Democrat Reid Hits Reacts to Criticism. Just because someone isn't a "rubber stamp" doesn't mean they're an "obstructionist." If the Republicans would be the main stream party they claim to be, the Dems wouldn't have to fillibuster Bush's nominees. But since the Republicans are running as far to the right as possible, the Democrats need to stay left to keep it "fair and balanced." I would think the Elephants would get that.