November 11, 2014

Which Democrats Learned a Lesson?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is going to soon be kissing his majority goodbye. But it may be worse than that, as a few red-state Democrats are voicing (ahem) displeasure with Reid’s tactics and promising to knock it off. Politico reports, “When asked about the prospects that his party would block the GOP agenda for the next two years, [West Virginia Senator Joe] Manchin didn’t mince words: ‘That’s bullsh—. … I’m not going to put up with that.’ Others are saying they’re not afraid to defect on key issues. ‘Our caucus needs to take a hard look at the way we do things and make sure we are putting the policy issues first before politics,’ said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), who spoke with McConnell and Reid after last week’s elections. ‘The habit we got into in doing nothing, no one was happy with that. I hope that we never go back to that.’” Barack Obama in particular put on a good show railing against a “do-nothing Congress,” but it was Reid’s Senate, not the GOP House, that was the guilty party. More…

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