CNN reporter and virtual card-carrying liberal Dana Bash handed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a question on a silver platter today. He fumbled it, bigtime.
After expressing irritation with House Republicans over how they are, in his words, “obsessed with this Obamacare thing” and asserting “that they have no right to pick and choose” which programs to fund and not fund (actually, the Constitution gives them that right, Harry), Bash asked Reid: “But if you could help one child with cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?” Instead of turning the tables and saying, “I’ll be glad to do that when I get a clean bill,” he appeared to be on the verge of going into expletive mode, but then answered with a question of his own which should haunt him from here to eternity:
That’s a f–, w-w-w-why would we want to do that?
Reid was clearly angry with Bash, questioning why “someone of your intelligence” would ask a question so “irresponsible and reckless.”
What happened, Harry, is that Dana Bash probably inadvertently outed you as the one who’s obsessed, i.e, someone whose agenda is so much more important than anything else that you’ve lost all sense of perspective.
Here’s the video snip found at the Washington Free Beacon’s YouTube site:
Here’s the transcript found at the Free Beacon — with a fuller version of what Reid actually said at the critical moment and one insertion by yours truly of something New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer said (bolds are mine):
DANA BASH: You all talked about children with cancer unable to go to clinical trials. The House is presumably going to pass a bill that funds at least the NIH. Given what you’ve said, will you at least pass that? And if not, aren’t you playing the same political games that Republicans are?
HARRY REID: Listen, Sen. Durbin explained that very well, and he did it here, did it on the floor earlier, as did Sen. Schumer. What right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? It’s obvious what’s going on here. You talk about reckless and irresponsible. Wow. What this is all about is Obamacare. They are obsessed. I don’t know what other word I can use. They’re obsessed with this Obamacare. It’s working now and it will continue to work and people will love it more than they do now by far. So they have no right to pick and choose.
BASH: But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?
REID: That’s a f–
CHARLES SCHUMER: Why pit one against the other?
REID: W-W-W-Why would we want to do that? 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 –
BASH: I’m just asking a question.
Indeed — and it should have been an easy question to answer.
But Harry Reid turned it into Exhibit A as to why calling Democrats the “party of compassion” is such a sick joke.
Speaking of obsessions, if a Republican said what Harry Reid said today, it would be an establishment press obsession for weeks. Perhaps they should be pressured to do their jobs by news readers at this and other center-right sites, along with making sure every other center-right site is up to speed with Reid’s remarks. It wouldn’t hurt to try.
Note: A related post by Ken Shepherd is at NewsBusters.
UPDATE: Drudge has Reid’s statement as his main story.
I’d say it’s not so obvious that the Dems have the upper hand in this shutdown scenario, but it’s early — and never underestimate the GOP’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.