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60 MINUTES: An Exasperating Interview With Senate Leaders


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: ethics, obama, politics, democrats, republicans, congress, lies, u.s., usa, government, americans )

Cal
- 780 days ago - cbsnews.com
Steve Kroft conducted a very tense interview this week on 60 Minutes. He brought together the two leaders of the U.S. Senate, Democrat Harry Reid and Republican Mitch McConnell, for their first joint interview.



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Past Member (0)
Sunday November 4, 2012, 9:13 pm
I don't know which of them is worse. Since when do pig-headedness, stupidity, and senility qualify one to lead a party in the US Senate? They need to retire before the country wises up and recalls them.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 5, 2012, 3:33 am
There certainly has been no real leadership on either side.
 

Gene Jacobson (256)
Monday November 5, 2012, 1:48 pm
"The Senate has become a dysfunctional place, filled with politicians on the extreme Left and Right who can't or won't reach a compromise for the public good, Kroft says. "It's clearly not a fun place, and there are a lot of people that are very unhappy, particularly the new group of congressmen. A number of people have told us that they've come in and said, 'What am I doing here?'"

Well, the dysfunction has been on crystal clear display since this latest Congress convened. Compromise, looking into the future and enacting laws to deal with issues of critical importance, like our re-building our infrastructure which is rapidly falling apart, there are no statespeople anymore, in either body, capable of setting aside partisan issues and taking care of the long term health of the country. I hold the tea party responsible for this gridlock, they ran on a jobs, jobs, jobs agenda, across the country, and have done nothing on that agenda at all. In State houses and in the National Houses, what they have done is stymy all efforts to move forward and put all interests but the war on women behind them. They are intent on imposing their "christian taliban" version of morality into law and will do nothing else until they have accomplished that. I truly believe the American people know they were hoodwinked by these self-serving hoodlums and will turn them back out of office as fast as they let them in. Then, if the Congress and the President can continue moving this country forward in ways that benefit all of us, the 2014 elections will increase their ability to do so. This gridlock has to end, or we fall apart from within - which incidentally has happened to every society that has had as large a gap between the richest and poorest of its citizens as do we. Tomorrow is more than election day, it is decision day for the future of this great nation. May we decide wisely.
 

Dandelion G. (384)
Monday November 5, 2012, 3:57 pm
Well said Gene.
 

Adam C. (32)
Monday November 5, 2012, 5:35 pm
The two sides of the same corrupt coin in one room. The concentrated level of venal incompetence almost tore a hole in the space time continuum.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Monday November 5, 2012, 6:51 pm
Noted w/thanks, Cal. I watched this last night & Mitch McConnell looked awful as he reiterated Teabagger nonsense. He looked like a mean, angry, old man. (I noticed Reid just "sizzling" beside him). Harry Reid knows he could've changed the rules of the Senate so that a MAJORITY, rather than 60 votes would pass a bill. He has that chance again on the opening day of the Senate after the 1st of Jan. He let that slide by in previous years, because...as I read it....he didn't want the opposition to take advantage of that change when they regained a majority. Guess, he felt like he was between a rock and a hard place, but it's gotten them nowhere....literally.
Reid couldn't say that the GOP is completely under the control of Grover Norquist and beholden to his pledge not to raise taxes on the wealthy. Nor could he say that the whole GOP is in the pockets of Corporate overlords, because many Dems are in the same pockets. Absolutely unethical!
And, thank you, Gene, for reminding us of the "Xtian Taliban" that has overtaken both houses of Congress...they do exist---formerly known, and correctly labeled by Hillary Clinton back in the 90's as "the vast rightwing conspiracy."
 

Robert S. (115)
Monday November 5, 2012, 8:39 pm
Of course Reid can't let them walk all over him....but I think most honest people know...who has been creating the gridlock. Who has been poisoning the well, and who said from day one, the issue number one for them was beating Obama. They started in on that task at our expense on day one. They have behaved disgustingly. There is no equivalence or equal blame here. Saying there is, is how we got here in the first place. They push, we give in and they claim the new middle is far left....
I'm sick of it. Reid better stand his ground.
 
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