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Reid says improving economy will kill tea party

By Doug Thompson
January 9, 2011

Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., left, with Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., speaks at a news conference about the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" bill during an unusual Saturday session on Capitol Hill in Washington Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. Repeal of the bill would mean that, for the first time in American history, gays would be openly accepted by the military. Reid said a final vote would come at 3 p.m. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid is dismissing the tea party as short-lived, saying it will “disappear” once the economy gets better.

The Nevada Democrat prevailed last November in a tough re-election race against tea party-backed candidate Sharron Angle.

In an interview with NBC‘s “Meet the Press” that’s set to air Sunday, Reid was asked if he believes the tea party will be a lasting political force.

Reid says the tea party movement emerged because of the country’s economic problems. But he says the tea party will no longer exist when the economy improves — and he says the economy is getting better every day.

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4 Responses to Reid says improving economy will kill tea party

  1. Nevada Ned

    January 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    The economy is recovering at a VERY slow rate. Ben Bernanke recently said that it would take another five years to recover all the jobs lost in the collapse. That would take us to 2016, nearly a decade after the start of the collapse.

    So if Harry Reid is right, the Tea Party will be around for several more years at least.

  2. Carl Nemo

    January 10, 2011 at 1:10 am

    Why would this Senator who’s sworn to uphold and protect the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic be fearful of the “Tea Party”?

    Do I smell genuine fear or is it a case of our ‘duty’ duopolists don’t want any challenge to their now unilateral control and incumbency in Congress, now simply an old style sovietski, hand-clapping politburo.

    If this is supposed to be a Republican government founded upon democratic ideals; so why should Democrats or Republicans both fear an wish to quash an upstart movement?

    I often mention that I analyze photo’s supplied with an article. To put it simply when I look at this arch, traitorous crook aka Harry Reid, with the ever smug Carl Levin behind him, I have to work hard at not puking over the rail when I reconcile these two crimpols’ lifetime political M.O.’s against my knowledge base.

    Whether it’s “Tea-Partiers”, the “Green Party” or even the U.S. based Communist party, I want these nation destroying creeps flushed from the halls of Congress. Republicans and Democrats now merged, totally compromised are working hand in hand to to destroy this nation. They’ve become an eilitist cult who’ve lost their steerage relative to the needs of our citizens and the preservation of our nation…period!

    We’re looking upon two incarnate bottles of poison; ie., arsenic and cyanide for so-called ‘leaders’ who should be simply reps in this photo, both working feverishly to bring about the New World Order.

    Carl Nemo **==

  3. logtroll

    January 10, 2011 at 8:59 am

    You’re nuts.

    Bye bye.

    • Carl Nemo

      January 11, 2011 at 2:03 am

      I’m glad my perceived ‘unsanity’ finally managed to exterminate a pest from our premises… : ))

      Carl Nemo **==