from passing background checks: Republicans that wage a right-wing ideological crusade fashioned by the NRA and the Gun Owners of America. These two organizations are in a scramble to see who can raise the most money.”
Reid’s position is, for a want of a better term, pathetic. The constitutional implications aside, Reid’s rantings come from a ludicrous position of self-righteousness.
If we accept that the NRA “purchases” lawmakers- a theory that is every bit as ridiculous as the illuminati controlling our politics- certainly Harry Reid holds no ground upon which to stand.
In fact, not only has the retiring senator maintained a longtime relationship with the civil rights organization, but has touted his “pro-gun” credentials at every turn to highlight that he is one of the few Democrats unwilling to espouse this party line of infringement.
Further, in 2010, it was Sen. Reid who earmarked $61 million for a gun range in Clark County, Nevada. Not only did Reid proudly secure the funds, but even unveiled the range with a ribbon-cutting ceremony jointly with NRA chief Wayne LaPierre.
However, now that Reid no longer needs the support of the NRA, it seems the lawmaker thug is cowardly blasting his former ally of political convenience.
The kind of politics in which Harry Reid has been engaged for decades is precisely the kind of shady dealings that has cast a pall of filthiness upon the reputation of all politicians.