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Is Reid Primed for a Meltdown?

11:11 AM, Jan 7, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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Harry Reid has pledged that the United States Senate will not seat Roland Burris, and despite recent reports to the contrary, Reid's people are still out there saying that Burris isn't welcome. Reid has also declared that Norm Coleman will "never ever serve" in the Senate again and vowed to lead the Senate until at least 2015.

Apparently Reid is under the impression that he owns the Senate -- it's his to do with as he pleases and seat who he likes. Reid also seems to be under the impression that he is the only thing standing between this country and disaster:

Reid said he's spent the last eight years as "a point on a spear going against George Bush."

"That's what I had to do to protect the United States Senate and the country," he said.

Even for partisan Democrats this kind of rhetoric should set off alarm bells. One expects Robert Mugabe or Hugo Chavez to talk earnestly about protecting the country from their political opponents, but the Majority Leader of the United States Senate? And it's not clear why Reid is so full of himself. Of course the right despises him, mostly for his defeatism in Iraq, for having declared the war lost on the floor of the Senate while U.S. troops were in the midst of turning things around. But the left despises him too. Check out the front page of the Huffington Post. They're actually calling for his replacement as majority leader and mocking him for being outmaneuvered by Blago and Burris.

Maybe Harry Reid was the right man for the job of sticking it to Bush -- though it's not obvious that he ever had any real legislative success -- but the way he's popping off in the media, it seems like Reid is now a far greater threat to his own party than to Republicans, who are an endangered species anyway.