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    Did Harry Reid Hurt the Democrats?

    To add to the ever expanding list of threads about yesterday's elections, I was watching MSNBC last night (what can I say? It's fun watching Chris Matthews on a night like that) and one of the commentators said that Harry Reid's leadership in the Senate actually hurt Dems running for office by not even letting legislation he didn't like come to a vote, no Democrat could really show their independence from Obama and/or the Democrat party. I thought that made some sense.

    Do you agree that Reid did more damage to his party than good.

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    Re: Did Harry Reid Hurt the Democrats?

    Short answer - yes.

    Long answer - hell yes.

    However, we have our version of Reid, in the form of Ted Cruz, who is rumored to be eying a leadership position. That scares me.
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    Re: Did Harry Reid Hurt the Democrats?

    yep, yep.. voters want something besides permanent gridlock..

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    Re: Did Harry Reid Hurt the Democrats?

    I don't know. And at the end of the day I don't think it will make much of a difference. Saying that Harry Reid and President Obama "hurt the Democrats" is like saying Mike Shanahan killed the Redskins and therefore firing him solves all ills. My prediction is that going forward Congress will be just as unproductive as it's always been the last eight or so years, and in 2015-2016 people will still be pissed but will still vote for the same people, or different people who do the same things.

    At the end of the day it's the system that's the problem, not any individual or even any select group of individuals.
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    Re: Did Harry Reid Hurt the Democrats?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    I don't know. And at the end of the day I don't think it will make much of a difference. Saying that Harry Reid and President Obama "hurt the Democrats" is like saying Mike Shanahan killed the Redskins and therefore firing him solves all ills. My prediction is that going forward Congress will be just as unproductive as it's always been the last eight or so years, and in 2015-2016 people will still be pissed but will still vote for the same people, or different people who do the same things.

    At the end of the day it's the system that's the problem, not any individual or even any select group of individuals.
    I voted that he hurt, but only a little. So much of politics is reactionary so I think this wave was coming with or without Reid being a factor. He didn't hurt the GOP though.
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    Re: Did Harry Reid Hurt the Democrats?

    Harry Reid was (ab?)using rules that congress critters allowed him to (ab?)use. The structure of congress is what sucks - bills are no longer written, read, openly debated and amended as was intended. They are now tightly controlled (edited?) by "leadership" (including many committees/sub-commiitttes) such that "deals" must be made before they can even get to the floor.
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    Re: Did Harry Reid Hurt the Democrats?

    Quote Originally Posted by X Factor View Post
    To add to the ever expanding list of threads about yesterday's elections, I was watching MSNBC last night (what can I say? It's fun watching Chris Matthews on a night like that) and one of the commentators said that Harry Reid's leadership in the Senate actually hurt Dems running for office by not even letting legislation he didn't like come to a vote, no Democrat could really show their independence from Obama and/or the Democrat party. I thought that made some sense.

    Do you agree that Reid did more damage to his party than good.

    Give me a sec to attach the poll.
    I don't think so. I really doubt that moderate Democrats would win those elections by voting on specific legislation. It's not as if these elections were really about specifics. It was about demonizing the other party and mud slinging.
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    Re: Did Harry Reid Hurt the Democrats?

    Quote Originally Posted by StillBallin75 View Post
    I don't know. And at the end of the day I don't think it will make much of a difference. Saying that Harry Reid and President Obama "hurt the Democrats" is like saying Mike Shanahan killed the Redskins and therefore firing him solves all ills. My prediction is that going forward Congress will be just as unproductive as it's always been the last eight or so years, and in 2015-2016 people will still be pissed but will still vote for the same people, or different people who do the same things.

    At the end of the day it's the system that's the problem, not any individual or even any select group of individuals.
    I agree. Harry Reid is merely a symptom of the disease but not the cause of the disease.
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    Re: Did Harry Reid Hurt the Democrats?

    Quote Originally Posted by iliveonramen View Post
    I don't think so. I really doubt that moderate Democrats would win those elections by voting on specific legislation. It's not as if these elections were really about specifics. It was about demonizing the other party and mud slinging.
    Which both sides do. What I find interesting is how often Republican voters and conservatives are told we cannot win unless we put up our more "moderate" or less conservative candidates, yet, even after last night, nobody really calls on Democrats to be more "moderate" or less liberal. That's not any kind of criticism, it's just something I noticed.
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    Re: Did Harry Reid Hurt the Democrats?

    Reid is the face of the democrat congress, and it's a role he's willingly embraced.

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