Let's Get Real.
Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid broke his silence on the GOP wave that swept his party out of power. Reid pledged that Democrats would not play obstructionist policies. It was a curious remark coming from the person who blocked any Senate floor votes over the past two years. Sen. Manchin (D-WV) previously voiced his frustration over Reid’s Senate tactics which he claimed left vulnerable Democrats with no accomplishments to run on. Despite that, Reid viewed the GOP as the obstructionists and took the high ground, as he supposed.
That said, Reid promised to take Will Rogers’ counsel to heart which is to not allow the past occupy too much of the present. He will set aside his differences and work with the GOP. All rhetoric about taking the moral high ground aside, Reid may simply be facing the reality that voters like Jared repudiated the president’s policies in the past election and pursuing tactics to preserve them is counter-productive. At the same time, Reid’s grip on power isn’t guaranteed.
As for incoming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, he took the floor of the Senate immediately after Reid. He reaffirmed that voters have given the GOP a strong mandate to change the direction the nation is taking, and vowed to make good on the mandate.