30 August 2009

What a Charmer!

The opinion pages of the Las Vegas Review Journal bring us this little gem:
'On Wednesday, before he addressed a Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Reid joined the chamber's board members for a meet-'n'-greet and a photo. One of the last in line was the Review-Journal's director of advertising, Bob Brown, a hard-working Nevadan who toils every day on behalf of advertisers. He has nothing to do with news coverage or the opinion pages of the Review-Journal.

Yet, as Bob shook hands with our senior U.S. senator in what should have been nothing but a gracious business setting, Reid said: "I hope you go out of business."

Later, in his public speech, Reid said he wanted to let everyone know that he wants the Review-Journal to continue selling advertising because the Las Vegas Sun is delivered inside the Review-Journal.'

How collegial and senatorial of the Senate's Majority Leader.

Glen Thrush of Politico wonders (hopes) if Reid was engaging in some obscure dry humor, while The Washington Examiner wonders if the pressure of a tight election & falling poll numbers are getting to him. A separate paper, the Las Vegas Sun is privately and locally owned, and shares a joint distribution arrangement with the Las Vegas Review Journal. Wikepedia reports that the current and former editors are personal and political associates of the Clintons, both both papers appear to be publishing poor poll numbers and doubtful editorials about Sen. Reid, so the animosity is puzzling.

For whatever reason, Harry Reid seems to be straying further and further from the calm, even-tempered leader he projected (and that contrasted so directly with Nancy Pelosi). Perhaps this is Reid's real problem.

Nevada Senate - Lowden vs. Reid

Polling Data

PollDateSampleLowden (R)Reid (D)Spread
Mason-Dixon8/17 - 8/18400 RV4540Lowden +5
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