Flashback: Harry Reid was an ‘extreme conservative’ in 2007

Flashback: Harry Reid was an ‘extreme conservative’ in 2007

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo would have likely labeled Harry Reid as an “extreme conservative” and banned the Senate Majority Leader from New York in 2007. 


Last week, Cuomo told New York’s public broadcasting station WCNY‘s Susan Arbetter in part,

“extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay….have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.”

Kerry Picket of Breitbart reported that on Thursday, de Blasio endorsed Cuomo’s remarks, saying in part,

“The first point is, we represent our people and Governor Cuomo is right and I believe I’m on firm ground in saying our people, the people in New York State and the people of New York City reject extremists views against a woman’s right to choose and in favor of the proliferation of guns in our society. And I stand by that 100 percent.”

In 2007, Harry Reid was pro-life, endorsed by the National Rifle Association, and believed that marriage was between a man and a woman.

He has since changed his long held positions on all three issues.

Glenn Greenwald wrote the following about Harry Reid for Salon, quoting the Progressive, in December 2007:

“Harry Reid is a pro-life converted Mormon, vocal in his opposition to gay marriage, unlikely to appeal to the activist faction of the party. Though he does not support a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage (on the grounds that it interferes with states’ rights), he did vote for the Defense of Marriage Act. He voted against a ban on assault weapons and was endorsed by the National Rifle Association.” [Emphasis added]

Greenwald quoted Reid as saying,

“I don’t in any way apologize for being pro-life. I’m pro-life.”

Harry Reid has since “evolved.”

In May 2013, Politico reported,

“Reid said since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled abortions should be legal, lawmakers should stop trying to limit access to the procedure.”

Last month, The Hill reported Reid as saying,

“…those opposed to expanded background checks ‘should be embarrassed and ashamed of themselves.'”

In 2012, the Salt Lake Tribune reported,

“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says gay Americans should be able to get married, a new position that shows President Barack Obama isn’t the only politician whose views are evolving.”

Harry Reid has “evolved” on other topics, as well.

Nuclear Option

As reported at Liberty Unyielding, Harry Reid once made a passionate case against imposing the 200 year filibuster rule, or the nuclear option, saying that it would “ruin our country.” In 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported that Reid said he “would never turn to the nuclear option, saying it would be a ’black chapter in the history of the Senate.’” But in 2013, Reuters reported that Harry Reid “led the charge on the rules change.”

Debt Ceiling

Also reported at Liberty Unyielding, Harry Reid said in 2006 regarding raising the debt ceiling,

“Why is it right to increase our nation’s dependence on foreign creditors?…most Americans know that increasing debt is the last thing we should be doing….”

Now, Harry Reid is all for it, sending letters to Obama saying that failing to raise the debt ceiling would “threaten the full faith and credit of the United States,” and making it clear that the debt ceiling will be raised without negotiation.

Harry Reid’s hypocrisy is even more mind-boggling when one considers how he and his allies have trashed conservative American citizens repeatedly as being “anarchists” who are committing extortion, for example.




Renee Nal

Renee Nal

Renee Nal is a co-founder of TavernKeepers.com, a news and political commentary site founded by former Glenn Beck interns. She is also the National Conservative Examiner. Renee is an associate producer for Trevor Loudon's political documentary, 'The Enemies Within.'


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