Remember, the Senator Majority Leader is the same guy who falsely accused Governor Mitt Romney last year of not paying his taxes for ten years on the floor of the U.S. Senate. His source? An imaginary friend, it would seem, who never did reveal himself publicly. More recently, however, Reid said earlier this month that he would continue to table all piecemeal legislation passed by House Republicans during the government shutdown that sought to refund the National Institute of Health even if (to borrow a phrase made famous by Democrats) such legislation helped save the life of just one child (and in this particular case a child with cancer). “Why would we want to do that?” he asked without the slightest hint of compassion or concern in his voice. Listen to the clip. That’s a direct quote.
But beyond his reputation for calumny and callousness, Senator Harry Reid is apparently not a very nice person to work with, either. Here’s what Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) said about him at a Republican gala this past week (via Ed Morrissey):
Coburn spoke at a gala for the New York Young Republican Club - where Republican mayoral candidate Joe Lhota also appeared. …
For his part, Coburn had some choice words for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
In response to a question about civility in the Senate, Coburn said it's easier to forge cross-party ties with some Democrats than others.
"I have great relationships with Chuck Schumer. I don't say that in Oklahoma," he said, naming other Democrats he gets along with - and one he definitely doesn't.
"There's no comity with Harry Reid. I think he's an absolute a--hole," he said.
And of course, there’s only one way to get rid of him permanently: defeat him at the polls. Alas, he’s not up for re-election for another three years.