Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid faces many challenges, but here’s one I’ll bet even some of his closest allies have been too busy to consider.
In my endless search for political opinions, I am coming across voters who support Reid but no longer are enamored of President Obama. The president is scheduled to make an appearance in Las Vegas next month, and Reid has linked arms with him.
Here’s a representative opinion of the pro-Reid, anti-Obama Nevadan. Her name is Anita. She is older and an avid reader and follower of politics.
“I don’t care what they say about (Reid),” Anita says. “He has done so much for Nevada. I support him and will vote for him again.
“But I think that President Obama was a huge mistake. I voted for him because I didn’t like John McCain and his association with the Keating Five. I am tired of Obama’s speeches. He turned out to be nothing but a speechmaker.
“Where are the jobs he promised? Instead of coming here he should come out with a plan where we can have some jobs, both part-time and full-time. I’m tired of his speeches. They’re fine for some people, but not for me. I’m too old for it. I’m very disappointed in him.”
By bailing out Wall Street, major corporations and the banking industry, but not generating jobs for the middle class, Obama has failed in his mission to turn around the country where it matters most — with the working people who overwhelmingly supported him.
For Reid the question is: How does he improve his odds for re-election by standing with a president who is increasingly unpopular with some of the people who helped sweep him into office?