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You Tell ‘Em, Harry

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Reid rebuked the Nevada Public Radio host when he was asked what Republicans would have to concede to get Medicare and Social Security cuts on the table.

“You keep talking about Medicare and Social Security. Get something else in your brain. Stop talking about that. That is not going to happen this time. There is not going to be a grand bargain,” Reid said. “What we need to do is have Murray and her counterpart in the House, Ryan, work together to come up with something to get out of this senseless sequestration and start the budgeting process so that we can do normal appropriation bills.”

I get the impression that more progressives are beginning to understand this, but Reid has generally been a terrifically effective leader in the Senate, with his handling of the shutdown being a particularly good example. I’m still amazed at the number of people who seem to think that we could have had a much better version of the ACA if it wasn’t for Reid’s weak leadership. The correct answer, as seems even more obvious in retrospect, is that it’s remarkable that Reid was able to get Bayh, Nelson, Lieberman, Landrieu et al. to vote for anything.

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