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Harry Reid

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Harry Reid is the former leader of the Democratic Party in the United States Senate, representing Nevada. This is despite being a rather conservative Mormon convert. Was responsible for passing the 2013 "nuclear option" on executive appointments, and was instrumental to the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

Miles Manners, superhero[edit]

When he was elected (following Tom Daschle's electoral defeat), it was thought that his mild manner concealed a shrewd strategist who would be able to quietly wrestle the Republicans to the ground. The mild and quiet part has seemed to be correct so far... but we live in times where the leaders of the opposing party are trying to hold off their members from impeaching the President at any moment, so it's been a daily struggle. Considering Reid's own not-so polite comments about President Obama's lack of a "negro dialect" in 2010, he was never quite as mild-mannered as people thought.

No more backdoor "politics"[edit]

In February 2011, Harry Reid showed he really has his priorities straight during a time of economic crisis by giving a speech to the Nevada legislature on the subject of "the time has come for us to outlaw prostitution."[1] It seems the nice Mormon is tired of having capitalist businesses and pro-family mothers balk at relocating to Nevada because they don't want their precious children and employees in the same town with Silly Sally's Chicken Ranch. (The American penchant for moral panic never seems to end, does it?) Perhaps he was being ironic given that his current residence of Washington, D.C. is the very definition of legal prostitution.

Koch Criticism[edit]

Reid really hates the Koch Brothers, mentioning them in 22 separate Senate speeches in just the first seven months of 2014, accosting them around 250 times in total. [2] He has also described their funding of right-wing academia and vast campaign finance network (which donates almost exclusively to Republicans) as "un-American" and "rigging the political system in their favor". Considering the Kochs' long-term goal is to completely gut or end almost every progressive reform made since at least the New Deal, transforming America into the free market neo-feudal state libertarians and Ayn Rand devotees dream of in the process, this criticism isn't exactly unfounded.

Harry Reid: Slanderer and Proud[edit]

Reid is one of the few Senate Democrats who consistently showed a willingness to fight dirty, and perhaps the most notable example of this occurred during the 2012 general election. Reid took advantage of Republican nominee Mitt Romney's hesitance to release his tax returns, by taking to the Senate floor and accusing Romney of being a serial tax evader, and specifically of having not paid any taxes in the past decade, citing "anonymous sources" at Bain Capital. "[3]. Reid's allegations were untrue but generated much media buzz, no doubt due to the allegation making Romney seem like the out-of-touch Wall Street banker that the Democrats were trying to portray him as, to the point that Romney was forced to publicly deny them. Reid evidently has no regrets about it; when asked in 2015 if he felt what he did was wrong, his only response was "Romney didn't win, did he?" "[4].

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