Ed Driscoll

The Gang Leader Who Couldn't Shoot Straight

Currently being Drudge-lanched is this item on Sen. Geary Reid by Glenn Thrush at the Politico:

Reid: Teddy’s death “going to help us”

The Reno Gazette-Journal has a sit-down with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who addresses the Ted Kennedy question in, um, an interesting way.

Q: How will U.S. Sen. (Edward) Kennedy’s death affect things?

A: I think it’s going to help us. He hasn’t been around for some time. We’re going to have a new chairman of that committee, it’ll be, I don’t know for sure, but I think Sen. (Chris) Dodd, (D-Conn.). He has a right to take it. Either him or (U.S. Sen. Tom) Harkin, (D-Iowa), whichever one wants it can have it. I think he (Kennedy) will be a help. He’s an inspiration for us. That was the issue of his life and he didn’t get it done.

Nothing in here is particularly new — Kennedy will help the cause, Dodd gets to carry the banner, Kennedy’s work remains undone. But the straight-shooting Reid does have a gift for saying non-controversial things in the most controversial way possible.

Has Thrush been paying attention to the Senator’s previous utterances? The only direction that Harry’s been able to shoot straight is straight into his left Florsheim.