Reid, for a Righter Left
I don't want to sound like the harbinger of doom, but Harry Reid (D, NV), Tom Daschle's replacement as Senate Minority Leader, shows that Democratic leadership is still too deep in the throes of self-flagellation to make a strategically sound decision.
Why does this one stink? Because it's not an appointment; it's an apology.
Reid is against abortion rights and against gun control, and naming him is a naked appeasement of the power-drunk Values Police on the Hill. It says more than, "We're looking forward to six years of constructive debate and cooperative progress, so here's a guy you can relate to." It says, "Gosh, we're sorry about that uppity Daschle wingnut. Who knows what he was thinking? I mean, we Democrats can hardly wait until you Republicans finish your gratuitous endzone dance so we can get to work at teabagging your collective nutsack, so here's a guy who could just as easily be playing for your team. Hey, here's another idea: why don'tcha e-mail us a list of amendments you'd like to write into the Constitution (think outside the box)!!! Soon as we get those from ya, we'll get cracking on a draft. Meantime, fellas, please don't grind us into pulp. Cheerio!"
There are many miles to go before we sleep.