In case you missed it, I encourage all to go back and read the transcript of Sen. Harry Reid’s appearance on last night’s "On the Record" show with host Greta Van Susteren.
Among other topics, she pins the senator down on the so-called "Cornhusker Kickback".
Reid’s recollection of the backroom deal, seems to me, doesn’t quite pass the smell test, as Greta’s questioning highlights. It also makes Reid look more than out of touch in regards to how people were viewing his actions on the HCR bill.
But nothing new there. I think all Democrats, especially the president, exhibited a tin ear to pleas of the American people on HCR — yet they passed it anyway, now can’t quite defend it, and whine that the reason people still don’t like it is because Republicans have cast an evil spell on the people.
Here’s the transcript of Harry vs. Greta on the "Cornhusker Kickback". As always, you be the judge.
VAN SUSTEREN: What happened I think is you met with Senator Ben Nelson and gave the Nebraska deal. In Massachusetts, they were absolutely furious about the Nebraska deal. I think that sunk her.
REID: Perhaps. But remember, the Nebraska deal was terrific for our country. Why do I say that? Because now everybody has a Nebraska deal. Every state in the union has the Nebraska deal.
VAN SUSTEREN: I don’t think a lot of people feel like do you, senator, on that. I think a lot of people were disturbed about the fact on the eve of the vote that two United States senators meet, and President Obama had promised transparency.
And so all of a sudden, Senator Ben Nelson walks out and says "I’m going to vote on this." It wasn’t your promise on transparency. I’m going to vote on this and I got a special deal from my state. The other states are saying what about us?
REID: Did you think it would have been better if I let the bill fail?
VAN SUSTEREN: I don’t —
Sen. Harry Reid talks with "On the Record" host Greta Van Susteren. Photo by FOX News.