“Reid says he can’t work with Romney”
Five days before the election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ruled out trying to work with Mitt Romney should he win next week.
“Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable,” Mr. Reid said in a statement on Friday, trying to puncture Mr. Romney’s closing election argument that he’ll be able to deliver on the bipartisanship President Obama promised in 2008 but has struggled to live up to.
Mr. Reid, a Nevada Democrat and a Mormon, like Mr. Romney, has become the Republican presidential nominee’s chief critic this campaign, at one point accusing him of failing to pay taxes — a charge that Mr. Romney has refuted.
With Democrats appearing poised to keep control of the Senate, a President Romney would have to be prepared to work with Mr. Reid, who would set the upper chamber’s schedule and determine what bills make it to the floor.
Mr. Reid flatly ruled out following Mr. Romney’s agenda, saying he and his colleagues have already voted down many of those proposals, including House Republicans’ budget, written by Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan.
“Mitt Romney has demonstrated that he lacks the courage to stand up to the tea party, kowtowing to their demands time and again. There is nothing in Mitt Romney’s record to suggest he would act any differently as president,” Mr. Reid said.
Well then. I guess it’s a good thing President Obama has opened the way for rule by Executive Order then, isn’t it, Senator Reid?
Incidentally, is it really a given that the Senate will stay in Democratic hands? I mean, if even the Washington Times is calling it likely, then what’s the point of a Romney presidency? If we can’t repeal Obamacare, none of this matters.
So somebody: please tell me where this insistence is coming from that the Democrats will keep control of the Senate. Because though I don’t put a lot of stock in polls, I have seen that many of them are very close races — and that voter turnout, spurred by an enthusiasm gap that favors Republicans, should actually help them win many of those tightly contested races?
Where am I wrong? Help a brother out. One who is suddenly despairing.