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CNN: Reid ‘Reaches Out’ To Tea Partiers

From his tireless press agents at CNN:

Reid touts NRA tie, reaches out to activists as Tea Partiers rally

March 27, 2010

Searchlight, Nevada (CNN) – As thousands of Tea Party activists rally in his hometown of Searchlight, Nevada, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is burnishing his Second Amendment credentials.

When was the last time you heard CNN tout a candidate’s Second Amendment credentials?

Reid’s re-election campaign describes National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre as "one of the senator’s supporters." The two are at a $60 million Clark County shooting park which, according to the Reid campaign, wouldn’t have opened without the senator’s help.

When was the last time you heard CNN quote the NRA in a favorable way?

Oh, and when was the last time you heard of a shooting range that cost $60 million taxpayer dollars?

In a statement to CNN regarding Saturday’s Tea Party rally in his hometown, the Senate’s top Democrat said: "I’m happy so many people came to see my hometown of Searchlight and spend their out-of-state money especially in these tough economic times. Ultimately though this election will be decided by Nevadans, not people from other states who parachute in for one day to have a tea party."

Reid’s camp is trying to welcome the Tea Partiers.

Yes, that repulsively snide comment was most welcoming.

The Nevada State Democratic Party and the Reid campaign have set up a hospitality tent not far from the Tea Party rally site. "We are serving Tea and donut holes in recognition that Senator Reid just passed health care reform and we’re closing the Medicare donut hole," says Zac Petkanas, deputy communications director of the Reid campaign. He adds it’s staffed, "with real Nevadans from Nevada and folks from Searchlight who support Reid."

We’re surprised they could find enough real Nevadans to man their in-hospitality tent for “Pinky” Reid.

But they were probably teamster thugs who are famous for their love of free doughnuts.

The Nevada Democrats hold their big Jefferson Jackson dinner Saturday night where former Vice President Al Gore will be the keynote speaker.

Speaking of real Nevadans.

Oh, and just wait until real Nevadans realize how hard “Pinky” Read is pushing ‘cap and trade.’

Though they never will from CNN or any of the rest of Mr. Reid’s lickspittle minions in the media.

Speaking of which, the photo above and these are the only shots of the crowds at the Tea Party event on the newswires:

[AP photo and caption:] People cheer as they stand near the site of the ‘Showdown in Searchlight’ tea party rally in Searchlight, Nev., Saturday, March 27, 2010.

[AP photo and caption:] People hold a banner as they stand near the site of the ‘Showdown in Searchlight’ tea party rally in Searchlight, Nev., Saturday, March 27, 2010.

[AP photo and caption:] William Temple attends a Tea Party rally in the desert outside Searchlight, Nev. Saturday, March 27, 2010.

What media bias?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, March 28th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “CNN: Reid ‘Reaches Out’ To Tea Partiers”

  1. NickB says:

    Reid is “reaching out” only to drag the Tea Party into the election to siphon votes off the Republican challenger. Polls have shown if a 3rd party is in the race, Reid wins easily. Of course, this was in the media a week or so ago about him “welcoming” a 3rd party, and for that very reason. The Tea Party needs to sit this one out.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Nick, I think you may have missed a small facet of the tea party. It’s not a “politcal” party in essence and probably won’t call itself thus, but it’s more people who seem to know they need conservative republican leadership. Most I’ve talked to are aware that a third party would result in a Perot-style victory for the bad guys. The goal for the tea party is to raise awareness that the communists in power right now are doing great harm to the nation and to vote conservative in the fall to stop it.

      I might be wrong on that…But I don’t believe they are after formation of another party.

    • jobeth says:

      I wish we could get the word out to those who seem to think the Tea Party is third party. You aren’t the only one Nick. There are many who view the tea party as part of or in replacement of another party.

      The tea party movement is a group of people of like (conservative/constitutional) mind who MAY or MAY NOT endorse a candidate. And a group who, through gathering together, gain a strong voice as a group. That’s all it ever was and hopefully all it ever will be.

      I don’t know of any group who IDs with the tea party movement who has ever claimed to even want to be a third party.

      I do agree we need to be mindful of infiltration by those who think they see an opportunity to grab a ready made group for their own needs.

      But I think it would do well to think of the tea party movement as a group gathering where individual like minded people who want to know more about the candidates involved in a given area or on the national scene.

      The one major common thread through the tea partiers is that we want more fiscal responsibility, conservative behavior in in law making and above all constitutional law making.

      Personally, I am tired of hearing how the tea party is morphing into a third party. If it ever does…they will lose the very core of the group. We are individuals not part of a political party.

      We want independent discourse in order to find the best candidate who will represent us under the constitution. Why is that so hard for some to understand?

  2. TwilightZoned says:

    The third finger salute is what the majority of Nevadans will be serving up as they vote dingy Harry out of office.

    • NickB says:

      Not if a 3rd party enters the race. See above.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      I would hope the good people of this Tea Party group wouldn’t be that politically ignorant or naive.

      Any possibility these particular Tea Partiers being a democrapic front group? Certainly wouldn’t put it past Chicago Thugacracy.

  3. proreason says:

    Reid’s family business (political crime) is about to go out of business.

    He isn’t the right color to inspire the Obamabots, and even if he was, they aren’t smart enough to realize he is the (very) greasy ointment that enables the Omamy commachine.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Gee, I wonder why Obama wasn’t there to help ‘ol Reid out in his time of need? They are robots aren’t they? Obama (solemnly) “Yes we can.” The congregation robotic crowd, (wiping away tears) “Yes we can.”

  4. tranquil.night says:

    Gatewaypundit yesterday: Supporters of Senator Harry Reid have just thrown eggs at the Tea Party Express bus caravan – striking at least one of the three buses (the red Tea Party Express bus) with multiple eggs.

    About 35 Reid supporters had lined Highway 95 in front of the Nugget Casino in Searchlight where they were attempting a counter-demonstration the tens of thousands of tea party supporters who are gathering for the “Showdown in Searchlight.”

    So yes all 35 of Dirty Harry’s diehard crew seem to have about the same maturity level as the man himself.

    Breitbart was involved in the altercation too, apparently, where Reid’s supporters then called the police and lied about the incident to try and pin it on the Tea Party.

  5. jobeth says:

    I find this thing about the shooting park hilarious!

    61 million dollars? Really?

    “Shooting at the park, on the northern edge of the valley, costs $7 per day for rifles, pistols and archery and $6 per 25-bird round for shotguns.”

    “LaPierre said the park is expected to be a tourist attraction with 35,000 to 40,000 people expected to participate in shooting activities each year.”


    Uhhh, I know I am probably dense…but please to explain why anyone would pay to use a shooting park….smack dab in the middle of the DESERT!!!

    Has anyone ever seen the size of most Nevada Towns, Vegas and Reno not withstanding? They are tiny with miles and miles of nothingness in between!

    Even Vegas and Reno is surrounded by OPEN territory.

    And the expected return on this little investment of tax payer money?
    Lets see at $7 a clip for 40 thousand users per year is $280000.
    If my math is correct it will only take 217 years to pay for it! Not even counting for maintenance, employees etc.

    And that is ONLY if you can convince 40 thousand desert dwellers per year to PAY for what they can get just out of town for FREE!

    61 million dollars huh? But what the hey…its only tax payer bucks.

    And besides…It’s becoming a warm and fuzzy “tradition”…
    “Michael Reese, 15, said he has been shooting for seven years and visits the park every other weekend with his father. It’s become a tradition for the two of them, he said.”

    Awww, now I DO feel better.

    Selling Ice to the Eskimos is his next endeavor.

  6. canary says:

    Reid seems to consider it his own gun range.
    “future Citizen paid Concentration Camp”, said Obama & Reid, as they stood together looking at the newly opened 3000 acres Shooting Park in the desert. We must use Reid’s words and Obama’s remark that he will have armed gunmen when his daughters start to date boys.

    Exerpts on Reids site
    Reid Speaks At Grand Opening Of Clark County Shooting Park

    World-class park will help decrease crime, protect environment

    March 27, 2010

    Washington, DC –”… The new facility will make our communities safer, protect the natural desert environment, and provide a place for people of all ages to learn about shooting sports.”

    Below are Senator Reid’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

    “As many of you know, I grew up in Searchlight, in a home surrounded by the desert. Our dusty town didn’t have a high school, we didn’t have a grocery store, and there wasn’t even a place to buy a bullet…

    “…Now I have eight guns, but I still have that .22, and it’s still my favorite.

    I have passed my love of shooting to my own grandchildren…

    “… – stories of bonding with your parents and siblings while shooting targets or shooting dinner – and stories of bonding with your children and grandchildren.

    “This beautiful park is more than anything I could have dreamed of as a little boy in the desert.

    “I can’t wait to bring my grandchildren here and see them shoot the same rifle their grandfather and great-grandfather shared…..

    Now we’ll know where to find Reid when he retires from politics.

    • jobeth says:

      I like when he said “This (rifle) is my friend” Awwww…too much warm and fuzzy for me.

      Wait till all the progressives push us too far one day…He and his ilk may just get to meet our “friends”. Wonder if they will be his favorite too.


    • AConcernedCitizen says:

      “I can’t wait to bring my grandchildren here and see them shoot the same rifle their grandfather and great-grandfather shared…..”

      Of course, everyone will have to use the gun that was passed down to them because we won’t be allowed to purchase a new one.

    • jobeth says:


      There won’t be ANY guns.

      The Brits made their people turn in all their guns. Now they are just going around knifing each other.

      Yep, they fixed their problem.

    • canary says:

      yes, it will be a concentration camp and Reid will be the warden.

  7. canary says:

    Reid echoed Obama telling out-of-towners don’t be fools and go to Nevada and waste your money?

    So, without Reid growing up without a grocery store meant he and his family shot varmits, snakes & lizzards for dinner. All the little bug eating critters & sand-bugs will head for Las Vegas.

    AP: Sarah Palin leads Tea Party rally in Harry Reid’s hometown
    Discontent simmers in Nevada desert Mar 28 2010

    SEARCHLIGHT, Nev. – Sarah Palin told thousands of tea party activists assembled in the dusty Nevada desert yesterday that Sen. Harry Reid will have to explain his votes when he comes back to his hometown to campaign.

    The wind whipped U.S. flags behind the former Alaska governor as she stood on a makeshift stage. She told a cheering crowd that Reid, fighting for re-election, is “gambling away our future.”

    “Someone needs to tell him: This is not a crapshoot,” Palin said.

    About 7,000 people streamed into tiny Searchlight,…

    “You’re fired!” Palin said…


  8. U NO HOO says:

    Can’t make this crap up.

  9. MinnesotaRush says:

    This batch must really believe that their arrogance and constant ridicule rounds out their already disgusting personna.

    Yeah ,, they’re great Americans, alright. In each other’s and their own mind.

    Mental and emotional midgets. Voted for by other mental and emotional midgets and minions.

    Wretched and criminal pukes! The whole disgusting batch of em!

    Hey, Harry! We can smell ya’ comin’!

  10. Mithrandir says:

    Time for Reid to do his tap-dancing for the NRA. “Yeah……I may have screwed the whole country over, but look over here! I got a giant earmark for the NRA! $60 Million on a shooting range.” –When I was a kid we would just go to a rock quarry for $0, or the trap shooting club for about $10/ month.

    And once again, if the media can’t get the picture they want, they just make stuff up. Just like they used to do back in the 80s when all but 20 pro-abortion people would show up for a photo-op. The media would take close-up angles, and make them change shirts and hats to make it look like 1000s of people were there.

    Scumbag liars, all of them. . .

  11. BillK says:

    The only NRA Reid has ever liked is FDR’s National Recovery Administration:

    The National Recovery Administration (NRA) was a New Deal agency in the United States. Created under the National Industrial Recovery Act in 1933, it was one of the first major pieces of the New Deal program of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

    The NRA allowed industries to create “codes of fair competition,” which were intended to reduce “destructive competition” and to help workers by setting minimum wages and maximum weekly hours. It also allowed industry heads to collectively set price floors.

    In 1935, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously declared in Schechter Poultry Corp. v. United States 295 U.S. 495 (1935) that the NRA was unconstitutional, ruling that it infringed the separation of powers under the United States Constitution. The NRA quickly stopped operations, but many of its labor provisions reappeared in the National Labor Relations Act (Wagner Act), passed later the same year.


  12. The Redneck says:

    In a statement to CNN regarding Saturday’s Tea Party rally in his hometown, the Senate’s top Democrat said: “I’m happy so many people came to see my hometown of Searchlight and spend their out-of-state money especially in these tough economic times. Ultimately though this election will be decided by Nevadans, not people from other states who parachute in for one day to have a tea party.”

    I can only presume this standard doesn’t apply to a certain person from Illinois who, later in the campaign, will be parachuting in for one day to have a party….

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