I'm always on the lookout for something redemptive in the words and deeds of Sen. Harry Reid. Rarely do I find it. The higher Sen. Reid has risen within the ranks of the national Democrat Party, the more distant he's become to the concept of leadership and to the core values of Nevadans. He's become a partisan vote-herder with no apparent independent mind of his own. Everything's about his personal power, not about right and wrong.
I could cite chapter and verse (like his facilitation of abortion expansion despite his personal moral opposition), and maybe I will in a column later this year.
But let's take things today as we find it.
Unemployment remains abysmal. Despite rhetoric about how jobs are "NO. 1!" it's painfully clear that while the Democratic Party controlled Congress and the White House, jobs were pretty far from No. 1. What was No. 1 for Democrats was spending, coupled with more spending and topped off with even more spending.
Sen. Harry Reid was in the absolute middle of that spending spree. And now he reaps what he sows.
So, what does the good senator have to say about the July unemployment numbers placing Nevada again the worst in the nation for the unemployment rate?
He says: "The unemployment figures out today are disappointing and more evidence that job creation must be our number one priority. However, that requires both parties to focus on putting Nevadans back to work and rebuilding our economy."
I actually like that first statement. It is going to take redirection and collective will to unwind some of the previous policies that so painfully have not worked.
But then Sen. Reid devolves into his partisan self: "Unfortunately," he says, "Republicans in Washington are instead spending their time pursuing an ideological agenda to kill Medicare by turning seniors' healthcare over to private insurance companies rather than creating good paying jobs that can't be shipped overseas. I hope that those who have been delaying our job creation efforts will look at these numbers and finally decide to put the best interests of Nevadans first by working with me to get the economy moving again."
Sigh. With Democratic leadership like that, we're not going anywhere without a big change in Washington.