HARRY REID LOSES IT! Lashes Out At Reporters Over Energy Bill!… Reaches Out to Nutroots For Help
At a “pen and pad” — a more casual, off-camera chat with reporters — Reid attacked and scolded correspondents in attendance, telling them he’s “really disappointed” in how they have been writing his energy plans, which include a bill to reign in speculation in the energy futures markets.
According to two Senate Democratic aides, Reid and other Democratic leaders were particularly stung by an article Thursday in The New York Times. It followed on several other reports that have highlighted Democrats’ attempts to fend off defections from their ranks to GOP-sponsored amendments, measures that would permit new drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf and in the West for oil shale.
On Thursday, Reid told reporters he offered Republicans “separate amendments” as well on oil shale drilling and on OCS drilling, although a review of floor proceedings this week shows no such specific offer.
Senate GOP Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., told reporters in a separate off-camera briefing that Reid is “incorrect…
Reporters tried to pin Reid down Thursday on the amendment issue.
In the exchange, Reid told one reporter she should “watch the [Senate] floor more often. … You might learn something.”
Another reporter explained she had watched the Senate proceedings and said it was not clear he was … offereing separate amendments, to which Reid asked the reporter if she “spoke English.”
“Turn up your Miracle Ear,” Reid added.
After blasting the liberal press Reid reached out to the Far Left nutroot crowd today.
“We need your help to push back against the Republican harangue … that we’re not allowing votes” on oil drilling amendments.
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Reid seemed flustered Thursday when addressing congressional reporters, saying they needed to do a better job of explaining that Democrats have offered Republicans drilling amendments but the GOP has refused to make a deal.