You don’t have to look far to find video of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid calling his colleague Ted Cruz a “schoolyard bully” — Reid thought the sound bite was such a public relations winner his office tweeted a link to the clip, posted by the Senate Democrats.
I want a budget compromise. Ever had to face a schoolyard bully who tries to change the rules after losing? Me too. http://t.co/hmIPLAjTVW
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) May 7, 2013
OK, let’s check in with the administration’s expert on bullying, Dan Savage, to see if Reid’s charge holds water.
"Bullying has to satisfy three criteria: it has to be verbal or physical aggression, repeated over time, involving a power differential."
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) May 4, 2013
Hmm, there is a power differential at work here, but we’re pretty sure that Reid, as Majority Leader, holds the cards. What do you think, Twitter?
— Cuffy (@CuffyMeh) May 7, 2013
— Wayne T The Nazarene (@tym4tea) May 7, 2013
— WildBill213 (@PineyRooter) May 7, 2013
Sen. Reid is also a whiny butch… Reid calls Sen. Cruz a ‘schoolyard bully’ – The Hill's On The Money http://t.co/fstTerQpG0
— Dingleberry Jerry (@iMcNulty82) May 7, 2013
@SenatorReid Each Senator deserves respect. He or she represents Millions of people. Schoolyard bully is not appropriate expression. Tatiana
— Tatiana Wright (@twright55) May 7, 2013
Effectiveness is measured by name calling reaction. Go #TedCruz!
— Matt Perez (@PerezMatthewC) May 7, 2013
— Tom Gibson (@twgibson) May 7, 2013