“Harry Reid’s latter-day McCarthyism”

By Dave Andrusko

Pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.)

I’ve already written several posts—with, unfortunately, more to come, no doubt —about the skuzzy tactics employed by the Obama re-election campaign. They have already reached the bottom, but are bringing in the heavy equipment to dig deeper.

In those instances and in the comments of pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.), the subject of this post, I don’t get into the specifics. Why give indirect credence by repeating the lie?

This post will be short, because it is based on a piece that ran on the Washington Post’s blog earlier today (www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/harry-reids-gutter-politics/2012/08/06/b3546bfe-dfcf-11e1-8fc5-a7dcf1fc161d_blog.html).

The headline cuts to the chase: “Harry Reid’s gutter politics.” What matters is not that Reid traffics in “latter-day [Joe] McCarthyism.” That’s S.O.P. for a man Richard Cohen rightly calls a “jerk” in the first paragraph. Reid will say anything.

What matters is that the criticism comes from someone like Cohen—a Democratic partisan who has trashed pro-life Republican Mitt Romney early and often. He levels four important criticisms (besides describing Reid as “a crass man, the very personification of the gaudy and kitschy Las Vegas Strip”).

#1. “[H]e is not some backbencher, but the Senate majority leader,” Cohen writes. “He is the face of the Democratic Party in the Senate and the ally of President Obama.” In other words, these baseless, tasteless, below-the-belt charges come from the very top.

#2. “Yet, not a single Democrat has had the spine to rebuke Reid,” Cohen goes on. That assumes that there is a block of Democrats who disagree with “yet another brazen and tasteless partisan attack” by Reid, but are holding their fire. Unfortunately, that is highly unlikely.

#3. “The White House has been given the chance and explicitly ducked its duty.” Ah, yes! Hardly surprising, alas. And, finally,

#4. “As for Obama, he is tarnished by this episode,” Cohen concludes. “The fresh new face that promised us all a different kind of politics is suddenly looking cheesy. The soaring rhetoric that Obama used in his first campaign has come to ground in the mud of Harry Reid’s latter-day McCarthyism.”

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