COMMENTARY | Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid decided to pour some gasoline over the fire started by the Bureau of Land Management’s run in with rancher Cliven Bundy and called his supporters “domestic terrorists.”
People are wondering what sort of stratagem Reid might be pursuing, now that protestors, some of them armed, chased the BLM off of Bundy’s ranch. There is the bone chilling possibility that there is no strategy behind the statement and that it is just another example of Reid becoming publically unhinged.
Bundy and his supporters may not have the letter of the law on their side, but they do have the nature of their enemies as a benefit. From Reid’s ranting to the fact the President Obama demands that all must bend the knee to the law, except for himself of course, Bundy garners more sympathy for himself and his cause.
It is unlikely that Reid thought thinks through when he used the “t word” to describe Bundy and his supporters. There are two things we do to domestic terrorists. We either send heavily armed troops to arrest or kill them or, declaring them wolves’ heads as the president has some Americans overseas, we take them all out with a drone strike. Neither option is very viable, as practically or politically.
There is another theory that Reid is not going to run for a new term in 2016. That would explain his diarrhea of the mouth, from his obsession with the Koch brothers to his hyper partisanship where it comes to senate Republicans. He has all the characteristics of an old man who has suddenly decided that he doesn’t care what people think of him and has decided to do and day what he wants.
In anyone else, this would be considered a charming curmudgeon behavior. In a prominent politician it tends to become increasingly alarming. Perhaps it is time for the senate Democrats to give him the hook and choose someone else to be their face as the 2014 midterms draws nigh.