The trouble with Harry?

Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Sherman Frederick has been scouring the, ah, pages of Robert Gates’s forthcoming Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War for a local angle, and he has discovered it. Frederick fearlessly reports:

If there is anyone out there who still thinks Sen. Harry Reid isn’t battier than a pet raccoon, then allow me to point out a Reid reference in former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ new book that would argue the point.

Gates says that Harry Reid once urged him to have the Defense Department “invest in research on irritable bowel syndrome.”

“With two ongoing wars and all our budget and other issues,” Gates writes, “I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.”

Dear Mr. Gates: I assure you that Nevadans feel the same way.

Frederick doesn’t speculate that Reid’s concern explains much, but I think the chances are great that it does.