All right, no more cutesy assertions that Senator Harry Reid is actually giving Rick Weiland cover by pretending to keep his D.C. distance from the South Dakota Democrat. The Majority Leader appears to be a petty, pouting idiot. After dissing Weiland at every turn, Reid now asserts that folks like Tom Daschle who are trying to help Weiland win are working against Democrats:
Reid last year declared Weiland was “not my choice” in the race, and this summer added, “We are going to lose in South Dakota, more than likely.”
Asked if those comments hurt Weiland’s chances, Daschle told The Hill, “Well, it certainly hasn’t helped.”
Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Reid, fired back on Monday: “It’s sad that Sen. Daschle is working against Senate Democrats’ interests rather than working to preserve the Democratic majority that Sen. Reid restored” [Bob Cusack and Jessica Taylor, "Reid, Daschle Feud Erupts," The Hill, 2014.09.30].
Senator Reid appears to be confusing his personal interests with the interests of the Democratic Party. The only reason not to endorse Weiland is Reid's pissy-pants pouting over not getting his way on the nomination, which is as morally reprehensible a failure of Democratic leadership as if local party leaders who wanted Joe Lowe to win South Dakota Democrats' gubernatorial nomination were refusing to endorse nominee Susan Wismer. If Reid wanted Stephanie Herseth Sandlin to run, he should take out his frustrations on Stephanie Herseth Sandlin. Weiland didn't force her not to run; she made that decision on her own. (And gee, Harry, maybe if you had offered her an immediate endorsement and big money, she would have run. Did you ever think maybe you only have yourself to blame, Mr. Majority Leader?)
Fighting for every winnable seat is in Senate Democrats' interests. South Dakota is winnable, if you throw punches at Republican Mike Rounds's glass jaw, the EB-5 scandal. Two outside groups already sense that opportunity. With Mike Rounds stuck below 40% and with surging but cash-poor Pressler easily swampable with well-targeted and well-financed ads, South Dakota is worth the effort. Daschle, Weiland, and a whole lot of Senate Democrats recognize that fact. Reid might realize that, too, if he'd set aside his ego and get back to winning the election.