**Written by Doug Powers
“All I ask is for Republicans to understand what legislation is all about. It’s the art of compromise and building a consensus.”
–Harry “Lead By Example” Reid, January 2012
In actuality, Harry Reid’s definition of “bipartisanship” is “Republicans doing what Democrats want but not the other way around.” If Mitt Romney is elected on Tuesday, Reid will continue to be true to form:
Five days before the election, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has ruled out trying to work with Mitt Romney should he win next week.
“Mitt Romney’s fantasy that Senate Democrats will work with him to pass his ‘severely conservative’ agenda is laughable,” Mr. Reid said in a statement on Friday, trying to puncture Mr. Romney’s closing election argument that he’ll be able to deliver on the bipartisanship President Obama promised in 2008 but has struggled to live up to.
Mr. Reid flatly ruled out following Mr. Romney’s agenda, saying he and his colleagues have already voted down many of those proposals, including House Republicans’ budget, written by Republican vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan.
“Mitt Romney has demonstrated that he lacks the courage to stand up to the tea party, kowtowing to their demands time and again. There is nothing in Mitt Romney’s record to suggest he would act any differently as president,” Mr. Reid said.
It’s almost like Harry Reid senses a Romney win and is trying to preempt premature panic among the base. However, Reid did go on to say that he’s confident of an Obama victory on Tuesday — but I think he got that information from the same sources who told him Romney didn’t pay any taxes for a decade, so that information is dubious at best.
There’s a possibility that, if the stars align mightily for the Republicans next Tuesday, Harry Reid will end up losing control of the Senate. It falls in the “unlikely” category, but the possibility does exist:
Of those 12 senate races, five are projected to be won by the Republican nominees and seven are projected to be won by the Democrats. This leads to 52 Democratic senators and 48 Republican senators. For the Republicans to win the senate majority, assuming a tie-breaking vote of the vice president if Romney and Ryan win, they will need to win any two of the of the following close seats: Massachusetts, Virginia, Indiana, Missouri, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. The odds of a 50 seat Republican senate comes down to looking for two upset possibilities among the close races. Democrats are likely to maintain a majority in the senate.
**Written by Doug Powers
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