Remember before the election when Harry Ried said this?
Washington — In a move to reassert Congressional independence at the start of the new presidential administration, the vice president will be barred from joining weekly internal Senate deliberations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in an interview with the Las Vegas Sun.
Reid’s decision to exclude Vice President-elect Joe Biden from the Senate arena where he spent most of his adult life is intended to restore constitutional checks and balances that tilted heavily toward the executive branch during the Bush presidency.
Reid, in an interview in his Washington office last week, said Biden would not be welcome to continue this tradition after he and President-elect Barack Obama take office.
“He can come by once and a while, but he’s not going to sit in on our lunches,” Reid said. “He’s not a senator. He’s the vice president.”
It didn’t take long for that promise to go out the window:
Biden Returns to Caucus Lunch in First Week as VP
Vice President Joe Biden will meet with Senate Democrats during their first caucus luncheon since inauguration after both Biden and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) agreed Biden would not appear.
According to guidance issued Tuesday by the vice president’s office, Biden will attend Tuesday’s lunch — but as an invited guest.
Say what you want, but these next four years are coing to be fun…