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How Harry Reid Tapped Liberal Bloggers to Stop Bush's Agenda

Facing the apex of Bush's second term, it was clear to Reid that the Democrats could not come back to power unless they shifted the terms of debate.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) smiles as he speaks at a get-out-the-vote rally featuring first lady Michelle Obama at Canyon Springs High School on Nov. 1, 2010 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) smiles as he speaks at a get-out-the-vote rally featuring first lady Michelle Obama at Canyon Springs High School on Nov. 1, 2010 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photographer: Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The progressive movement would not have it. Its activists would not allow the establishment to install a Senate leader who offended their values.

"The man is not representative of most Dems," wrote one diarist at the progressive group blog Daily Kos.