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Mandy noted the other day, WH spox denies Sen. Durbin claim House GOPer told Obama “I cannot even stand to look at you”. It gets more interesting. It turns out that Dick Durbin wasn't "lying" if by lying you mean saying something he knew to be untrue.  It was curious why Durbin would not name names.  Now we know.  He would have had to name Harry Reid as his source. The White House gave the line to Harry Reid, who read it to the Democratic Senate caucus, one of whose members -- Durbin -- went public with it.  The story still was false, and the White House is claiming a "miscommunication." I'm not buying that.  The supposed statement took place on October 10, as Democrats were standing united against cutting a meaningful deal with Republicans. I'm leaning toward the "miscommunication" not being so, but part of a White House strategy to hold the party together at a critical time. Huffington Post reported (h/t Hot Air), Harry Reid Told Caucus That Pete Sessions Was Behind Obama Insult, Senators Say:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told his Democratic caucus last week in a private meeting that a top House Republican said to President Barack Obama, "I cannot even stand to look at you," according to two Democratic senators who were present. The account was confirmed by two Senate Democratic aides who said they independently learned of the exchange from other senators. A White House official said Thursday that the administration did relay such a message to Reid, but that it was the result of a miscommunication. “While the quote attributed to a Republican lawmaker in the House GOP meeting with the President is not accurate, there was a miscommunication when the White House read out that meeting to Senate Democrats, and we regret the misunderstanding," the official said in a statement.
Politico further reports:

Well, apparently today was just a photo op at the White House. Obama is still in a no negotiation mode. Instead, he's deliberately trying to talk down the markets. John Boehner after White House Mtg 10-2-2013

The latest development. I think negotiating with empty chairs will be a good thing. Reid and Obama are riding high, convinced the media will convey their messaging. There's reason for them to think that: ...

Current status a/o 10:15 p.m. Eastern -- House passed two amendments, Senate then rejected. Looks like no more House votes tonight. House will simply request a conference with the Senate tomorrow. So Harry Reid gets his "shutdown." You can watch House floor here and here (will embed when House comes back in session). UPDATE -- Senate quickly rejected House Amendments, thereby voting to preserve Congressional special privileges and unequal treatment of individuals.  Looks like the likely House response will be limited specific "clean" funding similar to what was done with military pay.  Make Democrats in Senate vote against funding Veterans Department, etc. Senate Final Vote Rejecting House Amendments 9-30-2013

For a government shutdown if it happens. The U.S. Senate is dysfunctional because of Harry Reid. No budget. No votes on most House legislation. No nothing except his way or the highway. We're seeing it again in the Continuing Resolution and Debt Ceiling battles.  Because Reid has shut down and shut out Republican voices, the only way to raise budget issues is using Continuing Resolution and Debt Ceiling deadlines -- a necessity in Harry Reid's Senate not the choice Republicans wanted. The poisoning of our politics by Reid did not start with the latest battles, it has been his methodology for years. You will not hear this narrative in the mainstream media. So on this day of all days, Tweet out #BlameHarryReid. (You can tweet this post, or use the Tweet broadcast function at the top of the sidebar which will be active for a few hours.) (added) As of 12:41 a.m., the hashtag #BlameHarryReid was still rising (Twitter feed added to bottom of post): Topsy BlameHarryReid 9-30-2013 1241 pm Twitchy if tracking the action, #BlameHarryReid: Looming shutdown? Citizens to Sen. Reid: Own it. Thanks for making this a Topsy Top 1k post (a/o 5:35 p.m.) Topsy - BlameHarryReid post 9-30-2013 Update: True to form, Politico via Drudge reports that Reid, who had the Senate take all of yesterday and this morning off, will not allow a vote on the House bill funding the government but removing the medical equipment tax: Drudge - Harry Reid to double down on shutdown

Should be interesting. There is such a thing as overplaying your hand. The conventional wisdom is that Republicans who have overplayed theirs. I'm not so sure. ...

How convenient. How abusive of the memory of those who fell, a clear ploy to gain political advantage from the significance of that date. The vote will be on Cloture for the resolution, not the resolution itself. It's an even higher hurdle. Update 8 p.m. -- Facing mounting...

Harry Reid stated on Friday that Obamacare was just a step in the direction of a single-payer health care system:
Reid said he thinks the country has to “work our way past” insurance-based health care during a Friday night appearance on Vegas PBS’ program “Nevada Week in Review.” “What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever,” Reid said. When then asked by panelist Steve Sebelius whether he meant ultimately the country would have to have a health care system that abandoned insurance as the means of accessing it, Reid said: “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.”
It was treated as breaking news. Headlines Harry Reid Single Payer Some Republicans also seemed shocked: This announcement, however, was neither breaking news nor reason to be shocked. Democrats have been saying that Obamacare was just a step in the right direction since the days in which Obamacare was first proposed: Obama has been telling us that single payer was the goal since the time he was just a twinkle in the eye of the Chicago political machine (video via Hot Air):

I haven't written much about Harry Reid lately, although we do have over 100 posts in the Harry Reid tag dating back to the earliest days of this blog. He's a charmer, alright. Who can forget his famous pronouncement that the Iraq war was lost and the surge had failed? He then worked as hard as possible to make it so: Or when he called David Petraeus a liar? Branco's first cartoon at LI was Harry Politics:
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