War on Reid Not Over

The entire right wing noise machine is jumping into this. They are even using governmental levers to try and push the story--Chris

(Cross-posted from Left in the West -- Matt Singer)

Chris Bowers at MyDD wrote in a rather hopeful tone yesterday that it was just possible that the attempt by Manuel Miranda, thief, and Charles Hurt, partisan hack, to target Harry Reid had been shut down by the fact that Reid had said absolutely nothing that wasn't already in the public record.

If only it were that simple.

Rush Limbaugh jumped onto the cause yesterday. Conservative blogs were all over it.

And this morning, Charles Hurt has another story. This time Sen. George Allen, R-Virginia, and Senator Frist are being quoted. They're definitely kicking it up a notch to give this story legs. Still no mention of the fact that it has been part of the public record for a year that Democrats had concerns based on the FBI files.

Meanwhile, the Center for Individual Freedom (a think-tank that, surprise, surprise, is lauded on its homepage by none other than George Allen and Administration officials) is filing a complaint against Harry Reid, again ignoring that Harry Reid only repeated what has been in the public domain for a year.

And Murdoch's media empire has started its first lurching movements into the fight. The New York Post, that high-minded journal, today editorializes on the matter.

What's amazing, though, is that everyone is missing a more fundamental issue. The Post writes that some Democrats are upset about an email Saad accidentally sent to Stabenow. If the Bush Administration was nominating someone who had threatened me to a lifetime post, I'd be pretty damn upset, too.

None of us know what's in the FBI file. Hence, none of us really know why the Dems are fighting this appointment. But it also means that no one's privacy rights were violated and no rules were broken.

The right-wing media machine's cylinders are firing. Now is no-time to slow-down.

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Reid is the only one who can win this war
Why should the RWNM quit while they are behind? Reid is being Swiftboated and they are counting on Reid being as big a pussy as Kerry was. Why shouldn't they? Democrats always quit. It's a congenital defect.

This should be easy. All Reid has to do is step up to the plate and knock a hanging melon over any fence he chooses. The facts came out a year ago. There is no new news here.

There are only two questions:

(1.) Will the MSM be Bush-Republican sock puppets?


(2.) Will Reid acccuse his accusers of not having any honor and being dishonorable liars?

Probably not.

The RWNM counts on Democrats to be polite no matter how dispicably they are attacked. Republicans count on Democrats to be quitters because they are quitters. The RWNM and the Republican party expect Reid to react exactly the same way Kerry reacted to the Swiftboat Liars and to fold exactly the way Rep. Wexler folded on Social Security.

Why should they have any different expectation? It's become the new historical tradition of the Democratic party.

by Gary Boatwright 2005-05-14 12:55PM | 0 recs
So how....
...do those of us in the rank and file fight this?
by MNPundit 2005-05-14 07:07PM | 0 recs
Re: So how....
Start asking "hey, if there is something in that file that shows this guy is a poor choice for a judge, the American people ought to see it too -- does it say that he went to a gay bar to beat people up? Or that he had an affair then paid for her abortion? Or that he once worked for the mafia?  Come on, which is it?"
Because really, who cares who said what about the file -- the real news is what the FILE says.
by CathiefromCanada 2005-05-14 08:29PM | 0 recs
Re: So how....
Sorry -- I also meant to add the dems need to talk about HENRY SAAD.
Remember, Republicans always attack to avoid having to defend areas where they feel vulnerable -- ie, they attacked Kerry's military service, to avoid having to deal with the question of Bush's military service.
by CathiefromCanada 2005-05-14 08:37PM | 0 recs
check out this bad boy..
want to talk real war.. how about 441 billion
dollars. thats right folks. thats the new
budget for dod.

if the gop wants to target reid, no sweat.
but if they could get back to ..
oh, I don't know..how about..
fiscal conservatism... that might be fun!

by turnerbroadcasting 2005-05-14 10:17PM | 0 recs
Speaking Against the Party Line
Manuel Miranda is not a theif.  To state otherwise is disingenuous at best, and thruthfullly an example of the type of demagoguery that we regularly accuse Republicans of doing.  I will state my Democratic credentials with anybody, but Manuel Miranda is not a theif.  You owe an apology.  
by Nate Willems 2005-05-14 11:06PM | 0 recs
by shzgcs 2005-09-11 08:30AM | 0 recs


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