Harry Reid In The Danger Zone Back Home
RENO, Nev. — As Senate majority leader, Harry Reid stands with President Barack Obama and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as part of a triumvirate that rules Washington. But back home in Nevada, the Democratic lawmaker is just another incumbent with a bull’s-eye on his back.
Mr. Reid, 69 years old, is facing mounting criticism in his home state and is trailing in the polls against two Republican challengers for his Senate seat: former University of Nevada at Las Vegas basketball star Danny Tarkanian and Nevada Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden. According to an independent Mason-Dixon poll Aug. 23, Mr. Reid lagged behind Mr. Tarkanian by 49% to 38% and 45% to 40% against Ms. Lowden. Meanwhile, a Sept. 2 poll by liberal Web site Daily Kos found 52% of likely voters holding an unfavorable opinion of Mr. Reid.
Good riddance. As Majority Leader, Harry Reid hasn’t been the champion for his party’s agenda the way you’d expect him to be. He’s exhibited flimsy leadership during this health care reform debate. He seriously needs to employ Nancy Pelosi has his life coach. She’ll help him get his mind right!
I’ve been very disappointed with Sen. Reid and have voiced my frustration to anyone that would listen. This is why the Majority Leader should never be from a swing state. Swing state senators aren’t optimal candidates for leadership posts as important as the one Reid occupies. It’s a farfetched presumption to think someone who has to balance his positions to appease a very diverse voting bloc is going to be the boisterous leader necessary to get things done.
Sen. Reid seems like a nice guy. Too nice, in fact. I’d like to see a Chuck Schumer or Dick Durbin as Maj. Leader. They seem to be better fits than Harry “no lunch seat for you!” Reid.