"I'm going to be very honest with you - Chris Coons, everybody knows him in the Democratic caucus. He's my pet. He's my favorite candidate," Reid said.
Perhaps Reid is under the mistaken impression he is a revered national figure, and that voters in a state on the other side of the continent from Nevada would regard it as an honor to be represented by his pet. Most sane people, however, would see this as a way of saying Coons is not his own man, and will be a tool of the unpopular Leader.
If that isn't enough, Reid wrote for The Hill Tuesday he is adding the DREAM Act into the Defense appropriations bill that will be taken up by the Senate next week.
The DREAM Act would give special amnesty status to illegal aliens attending college, putting them on a path to citizenship. It also includes provisions for those in this country illegally who would serve in the military.
The appropriations bill is already in big trouble as it seeks to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy barring gays from openly serving in the military -- long before the study of the impact to the military has been completed.
Sen. John McCain said yesterday about Reid's manipulation:
"This is turning legislation related to our national defense and military preparedness into a vehicle to force a partisan agenda through the Senate," he said. "What's worse, the majority leader is pushing this controversial agenda under the cover of supporting our troops, knowing that the National Defense Authorization Act is a must-pass bill, and whatever else is in it will inevitably become law as a result."Then Reid comes back to defend his antics:
Sen. McCain should know better than anyone that patriots who step up to serve our grateful nation should be offered a path to citizenship, and that anyone who volunteers to serve should be welcomed regardless of their sexual orientation."Sen. Reid, there are no illegal immigrants serving in the military, to the best of my knowledge, and I spent 25 years in the Air Force. If they are, they have well-forged documentation, which would probably land them in a military prison if caught (the military takes a dim view of fraud). At the very least, they would be given a less-than-honorable discharge. However, if you're talking about giving those who were brought here under 15 years of age by their parents, and have clean records, and qualify for military service, and if they are willing to serve, that they are then given a path to citizenship, I'd be OK with that. But college? Not so sure on that one. And I really don't care about sexual orientation, unless you flaunt it in my face.
In addition, the Defense appropriations bill as currently constituted also provides for elective abortions to be performed at military hospitals. You know what? If some woman wants to abort her child, go for it. But I do not want to support that with my tax dollars.
Will the good people of Nevada please fire this guy in November?