Better Get that Louisville Slugger, Mrs. Reid
By: Carey Roberts
Fresh from the news that Sen. Reid once marveled that President Obama had â€œno Negro dialect,â€ the senate majority leader has now taken to slamming half the American population. During a February 22 floor debate on his jobs bill, Mr. Reid opined, â€œwomen aren’t abusive, most of the time. Men when they’re out of work tend to become abusive.â€
That quip reaped boatloads of sarcastic ridicule for the four-term senator from Nevada.
Within hours of the gaffe, the National Republican Senatorial Committee scolded Reid for â€œinvoking caustic partisan rhetoric and bizarre analogies,â€ and lectured him to â€œfocus on the actual legislation moving forward and start doing what is best for Nevadans.â€
Reporters who contacted Reidâ€™s office were treated rudely as if to say, â€œHow dare you question the veracity of our Exalted Leader?â€ Some staffers simply hung up on callers.
Paul Elam of Menâ€™s News Daily discovered the survey that Reidâ€™s press office waved around did not support the good senatorâ€™s claim. â€œThe study didnâ€™t even purport to apply its findings to men in general,â€ Elam revealed.
A February 23 article by Kerry Picket in the Washington Times lectured Sen. Reid that he â€œshould not be throwing out accusations, when he appears to know very little about the issue.â€
Psychology professor Gordon Finley at Florida International University noted â€œhundreds of social-science research studies find that men and women initiate Domestic Violence in roughly equal numbers.â€ More startling is the fact that â€œthe most recent studies indicate that the initiation rates for females have been increasing,â€ according to Finleyâ€™s op-ed column.
Some questioned the timing of Sen. Reidâ€™s new-found concern about the faltering economy. â€œIf passing a jobs bill is needed to rescue women (and men) in distress, then why didnâ€™t this moron and his caucus get to work on it earlier instead of focusing on Obamacare to the exclusion of all else?â€, wondered Allahpundit.
One cartoon depicted the forlorn senator posing for a mug shot with the words, â€œSoon-to-be ex-Senator Harry Reid: Arrested for fear of domestic abuse after he loses his job in November 2010.â€ This one is too good to pass by: http://www.redstate.com/erick/2010/02/23/morning-briefing-for-february-23-2010/
The gag line that drew the most laughs, though, revolved around fears for the safety of Mrs. Reid.
Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson tweeted, â€œReid: Jobless men = domestic abuse. Is he saying we should be worried about Mrs. Reid after the November elections?â€ (A Reid spokesman duly pronounced the comment â€œdespicable.â€)
Andrea Tantaros of the New York Daily News encouraged Mrs. Reid to ask for a Louisville Slugger and jujitsu classes for her next anniversary. â€œThe Democratic majority leader has developed another case of foot-in-mouth disease,â€ the columnist wrote.
Rush Limbaugh took that logic a step further, suggesting Democratic ineptness with the economy may be endangering the safety of American women: â€œThe Democrat Party, according to Harry Reid, is now responsible for the perpetuation of violence against women in this country because they are the reason men are unemployed,â€ he explained in his February 24 broadcast.
In all seriousness, Sen. Reid and his Gang of 59 are finding themselves in one heck of a pickle. One year after his party rammed a massive $787 billion stimulus bill through Congress, unemployment has risen across the country.
In Nevada joblessness has soared from 10 to 13%. By December, Nevada had the 50th highest unemployment rate in the country, trailing only recession-mired Michigan.
Nevadans are angry, justifiably so, and are directing much of their ire towards Washington, DC. According to the most recent Rasmussen poll, only 40% of Nevadans plan to vote for Mr. Reid, come November 2. And now that he has stamped the scarlet ‘A’ on the forehead of every unemployed man in Nevada, that number is certain to drop.
Mr. Reid is beginning to come to terms with the prospect of joining the ranks of unemployed after Novemberâ€™s election. So Mrs. Reid, please be careful.