Lately, Harry Reid has thrown one temper tantrum after another. This morning, he threw another childish, mean-spirited hissy fit:

“Republicans have had a very bad week. On the same day that Democrats in Congress delivered quality, affordable health insurance to tens of millions more Americans, Republicans in Congress delivered the nation a government shutdown.”

“It’s time for Republicans to stop throwing one crazy idea after another at the wall in the hopes something will stick. There has been a sensible plan to reopen the government right in front of House Republicans all along: the clean, six-week continuing resolution passed by the Senate last week.”

“Once [Republicans] reopen the government, Senate Democrats will gladly appoint conferees and work out our long-term budget priorities with the House of Representatives.”

Harry’s taken too many punches. He’s punch drunk. When he, Nancy Pelosi, Speaker Boehner and Sen. McConnell meet with President Obama tonight, I’m confident that he’ll have to eat a plate full of crow. I’m confident that President Obama understands that he’s losing momentum because he and Sen. Reid have overplayed (and misplayed) their hand by being totally intransigent.

If President Obama and congressional Democrats don’t agree to give up their premium support, support that isn’t available to others in the same income bracket, they’ll be blamed for not working to solve the problem. The American people might agree with Democrats that the government shouldn’t be shut down but that doesn’t mean they can refuse to negotiate with Republicans. Americans, above all else, insist that people work together and play fair.

Right now, the American people are questioning whether Democrats are playing fair.

The other thing that’s happening, in my opinion, is that reality is overtaking Sen. Reid’s and President Obama’s spin. Last week, President Obama said in a speech that Republicans want to kill the Affordable Care Act because they don’t want people to sign up for the exchanges and like it. Thanks to this week’s disastrous roll-out of the exchanges, Republicans can point to that and say ‘We told you so. That’s why we want it delayed a year.’

Night after night, day after day, Republicans announce their latest offer to fund the government. At first, the Democrats’ spin message won the day. Bit by bit, the Republicans started winning that fight, thanks in large part to their showing the American people that they’re trying to resolve this dispute.

It might take time but reality will overtake spin every time. It’s just a matter of when, not if.

Harry Reid’s calling the Republicans’ proposals crazy might fool a handful of people for a little while but that won’t last long. Night after night, Speaker Boehner or Rep. McCarthy have stepped to the microphone to tell the press what the latest bill contained.

Ed Morrissey has more on tonight’s meeting:

The executive branch’s handling of the shutdown has been a disaster, as has been the rollout of the ObamaCare exchanges. They need to win a messaging cycle badly now, and one way of doing that is to broker a fix on funding the government — perhaps even with a concession on Congressional exemptions to ObamaCare, if not an agreement on a repeal of the highly-unpopular medical device tax.

Reid’s spin that Republicans were having a difficult week simply isn’t credible. Ed’s observations indicate that. Democrats got too full of themselves early on. They thought they could just run roughshod over House Republicans. This week, it’s apparent that they thought wrong.

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