Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday that Democrats shouldn’t get too arrogant about Hillary Clinton’s chances against Donald Trump. In a telephone interview with Politico, Reid said there was merit to the idea that Trump could flip the electoral map in unexpected ways.
“Never, ever, ever underestimate Trump. No one should do that. I tried, others have tried. He’s a hard guy to predict,” Reid said. “One of the most unorthodox candidates for the presidency in modern times. Certainly in modern times, post-modern times. A real unusual deal we have here.”
See, Reid gets it in a way that a lot of people in the Republican Party leadership don’t. He’s on the outside looking in, and he’s not blind to the total mismatch in enthusiasm we’re seeing when you compare the Democratic turnout to the Republican turnout. Republicans are so desperate to avoid having Trump as the flag-bearer that they are missing one of the greatest opportunities ever to land in their laps. Clinton supporters, though, are seeing the storm ahead for what it is: trouble for the “rightful heiress” to the Obama crown.
But let’s go back to Reid for a second here, because while he’s right about Trump, he said something else in the interview that’s worth looking at. Angry about reports of long polling lines in Arizona, Reid said, “In Arizona last night they just arbitrarily reduced the polling places. There could be some litigation in that regard. The Arizona race showed me how desperate the Republicans are to do anything they can to suppress turnout.”
So he’s back on that old saw, accusing Republicans of making it harder for minorities to vote or young people or illegal immigrants or space aliens or anyone else that might vote for a Democrat. Any attempt whatsoever to ensure the integrity of our elections is actually a racist Republican plot against the American people.
But now let’s go back to a couple of weeks ago. Something else Reid had to say about the rise of Trump:
“I think that Donald Trump has brought people out that have not voted before and I think this is something that should be a concern for the American people.”
Ah. So when Democrats have to show a driver’s license, it shows how evil the Republican Party is. But when Trump brings in people who have never voted before, it should “be a concern” for the rest of us? Oh my, he’s getting those people to vote? How unseemly! How distasteful! Do these people even know which one is the salad fork? Where is my fainting chair?
Watching these people realize that America doesn’t begin and end within 100 miles of the coast has been one of the most enjoyable parts of 2016.