Dishonesty or Delusion?

Politico is reporting some astonishing statements made by Senate Democrat Leaders.

"This is a happy day. (Senate Republican Leader) Mitch McConnell said on the floor that we're going to go home and hear our constituents rail against this bill. I don't believe that. I believe that the negativity that Leader McConnell and others have continually displayed on the floor has peaked, and now when people learn what's actually in the bill—and all the good it does—it is going to become more and more popular because it is good for America, good for the American people, and a true symbol of what we can do if we all pull together," said Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer.

On the floor before the vote, Majority Leader Harry Reid said, "We're going to hear an earful, but it's going to be an earful of wonderment and happiness that people waited for for a long time."

It’s difficult to know whether these senators are dishonest or delusional. Dishonesty seems most likely, as it is standard political procedure. Praising the bill is a like a poker bluff, where the card player tries to make others believe he’s got something good, even when his cards are terrible.

On the other hand, can anyone bluff this badly? “A true symbol of what we can do if we all pull together.” “An earful of wonderment and happiness.” Maybe Senators Reid and Schumer believe it.

Politico is reporting some astonishing statements made by Senate Democrat Leaders.

"This is a happy day. (Senate Republican Leader) Mitch McConnell said on the floor that we're going to go home and hear our constituents rail against this bill. I don't believe that. I believe that the negativity that Leader McConnell and others have continually displayed on the floor has peaked, and now when people learn what's actually in the bill—and all the good it does—it is going to become more and more popular because it is good for America, good for the American people, and a true symbol of what we can do if we all pull together," said Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer.

On the floor before the vote, Majority Leader Harry Reid said, "We're going to hear an earful, but it's going to be an earful of wonderment and happiness that people waited for for a long time."

It’s difficult to know whether these senators are dishonest or delusional. Dishonesty seems most likely, as it is standard political procedure. Praising the bill is a like a poker bluff, where the card player tries to make others believe he’s got something good, even when his cards are terrible.

On the other hand, can anyone bluff this badly? “A true symbol of what we can do if we all pull together.” “An earful of wonderment and happiness.” Maybe Senators Reid and Schumer believe it.

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