Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid finally appeared in a debate Oct. 14 in Las Vegas with his Republican opponent, Sharron Angle. The appearance might come as a surprise to consumers of the national media. While Angle has been pounded relentlessly by national media outlets as being both dangerously radical and ridiculous, Reid has been left alone and untouched.
But what about Harry? He's the majority leader, after all. Is he, like so many of his colleagues, simply afraid to talk about his legislative "accomplishments"? Nobody's wondered why he hasn't been making the rounds of interviews on national television. While reporters rush to report the latest "wacky" quote from Angle, the networks haven't lifted a finger to cover Reid's cascade of rhetorical stumbles and outrages, especially since Angle won the GOP primary.
We won't count Reid's remarks last year comparing opponents of health reform to supporters of slavery or his describing those opponents as "evilmongers," which he delighted in repeating and telling reporters he'd coined a new word.
There's a list of fresh gaffes, and it just keeps growing. In the past three months, Reid embarrassed Delaware U.S. Senate candidate Chris Coons by calling him his "pet." He said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is the "hottest senator," enraging feminists. He said, "I don't know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican." Just last week, a reporter asked him to nominate his "greatest living American," and the supposedly smarter candidate cited the deceased senators Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd.
On Sunday, he waxed Bidenesque as he compared President Barack Obama to the Chilean miners trapped underground. When Obama replaced George W. Bush, Reid said, Obama found himself in a "hole so deep that he couldn't see the outside world." It "was like the Chilean miners, but he, being the man he is, rolled up his sleeves and said, 'I am going to get us out of this hole.'" Oh.
None of those groaners was the subject of breathless reports on television.