With Tom Daschle loss there has been much talk about his replacement being Nevada Senator Harry Reid. He has a 55 percent pro-life rating according to the National Right to Life Committee which according to NRO: The Corner notices that during the 105th, 106th, and 107th Congresses that Reid received a higher rating then Senator Specter. So this would be quite a positive step in the right direction in the Democrat’s leadership to have someone that doesn’t automatically kowtow to Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocates.
The only problems is is that I am highly skeptical that this will actually come to pass. I expect a bait and switch where pro-life hopes are lifted and then a same old pro-abortion Senator will be the minority leader instead. Just as many pro-lifers are upset at the idea of Arlen Specter heading the judiciary committee I just can’t see the predominately pro-abortion Democrat senators going along with this. I would love to be wrong about this and supposedly he already has firm support from 30 members including some very pro-abortion ones. Again even if he does take a leadership role I am not that optimistic about just how pro-life he will be since he met with Kate Michelman, leader of the National Abortion Rights Action League. If NARAL doesn’t come out against this then you know he gave them some assurances.
Some bloggers on Democratic Internet sites on Wednesday questioned Reid’s charisma level, saying he’s a nice enough guy but the party might need a more dynamic leader who can come across well on television.
"Let’s face it. Reid is not the Democratic Tom Selleck," Washington political analyst Stuart Rothenberg said. [Source]
This from a party that went from Al Gore to John Kerry? I didn’t realize that charisma was any kind of requirement lately. Though after Tom Daschle who had the charisma of a wet wash rag hanging in the shower – Harry Reid has to be a gain in that direction.