And as the powerful person he is, he is apparently allowed to misspeak, and his lies are only considered as half lies.
As the most powerful man in the nation, he is apparently allowed to even insult his boss, the president of this great nation, and also those who invite him to attend their meetings and lunches.
Last week during a lunch with the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce, the aged senator told the audience of Asian Americans that attended the lunch, “I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are.” And we all might remember when the illustrious senator, during a Senate speech, “misspoke” saying that “damage from Super-storm Sandy was worse than that inflicted by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.”
Since President Obama was elected to office Harry Reid has referred to people opposed to Obama, especially the Koch brothers, as “un-American” and “racist.” And he’s stated that “victims” of Obamacare “are all liars” despite the fact that once he was quoted in a book by Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin and New York Magazine’s John Heilemann saying that he was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential
candidate, especially one such as Obama — a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ as he later put it privately.
After an eruption on Twitter and other social media, Reid returned to the floor to amend his statement: “I can’t say that every one of the Koch brothers’ ads are a lie, but I’ll say this: Mr. President, the vast, vast majority of them are.”
As it was originally posted by two ton steak, the fact is most of Reid’s claims are made on the Senate floor where he is granted legal immunity. As such, he can say whatever he wants, with or (more often) without evidence, and face no repercussions.
Up to now the majority of the above quotes and comments have been made by other sources perhaps much more recognizable than our humble Las Vegas weekly newspaper that does not have the sense of being more diplomatic where Harry Reid is concerned.
We, on the other hand, do not blame the elder Reid for his lack of sensitivity because we realize that it is not his fault at all; his ego was built up so high by those who benefit from their friendship with him that it is now way above the senator and out of control.
We also blame those who are infatuated with the idea of shaking hands with the old man and don’t even have the common sense of knowing when they are being insulted and just laugh along with the senator at the insult.
But maybe the Asian Chamber of Commerce didn’t realize that Reid could have been disappointed and upset when he learned that the Asian members of the chamber were smart enough to endorse Senator Mark Hutchison, and, unlike other chambers of commerce, were courageous enough to disobey Reid’s unwritten orders as to who to endorse or who not to endorse.
We are under the impression that most of his words are not coming out of the senator’s mind, but from that of a speech-writer, but they may come out of the senator’s mouth just as they were intended to sound. A disaster is always a disaster, regardless of whether it is called Sandy or Katrina; they were both disasters and the whole nation was affected and united by the aftermath of each.
It is a well known fact that Senator Harry Reid is not this newspaper’s favorite politician, but we would not be who we are if we did not give credit where credit is due.
Senator Reid speaks his mind, right or wrong. And he speaks his mind openly and out loud when he apologizes, makes corrections or retracts what he said after every incident, even if he’s not sincere. But maybe his insincerity is because our most prominent resident does not have the courage, as some others do, to back up and stand behind his own words and actions.
One of those who apparently does have the courage to back up his words and his actions is Oscar Goodman; like him or not, say what you will about him — good, bad or indifferent — Oscar always stands by his words and actions.