Harry Reid, the Senate’s favorite crazy person, is really pulling out all the stops in the hopes of hanging on to his Senate Majority Leader title.
And you can practically smell the desperation.
“Since a few Republicans blocked these important sanctions last work period, Russian lawmakers voted to annex Crimea and Russian forces have taken over Ukrainian military bases,” Reid said. “It’s impossible to know whether events would have unfolded differently if the United States had responded to Russian aggression with a strong, unified voice.”
The Senate wasn’t voting to authorize Obama to use military force. It was voting on a giveaway to the IMF. Only someone completely delusional would imagine that the aid bill would have stopped Putin from completing the annexation.
Does Harry Reid imagine that Putin would have looked at a procedural vote in the Senate and said, “Oh no, the Yankees are writing a check. Come on Comrades, let’s run for it.”
In response to Reid’s comments, Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said the Senate leader “sounds completely unhinged.”
That’s putting it mildly.
GOP Senate aides noted the House has passed different legislation, meaning the Senate bill could not have become law before recess anyhow. They blamed Reid and Democrats for blocking the Senate from taking up the House legislation.
Reid is trying to blame Republicans for Obama’s miserable failure.
Republicans have long spurned the administration’s attempt to ratify the IMF changes, saying they’d increase the exposure of U.S. taxpayers in foreign bailouts managed by the fund. Making the shift now, opponents such as Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio argue, also would marginally increase Russia’s voting power over the fund’s finances.
So we’re punishing Russia by… helping Russia. Great plan.