“He’s not tough enough!” says Harry Reid.
That’s right. Just two days after President Obama left Las Vegas, after having raised millions of dollars for his re-election campaign, the Senate Majority Leader threw Obama under the bus – complaining that he wasn’t tough enough in dealing with Republicans.
Now, it may not have been smart for Harry Reid to say that. But….
He’s right. Obama has been much, much too nice to Republicans. Spent too much time, and made too many compromises, trying to win their cooperation – which he’s never going to get. We need more LBJ, and less Gandhi – is what I’ve said many times about Obama.
But – here’s what’s weird – if Obama’s too nice, so’s Harry Reid. He’s the Senate’s Mr. Nice Guy – and we know what happens to nice guys in politics. If Harry Reid had only shown a little more backbone, we’d have a much strongerr health care reform bill – and Republicans wouldn’t still have the filibuster.
So, here’s my suggestion. If Harry really wants to show how tough he is, let him lay down the rule: There will be NO AUGUST RECESS – Senators will be stuck in this summer hell-hole called Washington, D.C. – until the Senate passes a bill extending unemployment benefits.
If Harry Reid wants President Obama to be tough, then he has to start being tough, too.
That’s my parting shot for today.