Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) recent description of Chinese President Hu Jintao as a “dictator” has now attracted the somewhat backhanded agreement of an unlikely source — the Patriot Caucus PAC, which was established after the 2010 election by his very right-wing GOP opponent, former state Rep. Sharron Angle.
“It’s not often we can fully agree with something Harry Reid says,” the PAC’s online administrators write. “A statement made by Harry Reid yesterday, however, warrants strong agreement.”The PAC goes on to say:
The comment, which Reid quickly tried to soften once it was out in the open, stirred controversy all day yesterday.
Here it is, in it’s full glory.
“I am going to go back to Washington and meet with the President of China. He is a dictator. He can do a lot of things through the form of government they have.”
You have to wonder if Reid would prefer to govern under their form of government, which would allow him to “get a lot of things done.”
In fact, Reid didn’t just try to soften it “once it was out in the open” — he tried to soften it immediately after it was out of his mouth!
As Jon Ralston reported, from an interview with Reid:
Only Harry Reid, when asked about whether he still thought the lame-duck tax cut deal was a good one, would begin his serpentine answer thusly:
“I am going to go back to Washington and meet with the president of China. He is a dictator. He can do a lot of things through the form of government they have. Maybe I shouldn’t have said dictator. But they have a different type of government then we have and that is an understatement.”