Harry Reid loves that adage rightly or wrongly attributed to Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin or Mark Twain about the definition of insanity: Doing something over and over again and expecting different results.
By that definition, Reid suggests, Washington is an asylum.
“It’s really hard to try to be rational and logical with people who are illogical and not rational,” the Senate majority leader told his homestate Nevada Public Radio, KNPR. His prime example of that irrationality is the 45 attempts of Republicans to repeal or defund Obamacare, KNPR’s Ian Mylchreest reports — it fits that definition of insanity.
“If Einstein’s right, then we have a bunch of insane people in the House of Representatives,” Reid told Nevada radio.
The majority leader also is pointing to a certain faction of the other party.
“Where have mainstream Republicans gone?” Reid asked. “Where have they gone? I know how it used to be, and my sadness comes from the fact that these so-called mainstream Republicans in the House and the Senate went along with these people. Went along with them until that very last vote.”
In this environment, he adds, any talk of a so-called grand bargain on the budget in the negotiations ahead is “happy talk.” The irrational are not only irrational, he suggests, they’re also schoolyard bullies.
“You cannot do business with bullies,” Reid said. ““If you give a bully a dollar today, they ask for a dollar and a half tomorrow… “It has taken a while for all my caucus to come to that understanding. And quite frankly, the president, wonderful man that he is, he doesn’t like confrontation and he likes to work things out with people.”
A review of the Republican government shutdown: pic.twitter.com/rFWLJyZ9lL
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