Harry Reid should lead, not attack and distract

Posted by on May 05, 2014 at 7:39 am

To Sen. Reid, the Koch brothers are the country’s top concern. Polls say otherwise. More than half of Americans don’t know who they are. Meanwhile, a March Gallup poll that asked Americans to identify the country’s most important problem found jobs, the economy in general and dissatisfaction with government at the top of the list.

But Sen. Reid doesn’t want to talk about jobs and the economy, or the negative effect Obamacare is having on them. And he loves to blame Republicans for public dissatisfaction with government.

On Wednesday, Sen. Reid took to the Senate floor to demand that the NFL’s Washington Redskins change their name because it’s offensive to Native Americans. Set aside that a poll released in January by Public Policy Polling found 71 percent of Americans do not think the team should change its name. Why is Sen. Reid wasting the Senate’s time talking about a pro sports nickname controversy?

Americans expect their politicians to play politics, especially in an election year. But they’re smart enough to know when an elected official is trying to distract them. No wonder they’re fed up with Washington. It’s time for Sen. Reid to change the subject — to one the public actually cares about.

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