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Harry Reid Tried to Rig the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary in Obama’s Favor

Posted on February 11, 2013

For people who do not know me; I am an Independent political consultant and analyst whose top goals are to be honest, to always tell people the truth as I see it and as how I can credibly document it even if it is not popular, and to maintain my reputation of credibility by never saying anything about anyone or any issue unless I can tangibly prove that my claim or claims are true.  I am always willing to discuss or debate anything that I say or that I put in writing.  Further, I am NOT a Republican plant attempting to sabotage Harry Reid.  I have civilly debated John on this blog defending ObamaCare (John is a very nice person and we are friends) and I have criticized extremism in both parties, especially the Tea Party which I think is responsible for much of the partisan gridlock in Congress (see my Facebook page or look me up in Google).  While I certainly have my own opinions on issues, I always objectively make my political calls just like how a truly honest baseball umpire would which is calling balls and strikes right down the middle how I really see them regardless of which team or player is at bat even if I may personally not like the call.  I know reality when I see it and I want people to be aware of it in what I think is an overall partisan media on much of the cable networks on BOTH sides!

The purpose of this post is my formally accusing Sen. Harry Reid of trying to rig the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary in Obama's favor in a behind the scenes conspiracy, playing the race card while doing it, lying to the public by claiming to be "neutral," and several other acts of not telling people the truth.  It is my main hope that this post will help to insure that Presidential primaries will never rigged again!  This post will be in outline form and credible documentation will be below in the comments section to back up every claim that I am making to expose the many political sins of Harry Reid:

1) It is a tangibly proven historical fact that Harry Reid tried to rig the 2008 Democratic primary in Obama's favor while playing the race card and publicly lying about it by claiming to be "neutral."  The best source to document this is the book "Game Change" by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann starting on page 33 in the first hardcover edition.  Also, these quotes along with much more credible documentation are below in the comments section:

A) "Mr. Reid’s remarks were contained in “Game Change,” a newly published account of the 2008 presidential race by political journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. The book reported that Mr. Reid privately urged Mr. Obama, then a freshman senator, to seek the presidency in the fall of 2006 despite his limited experience and the historical obstacles to making such a run..."

B) "Beyond the impolitic expression, Reid’s comments provide deeper revelations about the extent to which the majority leader backed Obama over the other candidates in the 2008 race -- despite his professed neutrality.

In last year’s epilogue to his own book, “The Good Fight,” Reid disclosed that he called then-Sen. Barack Obama into his office off the Senate floor in early 2007 and encouraged him to run for president..."

C) "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Saturday following reports he had privately described then-candidate Barack Obama during the presidential campaign as a black candidate who could be successful thanks in part to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one..."

Please believe me when I say that this is just the tip of the iceberg of documentation to tangibly prove my very serious claim that Harry Reid secretly tried to rig the 2008 Democratic Presidential primary about like how WWE wrestling matches look real to audiences while they are really rigged from behind the scenes!

2) Harry Reid put a buried NRA friendly clause in ObamaCare for political purposes, he was praised by Wayne LaPierre, and he refused to go on CNN to talk about it:

A) "Now as we reported last week the National Rifle Association somehow managed to push this stealth legislation into President Obama's health care reform bill. The question is how and why...

ACOSTA: LaPierre's visit was a big boost for Reid, who was courting gun owners in his very pro-Second Amendment state of Nevada, in a tough battle for re-election.

WAYNE LAPIERRE, NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION: I also want to thank you, Senator, for your support every day at the federal level for the Second Amendment, and for the rights of American gun owners.

ACOSTA: Both Reid and the NRA declined to talk to CNN on camera..."

3) Harry Reid broke several promises on filibuster reform which Rachel Maddow exposed:

A) "Rachel Maddow reviews the litany of statements by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about reforming the filibuster rule in the Senate to prevent obstructionist Republicans from forcing a 60-vote majority on every bill, and points out the utter lack of any meaningful, substantive reform in the package that finally passed."

4) Harry Reid helped cause Obama to break his promise to close Guantanamo:

A) "Even Harry Reid, you know, who is the Senate majority leader, who's a Democrat, voted against funding for the president right out of the gate in 2009 to move people back from Guantanamo to hold them in U.S. prisons. Just said no..."

5) Harry Reid was inconsistent and looked like he had something to hide on the Sen. Robert Menendez ethics issue:

A) Reid said on Tuesday, 1/29/13 about the Sen. Robert Menendez ethics issue: "I don't know anything about it" while CNN reported on Thursday, 1/31/13: "CNN has learned, though, that Senator Reid was aware of those reimbursements when he made that statement to reporters on Tuesday."

6) For Democrats, Rush Limbaugh very cleverly outsmarted Harry Reid, made him look like an idiot, and claimed a political victory over him (which Rush definitely got in my opinion):

A) Reid properly condemned Rush Limbaugh for his "Phony Soldiers" comment in 2007 and he wrote a letter (signed by over 40 Senators) to Mark Mays of Clear Channel about it.  Rush put that original letter on eBay for auction promising to match the winning bid and giving all of the money to charity.  The letter sold for just over $2.1 Million which Rush matched and it all went to charity.  Reid then went on to stupidly drop the "Phony Soldiers" issue and praise Rush on the Senate floor for what he did while Rush claimed a true victory over Reid:

Senator Reid: You Win, Rush

October 19, 2007

With 40+ sitting Senators who signed that letter, Reid could have easily raised three, four, or more times the money than Rush did giving it all to charity, give Rush a very short "that was nice of you to do," and then say "now lets get back to the business of your calling our troops "Phony Soldiers" (it does not take a genius or a rocket scientist to see that):

HARRY REID: "This week, Rush Limbaugh put the original copy of that letter up for auction on eBay. Mr. President, we didn't have time or we could have gotten every Democratic Senator to sign that letter. But he put the letter up for auction on eBay. And I think very, very constructively, let the proceeds of that to go to the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation. What is the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation? It provides scholarship assistance to children of Marines and federal law enforcement personnel whose parent dies in the line of duty, as well as health care assistance for disabled children of fallen troops. What could be a more worthwhile cause? And I think it's really good that this money on eBay is going to be raised for this purpose... I think that he and I thought this would probably not raise much money, a letter by Democratic Senators complaining about something. This morning, the bid is more than two million on this. We've watched it during the week. It keeps going up, and up, and up, and there's only a little bit of time left on it. But it's certainly going to be more than two million. Never did we think that this letter would bring money of this nature..."

This is what you get when you combine the dishonesty and stupidity of Harry Reid: A rigged Presidential primary, many broken promises (a person who I do NOT believe that you can trust), and Rush Limbaugh manipulating him to turn a rebuke for calling our troops "Phony Soldiers" to praising him on the Senate floor when 40+ sitting Senators could have easily raised much more money than Rush did so Reid could have continued on with his rebuke of Rush.  I fully stand behind this post because every claim that I made in it is credibly documented as being true and I am willing to debate it in writing if anyone thinks that my claims are false and wants to challenge me (I take full responsibility for anything that I say or write).  It is my very sincere hope that no Presidential primary in either party will ever be rigged again in the future and that this post will help to make some kind of a positive difference!

I would like for Democrats who supported Hillary Clinton in 2008 to ask themselves what they think about Harry Reid right now knowing that he intentionally lied to you while were giving your hard earned money and your valuable time to a cause (the Clinton campaign) that more than likely could not win mainly because Harry Reid was secretly trying to rig that primary?  In closing, I would ask everybody if you think that Harry Reid can be trusted after reading this post and the tangible documentation below to back up every claim?


Mitch Dworkin is an Independent political consultant who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has worked on many campaigns and he specializes in research, analysis, writing, and rapid response. What makes Mitch different from some other political analysts is that he always calls things right down the middle as he honestly sees them and he will always tell people the truth as he sees it and as how he can document it even if it is not popular.  Mitch is also for bipartisanship and compromise while opposing extremism in both parties.

Mitch graduated from Rhode Island College in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and from Bridgewater State College in 1992 with a Masters Degree in Education.  You can follow him on Facebook at, and reach him by e mail at, or by phone at 469-556-7026. Credible documentation for all of the claims in this post is available on request. Mitch never makes any claims that he cannot tangibly prove.  Please feel free to contact Mitch if you would like to receive any documentation.

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