Dispatch from the Closing the Barn Door After the Horse Escapes file
Hindsight's 20-20, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid now thinks he and leading Democrats, at the behest of the White House, flushed months down the toilet courting Sen. Olympia Snowe's (R-ME) support for health care reform.
"As I look back it was a waste of time dealing with [Snowe]," Reid is quoted as saying about the White House in a forthcoming New York Times Magazine piece, "because she had no intention of ever working anything out."
And more thickheadedness from the Senate Majority Non-Leader:
Did Joe Lieberman betray Harry Reid
Reid says so in a soon-to-be published story in The New York Times Sunday magazine — accusing the Connecticut independent of blindsiding him last month when he went on “Face the Nation” and declared he’d have “a hard time” backing a Reid-brokered Medicare compromise in the health care bill.
But Leiberman is pushing back hard — and to make his case, he’s provided POLITICO with a private letter he wrote setting out his concerns before he aired them on national TV.
In a preview of magazine profile of Reid posted on the paper’s website Wednesday, reporter Adam Nagourney writes that Reid was infuriated by Lieberman’s Dec. 13, 2009, appearance on CBS's “Face the Nation.” Reid felt betrayed, Nagourney reports, because Lieberman had reportedly given him the impression he would back leadership during a closed-door meeting two days earlier.
After Lieberman’s bombshell interview, an incensed Reid
fumed to unnamed associates, “He double-crossed me. ... Let’s not do what he wants. Let the bill just go down,” according to Nagourney.
I would remind Mr. Reid:
Harry Reid, translated:
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