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Friday, April 01, 2011

Reid in a Corner

I’m really starting to warm to Rand Paul.  The other day, he bashed Gingrich for changing his position on Libya.  Today, he’ got Harry Reid so flummoxed, that the Nevada Kid adjourned the Senate. How?

On Wednesday, Paul, with little notice, attached an amendment to the small-business re-authorization bill. The amendment, which chastises President Obama for his actions in Libya, urges members to adopt the president’s own words as “the sense of the Senate.”

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GOP sources tell National Review Online that Paul’s proposal flummoxed Reid, who does not want his members to have to weigh in on Obama’s dusty quote about congressional authority, even if the vote is only to table the measure.

Basically, Reid has been given one of two choice—vote against the amendment and disagree with Senator Obama on the proper role of Congress in authorizing war; or vote for it and disagree with President Obama on whether he has the unilateral authority to go into Libya.  And either way it forces Harry Reid to do what Harry Reid absolutely hates to do—take responsibility for his chamber.

The last thing Harry Reid wants is any kind of a debate over the limits of government power.  If you start saying the President can’t go to war whenever his left nut twitches, next thing you know people are bringing up the commerce clause and asking if the government really has the authority to control healthcare and whether Americans have the right to arm bears.  And then the whole liberal agenda is shot to hell.

Good for Rand.

Posted by Hal_10000 on 04/01/11 at 08:25 PM in Politics   Law, & Economics  • (0) TrackbacksPermalink
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