Earth to Harry: Are you watching the tea party in Boston?

Sen. Harry Reid

Martha Coakley, a Democrat, is in a very close campaign against Republican Scott Brown (not shown) for the late Edward Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat

As Democrats brace themselves for the unthinkable — a defeat in Massachusetts for Ted Kennedy’s old Senate seat — one Democrat ought to sit up and take notice more than any other: Sen. Harry Reid.

While the Democrat in Massachusetts may pull it out, the very idea that it would even be close, nay, even within 10 points, indicates the ground swell of angst against President Barack Obama, his bungling party, and the generals who have bungled it — namely, Harry Reid.

I’m writing this on a beautiful Saturday morning in a local coffee shop. I can hear bits and pieces of other people’s conversations. One booth is talking about the Cardinals football game later this afternoon. Good for them. The two booths closest to me, however, are talking politics. One couple talks angrily about how unions got their way with the president on no-taxes for their health care plans. The whole thing is a big mess, they agree. The other booth invokes Sen. Reid’s name and say: "He’s gotta go." A woman in the booth says we ought to just crawl into the hole left at Yucca Mountain.

I’m not making this up. This is Saturday morning in a Las Vegas coffee shop on Jan. 16. Massachusetts doesn’t look good for Democrats. But believe me, Nevada looks 10 times worse for the leader of the Senate. And there’s still plenty of time before the election … for it to get worse.


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