11/17/2004

Meet Harry Reid

"Who?" I hear you say.

Harry Reid is the Democratic senator from Nevada who will replace lame-duck Tom Daschle as Senate Minority Leader. Daschle is the first Senate leader to be defeated in fifty years, and the one-two punch of the defeats of Daschle and Kerry have left Senate Democrats in disarray.

Enter Harry Reid. Hours after Daschle had conceded defeat to John Thune, Reid was telling people that he had enough votes in the Senate to assume the leadership position. There was some thought that Chris Dodd of Connecticut might challenge him, but Dodd's effort failed to gain any traction.

So who is Harry Reid? He's a four-term Senator, a Mormon, and staunch abortion opponent who:

  • Voted YES on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime. (Mar 2004)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on maintaining ban on Military Base Abortions. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning partial birth abortions. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on disallowing overseas military abortions. (May 1999)
  • Rated 29% by NARAL, indicating a pro-life voting record. (Dec 2003)
Reid's virtually unopposed ascension to the Senate leadership poses interesting questions. Conventional wisdom holds that President Bush will have the opportunity to name some justices to the Supreme Court in his second term. With a 55-44-1 majority in the Senate and a pro-life ally heading up the opposition, it looks as though Bush might have an easier road with judicial nominations than was earlier believed.