Harry Reid’s Top 13 Foot-in-Mouth Moments

Jan 12, 2010 10:13am

ABC News' Z. Byron Wolf reports: Want more evidence of Harry Reid's foot-in-mouth problem… Here is a "Sticks and Stones" list compiled by Republicans (since, they say, words seem never to hurt him). Begin transmission: STICKS & STONES Harry Reid’s Record Of Petty Insults TOP 13 INSULTS FROM THE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER 1.”You Know, Joe, I Can't Stand John McCain.” (“Reid Shares Senate Ideas,” Las Vegas Review-Journal, 08/21/08) 2.On President George W. Bush: “I Think This Guy Is A Loser.” (Erin Neff, “Del Sol High School Appearance: Reid Calls Bush ‘A Loser,’” Las Vegas Review-Journal, 05/07/05) 3.On Justice Clarence Thomas: “An Embarrassment To The Supreme Court. I Think That His Opinions Are Poorly Written.” (NBC’s “Meet The Press,” 12/05/04) 4.On Former Majority Leader Bill Frist: “I’ve Never Seen Such Amateurish Leadership.” (Jon Frandsen, “Senate GOP To Counter Dems’ Filibusters With 30-Hour Talkathon,” USA Today, 11/10/03) 5.On General Peter Pace, Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff: “Incompetent.” (John Bresnahan, “Reid Labels Military Leader ‘Incompetent,’” The Politico, 06/14/07) 6.On Alan Greenspan, Former Federal Reserve Board Chairman: “One Of The Biggest Political Hacks We Have In Washington.” (CNN’s “Inside Politics,” 03/03/05) 7.On A Member Of The Press: “Reid told one reporter she should ‘watch the [Senate] floor more often. … You might learn something.’ … Reid asked the reporter if she ‘spoke English.’ ‘Turn up your Miracle Ear,’ Reid added.” (“Reid Flares Over Media Coverage Of Energy Proposals,” FoxNews.com, 07/24/08) 8.On The Las Vegas Review Journal: “‘I hope you go out of business,’ Reid said to Review-Journal advertising director Bob Brown.” (“Obama’s Ex-Adviser Slips Off Reid’s Radar,” The Las Vegas Review-Journal, 9/7/09) 9.On His Republican Colleagues:  President Bush’s “49 Puppets He Has Here In The Senate.” “Everyone within the sound of my voice should understand, if that comes to be, it can go to 16th and Pennsylvania Avenue because that is what President Bush–he is the man who is pulling the strings on the 49 puppets he has here in the Senate. That is too bad for the country.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, Congressional Record, S.14731, 12/04/07) 10.On Capitol Hill Tourists: “You Can Always Tell When It Is Summertime Because You Can Smell The Visitors. The visitors stand out in the high humidity, heat, and they sweat. There is no place for them to go.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.2956, 04/14/08) 11.On Anyone Opposing The Dem Healthcare Bill: “When This Country Belatedly Recognized The Wrongs Of Slavery, There Were Those Who Dug In Their Heels And Said: Slow Down.” “This is indeed historic, as I began my conversation today. I am not afraid to say it is. But instead of joining us on the right side of history, all Republicans can come up with is this: Slow down. Stop everything. Let's start over. If you think you have heard these same excuses before, you are right. When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said: Slow down. It is too early. Let's wait. Things aren't bad enough.” (Sen. Reid, Congressional Record, S.12564, 12/7/09) 12. SEN. REID: McCain An “Old” “Snake Oil” Salesman. “But John McCain has a vision too, which in fairness I must address. When doctors screen out the quack nostrums and phony remedies we call snake oil, they use two fundamental principles: the maxim ‘first, do no harm’ and the question ‘is it safe and effective?’ In Congress, as in medicine, when we are offered snake oil as a remedy for the nation’s energy ills … kindly old Doc McCain would like to sell it to you anyway.” (Sen. Reid, Remarks To The Democratic National Convention, 8/27/08) 13. Reid Held A Grudge Against GWU Law School For 42 Years. (Sen. Harry Reid, The Good Fight, 2008, p.135)

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