Politicians, like lawyers which they often are, can opine about anything at any time.
We can listen to whatever extent we wish, or tune them out, even if the President is speaking.
The words of Senator Harry Reid are of a unique quality. He can be demagogic. He can be bombastic. He can be a loose cannon. He borders on mendacious. He substitutes invective for rhetoric and calumny for discourse. Sometimes he emulates Senator Joe McCarthy.
You just never know what will come out of his mouth.
He is also worth listening to because as Senate Majority Leader he controls the agenda of the Senate and thus the fate of legislation, and has almost as great a Bully Pulpit as the President.
July 31, 2012 Huffington Post Interview
He heard from someone who had invested in Bain Capital “Harry, he [Romney] didn’t pay taxes for ten years.”
July 26, 2012 Huffington Post
He referred to William Magwood, a Democratic Member of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as “a treacherous, miserable liar.”
Comments on the US Olympic outfits:
“I am so upset. I think the Olympic Committee should be shamed of themselves. I think they should be embarrassed. I think they should take all the uniforms, put them in a big pile and burn them and start all over again.”
June 19, 2012 Press Conference
A reporter asked Senator Reid “If you have any intention of bringing the Dream Act to the floor for votes in the next couple of months to put people on the record?”
Senator Reid: “I don’t want to answer that question – that’s a clown question bro.”
February 2011 Speech to the Nevada Legislature
“The time has come for us to outlaw prostitution.”
Statement about Republican opponent Sharron Angle, August 25, 2010
“Sharron Angle’s rhetoric is irresponsible and over the top. Let me be very clear. While I may have some differences of opinion with my Republican colleagues in the Senate, I have never questioned their patriotism.”
Press Conference April 27, 2010 regarding a Republican filibuster:
“All the talk of the Republicans about wanting to do something about this bill before it gets on the floor is really anti-Senate and anti-American.”
“More men beat their wives when they are unemployed. Men, when they are out of work, tend to become abusive.”
July 2008 chat with reporters on the Energy Bill
Senator Reid told a reporter she “should watch the (Senate) floor more often …. You might learn something.”
He asked another reporter if she spoke “English,” and then said “Turn up your miracle ear.”
He called opponents of Obamacare “Evil Mongers.”
August 30, 2009
He told an advertising manager of the Las Vegas Review Tribune at a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon “I hope you go out of business.”
August 2008 comment to Senator Joseph Lieberman
“You know, Joe, I can’t stand John McCain.”
December 10, 2008 Opening of the Capitol Visitors Center
“In the summertime, because of the high humidity and how hot it gets here, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol.”
Private remarks about Senator Obama during the 2008 Democratic primary campaign
He referred to the Senator as “light-skinned” and he speaks “with no negro accent.”
Congressional Record, December 4, 2007
He said President Bush “is pulling the strings on the 49 puppets he has here in the Senate.”
Press Conference, September 7, 2007
General Petraeus made “a number of statements over the years that have not been proven to be accurate.”
The Politico, June 14, 2007
He called General Peter Pace, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff “incompetent.”
“I believe … that this war (Afghanistan) is lost.”
CNN Inside Politics, March 3, 2005
“I think [Alan Greenspan’s] one of the biggest political hacks we have in Washington.”
Meet the Press, December 5, 2004
President Bush is a liar. He betrayed Nevada and he betrayed the country.”
He called Justice Clarence Thomas “an embarrassment to the Supreme Court. I think that his opinions are poorly written. I don’t think that he’s done a good job as a Supreme Court Justice.”
Comments to Del Sol High School juniors on May 7, 2005 about President Bush
“I think this guy is a loser.”
He continued about African-American California Supreme Court Justice Janice Rogers Brown
“She is a woman who wants to take us back to the Civil War days.”
USA Today, March 3, 2003 on then Republican Senate Majority Leader William Frist
“I’ve never seen such amateurish leadership.”
The Senate bills itself as "The world's greatest deliberative body."
Where is the shame?
America deserves better.