Reid believes the Senate is now only 98 members strong…
Harry Reid released a statement today that John McCain, and Barack Obama SHOULD NOT come back to Washington to have input into the debate about the handout to the financial mess.
Reid then read McCain the statement he had just put out: “This is a critical time for our country,” says the Reid statement. “While I appreciate that both candidates have signaled their willingness to help, Congress and the administration have a process in place to reach a solution to this unprecedented financial crisis. I understand that the candidates are putting together a joint statement at Sen. Obama’s suggestion. But it would not be helpful at this time to have them come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation’s economy. If that changes, we will call upon them. We need leadership; not a campaign photo op. If there were ever a time for both candidates to hold a debate before the American people about this serious challenge, it is now.”
So now the Arizona and Illinois Senator’s votes and input should be null and void because they are presidential candidates. Until the election then, Harry Reid believes that the Senate should be made up of only 98 and not 100. This totally ignores the fact that these two would have to put up with the results of this whole negotiation when they take office. To Harry Reid, McCain’s input would be a ‘distraction’.
Well, that is if we take Harry’s statements on face value. It doesn’t take much ingenuity to deduce the reality. Obama placed a call to the senate leader sometime today, and begged Harry to rescue him. We know that Obama would be put into the spotlight when it actually mattered – on the floor of the legislature – and he would be found to be a wilting flower, without a plan that can tackle the magnitude of this issue. McCain has thought this through, and he intends to inject himself into this debate with authority, showing himself to be a leader who can take control. The Democrats in congress run the risk right now of painting themselves into an even lower approval rating with the public. Their natural instincts to make a power grab out of every issue and create an even larger bureaucracy is very likely here. This issue is unlike anything the congress has dealt with in recent years, in taht it has the public’s attention. I believe that this issue already has the public on edge about “big government”, and if there is any smell of politicians haggling over this (and adding pork) while not getting down to the heart of the matter, the current low opinion rating of congress could soon be further contracted. That’s my prediction.
In contrast to Harry, I think it’s precisely because either Barack or John will be president next year, AND they are still Senator’s, both should get themselves into the chambers and fight it out.
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