In a dramatic shift of rhetoric, the Senate Minority Leader has indicated that Democrats will embrace faith as an electoral strategy for the 2006 electoral cycle … as long as God coughs up a supernatural event or six:
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid raised a few eyebrows yesterday on the Senate floor when he said it would take a “miracle” for Democrats to win enough races next year to take back the Senate.
“I would like to think a miracle would happen and we would pick up five seats this time,” he said during a floor debate over the filibusters of President Bush’s judicial nominees. “I guess miracles never cease.”
How hypocritical can the Democrats get? For the past two and a half years, they have blocked executive nominations involving people of faith as “extremists” and “out of the mainstream”. Senators thunder about the impending theocracy of the GOP majority, conveniently forgetting that the people elected these same Senators through the same democratic processes by which they gained their own seats. Senator Kennedy talks about fellow Catholics as “Neanderthals” because they actually follow the precepts of their faith rather than treat it as a campaign gimmick.
Now Reid feels that the Almighty can be called upon to deliver a majority of seats to the Democrats via a suspension of natural law. Certainly that will be necessary, given their hostility to religious believers, but it hardly amounts to an electoral strategy. Calling upon God to save the Democrats from their own hostility, even in jest, points out just how clueless the Democratic leadership has become.
Republicans, of course, reveled in Reid’s conversion:
Republicans were delighted by what they called an “admission” from the highest-ranking elected Democrat in the country.
“After listening to Senator Reid’s political spin about judicial nominees for the last several weeks, it is good to hear him come back to reality — if even for a brief moment,” said Brian Nick, spokesman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “Senator Reid can do the math: A Democratic Party, plus no ideas, plus obstruction, plus over-the-top partisan rhetoric equals continued minority.”
If having Ken Salazar call prominent clerics Anti-Christs and Harry Reid demand miracles from God comprises the new Democratic outreach to the religious communities, then Reid is right … miracles never cease.