Who knew Harry Reid used tweetdeck:
I know conventional wisdom in the beltway says that Harry is putting on a good show before he folds, which was definitely SOP for the war and FISA, but if that’s the case his current strategy baffles me.
You don’t list build by appealing to people you plan to punk. You don’t take out Google adword buys to self-select those who will eventually hate you, who will reflect an overwhelming support for an issue they care about in your poll (that’s how they got to 67%) which will also make you look even more weak and unprincipled when you abandon it.
Reid has a ton of money, so there’s no chance that anyone can cut him off. The majority of the Senate Democratic caucus wants a public plan, so he fears no retribution from them. What he can’t afford is the Culinary Workers (part of the AFL-CIO) staying home because Reid helped Rahm engineer triggers, or having online anger telescoped at him in the aftermath.
His main opposition is the White house now. Rahm wants triggers, and Obama wants Snowe on board. And I’m gonna bet Reid’s memory can go back to how the White House helped Chris Dodd out over the AIG bonuses.
Is he calling everyone’s bluff and saying nobody in the caucus will actually dare to cast a procedural vote against him? That’s a pretty huge dis on a guy who’s running for office next year. On the other hand, he could always go to reconciliation, and the White House would rather have Bill Ayers over for cocktails.
Anyway, it looks Reid’s poll is another attempt to put the pressure on the White House. I don’t think he wants this hot potato.