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Gollum Reid: ‘That Hobbit Norquist Stole My Preciousssss

Posted on | November 16, 2011 | 20 Comments

by Smitty

Via the Puffington Host

He suggested Norquist’s lobbying on the issue is at least one reason why the 12-member super committee hasn’t been able to achieve its goal: trillions of dollars in debt reduction stemming from some combination of spending cuts and new revenues. Several Republicans are wrestling with the fact that they signed Norquist’s no-tax-hike pledge amid debt talks.
“It’s obvious that Grover Norquist has a lot of pull in the Republican caucus and I think that’s an understatement,” Reid said. “So far, I haven’t seen any indication that Republicans are willing to agree to this balanced approach.”
Asked what the public should take away from the state of talks, Reid said, “maybe they should impeach Grover Norquist.”
Norquist later tweeted a response to Reid: “Dear Harry Reid: have a nice day. Think nice thoughts. Calm. Breath slowly. Keep hand in own pocket.”

Just when you thought the Senate Majority Leader had reached beclownment saturation, here he is blaming a lobbyist, albeit a notable one, for Harry Reid’s own non-command of budgeting. The Super Committee is symptomatic of what a failure Harry Reid is as politician. Own it, Harry. It’s not Grover: it’s you.

via Memeorandum

Update: Jimmie at the Sundries Shack gives the point a more thoughtful treatment.


20 Responses to “Gollum Reid: ‘That Hobbit Norquist Stole My Preciousssss‘”

  1. Anonymous
    November 16th, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    I hesitate to call Reid a failure of a politician.  After all, he’s been very good at getting elected.  I wouldn’t even call him a failure of a legislator, since he’s managed to get some pretty amazing things through.

    If we want to talk about things he’s failed at, then it’s at being a force for Truth, Justice and the American Way in the Senate.

  2. Joe
    November 16th, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    I did not realize Norquist was a member of the U.S. Senate.  Oh wait, he isn’t.  Hmmm. 

    So how did Harry Reid lose his mojo?  Did he ever have mojo?

  3. Anonymous
    November 16th, 2011 @ 2:11 pm

    He did not.

  4. Joe
    November 16th, 2011 @ 2:21 pm  Views of a fringe extremist hobbit:

    When the Supercommittee fails next week — and it’s meant to, and always has been, I’m convinced — Democrats will get significant and automatic cuts to military spending, no real cuts to entitlements (there will be some cuts that don’t affect patients, which will nevertheless be demagogued as cuts that affect patients), and the President will be able to continue pushing his reelection campaign message: Congress is broken and won’t let him save America.So. To recap: those of us who were apoplectic about the debt ceiling deal Boehner brokered to save us from a “default” and a credit downgrade, are now living with a debt downgrade, no real cuts in entitlement spending, a President able to work his campaign message, and significant cuts in defense spending that the Democrats will blame on Republicans whose desire to protect “the rich” by resisting “revenue increases” has made the nation vulnerable militarily.Or, alternately, it may slowly dawn on Boehner that he and the very smart, very sophisticated inside-the-Beltway establishment movers and shakers have yet again been dildo-slapped by a Democrat party that is entirely driven by ideology, and in order to stave off the suggestion that he and his Party are willing to kill seniors and gut the military to protect “the 1%,” he’ll instruct his Supercommittee contingent to accept whatever tax increases the Democrats demand — then remind us that he only controls 1/2 of 1/3 of the government, and that we should be thankful we’ve staved off the very traps he insisted be set against us.Plus, look! The “cut” $1.2 Trillion in new spending out of a $15 Trillion debt! So be thankful, you whiny little TEA Party bitches!Now. I ask you: at what point do we either reject this kind of “leadership,” or else reject the party that insists upon foisting it on us?

  5. Bob Belvedere
    November 16th, 2011 @ 2:42 pm

    The Beclownment Of Harry ‘The School Marm’ Reid is the true neverending tale.

  6. Bob Belvedere
    November 16th, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    And he’s failed at being a decent human being.

  7. Bob Belvedere
    November 16th, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    This is one of those conflicts where I want both sides to lose.

  8. Anonymous
    November 16th, 2011 @ 2:44 pm

    The real problem is that he’s been a successful Progressive.

  9. Adjoran
    November 16th, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

    On the contrary, he’s been a fabulous success for a man with little intelligence, less personality, and no ability.  He was elected to the House in the first place as a bag man for the Vegas mob and unions (to the extent they are separate), advanced to the Senate, became wealthy through sweetheart land and stock deals, got his children and cronies soft but lucrative positions, and rose to Senate Majority Leader where no bill comes to a vote unless he says it does.

    For a corrupt little man lacking in any significant positive attribute, he’s a regular success story.

  10. Joe
    November 16th, 2011 @ 2:52 pm

    What Jeff G. is pointing out is Harry Reid’s “failure” is actually a victory for Reid and the Dems.  Boehner got boned by agreeing to this stupid compromise.  We will see soon enough if Jeff is right, but I suspect Jeff is rightg. 

  11. Adjoran
    November 16th, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    The actual fact is that Republicans offered a revenue package of over $300 billion, composed mainly of eliminated loopholes and deductions, and the Democrats rejected it out of hand – too fast for them to even have seriously read the proposal, but I guess they are used to not reading the bills they vote on.  It’s not even entirely clear that Patty Murray can read and write or color within the lines.

    It’s not news to conservatives that the problem isn’t revenues, it is spending, which has exploded since the 2006 election when Pelosi and Reid took control of Congress, and gone nuclear since the election of the Worst President Ever.

    I suppose we should give a shout out to the people who nominated the only candidate in the Republican primary field who could not beat Reid. 

  12. Anonymous
    November 16th, 2011 @ 2:55 pm

    Exactly.  Makes you want to say, “WTF Nevada Seriously?”

  13. Anonymous
    November 16th, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

    As long as we give a shoutout to the RINOs who wouldn’t support the winners in Delaware and Alaska….

  14. Anonymous
    November 16th, 2011 @ 5:21 pm

    It’s actually a loss for all three sides.

  15. Anonymous
    November 16th, 2011 @ 5:23 pm

    Didn’t he take the job as Majority leader because the last one got voted out of office?

  16. Adjoran
    November 16th, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    Yep.  His major qualification was not needing the step-stool behind the podium.

  17. Adjoran
    November 16th, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

    Doubtful – but he gots him lots of NOjo.

  18. Adjoran
    November 16th, 2011 @ 7:33 pm

    I’m not shouting anything at Murkowski.  She looks like she might bite.

    And not in a good way.

  19. Anonymous
    November 16th, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

    Obviously, the fix was in.

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