Katie Kieffer

74-year-old Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid suffers from dementia. He’s spent half a century in politics. You may feel for him, but it’s time for him to retire.

Reid has a growing tendency to forget basic facts. If this is due to dementia, he should leave public office because it is not fair to those of us who are paying him to work efficiently. However if he does not have dementia, then he is simply dishonest.

“I have to be very honest,” “To be honest,” and “If you want my honest opinion, and I know you do,” are some of Reid’s favorite ways to begin sentences. Yes, we do want him to be honest, but lately he’s been either severely forgetful—or deceitful.

Reid began his stint in politics when he was 28 years old. His term ends in 2017. He has already announced that he plans to run for re-election! Millennials like myself need to speak up and make sure that he is not re-elected and ideally retires early because each day he’s in D.C. is a setback to our future.

Reid’s Dementia on Climate Change

Sen. Reid’s Twitter page is his go-to-place to pontificate about the pending threat of man-made global warming. Reid takes his job as a public servant very seriously, which is reflected in his choice of a Twitter background image. Palm trees sway and the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Nevada” sign soars behind Reid—whose sunglasses, pinstripe suit, impish smirk and hands pulling at his lapels make you wonder if his role model is pop star Usher.

On May 7, 2014, Reid tweeted three profound observations:

@SenatorReid: I agree with the Kochs that they are not experts on climate change and that climate change should be based on sound science.

Analysis: As far as we know, the Koch brothers have never claimed to be experts on climate change; they do not feign to be scientists. No one is debating whether “sound science” should be the basis for discussions related to the weather.

@SenatorReid: While the Koch brothers admit they're not experts on climate change, they are experts in CAUSING IT.

Analysis: Sen. Reid corrects himself and then digs his hole deeper. Sound, objective scientists have found there to be no clear evidence that humans are responsible for climate warming, as I share in my forthcoming book. So, using logic, we can conclude that whatever the Koch brothers, or any other humans, do—it is not contributing to harmful climate change.

@SenatorReid: Kochs are waging war against protecting the environment. Meanwhile, they're one of the most toxic air polluters


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is a columnist and political commentator. She runs KatieKieffer.com. Kieffer is the author of the forthcoming book "LET ME BE CLEAR."