Senator Reid and the “Ground Zero” Mosque

by Paul on August 17, 2010

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has now spoken out on the Muslim community center in New York — saying that while the organizers are free to construct the project, it should be moved somewhere else.

Doesn’t anybody over there know how to play this game??

For cryin’ out loud. He’s the DEMOCRATIC Majority Leader, short months before a pivotal mid-term election. WTF?!

The correct answer from someone in his position should be along the lines of “I’m glad you asked me about Ground Zero. What I’d like to know is why the Republicans refused to provide support for the people who ran to the rescue that day?”

The name of the game with every utterance should be to turn the entire subject back into “why are the GOP scumbags”, and whatever you do, don’t buy into the idea that there is some legitimacy to controversies about symbolism that THEY CHOOSE.

In the old days you didn’t get to be Majority Leader unless you had the smarts to reject the opposition’s bogus framing and substitute your own. Instead, he legitimated the controversy, then weakly raised the Republican position on first responders health care. It would have been better if he’d said nothing.

By commenting, he totally bought into the Republican frame of “this is an issue worthy of comment”. And then his position is “people are right to be upset”.

Even if his real feelings are in line with the GOP framing, he damn well owes it to his party to carry the fight to the enemy, not tacitly agree with them. Criminy. Someone get me a micrometer so I measure the minute difference between Reid’s position and Eric Cantor’s now.

Un. Friggin’. Believable.

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