Internal poll numbers by the White house must be showing the shutdown is not going in the Democrats favor. Why else would Obama disavow himself from the debate he refuses to participate in and appoint Harry Reid as his point man? If the blame for the shutdown in the public’s eyes rested wholly on the Republicans you could be sure Obama would fight to claim credit.
So last weekend Obama’s echo chambers, the press were full of stories about Harry Reid taking the lead in the shutdown and debt limit battle. The planted stories gushed about how tough old bird Harry was so disappointed in Obama’s conciliatory tone during all the other budget crises.
Reiterating Obama’s talking points Harry in his quiet voice said there will be no negotiations until the Republicans concede to the Democrats. To underline his point he released some private e-mails between John Boehner and his office and took time out to assure children with cancer that his party would not help them until the Republicans conceded.
Harry is the perfect foil for Obama and an early supporter complimenting Obama on his light colored skin and absence of a Negro dialect. Harry knows his way around government being employed since 1969 in one form or another. He knows how to get things done like the bridge from desert Nevada to desert Arizona near his 160 acre investment, or his push for federal investments into the Chinese green energy company his son works for, or the 5 million to La Raza he spearheaded. He hangs out with the right people, George Soros donates money to his campaigns and he is a featured speaker at the Democratic Socialists for America conferences.
So what’s in it for Harry? We know he does nothing if not take care of the Reid’s interests. It could be the continuation of the gag order on the trial of Jeremy Johnson. Jeremy is on trial for using his company to bilk customers of credit card payments. He claims the Nevada Attorney General told him he could go to trial, plead guilty or donate $600,000 to Harry and make it all go away. Just before the gag order, Reid claimed the money wasn’t a bribe but for “lobbying”.
What’s in it for Obama? If his plan comes together and the Republicans fold he can take credit for assigning Reid. If it all falls apart and the debt ceiling is not raised he has already stated he will use the 14th amendment to raise it on his own. Section four relates to the validity of the public debt of the United States. This way he can look like the savor of the nation. He is laying the ground work for this by using the words “default” in every statement on the debt ceiling.
The numbers must be really bad since after sending out Reid with instructions not to negotiate and no short term deals Obama gives his speech trying to look like Mr. reasonable just waiting on the sidelines for someone to ask for his help resolving this crisis. Reid’s week got even worse when the District of Columbia Mayor interrupted his rescheduled presser to tell him to cut the bull and let the city run on its own funds. Harry tried to bring him around reminding him not to screw up the shutdown we’re (Reid & Obama) on your side, just don’t screw it up.
Poor Harry, given the job of trying to win a losing battle. The Democrats went into this shutdown thinking it was still 1995 and the only thing missing was pizza, interns, and thongs. Now that he has stuck his neck out for Obama and the polls are dropping faster than the employment rate he will have to hope he doesn’t just become one more bump in the road for Obama’s legacy bus.
Authors note: If you want to know more about the Democratic leader of the Senate read “Harry: Money, Mob & influence in Harry Reid’s Nevada” by his former campaign manger (http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Money-Influence-Reids-Nevada/dp/1450584322 )