You can file this one, along with the Iranian strike on a U.S. drone, the layoffs at Boeing, and PolitiFact’s wrap-up of President Obama’s broken first-term campaign promises, in your binder labeled “Handy things you learn right after the election.”

It’s not a surprising statement from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, but that doesn’t help it to sound any better as the country elects to move forward with the Obama administration’s vision, full speed ahead. Asked Wednesday if he would support raising the debt ceiling another $2.4 trillion dollars, perhaps even before the end of the year, Reid replied, “If it has to be raised, we’ll raise it.”

The silver lining? Even though the Treasury Department last week estimated that America will hit its current $16.394 trillion debt ceiling by the end of the year, Reid doesn’t think it will happen until after Jan. 1. Hooray?

This is what they meant by Forward, right?

Harry Reid to raise debt ceiling (again). Why bother? Just eliminate the ceiling all together, run us off the cliff full speed ahead! #tcot

— Ⓡⓐⓜⓞⓝⓐ(@ramonastewart) November 7, 2012

Dear Harry Reid: Threatening to raise the debt ceiling no matter what doesn’t “bring the country together” or help the economy. Sit down.

— Pam Lewis (@outsidevoice) November 8, 2012

Harry Reid plans on installing a sliding glass sunroof on the debt ceiling.…

— Beef Blogonoff (@BeefBlogonoff) November 8, 2012

Why not just raise it to $50 Trill & save some time? RT@missadelgado: Harry Reid says he’ll raise the debt ceiling (to almost $19 trillion).

— Larry Warren Pierce (@BobRayTalbot) November 8, 2012

BORROW AND SPEND ALL THE MONEY!!!! RT @cnsnews Harry Reid on Raising Debt Limit to $18.794T: ‘We’ll Raise It’

— Heather (@hboulware) November 8, 2012

As Psycho-Harry Reid proposes another debt ceiling hike, US government prepares for another DOWNGRADE:…

— Vicki Mckenna (@VickiMcKenna) November 8, 2012

I love how Harry Reid is already talking about raising the debt ceiling again.

— PMC (@Peetreeman) November 8, 2012

Well, there’s not much use talking about what might be hiding in Mitt Romney’s tax returns now, is there? With that looming national crisis out of the way, Reid might as well get back to work on that budget to pass the time.

How about the Republican House? Reid told reporters that if Republicans want to threaten another government shutdown, that’s fine, but “we’re not going to be held subject to something that was done as a matter of fact in all previous administrations” —or by basic principles of fiscal sanity, either. Is John Boehner our only hope? Opinion is split.

House GOP can force instant balancing of budget by refusing debt ceiling increase. Period. Nothing Obama/Reid can do to stop them. DO IT.

— Bill Hobbs (@billhobbs) November 8, 2012

Harry Reid is already talking about raising the debt ceiling to $18T, and with Boehner talking “compromise”, Reid will get it. #tcot

— Mike Behrens (@Mike_Behrens) November 8, 2012

Next stop:


— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) November 8, 2012

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