I thought Ed was close to a fatal attack right in front of me! Wow was he maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad!
DLC, you might want to read Matthew Filipowicz, Daily KOS
. He says Harry is not a Wimp and I think when you get down to the end of the piece, you'll get his meaning
That's, my progressive friends, is the real Harry Reid.
He's not a wimp. He's not afraid to fight. Just what he's fighting for and what progressives are fighting for are two different things.
You want to know what Jeff Merkley had the gall to do? He said on a conference call with activists that these are the Democratic Senators you should focus your attention on.
How dare he, right?!? How dare Jeff Merkley engage with progressive activists to attempt to advance the progressive agenda?
How dare he let them know who may be against filibuster reform?
According to Harry Reid, Democracy is about the deals that the powerful elite make behind closed doors. It's not about voters, or activists, or god forbid, actually getting legislation passed.
By the way, according to Merkley, the Senators who were on the fence were: Carl Levin, Max Baucus, Dianne Feinstein, Patrick Leahy, Barbara Boxer, Mark Pryor
So, Harry Reid is not alone.
And, most importantly Harry Reid is not a wimp.
We don't have filibuster reform because he and a few of establishment Democrat pals didn't want it, and are perfectly happy with the status quo of getting nothing done.
Democrats have no problem standing up, as long as it's progressives who they're standing up to.
I read around the internet "Reid himself, an institutionalist, wanted a bipartisan deal"
Then to try and understand that I found:
Institutionalism in political parties: an approach that sees political parties as having some capacities for adaptation, but also sees them as being "prisoners of their own history as an institution".
I feel Reid thinks if he continues to try and play fair, others will play fair too! Not so with these Republicans. I think Obama trys to be same fair guy and just keeps getting pelted with tomatoes and eggs for his efforts..