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Does Harry Reid Have the Temperament to be Majority Leader?

10:44 PM, Sep 25, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Harry Reid on Tuesday:

"We need the Republican nominee for president to let us know where he stands and what we should do."

Reid on Wednesday:

"it would not be helpful at this time to have [Barack Obama and John McCain] come back during these negotiations and risk injecting presidential politics into this process or distract important talks about the future of our nation's economy. … We need leadership; not a campaign photo op."

Reid on Thursday afternoon:

With the economic news only getting worse each day, I call on the President, Senator McCain and Congressional Republicans to join us to quickly get this done for American families.

Reid on Thursday afternoon

Harry Reid says he's not scheduling any votes in the Senate for Friday.

The reason: He says he wants to give John McCain "no excuse" for missing Friday night's presidential debate.

Reid on Thursday night:

"I would suggest that anyone in that meeting who tried to understand what John McCain said at that meeting, couldn't," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada told reporters Thursday evening.

McCain was the last one to speak at the White House meeting, Reid said, and he "didn't say anything substantive. ... John McCain did nothing to help, he only hurt the process," Reid said, further chastising McCain for calling for a delay in Friday's presidential debate in Mississippi. "We should not let this little effort to avoid participating in the debates sidetrack this most important issue," Reid said.

Is it just me or is Harry Reid cynically trying to score points against John McCain in a time of national crisis?

But there really isn't much of a record of Harry Reid placing partisan politics above the national interest, right? So maybe it's not about politics. Maybe it's just about Reid's petty personal dislike for McCain. As Reid said on August 21: "[Sen. Lieberman] has a close personal relationship with John McCain. I don't fully understand why he does. ... I can't stand John McCain."

That statement sheds a little more light on the classiness of Reid's reference on Wednesday to his "friend John McCain."

I can't stand Harry Reid.