Here he is this month tangling with a younger and bigger jackass in the form of Donald Trump.
Reid: “(Trump) complains about her (Hillary’s) health? What does he do? He’s 70 years old. He’s not slim and trim. He brags about eating fast food every day.”
Trump: “Harry Reid? I think he should go back and start working out again with his rubber work-out pieces.”
Reid: “Trump can make fun of the injury that took sight in the eye – I’ve dealt with tougher opponents. With my good eye, I see Trump is a con-artist.”
It’s not one of Reid’s best exchanges. If you have to play the “I Got Hurt” card, you lose a point on style. But for those of us who have been around a while and watched Sen. Reid punch low for 30-odd years, there’s a certain comfortableness in seeing him go out swinging, diminished though he may be.
It gives Nevadans a sense of continuity in the universe.
SPEAKING OF SENATORS
I tell anyone who will listen that one of the better fairs I have been to is the charming White Pine County Fair in Ely, NV. That said I managed to get to the Minnesota State Fair this summer. It’s one of the biggest state fairs in the country. And, let me tell you, it was all that it was built up to be.
Anyway, guess who I ran into there? None other that Al Franken, the former Saturday Night Live star who became the U.S. Senator from Minnesota. Although we wouldn’t agree on much politically (good thing he did not ask), he’s a culture touchstone to me. Who can forget his character Stuart Smalley, the self-help host of the skit “Daily Affirmation With Stuart Smalley”.
I’d love to see Stuart give his famous advice to Harry Reid: “Harry … when you travel back to Nevada and talk to voters who hate you, remember that you’re good enough, your smart enough, and doggone it, people like you!”
TWEETS I LIKE
@MommieKnwsFresh – I think I’m just going to start wiping my kids food on my shirt. You know, cut out the middleman.
@SwedishCanary – My birthday suit doesn’t fit anymore.
@ColinCowherd – Professional wrestling is scripted entertainment. UFC is real fighting w real fighters. Goodnight.
@JoeNBC (Joe Scarborough) – The fact that @realDonaldTrump leads in any reputable Colorado poll shows just how dramatically the dynamics of this race has changed.
@JayByers – Is this heaven? No, it’s #Iowa. RIP W.P. Kinsella. You are welcome back to play some catch anytime! (Kinsella, author of “Field of Dreams” novel dies).
@DavidBedwell — I am 100% convinced of the new Loch Ness monster evidence. I’m sitting here looking at the photo with my Area 51 mug and Bigfoot onsie.
(Sherman Frederick is a Nevada Hall of Fame journalist and founder of Battle Born Media. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.)