Another quickie gaggle today aboard Air Force One as Chimpy flies to some godforsaken place to talk about some godforsaken policy.
Just remember: everything is Harry Reid’s fault.
Q How can the President just solely blame Senator Reid for blocking the bill, when it also has had considerable trouble because of the dissension in the Republican ranks?
MR. McCLELLAN: I don’t think it’s the President; I think it’s a lot of people. I mean, I’ve seen editorials across the U.S. point to the fact that he used procedural gimmicks to stop debate from moving forward. It’s important for all voices to be heard in a debate that is this emotional. And the President — I think the President will again talk about the importance of conducting this debate in a civil way. This is a difficult issue, it’s a complex issue, and the fact of the matter is that the senators came together, senators of both parties had a promising solution to move forward on comprehensive reform. And one person stood in the way of that moving forward.
Q I guess my point is, in addition to singling out Reid, will he also address members of his own party, and ask them to come together and stop fighting, because that is also preventing a final —
MR. McCLELLAN: Republicans and Democrats have come together. No, it’s Senator Reid’s procedural gimmicks that stopped it from moving forward before the recess. There was a real opportunity to get it passed before the recess, and Senator Reid stood in the way of that.