Monday, August 31, 2009

Capitol Hill bully

No, this chipper-looking guy is not your friendly local undertaker, he's Harry Reid, United States Senator from Nevada, and Majority Leader of the Senate.

Reid stumbled into the Majority Leader job when Tom Daschle of South Dakota was defeated a few years ago and it is generally agreed that he's in over his head. He's up for election next year (seeking his 5th term) and a recent poll showed him trailing both of the potential Republican opponents, one by a 49-38 margin, the other by a 45-40 spread.

The pressue must be betting to ol' Harry, because last week he violated one of the laws of public relations, which says "Never get in a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel."

As you can read here, Reid was at a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce lunch last week, doing the politician's meet-and-greet with some local business folk. At one point he was introduced to a fellow who is the Director of Advertising for the Las Vegas Review-Journal. An advertising guy, remember, not someone who writes editorials or covers political stories. An advertising guy.

And how does Reid greet his hard-working, taxpaying constituent? "I hope you go out of business," he said.

Stay classy, Harry.

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