I have written before about the “Reid Vapid Pressure” scale for the loathsome and egregious Senate Majority Leader, whose bottomless vapidity is always turned up to the highest end of the scale, suggesting that he had reached an all-time high. Silly of me for thinking he couldn’t exceed himself.
The latest exhibit of this titanic moron’s mediocrity came yesterday, when at the unveiling of the Winston Churchill bust in the capitol, ABC News reports the following:
Though he never met the revered world leader, Reid said he has read all of Churchill’s books and biographies, listened to his speeches, and had dinner with one of his grandsons once in Las Vegas. “He is also one of my personal heroes…. I feel like I know him,” said Reid.
Read all of Churchill’s books? All fifty-plus of them? What is it with politicians that they feel impelled to say such self-evidently silly things? If Reid feels like he knows Churchill, I think an enterprising reporter might well ask Reid for a few thoughts on how Churchill has influenced his thinking. Such as:
Sen. Reid: Do you agree with Churchill’s assessment of Islam in The River War?
Sen. Reid: Since you’ve read The Story of the Malakand Field Force, don’t you think we should heed the advice of the last chapter with regard to our Afghanistan policy today?
Sen. Reid: Why do you have a different view of Churchill on nationalization and bureaucratic growth, as expressed in so many of his speeches that you’ve listened to?
Sen. Reid: Based on your reading of Marlborough: His Life and Times, do you see the parallels with Don Rumsfeld’s Iraq strategy?
Sen. Reid: Do you realize how much you fit Churchill’s description of Clement Attlee: “A modest man, with much to be modest about”?
P.S. John Kerry repeated the oft-told story of Churchill insulting an “ugly” woman at a dinner table:
Kerry also shared another humorous moment from Churchill’s past. He told a story in which an intoxicated Churchill was told just how drunk he was, only to respond by calling the accuser ugly, while noting that he would be sober the next day.
This one gets told a lot, but for the record, official biographer Martin Gilbert doubts its authenticity, and believes it was more likely to have been F.E. Smith (Lord Birkenhead) instead. Put it alongside Kerry’s magic hat.