Democrat vs Republican

RGJ: Update: Shutdown makes Harry Reid hard man to reach by constituents – and Dean Heller an easy one. There is a comparison and contrast. For the Democrat:

“Reid spokeswoman Kristen Orthman said all of Reid’s state offices were closed. His state director and Southern Nevada director were still in the state, she said. About half of Reid’s Washington, D.C., staff was not in the office.

Reid didn’t have anyone staffing phones or taking messages from constituents, Orthman said, only those needed for “carrying out his legislative duties.” However, they were able to see comments from the public on social media like Twitter and Facebook.”

on the other hand:

“U.S. Sen. Dean Heller’s office, however, was staffing its phones — with Heller himself.

A call to the Washington, D.C., office shortly after noon Wednesday was answered by Heller, R-Nev., who has been taking turns with his staffers answering phones.

“You caught me at my time,” Heller said.

Heller said he thought every congressional office was handling the shutdown differently, and noted U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s nearby office was locked.”

Then there is a quote from Reid: “In the letter, Reid points out his hatred of the Iraq War — “I think I hated it as much as you hate the Affordable Care Act.”” that goes along with his Air base employee preference over a child with cancer. The problem is that the Iraq War was based on a broadly supported bipartisan resolution in Congress in addition to UN and other support. The ACA was strictly partisan and forced through Congress using questionable procedures. The false analogy dishonesty runs rampant on one side of the aisle.

Compare and contrast. There is a difference. That means there is a choice to be made that has value.

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