Reid, in victory, calls for bipartianship

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid tonight called for bipartisanship in light of news that Democrats had retained control of the upper house. Here’s the text of his statement:

“Now that the election is over, it’s time to put politics aside, and work together to find solutions. The strategy of obstruction, gridlock and delay was soundly rejected by the American people. Now, they are looking to us for solutions.

“We have big challenges facing us in the months ahead. Democrats and Republicans must come together, and show that we are up to the challenge.

“This is no time for excuses. This is no time for putting things off until later. We can achieve big things when we work together. And the middle class is counting on us to achieve big things in the months ahead.

“That is what the American expect – and that is what the American people deserve.”

Believe it or not, I don’t think this statement is much different from what Reid might have said had his candidates lost their races. Reid knows as well as anyone that gridlock is contributing to the record low ratings for Congress. But he also knows that there are real problems that can’t be ignored for two or four years while Republicans plot their return to the White House.

Chief among those problems: Averting the fiscal cliff, which much be done with the currently elected lawmakers, not the new ones.


4 Responses to “Reid, in victory, calls for bipartianship”

  1. Steve says:

    I would politely remind you I have been predicting for the last three years Obama reelected. Though w/o my vote.

    One of Harry’s candidates is not going back to DC. a bit of light does shine in the person of US Senator Dean Heller.

    Truth is this country just voted for exactly zero change and the current elected officials will largely be the the ones carrying on into the next decade.

    They are now forced to work together, or jump off that cliff.

  2. Steve says:

    Almost forgot. I know you wanted it, sorry about your Library district, I don’t live in Henderson but I would not have voted for it, along with that 55% of Henderson residents.

  3. ED says:

    Heller probably won because his buddy Ernest Green was a pot farmer and 2 out of three pot measures passed in the usa. Pass the brownies Dean, what was Eddie Floyd’s car doing at your house? a mobile green house?

  4. Orrin says:

    “Believe it or not, I don’t think this statement is much different from what Reid might have said had his candidates lost their races.”

    This is nonsense. Reid had already vowed not to work with Romney had he won, and then there’s that bevy of PASSED house bills he’s refused to let even come to a vote over the last two years. He’s had plenty of chances to work with Republicans and has refused them all. He’s not now, nor has he been in recent memory, interested in “bipartisanship,” unless that word means, “Submit to Democrats or I’ll stand in the well of the Senate and accuse you of felonies without evidence, all to the delight of a compliant media”.

    There’s plenty of blame re a lack of bipartisanship to go around, but to think Reid is not a prime specimen of the type of politics we all pretend to hate, or that he’s suddenly had an epiphany about the need to work with the GOP is just absurd.

    And even pretending Reid was serious, he’s demonstrably wrong. Americans sent no coherent message tonight, except that they didn’t care enough about the problems we face to make ANY change that might fix them. If anything, they voted to CONTINUE gridlock. If the folks currently in charge were willing and/or able to avoid the coming fiscal cliff, they would have done it already. And Reid has NO excuse, what with total, unobstructionable power the two years before THAT.