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Senator Harry Reid, D-Fool Me Twice

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Harry Reid. (AP Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday was shocked  to learn that there was filibustering going on in the Senate.

"It is shocking that our Republicans colleagues would leave our nation without a secretary of defense with all the things going on and when we're in a war," Reid said after Senate Republicans voted against confirming former Republican Chuck Hagel as the new head of the Pentagon.

It was "shocking" -- if we use the definition of the word as "troubling" or "unsettling" -- that 58 senators (the members of the Democratic caucus and four Republicans: Senators Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska) out of 100 wanted a vote but could not get it.

But it was not "shocking" -- if we use the definition of the word as "surprising" or "unexpected" -- that a Republican minority was again obstructing action in the Senate.

Seriously! What did Harry Reid think was going to happen when he rejected the calls of Senators Jeff Merkley, D-Oregon, and Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, for filibuster reform?

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What Merkley, Udall and a number of other senators have been proposing for several years now is the restoration of the traditional filibuster where, as in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a dissenting senator must hold the floor and make the case -- the very long case, at least in some instances -- against a nomination or a bill.

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Did Obama (a corporatist) pressure Reid into killi... by Bud Machado on Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 12:55:39 PM
Harry, you can't make a gentlemens agreement with ... by James Tennier on Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 1:01:43 PM
Stupid Harry had a chance to fix this situation, b... by kanawah on Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 2:08:37 PM
He wants to look stupid because that looks better ... by Julian Lobato on Saturday, Feb 16, 2013 at 4:52:31 PM
Harry Reid is so full of **it and the "righteousne... by E. T. SIMON on Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 4:36:40 PM
Harry Reid is not stupid, nor is he senile. He is ... by Dennis Kaiser on Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 5:09:12 PM
By agreeing to preserve the effortless filibuster ... by Jim Arnold on Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 8:37:25 PM
He's corrupt. We are the ones that are stuck....ag... by Carol Davidek-Waller on Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at 11:30:40 PM