This is him using his Jedi mind-control powers. Though given the Repub ilk, he doesn't have to try hard.
Last night, Harry Reid did the undoable!
Via Daily Kos
The political maneuvering worked for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and failed for Republican Mitch McConnell. The Senate just voted to advance a middle-class tax cut extension by a vote of 51-48.
Reid finally succeeded in doing what Republicans have been fighting for nearly two years: separating the middle-class tax cut extension from the tax cuts for the wealthy, and that breaks the hold the Republicans have had on this hostage.