In which I defend Harry Reid

I’m no fan of Harry Reid, to say the least, but this AP story on three supposed Reid gaffes just isn’t right. The first two “gaffes” (regarding the health of Democratic senators) are dubious, and unimportant even if he was wrong. Then, the substantive one:

Reid also mangled his party’s position on the congressional news of the day, that Senate Democrats would join their House counterparts in withholding the money President Barack Obama needs to close the Guantanamo Bay prison until Obama comes up with a plan for relocating its prisoners.

But Reid went further than saying he wanted to see a plan for the money before Congress approves it. “We will never allow terrorists to be released into the United States,” he said.

No one, of course, was talking about releasing terrorism suspects among the American populace. Imprisoning them, perhaps, but not releasing them.

I truly wish this were true. We certainly shouldn’t be talking about releasing terrorism suspects among the American populace. But we are:

Attorney General Eric Holder said some detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, may end up being released in the U.S. as the Obama administration works with foreign allies to resettle some of the prisoners.

The gaffe here belongs to the AP, not Reid.  As far as Reid goes, I just wish we could trust that he really means it.

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