There’s very little to celebrate in American politics, these days, but the announcement from the most reviled Senate Leader in our nation’s history that he won’t be seeking reelection, is delighting Republicans from coast to coast. Some are openly wondering if the same person who beat him up earlier this year, maybe talked him into the decision.
While the rest of the nation celebrated, Barack Obama called in to a Las Vegas radio talk show while Reid was being interviewed Friday, resulting in what has been described as “an Obama-Reid lovefest.”
Prepare to be appalled, sickened, mortified, and strangely amused all at the same time:
“You’ve got that curmudgeonly charm that is hard to replace,” Obama told Reid on KNPR.
“Curmudgeonly charm” is one way of putting it. Or as others might say – poisonously demagogic, demented, dishonest, scummy and totally charmless.
“There are a lot of folks that are slicker, give smoother TV interviews,” Obama added, but Reid stands out “in terms of somebody that’s got heart.”
That Reid is not the slickest and smoothest communicator is putting it mildly. Dingy, in fact, stands out as someone with a long, sordid history of verbal diarrhea – who is routinely nasty and mortifying.
Obama referred to Reid’s working-class roots in the small town of Searchlight, Nev. “He knows there are Searchlights all across the country. There are kids just like he was, and he was fighting for them.”
I bet he was fighting for the kids when he got his face bashed in.
The president noted that while Nevada’s housing market and hospitality industry are still struggling to recover from the recession, “it would be so much worse off and in such a bigger funk … if it hadn’t been for the really tough but correct actions that Harry took.”
Of course, of course. And when things start to improve as soon as he’s no longer involved in Nevada politics, (where he reportedly runs the state like a mob boss) it will just be a giant coincidence.
The love-fest turned dark and foreboding when Obama vowed that the two of them would “squeeze as much out of these next couple years as we can.”
Ugh. We know.
The president blew off a potential awkward moment when the KNPR host reminded the two of the time Dingy said Obama had been treated differently because of his skin color. Obama said, “One of the great things about Harry is he’s always looking forward; he’s not looking backwards.”
I too am looking forward — to a US Senate without Harry Reid.