Harry Reid says Mitch McConnell ‘tried to make love to the tea party’

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) vowed Monday that Democrats would hold onto their Senate majority and mocked Mitch McConnell for failing to placate restive tea party critics.

Speaking to supporters of the pro-Obama advocacy group Organizing for Action gathered at Washington hotel for a day-long strategy meeting, Reid said McConnell was tied in the polls with his Democratic challenger in Kentucky and gloated that it appeared that the Senate GOP leader had picked up a primary challenger.

“He tried to make love to the tea party and they didn’t like it,” Reid said.

Reid thanked OFA supporters for backing him during the recent Senate showdown over filibuster reform, saying it was necessary because Republicans had kept the president’s nominees waiting for years.

“They will always know that they can’t treat us like that, because I can always come back and do what I was going to do,” he said.

“We are not going to go down easy,” Reid said.

Matea Gold is a national political reporter for The Washington Post, covering money and influence.

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