. . . Reid, who wants to get a healthcare bill finished by Christmas, urged Republicans on the Senate floor to forego a debate on several conference reports this weekend in order to give Senators and staffers the weekend off. "I understand the Republican leader doesn't want us to do health care. I appreciate that. He and I have different positions on that," said Reid. "I see no reason to punish everybody this weekend and I hope the minority will give strong consideration to the proposal that I've made."
That sounds real nice. Reid wants everyone to have the weekend off. But, why?
. . . In addition to shepherding the health care bill through the Senate, Reid is also locked in a tough reelection campaign. And in that regard his desire for a weekend off is not so benevolent to other Senators and staffers. It turns out Reid has a 1,000 plus per plate fundraiser scheduled for Saturday in New Orleans, according to one local paper, which also reports that Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-LA, a key swing moderate in the health care debate, will also be in attendance.
What a hypocrite! What a phony! If Reid really believed there was a healthcare crisis requiring immediate action, would he take the weekend off to appear at a campaign fundraiser?