It’s Personal Now

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's mad. Reid Calls Bush a 'Loser'. And it looks as if it has something to do with this:

Two weeks ago, Reid essentially called Bush a liar when Vice President Cheney said he agreed with Senate Republicans about changing the filibuster rule. Reid said that violated a commitment Bush had made to stay out of the fight. Reid said that it “appears he was not being honest.”

I missed that comment when it happened, although I inferred it (cf. The Telling Detail).

Actually, it's much worse than mere lying. Bush lies to us all the time, and few professional politicians take it personally, more's the pity. Politicians lie, and others live with it. But what this story is about is breaking your word, delivered eye-to-eye in private. Senators see that as much worse than lying to the public.

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2 Responses to It’s Personal Now

  1. Bricklayer says:

    Huh? So a politician should keep his promise to another elite politician before he keeps a promise to the public? If anything, your minority leader is incredibly arrogant if he believes its worse to break a promise to a politician than it is to break a promise to the public. Worse to break a back-room deal than a public proclamation? Huh? Cronyism over popularism? What country does he live in? So a political deal with the opposition got nixed…what did this guy just fall off the turnip truck? Does he realize he’s in Washington?

    Man you dems are really grasping at straws now.

  2. pike says:

    The assertion is that SENATORS think lying to SENATORS is worse than lying to the public.
    I think most Dems are on record as being against the lying of the Bush administration no matter to whom he’s lying this time.

    On the other hand, you don’t think that his looking Reid in the eye and lying was wrong? What planet are you from? Oh, yeah, the one where it’s expected and not a thing to be concerned about, though “uncivil,” to have people threaten to kick you in the head when asking a question in a public “ask a question” forum. The one where that is a lesser offense than, say, using the socratic method to expose the flaws in a conservative student’s reasoning.

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