The first was when Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid did the Jedi mind trick (Reid Demands Answers, Accountability) on the floor calling for a closed session. See also Why Reid did what he did. Then predictably, the GOP flips out.
The unexpected shutdown immediately provoked a furious reaction from Senate Republicans, who denounced it as a stunt and an affront.Alrighty then, fuckstick. I'll play your game. You may be a surgeon, but I'm dissecting this one.
Frist angrily denounced the move, charging that "the United States Senate has been hijacked by the Democratic leadership." He told reporters that he has never as majority leader "been slapped in the face with such an affront to the leadership of this grand institution."
Frist called the closed session "a pure stunt" by Reid, Durbin and the Democratic leadership.
"This is an affront to me personally," he said. "It's an affront to our leadership. It's an affront to the United States of America. And it is wrong."
Frist sharply criticized Reid personally, saying he could never trust the Democratic leader again.
For starters, YOU Bill Frist do not get to use phrases like "the United States Senate has been hijacked by the Democratic leadership" in light of your own party's well documented self whoring to the religious reich. Consider this before you go on about a political party that has been hijacked.
Between yourself and Tom DeLay alone, you have enough shit on your hands in the way of your own respective scandals and ethics violations that you need not say things like "I have never been slapped in the face with such an affront to the leadership of this grand institution" or for that matter use words like "trust", but I'm loving that you stand in front of the cameras and give your best outraged grandstanding and empty posturing. Don't worry about whether or not you can trust Harry Reid, you need to worry about the dogs in your own kennel that are biting you in your overindulged ass!
A "pure stunt" on behalf of the Reid-led Democrats? Um, WTF? YOU, of all people, GOP Senate Majority Leader trying to call out a "pure stunt"?
Keep shooting yourself in the foot, Bill. Eventually you'll make it up to your temple.
C&L has video up of both the Senate shutdown and Frist's reaction and Reid's press conference.