PJ Media and others are focusing on Reid's comment "why would we want to do that", which is a bonehead remark indeed. But what interests me is what he does at the end of the clip..
"..to have someone of your intelligence suggest such a thing, (unintelligible) is just irresponsible."That's a Third World goon tactic--don't like the press's question, intimidate the press. How DARE she ask a logical and sensible question, especially considering Reid has already passed a separate bill to pay the active duty military, which the president signed. No doubt hidden in such a thuggish reply is the veiled threat to not grant more access until CNN mends its ways. And yet he lectures people about being irresponsible.
Oh,. and talking about goon tactics, this is pretty unbelievable if it wasn't so believable.
After about an hour, about 20 protesters arrived on the scene chanting “Boehner, get us back to work” and claiming they were federal employees furloughed because of the shutdown. In the video below these protesters were marching towards the press gaggle and I was asking them to show their federal IDs to prove they were in fact federal workers. No one wore their federal ID and none would provide it to prove their claim.
Then, remarkably, a guy carrying a sign passed by wearing a McDonald’s employee shirt, which I noted. I then began asking them how much they had been paid to protest, at which point the guy wearing the McDonald’s shirt came back and admitted he had been paid $15.As if threatening to arrest WWII veterans coming to DC to view their own monument wasn't clueless enough, now someone is sending groups down there to protest. PJ Reporter Pat Poole probably jumped the gun on them being SEIU, and they may not even be paid either (the McDonalds worker he questioned didn't appear to have good command of English and might have just replied '15 dollars' as in "I want 15 dollars an hour", a continuation of the recent nationwide protest for higher wages at fast food jernts).
But paid or not, the point is that somebody is sending them down to military monuments for a political show. The Vets ain't gonna like that, anymore than they liked Michele Bachmann running down there and trying to score political points.
But she's trivial compared to having an administration use WWII vets to extract political victories. In other words, we'll open the monuments when our political rivals do as we tell them. It's clear these people will stoop to anything to win. This war for them is bigger than the Global War on Terror, which is why they throw around terms like terrorist, extremist and suicide bomber so cavalierly.
And for that reason things are bound to get uglier over the next few days should Boehner manage to hold it together a little longer. He simply cannot allowed to be bullied into not negotiating over the only thing he has to negotiate over. Reid and Carney keep telling the media they want nothing in return for passing a clean CR bill, no negotiation; which is BS, wanting no negotiations IS something. It means they win.
Which neuters the party going forward, allowing Obama the upper hand on any future socialistic bills he has in mind, almost as if Pelosi herself were Speaker. But there's a but! One thing to watch for over the next week should Boehner hold things together will be immigration. Will they coyly try to roll some kind of amnesty bill into a big package to raise the debt ceiling, maybe in return for a one year delay to the individual mandate and a few spending cuts? Would the Tea Party agree in order to end the shutdown? We will see.