This just in: the Democrats are losing the #ObamaShutdown. And the cracks are starting to show.
On Wednesday, this happened:
And now this has happened. Stephen Dinan, Washington Times:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid delivered a striking mea culpa on the Senate floor Friday as he opened the chamber, saying he and his colleagues have simply gotten too personal and nasty in their floor debates.
A day earlier Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, had scolded Mr. Reid for attacking Sen. Ted Cruz, another Texas Republican, by name as they debated the government shutdown…
On Thursday, Mr. Reid had accused Mr. Cruz — who wasn’t on the floor — of having usurped the rest of the GOP leadership, including House Speaker John A. Boehner.
“He is following Senator Cruz ‘s idea specifically. Senator Cruz is now joint Speaker. He lectures the House on occasion, as he does people over here,” Mr. Reid said. He also called the GOP moves he said Mr. Cruz was spearheading “crazy.”
According to the Senate rules — and I’m paraphrasing here — you can be as much of a lying, delusional jackass as you want to your fellow senators, as long as you don’t address them directly by name. So Reid has to say he’s sorry for using Cruz’s name as he told his delusional lies because he’s Harry Reid and therefore a jackass.
Harry’s stressed out. This whole thing isn’t going his way. Now he’s been forced to give the closest thing to an apology he’s ever likely to croak out. Yeah, it’s a technicality. He’ll continue to spew his crazy lies as usual. But does that make it any less fun to watch him squirm?
Good on ya, Senator Cruz. Keep the pressure on. Unforced errors are the best kind.
This #ObamaShutdown is even more entertaining than I thought it’d be!
Shutting down the government because you won’t listen to the people who want less government? Priceless.
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) October 2, 2013
Update: Well, well, well. Look who’s Mr. Warmth all of a sudden.
Speaker Boehner is a good man who has a tough job. I hope he'll do what he knows is right.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) October 4, 2013
Gettin’ nervous, Harry? You should be.
You hope he defies you? So do we. RT @SenatorReid Speaker Boehner is a good man who has a tough job. I hope he'll do what he knows is right.
— Jim Treacher (@jtLOL) October 4, 2013