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24 August 2007

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) On Approval Ratings, Talk Radio


Harry Blames Bush For His Own Terrible Poll Ratings

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With less than two years to go in President Bush's second and final term, Democrats have grown so accustomed to blaming him for anything and everything that it must by now be instinctive and automatic.

But even within their own so- called "progressive" ranks, isn't there a limit to just how much can be pinned on the leader they so deeply despise?

During an interview with libtalker Bill Press yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took Bush- bashing into a new realm, actually blaming the president for his own rock- bottom approval ratings!

Take a look for yourself:

(Ed Schultz Show, Bill Press filling in, 23 August 2007, 14:00, segment one)

PRESS: Senator, I’m sure you were disheartened to see yesterday the Gallup organization came out with a new poll that showed that currently today the Congress holds an approval rating among the American people of an all-time low of 18%. Uh, how do you deal with that?

REID: Of course I’m disappointed in that, but if you go back to before they started doing polling, Will Rogers made a living criticizing Congress. Congress has always been criticized and as well it should be; the American people express their frustration through how Congress is doing. But if you go back historically, you’ll always find that when you have a president that is so terribly unpopular, it also affects Congress. Ah we have been able to break through this, we’ve been able to pass minimum wage for the first time in ten years, pass ethics and lobbying reform which is so long overdue, we passed the balanced budget, we have been able to get disaster relief for farmers and ranchers, we’ve been able to fund children’s health ‘till the first of October, we’ve accomplished a lot. But we have to accomplish a lot more, of course I’m disappointed, I wish our poll numbers were a lot higher, but I understand the realities of the situation.

PRESS: And the reality also, Senator, is that the Republicans have put up a sixty-vote obstacle on most issues, and they have enough votes that they can stop you from getting to sixty.

REID: Bill, they have set the record for filibusters, by more than, if you go back and look at any time in history, you will never find more filibusters than the Republicans have initiated, which has made it very difficult for us to get things done. And I think the reason we were able to get a few things done right before we had our summer recess is because the Republicans have come to the realization that their game isn’t working, the American people, you can tell with all the polls going on around the country with senatorial candidates, the Republicans are taking a terrible beating and unless they change dramatically in the next few months, come a year from this November there’s gonna be no longer a 51-49 majority in the Senate, there will be a significantly higher (Democrat majority)…

(Reid goes on to suggest that Dems may pick up nine Senate seats next year, due to GOP obstructionism)

Senator, how can Bush be to blame for how Americans see Democrats? That's downright kooky! In fact, that may take first prize for the craziest political statement of 2007.

In addition, even if the president is somehow dragging down your party as well, what explains the fact that his approval rating stands at 33%, while yours is a mere 18%?

Also note how instead of challenging Reid on what he must have known was an absurd statement, Press actually tried to cover for him by blaming the GOP's supposed obstructionism for harming congressional Democrats.

Last November, Democrats regained control of Congress based partly on dissatisfaction with Bush and his performance. Now that the public sees Dems as a bigger problem than Bush, attempting to blame the president is a great way to see those historic poll numbers fall even further.

UPDATE: Ian provides the audio clip.

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Reid with Rush and Pelosi:


  • Mr. Press thanks you for the free publicity


    tune in to Bill Press on Kphx

    and Reid is right, Bush's stubborn Veto crazed ways, have weighed down the Senate, and GOP obstruction and fillubustering has also weighed down the Senate. Remember Dems were threatened with "nuclear option" when they wanted to veto, Repubs, being the filthy, hypocrites that they are, are fillubistering in RECORD numbers!

    Disgusting, obstructionist,. Hypocritical scum. The new Senate rule, only Republicans can fillubuster when thgey are the minority not Dems. Essentially thats what is going on, and you wonder why the Senate has a low approval rating, the Republicans won't let them pass anything.

    and the GOP approval rating in Senate is lower than the Democrats.

    Imagine that, the party that was against fillubusters, are doing it over and over and over and over, and not a single drooling idiot on television has explained why the Senate is ineffective. Un-f*cking real. "lib media" my ass, you dirty little freaks. The media has systimatically tried to destroy the Dem senate and congress, by painiting them as the ones not doing anything, while the GOP is obstructing.

    Its not just Bush, iuts the GOP minority, fillubustering, that weighed down the Democratic congress. Not hard, this is whats going on, anything else is a dirty, MSM con lie

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 24 August, 2007 09:33  

  • MoPoop, you and Bill Press are full of manure.

    The Democrat obstructed with fillibusters, threats of fillibusters, and procedural impediments all the while they were the Senate minority.

    The truth is that you Democrats do not like doses of your own medicine.

    By Blogger PCD, at 24 August, 2007 10:25  

  • mmmm. PCD, the Democrats fillubustered, no kidding, only differnece they did it LESS frequent, as a matter of fact, the GOP almost equaled the amount of Democrat fillubusters in only 7 months! Almost as many as the total amount of all of last year by the Democrat minority, and it's only August. Republicans threatened "nuclear option", and fillubusters slowed down, GOP are setting records for fuillubuster. I think it's time the Democrats give the GOP a "nuclear option" to stop the GOP obstructionalism. Repubs are total obstructionists.

    Why would you support a party that takes profits over people, War over progress, sells you "pro-life", delivers nothing, but more bloodshed, carnage and death. You basically are a Republican PCD, because you simply hate Ameerica, their track record proves they are Anti-American, yet you still get on your knees and lick the collective c*ck of the GOP. So are you Anti-American values or simply stupid? Conservatism is a failed ideology, Reagan destroyed this country, forever destroyed the manufactuing and production of things made in the USA and has rewarded companies who left America for cheap labor. This is Reagan's legacy, weakening of the Sherman Anti-Trut laws, ending tariffs on imports, resulting in the Mattel recall, the pet food recall and all the cheap crap that clutters our stores today. Reaganism has essentially destroyed this country, and you still suppport them. Why do you hate us all, PCD? Why do you hate the working class families in America? Why do you hate the troops?

    notice at Bush's speech the other day, not a word about the Walter Reed study and what has to be done to fix it, while Walter Reed is still open? you sit there, and support this garbage. WHY DO YOU HATE AMERICA, PCD? WHY DO YOU HATE 99.9% of US?


    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 24 August, 2007 11:18  

  • The conduct of Sen. Reid and the dem leadership is embarrassing. Such do they have any support from anyone? Who would ever want to be a member of a party with this man at the helm. Pick a dem...which of them stands for anything but socialism and hate for Bush? (maybe Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman are exceptions).

    Go figure!

    By Blogger rich glasgow, at 24 August, 2007 11:53  

  • Rich
    are you a half wit or what?
    a dem...which of them stands for anything but socialism and hate for Bush? (maybe Zell Miller and Joe Lieberman are exceptions).

    socialist? Ohhhh Clinton signing NAFRTA, the conservative pipe dream is socialist?

    Like those roads and those public parks, thats socialism, you half witted, knuckle dragging, mutant. America has always had aspects of socialism.... a public place is SOCIALISM in action. Do you want the streets and the parks and the beach and the roads and the air and the sidewalk to all be owned by big business? If not, You might be a semi-socialist too. Do you even know what the term means, or did O'riley train you like Pavlov's dog
    You are so conditioned like Pavlov's dog it is pathetic. Mention Democrats, nazi-cons scream SOCIALIST!! Lieberman and Miller, 2 traitors to America, who quite frankly deserve to be tried and sentenced to a life in jail for Un-american activities.

    Glasgow, your so brainwashed, and conditioned by RNC pundits, you have actually become a traitor to your own country. Whining? So when Dems try to defend the our establishment or 3 seperate but equal branches of government, attempt to preserve the 4th amendemt and the bill of rights, you call it whining?
    I call you a fascist traitor, a traitor to your own f*cking country, and you too deserve to be locked away for being a traitor to America.

    Disgusting, Anti-American Pavlov's dopes, that is what cons are, following their party right into the zone of Anti-american activity.

    Now scratch your empty head, like the little trained monkey that you are and ponder what I just wrote.

    Look what you are doing to America, you dirty, contemptuous scumbag

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 24 August, 2007 12:34  

  • Tolerance, my vituperative friend, tolerance! I must admit that it's extremely entertaining and telling at the same time to read and hear the constant name calling and desire to silence (lock up, in your words) those who ideologically oppose you and yours. One can only imagine the amount of spittle on your screen and keyboard from your incesant spewings. Have a great weekend!

    By Blogger rich glasgow, at 24 August, 2007 14:01  

  • I'm all about entertainment Rich. Im glad you were entertained by the truth.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 24 August, 2007 14:15  

  • Let's look at Brian's article.

    Brian claimed that "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took Bush- bashing into a new realm, actually blaming the president for his own rock- bottom approval ratings!

    To support this claim, Brian quotes Harry Reid saying "But if you go back historically, you’ll always find that when you have a president that is so terribly unpopular, it also affects Congress."

    Let's be clear, Harry Reid was not claiming his individual poll rating was affected by the rating of President Bush, but rather the rating of congress AS A WHOLE was affected by the ratings of an unpopular President.

    I'm not sure of the historical relationship between Presidential poll ratings, and Congressional poll ratings, but if you look at the following article

    you will see that the trends of the ratings of President Bush and Congress are remarkably similar. Here are links to graphs of their individual polling data.

    Brian went on to write "In addition, even if the president is somehow dragging down your party as well, what explains the fact that his approval rating stands at 33%, while YOURS is a mere 18%?

    According to the USA Today article Brian linked. Bush's approval rating was 32% (Not 33%), while the approval rating for congress ( CONGRESS AS A WHOLE, not Democrats in congress, or Harry Reid individually) was 18%. The article also noted that the week before a poll showed congessional approval at 25%.

    Now Brian can try to pin the approval rating of Congress as a whole on Harry Reid, or Democrats, but that dog won't hunt.

    If you look closer you can find polling data which indicates that although the overall approval of congress is very poor, Congressional Democrats have approval numbers that are nearly 6% higher than Congressional Republicans. Congressional Democrats also have DISapproval numbers that are more than 13% lower than Congressional Republicans.

    Here is an article showing that information.

    and here is a link to the graph showing congressional approval/disapproval by political party

    By Blogger Ezsuds, at 24 August, 2007 19:47  

  • Its pretty funny reading the whining rants of the so called, "Minister of Propaganda"...

    Sort of reminds me of Michael Moore and makes about as much sense as Moore...

    It must be a tough job pimping for the party of the Seditious & Sleazy even if Harry 'the fairy' Reid let you in on one of his land deals ... ROFLMAO!

    BTW ezsuds what has this Dem0rat led Congress accomplished other than passing an increase of the minimum wage for the parasites that support the Dem0rats?

    To quote the great Ms. Coulter: This is why Democrats are obsessed with giving two groups the right to vote: illegal aliens and felons. With Arellano, they get two for the price of one. To liberals, building a wall across the Mexican border is a violation of the Voting Rights Act...

    By Blogger juandos, at 25 August, 2007 13:13  

  • Well now that the Weekly World News is officially out of print, at least I have this blog to fill my time. Maybe we will get to hear about Bat Boy next!

    By Blogger Brenda Sue, at 25 August, 2007 17:32  

  • MoP: How many times has "veto crazy" Bush actually used his veto? Not near enough in my opinion, regardless of the party in power.

    That being said, the "nuclear option" wasn't about run of the mill filibustering; it was directly in regards to filibustering a vote on presidential nominees, which was a break on the part of Dems from traditional standards for a minority party to obstruct the vote of a presidential nominee.

    Regardless, it's going to take some creativity to make the case that Harry Reid isn't shifting his problems away from his own faults (a Senator declaring a war "lost", even an unpopular war, may excite the loony left but will not endear him to most Americans).

    By Blogger Unknown, at 25 August, 2007 23:01  

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