Roger L. Simon notes the remarkable similarity between a fictitious Nevada Senator and his real life (well, more or less) counterpart. There’s also another cinematic element to Harry Reid, of course — a thinly disguised version of Reid was potrayed by Dick Smothers of the Smothers Brothers comedy duo in Martin Scorsese’s Casino.
Update: Mark Hemingway reviews Senator Geary’s Senator Reid’s autobiography, now out in paperback, with a “Word To Your Mother”:
While no one expects Reid to praise George W. Bush, the degree to which he is judgmental and catty regarding the former president pretty much speaks for itself. Three pages in, after lamely trying to establish his bipartisan bona fides by talking up George H. W. Bush, Reid shares this charming anecdote about his early days in the Senate: “[Former Texas senator and vice-presidential candidate Lloyd] Bentsen went on and on effusively about what a quality man President-elect [H. W.] Bush was. Then he paused and said, ‘But watch out for his wife; she’s a bitch.’ I have never had anything against Mrs. Bush, but guided by Bentsen’s crude advice, I’ve always said that our forty-third president is more his mother than his dad.”
What’s the purpose of recording for posterity a bit of hearsay defaming a woman Reid admits he has no cause to dislike? Is Reid really so petty as to insult someone’s mother? Why yes, yes he is.