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Thursday, December 28, 2006

Reid and Durbin...no class schmucks

HT To Drudgereport:

Reid to miss Ford funeral

By DENNIS CONRAD, Associated Press Writer Thu Dec 28, 12:08 AM ET

WASHINGTON - Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will miss the state funeral for former President Gerald Ford at the Capitol Rotunda on Saturday night, opting instead to lead a delegation to South America with an expected stop at the Machu Picchu Inca ruins.

Reid, D-Nev., left Wednesday afternoon from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland with a bipartisan group of five other senators, including Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the incoming assistant majority leader, for what has been described as a weeklong visit to Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.

The highlight of the trip is said to be separate meetings with the presidents of the three nations, with the last one scheduled in Peru on Tuesday afternoon.

"They would be difficult to cancel," Reid spokesman Jim Manley said via mobile phone as the congressional delegation took off in a U.S. military plane.

The senators are also scheduled to be in Cuzco, Peru, on Sunday, which would give them an opportunity to view the nearby Inca ruins and anything else in advance of New Year's Eve.

Manley said the senators opted to skip Ford-related ceremonies over the next few days because of the long-scheduled meetings with the South American presidents, noting that U.S. relations with some of the countries are in need of improvement.

Manley did not rule out the possibility that the delegation might return to Washington for at least one Ford-related event, perhaps a church service Tuesday morning. But their meeting with Peru's president, scheduled for the afternoon, could interfere with that, he said.

"Senator Reid has tried to reach Mrs. Ford," Manley said, adding that the senator had not received a return call from her before the delegation had departed for South America. Manley later added that Reid had called the former first lady to express condolences, and also to explain why the delegation might not make it back to Washington for the funeral.

Durbin's office released a statement before he left, calling Ford, who died Tuesday at age 93, "a man of principle, integrity and honesty who helped heal the nation during some of our darkest times." He offered his "deepest condolences" to the Ford family.

Other senators making the trip are Kent Conrad, D-N.D., Judd Gregg, R-N.H., Robert Bennett, R-Utah, and Ken Salazar, D-Colo.

Why am I not surprised? Durbin and Reid are 2 first class schlemiels who dont deserve the offices they hold. Regardless of the difficulties in getting meetings scheduled with other Presidents, it would be understood if this entourage stayed behind and did the right thing in helping to honor a man who was our President.

Guaranteed they will be back to dance on Fords grave.

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Blogger Jenn of the Jungle said...

That they are indeed the lowest of low class schmucks come as no surprise to me in the least.

29 December, 2006 09:01  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Frankly, I am glad they were not there. And I was glad that Ford passed when the GOP still controlled the place.

Can you imagine what kind of sneering eulogy Nancy Pelosi would have offered Ford?

05 January, 2007 09:33  
Blogger LiberalismIsAMentalDisorder said...

Jenn - Amen sista

Mike - I shudder to think of it..good point

05 January, 2007 16:13  

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