All in one short speech, Reid used his favored method of name-calling to refer to those members of the government who are actually representing the will of their constituents as "extremists," "anarchists," "tea party obstructionists," and "radicals."
He claimed that the "destructive faction" of the government is "backed by a very wealthy group of people who finance this effort to destroy our government." They hate the government so much, Reid declared, that they "would rather tear down the house our founders built than govern from it."
He said that for this Tea Party faction, "a bad day for government is a good day for the anarchists among us." Reid (falsely) lamented,
"Those who believe in no - I repeat - no government - that's their belief - the modern day anarchists, known as the tea party, they believe in no government."
Of course, Reid made sure to clarify that "...these tea party obstructionists don't represent mainstream Republicans either in this body or mainstream Republicans in our country."
The Tea Party believes in self-governance as envisioned by the founders. Over time, the federal government has chipped away at founder's vision, bringing economic chaos to Americans in the form of excessive taxes, burdensome regulations and stifling national debt.
As aptly stated by America's first president,
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence. It is force. And force, like fire, is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." - George Washington
Despite the fact that ObamaCare is extremely unpopular with the American people, as pointed out by Sara Marie Brenner of the Washington Times Communities, many in the mainstream media and the federal government cannot resist going down the road of what will inevitably lead to a single payer system. Harry Reid has already made clear that the goal of ObamaCare is socialized medicine, as reported by Avik Roy of Forbes.
After his speech, Cloture was invoked at a vote of 79-19, without one Democrat defecting. Out of the Republican Senators, two were absent (Sen. Flake and Sen. Hatch), 19 voted against cloture and 25 voted for cloture.
The Republicans that voted with the Democrats were Alexander, Ayotte, Barrasso, Blunt, Boozman, Burr, Chambliss, Chiesa, Coats, Coburn, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Cornyn, Graham, Hoeven, Isakson, Johanns, Johnson, Kirk, McCain, McConnell, Murkowski, Thune and Wicker.
The list of votes can be found here.