Tuesday, May 10, 2005

 

Dirty Politics

The Democrats love to say that Republicans are mean-spirited, and the press is more than happy to pass this along to the public. The next time you hear that Republicans are mean-spirited remember this:
Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid called President Bush "a loser" during a civics discussion with a group of teenagers at a high school on Friday.

"The man's father is a wonderful human being," Reid, D-Nev., told students at Del Sol High School when asked about the president's policies. "I think this guy is a loser."

Shortly after the event Reid called the White House to apologize, his spokeswoman Tessa Hafen said. Reid spoke with Bush adviser Karl Rove, asking him to convey the apology to Bush, who was traveling in Europe.

Talk about spineless! Reid talks tough about the president, but the president just happened to be out of the country at the time. And when he apologizes he does not even have the guts to call President Bush personally, but calls his aid and asks him to tell him he is sorry.
Comments:
I think Reid's comment was outrageous and he should have apologized, as he did. But saying he didn't "have the guts to call President Bush personally" is unfair. The story says he called the White House to apologize. What more could he do? He probably will apologize personally the next time he sees the president, but I doubt anyone is going to interrupt the president's trip to Russia for something like this.

Furthermore, you left out the fact that rather than accepting Reid's apology, the White House used it as an excuse to issue a snotty tit-for-tat reply:

Asked for comment, a White House spokeswoman referred to a statement issued by the Republican National Committee. RNC spokesman Brian Jones called Reid's statement "a sad development but not surprising from the leader of a party devoid of optimism, ideas or solutions to the issues people care about most."

Nice.
 
Sheesh, Mike. Did you expect the RNC spokesman to instead say "We applaud the courageous humility displayed by Senator Reid, who so forthrightly apologized for his minor indiscretion"?
 
1. It is absurd to claim that the minority leader of the Senate can't get hold of the president just because he is out of town.

2. The RNC statement mentions the party as being devoid of ideas, etc. That is politics, but Reid attacked the president personally, and that is just sad.

3. Look, both sides do this on occasion, but imagine for a second the media furor if Tom DeLay called Harry Reid a loser. Cute Katie Couric would be apoplectic.
 
Of course you are right, Mark. I should not expect this White House to actually be magnanimous about something like this.

And Commando, if Reid actually did interrupt the President's trip over something silly like this, that in itself would be a scandal and an outrage.
 
And Commando, if Reid actually did interrupt the President's trip over something silly like this, that in itself would be a scandal and an outrage.

I love it! Reid calls Bush a loser and you say the scandal would be if he called him and apologized. That is beyond absurd.
 
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