Blog Credo

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Harry Reid Brings It

Harry Reid is a guy I kind of like.  I know a lot of progressives dislike him, but there's something about him I like.  He's one of those old Washington hands who remembers cross aisle dealmaking and the such.  It took him too long to realize the GOP had become a bunch of anarchists, but he's there now, and that's what matters.

Passing this could be a huge deal, but only if the House follows suit.

The tricky part is that if the House kills this, the public will be asked to believe that the GOP killed a tax cut and we've seen that the public has a hard time believing things that don't conform to its preconceived notions.  But saying that the GOP House is preserving tax cuts for the rich at the expense of the middle class might work.

Reid has shown he can lead.  Boehner has not.

We'll see what happens next.

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