Monday, August 16, 2010

Harry Reid Sells Out For GOP Support On First Responders Bill

In an article by Sam Stein on The Huffington Post, Stein writes that Harry Reid has come out against the construction of the Cordoba House in downtown Manhattan, stating that the building "should be built someplace else."  The comment made me scratch my head wondering why Reid would come out making such a statement.  I was certain he was doing it to try and siphon some right-wingers from Sharron Angle in an attempt to shore up some votes but then it hit me - Reid was most likely using the mosque as a bargaining chip with Republicans to try and pass the First Responders Bill.
"The First Amendment protects freedom of religion," reads a statement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office (D-Nev.). "Senator Reid respects that but thinks that the mosque should be built someplace else. If the Republicans are being sincere, they would help us pass this long overdue bill to help the first responders whose health and livelihoods have been devastated because of their bravery on 911, rather than continuing to block this much-needed legislation."
I don't understand why this building is such a big deal - considering the constitutionality of the matter, one would think that the Republicans would have just shut their trap and moved on to the next story, but instead, they have decided to push forward with their hypocrisy and apply pressure on Democrats to take a position.  Unfortunately, not all Democrats are principled enough to stand up to the GOP.  We could use an Weiner rant on those who oppose the Cordoba House...

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