Saturday, October 23, 2010

Harry Reid Running Scared

Move over Barney Frank,  just as desperate as Frank is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nevada).

Politico has the details:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is taking matters into his own hands.

He's run a scorched-earth campaign from the start, but until now, Reid has rarely been the mouthpiece for the attacks, preferring to leave it to his staff, surrogates and campaign ads.

Not anymore.

The 70-year-old Democrat, once not much more visible than the opponent he derided for hiding from the media, is suddenly everywhere, and he's on the offensive.

He derided his Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, as "radical," "dangerous" and "embarrassing to the state of Nevada," in a Thursday interview with MSNBC's Ed Schultz.

At an appearance earlier in the week, he asked the crowd, "Have you noticed that every time my opponent screws up, which is quite often, she goes into her bunker? ... If you can't talk to the media while you're running for the United States Senate, you shouldn't be running for the United States Senate."

At another stop, he mocked her views of the separation of church and state: "If my opponent wants to run on her constitutional expertise, she should at least know what's in it," he jabbed.

The turning point seems to have come with Reid's widely panned performance in his sole debate with Angle earlier this month. On the debate stage, the closest he came to a dig was to say, with a bemused look, "These ideas of my opponent are really extreme." It was Angle's forced but punchy "Man up, Harry Reid" that became the takeaway soundbite.

For months, the campaign had tried furiously to keep the focus on Angle, which entailed keeping it off Reid. But in the wake of the recent debate, Democrats began to fear the race was slipping away. So the campaign reversed course, and for the first time, Reid is front and center, running as if he were the challenger.

1 comment:

  1. I hope the words "radical" & "extremist" go the way of the phrase "Anti-Semite".
    They are overused and have little meaning.
    It would be great if this clown goes down.