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Reid Clarifies His Attack On Sick Kids, Dana Bash

From The Hill:

Reid clarifies exchange with reporter after conservatives pounce on remark

By Jonathan Easley | October 2, 2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sought to clarify comments he made in a testy exchange with a reporter on Wednesday, after conservatives pounced on what they portrayed as a serious government shutdown gaffe.

But, of course, it wasn’t really a gaffe because it was said by a Democrat. If a Republican had said this, it would have been a gaffe and the major story of the day, the week, and the next two election cycles. But the ‘gotcha game’ never works against Democrats, thanks to our one party news media.

In fact, neither The Hill or anyone else in the mainstream media would have even reported this story unless they were able to lead with the Reid’s side of things.

Senator Harry Reid [tweeted]: "Republicans are in such desperate straits that they have literally resorted to accusing me of not caring about kids with cancer. Shameful."

Yes, his off the cuff remarks were just dripping with the milk of human kindness for kids with cancer.

Earlier on Wednesday, Reid was engaged in a terse back and forth with CNN reporter Dana Bash, who asked him why the Senate wouldn’t consider passing a bill to fund the National Institutes of Health, after reports that some young cancer patients were being kept out of clinical trials because of the shutdown.

“If you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?,” Bash asked.

“Why would we want to do that?,” Reid shot back. “I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless.”

Notice that it only took only two days of Obama-Care for Harry Reid to prove exactly why the government should not have so much control over people’s health care. Reid was basically saying: ‘You do what we say, or kids will die.’ Government should not have this much power over its citizens.

And, as a bonus, Reid was also attacking a female reporter over her intelligence. Which the news media has ignored completely. Why is that?

In the exchange with Bash, Reid had been trying to argue that Democrats would not bow to Republican attempts to pick and choose what parts of the government to fund, because they were looking to fund everything except for ObamaCare.

Doesn’t Obama pick and choose what laws he is going to enforce? In fact, hasn’t Obama picked and choose what part of Obama-Care will be delayed and which won’t?

What exactly are the Republicans asking for that Obama hasn’t already done? Why should Obama have this power, when the body that is Constitutionally assigned the power of the purse does not?

Democrats have so far rejected the GOP’s piecemeal approach, and Republicans have countered by voting on bills, such as funding for veterans, to put the Democrats in the difficult position of voting against something that has strong public support.

Conservatives jumped on Reid’s comment, with the Drudge Report leading with the headline: “Why would we want to help one kid with cancer?”

Gosh those Republicans and conservatives are evil.

Later, in an interview with The Bill Press Show, Reid elaborated on the exchange.

“The whole answer is this – why would we want to have the House of Representatives, John Boehner, cherry pick what stays open and what should be closed?,” he said. “Listen, I gave a speech on the floor talking about the babies – 30 babies, little kids who are not going to have clinical trials. Of course I care about that. I have 16 of my own grandchildren and five of my own children.”

By the way, all of Harry Reid’s children are Congressional lobbyists. Isn’t that a coincidence?

Reid said that there are other agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that are just as important to fund, and that he’s working to get everything back online.

By voting against bills that would provide their funding.

“What I told Dana Bash, who is a fine reporter, is that we care about all of these things,” he continued. “We care about our state parks, we care about our veterans, but we can’t fall into the trap…of Cruz-led Republicans. That is this…we’ll cherry pick…and finally at the end, everything will be open except for ObamaCare.”

Again, isn’t Obama cherry picking exemptions from Obama-Care? In fact, doesn’t Obama cherry pick what laws he will and won’t enforce on a daily basis?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Reid Clarifies His Attack On Sick Kids, Dana Bash”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    Steve says….”By the way, all of Harry Reid’s children are Congressional lobbyists. Isn’t that a coincidence?”

    Isn’t nepotism great? Can our national leadership get any less ethical or moral?

    Oh, wait….nevermind.

  2. Astravogel says:

    Speaking of Mainstream Media; sewers have a mainstream also.

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