Harry Reid is in danger of becoming a gelding. (For those of you who do not follow the sport of kings, that is a male horse who has had his testicles removed.)
He squeaked to re-election in a state where all but one of the rural counties repudiated him by a wide margin. Where “Anybody BUTT Reid” signs will stand in perpetuity.
He’ll be lucky if the Democrats don’t 86 him as their leader.
He lost a pile of seats in his chamber and his party lost the fight to keep the House. He led the Democrats off a cliff just as surely as Bill Clinton stained “that woman, Ms. Lewinsky’s” blue dress.
But he’s telling Nevada in his victory speech that “the fight has just begun”.
The fight to socialize America?
The fight to explain how a man who has been on the Federal payroll for 28 years could become worth enough money to buy a million dollar condominium at the Washington DC Ritz Carlton for $750,000 cash?
This election is hardly a mandate for a “fight”.
An intelligent, probative individual would have gone out there and told the 50% of Nevada who told him to go suck eggs that he heard them. That he wants to talk with them. That their concerns are also his concerns.
What we see, instead, is a candidate for recall. Go to Washington, try and jam some more of that hard left crap down our throats and he might find that 50% of the electorate who voted against him becomes 55%.
I’m not advocating that. Yet.
But I am pointing out that the way you react to a near death experience is not to start a fight with the people who hold your fate in the balance. And I can assure you that Reid’s election night banty-rooster performance is the same as jamming a finger in the eye of the folks who almost sent you home to your humble abode at the Ritz.
Sharron Angle might not have been the perfect candidate but you knew what you were getting and it wasn’t what we’re now going to have to endure for the next six years.
I know that there are plenty of people in Nevada who think that, in retrospect, Sue Lowden or Danny Tarkanian would have won. That may or may not be true. As our regular readers know, we backed Lowden in the primary.
But I refuse to trash Angle or the efforts of her campaign.
Let me put this in perspective.
How many 61-year-old grandmothers in America get as close as she did to doing something which has never been done before—removing a sitting majority leader?
The truth is that she had a hell of a run and nobody can take that from her.
The best thing that Harry Reid can do is to man-up and take a message to Barack Obama.
That message should be that the people are very, very unhappy with the slide towards hard left socialism and that this is a nation which has always considered itself a center-right country. That America can be governed from the center but will categorically reject being governed from the left. If the President doesn’t want to hear that message, then Harry should simply work with the house and get done what the American people want done irrespective of what the President wants.
Does Harry have it in him to step backwards to the days he actually represented the state of Nevada as opposed to the Pelosi wing of the Democrat Party?
Maybe. Maybe not.
If he does, than he might be able to avoid being gelded and branded a socialist.
If he doesn’t, then we’ll see how long the Democrats hold a majority in the Senate.