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Reid Calls Palin Speech ‘Shrill And Sarcastic’

From CNN:

Palin attacks ‘shrill and sarcastic,’ says Reid spokesman

September 4, 2008

From CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

(CNN) — A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is hitting back hard at Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s speech Wednesday night, calling it “shrill and sarcastic.”

“Anyone who knows Senator Reid knows he never backs down when he’s fighting for what’s right and that he always stands up to John McCain when he is wrong,” Jim Manley, Reid’s press secretary, told CNN. “Shrill and sarcastic political attacks may fire up the Republican base, but they don’t change the fact that a McCain-Palin administration would mean four more years of failed bush-Cheney policies.”

The reaction came after Palin specifically called out Reid during her address to the Republican National Convention, saying the Nevada Democrat “can’t stand up to John McCain.”

“Harry Reid, the Majority Leader of the current do-nothing Senate, not long ago summed up his feelings about our nominee. He said, quote, ‘I can’t stand John McCain,'” Palin said to roaring applause from the crowd. “Clearly what the Majority Leader was driving at is that he can’t stand up to John McCain.”

“Shrill and sarcastic”?

Back when the Democrats were trying to wrest control of Congress, Mr. Reid wasn’t exactly all (ahem) sweetness and light.

From the Associated Press:

Reid: Congress ‘most corrupt in history’

Senate Democratic leader blasts Republican-led Congress

Dec 22, 2005

WASHINGTON – Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid called the Republican-led Congress “the most corrupt in history” Sunday, and distanced himself from Jack Abramoff, a powerful lobbyist at the center of an escalating probe…

Reid, like many members of Congress, Democrats and Republicans, has received campaign contributions from Abramoff clients. Some lawmakers have returned those donations, but Reid gave no indication he would do so

“America can do better than what we’ve done,” said Reid. “The most corrupt Congress in the history of the country. We have such significant problems with what’s going on in this country.” …

A few weeks later, Mr. Reid sought to top this claim by issuing a 27-page press release entitled “Republican Abuse of Power.”

In it Reid criticized lawmakers for ties to disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff. But Reid also attacked some senators with no links to Abramoff for purported offenses that took place before they came to Congress.

Reid later “apologized,” but then went on to attack the Republicans again the next day for — “doublespeak.”

Never mind that this is the same Harry Reid who wrangled a $1.1 million dollar shady land deal. The same Harry Reid who was paying his condo staff with campaign money.

And never mind that this is the same Harry Reid who was (and maybe still is) being investigated by the Justice Department for his own dealings with Jack Abramoff.

Dealings in which Reid netted at least $68,941, which he steadfastly refused to give back or donate to charity — on principle.

But thankfully Mr. Reid has never been shrill or sarcastic.

He’s far too much of a gentleman for that.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, September 4th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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