Is there any well of cooperation on Capitol Hill Harry Reid will not poison?

His verbiage, and that of his colleagues, is vituperative to the point of eliminationist.

Now he’s leaking communications between his staff and John Boehner’s staff, in a move Roll Call called taboo:

Roll Call Reid releases emails Boehner staff

Updated 11:30 a.m. | Senate Democrats are considering leaking a series of emails between the chiefs of staff of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker John A. Boehner regarding employer contributions to congressional staff health care plans, multiple top-level sources said late Monday.

Senate Democratic chiefs of staff discussed the emails between Reid chief David Krone and Boehner chief Mike Sommers at a recent meeting, according to a source with direct knowledge of the meeting.

Leaking the emails would be unusual, given the taboo over disclosing personal communications between top staffers. But the missives also would reveal Boehner’s position on employer subsidies for congressional staff.

The emails were provided to Politico.  Roll Call summed up the contents as being no big deal:

Updated 11:30 a.m.

Reid’s office decided Tuesday morning to release the documents to POLITICO.

The emails, which were not provided to CQ Roll Call, apparently reveal that Boehner’s staff and Reid’s staff participated in routine coordination between two leaders of Congress to avoid having congressional staff lose their health care benefits.

“During a five-month period stretching from February to July, Boehner and his aides sought along with Reid’s office to solve what had become a big headache for both of them,” POLITICO writes. “They drafted and reviewed a possible legislative fix, as well as continued to push for an administrative one from the Office of Personnel Management.”

It bears repeating again that the original intent of the provision that is causing leaders so much trouble was merely to force Congressional staff on to Obamacare exchanges, not to have those employees get no employer contribution toward their care.

Nice job, Harry. You poisoned another well, and achieved nothing.

At some point, Barack Obama needs to wonder why he is staking his presidency on Harry Reid’s ability to be nasty.


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