Harry Reid has threatened, twisted arms, slapped backs, bribed, screamed, called names, and done everything possible to coerce, buy or otherwise line up votes for the Health Care votes.
He’s coming up short. Panic is setting in — Quickly.
After 45 Democrats stood up against abortion funding in the Health Care bill Monday, even thick-headed Harry Reid could feel his votes slipping away through his fingers. His response?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday defended his remarks from Monday comparing congressional Republican opposition to healthcare to the 19th-century debate over slavery, accusing his GOP critics of “distorting” his intent.
I think it’s pretty hard to “distort” the intent of Hate Speech, Harry.
“At pivotal points in American history, the tactics of distortion and delay have certainly been present,” Reid said. “They’ve certainly been used to stop progress. That’s what we’re talking about here. That’s what’s happening here. It’s very clear. That’s the point I made — no more, no less. Anyone who willingly distorts my comments is only proving my point.”
Reid on Monday said Republicans were displaying the same mindset as those who defended slavery.
“If you think you’ve heard these same excuses before, you’re right,” Reid said. “When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said, ‘Slow down, it’s too early, things aren’t bad enough.’ ”
Doubt me? Listen for yourself:
Note to Harry: History clearly shows the opponents of desegregation were Democrats, bucko. And the last time i looked, Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, too:
Historians also faulted Mr. Reid’s curious reference to the Senate civil rights debates of the 1960s. After all, it was Southern Democrats who mounted an 83-day filibuster of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill. The final vote to cut off debate saw 29 Senators in opposition, 80% of them Democrats. Among those voting to block the civil rights bill was West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, who personally filibustered the bill for 14 hours. The next year he also opposed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Mr. Byrd still sits in the Senate, and indeed preceded Mr. Reid as his party’s majority leader until he stepped down from that role in 1989.
Byrd was also a prominent member of the Ku Klux Klan in his youth and early Senate career, as well.
I’ve said it for months now: Barack Obama may well go down in history as one of the greatest Presidents of all time for one simple reason. The word “RACIST!!!” will no longer have any meaning, having been over-used so much by the Obama-zombies to tr to scare Conservatives in compliance.
WASHINGTON — As abortion took center stage in the Senate’s historic debate over health care reform, Sen. Barbara Boxer was right in the middle of the fight, provocatively comparing an effort to limit women’s access to abortion to restricting men’s access to Viagra.
“Why are women being singled out here? It’s so unfair,” Boxer said on the Senate floor Tuesday. “We don’t tell men that if they want to … buy insurance coverage through their pharmaceutical plan for Viagra that they can’t do it.”
Boxer was weighing in against an amendment offered by Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., that would greatly restrict abortion services for women buying individual insurance through a new health care insurance exchange. While the amendment was rejected in a 54-45 vote, it was not the last word on the issue.
Largely mirroring a provision passed by the House last month as part of its health care reform bill, Nelson’s proposal would bar abortion coverage for anyone who receives taxpayer subsidies to buy health insurance. Those who pay for health insurance completely on their own would have to purchase a separate “rider” in order to have abortion services covered.
“This amendment would be the biggest rollback to a woman’s right to choose in decades,” Boxer declared Monday. “What have women done to deserve this?”
Uhmmmm . . . because, as a taxpayer, I have the right now to tell YOU what kind of Health Care you will and will not receive, Barbara. If I’m gonna pay for it, I get some say in it. And if I don’t want to pay for your damned abortion, which I consider to be the murder of an innocent life, then so be it.
Are you finally getting it now, Barbara? With government Health Care, Everyone loses the right to their own bodies. They belong to the government now.
Congratulations, “Call-Me-Senator” Boxer. You’ve betrayed everything you’ve worked for as a feminist for years. Now NOBODY has the rights to their own body.