MR. RUSSERT: What must the president do [to pass the bill]?
SEN. REID: The president, who controls both houses of Congress, should use his power. And he has said that he has power. He has a mandate. Let him pull a few bucks out of that pocket of mandate and give it to the House and Senate and say, "Here's part of my mandate. I want this legislation to pass."
What a fool.
Update 1/7/05: A reader suggests Reid was speaking sarcastically. I still think it's a terrible strategic mistake regardless, but we need video to be sure about his inflection.