Harry Reid is winding up his tenure in office as Senator and Senate Minority Leader. He seems to me a vile human being and a rancid senator. He has degraded the Senate as an institution. He has misused his office in the service of narrow partisan purposes. He has lowered the tone of our public life. He is a one man wrecking crew.
This past May, Senator Tom Cotton took to the floor to denounce him: “As a junior Senator I preside over the Senate, I usually do it in the morning, which means I am forced to listen to the bitter vulgar incoherent ramblings of the Minority Leader.” He also observed: “The happy byproduct of fewer days in session in the Senate is that this institution will be cursed less with his cancerous leadership.”
I was reminded of Senator Cotton’s denunciation of Reid by the Examiner, which includes the video in its excellent editorial farewell “Good riddance Harry Reid.” The Examiner took the trouble to read Reid’s characteristically shameless New York Times op-ed column yesterday. The Examiner editorial opens:
In a Thursday op-ed in the New York Times, Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada wrote ruefully on the occasion of his retirement, addressing what many liberals have described as the “post-truth” world. After all, how else could they have lost the 2016 election?
“Much of the responsibility for separating what is real and what is fake,” Reid solemnly asserted, “will fall on Democrats.”
The Examiner comments: “What claptrap!” Which is of course the polite way to put it.