No more Mr. Nice Majority Leader

Reid is tired of stalling, and ready to call a lie a lie. Good for him!

Harry Reid is feeling his oats: he says “The games of stalling are over,” and threatens a cloture vote Monday afternoon if Republicans object to bringing the financial services reform bill to the floor. He seems to have figured out that the Republicans have no bargaining position; they’ve painted themselves into a corner, and he has no reason to help them get out.

Better, Reid and Schumer used the accurate word “lie” to refer to McConnell’s “bailout” claim, though they refrained from calling McConnell a liar. Good for them. When you’ve got ’em by the balls, squeeze. Keep this sort of thing up over the summer, and we may not have to worry about lack of energy among Democratic voters.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

3 thoughts on “No more Mr. Nice Majority Leader”

  1. Finally, a wedge issue!

    (BTW Mark, what's with coming to Seattle without giving your loyal readers some advance notice? I found out about it too late)

  2. Mark,

    This is truly good news!! Could the Congressional Democrats begrowing a spine!? Huzzah!

    PS:

    Has Fox News (and Bill O'Reilly) finally jumped the shark? Senator Inholf was recently back in Oklahoma and while at a community meeting there made comments to the effect that Nancy Peolosi didn't have horns, was actually a nice person, and that the audience shouldn't believe everything on Fox News, especially comments claiming that people would go to jail if they didn't buy insurance under the proposed health reform plan. WELL; the next week Senator Inholf was on O'Reilly's show and he essentially bullied and browbeat Inholf by saying, "We looked at all the tapes and no where did we say people would go to jail!!" Inholf looked truly uncomfortable, stammered, stuttered, and took it. The next night O'Reilly was laughing it up with one of his fellow practioners of bloviation about how quickly the Senator retreated. The problem is the good Senator was right, and has hopefully been told that and/or shown the appropriate segments. Lying to and embarrassing a US Senator (even a goof like Inholf) on TV may be jolly sport, but this came across as being more clever than wise. Maybe the Republicans need Fox way more than Fox needs the Republicans, but you shouldn't dump on people just because you can, because it's a long fall off a high horse.

  3. I second chrismealy's sentiment. I just subscribed to Town Hall's RSS feed so I can at least hear about it from the venue!

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