Senator Harry Reid has had about enough of Republicans and their "let's take our time" attitude on health care reform. This morning on the Senate floor he railed against those pushing Democrats to forget their wholesale approach to fixing health care and urging small steps instead.
"You think you've heard these same excuses before? You're right," Reid said. "In this country there were those who dug in their heels and said, 'Slow down, it's too early. Let's wait. Things aren't bad enough' — about slavery. When women wanted to vote [they said] 'Slow down, there will be a better day to do that — the day isn't quite right...'"
Republicans did not like:
"Having made this disgraceful statement on the floor of the United States Senate, Mr. Reid should immediately apologize on the Senate floor to his colleagues, to his constituents, and to the American people. If he is going to stand by these statements, the Democrats must immediately reconsider his fitness to lead them,” RNC Chairman Michael Steele said.
"They are so desperate that it is unbelievable. And for Senator Reid to go out this morning and make such an outlandish statement like he made, just is another indication of the desperation that the Democrats are showing and the pressure that they're feeling," said Sen. Saxby Chambliss.
Reid isn't backing down, though he left it to his spokesman to respond to critics. Presumably, his foot was still lodged in his mouth.
GOP erupts over Reid slavery, segregation remarks [Glenn Thrush/Politico]