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Harry Reid of Nevada is the Senate Minority Leader. That’s a shame. Apparently, our Democratic senators believe Reid’s lack of an indoor toilet while growing up will impress the red states.

Barbara Boxer, praised Reid. "I can't say enough good things about him," Boxer said. "He's very plain-spoken and doesn't want to impress anybody.

"He's had a very interesting life, from a really poor upbringing, with no electricity or water in the house. ... He will connect with lot of people."

Who the Hell is he going to connect with? I didn't realize there were large regions of the United States without electricity and running water. Did Kerry lose the election by not pandering to the outhouse demographic?

Reid, in his remarks, struck a conciliatory note, saying he was "someone that believes that legislation is the art of compromise."

"I believe that consensus-building is one of my responsibilities, and I'm going to do everything I can to build as much consensus and as many compromises as possible," he said.

That's just great. I was pretty happy when Clinton shifted the Democratic Party to the center, but I do not believe we need a leader to bring us into harmony with ultra-conservative wackos like DeLay and Frist. We do not need to pay homage to the Republican Party. We do not need to adopt Republican Party rhetoric. We do not need to become another Republican Party.

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said Reid's Western background would help a party viewed as disconnected from much of the nation's heartland.

"I like the fact that he's a Westerner and a moderate," said Feinstein, who is running for re-election in 2006. "He can redefine our principles."

I like my principles just fine, thank you, Ms. Feinstein. I think America is better served by Democrats clearly and strongly stating our principles, and then standing by them and defending them, rather than changing them every time we lose a seat in Congress.

BTW, if there's a Democrat in California who is proud of their principles, and is willing to fight for them, run against Feinstein in 2006. You've got my vote.

Posted by American Pundit at November 19, 2004 7:41 AM