Harry! The Musical

God, this is sweet. Harry Reid issues a pre-emptive strike.

Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Monday urged President Bush to stop the Republican National Committee from calling him an obstructionist and criticizing his Senate record, a tactic the GOP used to help defeat Reid’s predecessor.

Bush repeatedly has said he wants work with Democrats, most recently during his State of the Union speech last week, Reid noted in a speech on the Senate floor.

“Why didn’t he stand and tell the American people last Wednesday that one of the first items of business we were going to do in Washington is send out a hit piece on the Democratic leader?” Reid said.

The Republican committee plans to send a 13-page document to more than a million people – including in Reid’s home state of Nevada – analyzing and criticizing his votes and stances before he officially took over as Senate Democratic leader in January.

Republican Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., defeated Democratic leader Tom Daschle last year after the GOP painted Daschle as an “obstructionist” to Bush’s agenda and judicial nominees.

RNC spokesman Brian Jones said Reid is picking up where Daschle left off.

Yeah, not so much. And that’s what you’re afraid of, isn’t it?

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