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Harry Reid Hits Bush with a One – Two Punch

by Pamela Leavey

Harry Reid was firing away at Bush this morning on ABC’s “This Week” and slammed him with a brisk one – two punch. It was a right hook on the Libby indictment and a left hook on the upcoming Supreme Court nomination.

Here’s some highlights of his comments on the Libby indictment, and his call on Bush and Cheney to apologize “the actions of their aides”:

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid said Sunday that President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney should apologize for the actions of their aides in the CIA leak case.

Reid also said Bush should pledge not to pardon any aides convicted as a result of the investigation into the disclosure of CIA officer Valerie Plame’s identity.

“There has not been an apology to the American people for this obvious problem in the White House,” Reid said. He said Bush and Cheney “should come clean with the American public.”

Reid added, “This has gotten way out of hand, and the American people deserve better than this.”

Reid also said that Karl Rove, the president’s closest political adviser, should step down. Rove has not been charged with a crime.

“I think Karl Rove should step down,” Reid said. “Here is a man who the president said if he was involved, if anyone in the administration was involved, out they would go.”

Reid said he was disappointed that Bush and Cheney expressed support for Libby in their public statements.

“The vice president issues this very terse statement praising Libby for all the great things he’s done. Then we have the president come on camera a few minutes later calling him Scooter and what a great patriot he is,” Reid told ABC’s “This Week.”

Reid said the Libby indictment and other scandals in the Republican-led government — including the indictment of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas and an investigation of Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee — as well as 2,000 dead in Iraq and high energy prices have had a negative impact on the outlook of Americans.

“I think they’re as disappointed as I am …. almost dejected,” Reid said.

When he nailed Bush with his left hook, Reid said it would be a mistake if Bush “were to nominate a hard-line conservative to the Supreme Court simply to appease the far right in his party.”

Reid and other Democrats have said that given Bush’s low poll numbers, he “should nominate a consensus candidate rather than someone selected specifically to rally his conservative base.”

I think the American people can see through this so clearly. The president should come forward with some middle-of-the-road person, somebody that is going to be a good Supreme Court justice, not somebody that’s going to be writing the law from the bench,” Reid said on ABC’s “This Week.”

UPDATE: Crooks and Liars has the video here.

8 Responses to “Harry Reid Hits Bush with a One – Two Punch”

  1. He was good in a very irritating style, typical of Reid.

    I am not a big fan of his understated style, but at the end of the day, he did the job, and I guess that is what matters.

  2. Mass

    Sometimes Reid seems too meek and mild but it does seem he did a good job of getting his point across today.

  3. I think Reid’s playing poker with his cards very close. Maybe too close… and then again maybe not.

    I think the Demo attitude has been “Let’em sink themselves,” per Repugs. Problem? They’re sinking us, too.

    How to fix this? Fight harder. I have a feeling this is already in the offing.per the Demos. Next Supreme’s fight will be the thing to watch… as will Scooters.

  4. Tom

    It does appears that everything is tumbling down for Bushco. It’s that old “give them enough rope”…

    Dems need to get a cohesive front up now and pull out all the stops.

  5. With Newsweek’s report on Rove’s last minute arguments to Fitzgerald, it is looking like Rove might get off on this. Of course as things come to trial (assuming it goes to trial and Libby doesn’t reach a plea bargain to avoid this) much more might come out.

  6. There’s a lot to be said for the low key approach. You don’t have to be rude or angry to make a point – and the focus stays on your point for more people, not the distraction of your emotions and lack of dignity.

    I think the MSM is on this enough that what the Dem leaders are doing is good. Calling for the investigation, for Rove to go, etc. I know the PUGs would be jumping all over us with viscious comments. It’s exactly the kind of politics I don’t want to see us stoop to. Let the public get a new impression of the differences between us from what we do and say. There are plenty who put all political parties in a negative view.

    Meanwhile, the rebuilding is continuing and I note the New Progressive Coalition has formed to be a sort of cleariing house and source of information. If you haven’t checked out the link – ad at the top left of the page, it’s a great move and will hopefully add to the strength of the preparation for ’06 and beyond.

  7. Kewl… ;¬)

  8. Hmm… Terry11 lurking on the Dem Daily.