Harry Reid

Your Regular Reminder of the National Treasure That Is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid


"Why did the chicken cross the road? Because KOCH BROTHERS!!!"
Credit: Senate Democrats / photo on flickr

Today Nevada Democratic Sen. Harry Reid is apologizing, not for constantly blaming everything under the sun on the Koch brothers, but for saying stupid stuff about Asians that wouldn't even make the cut at the most decrepit Catskills comedy club back in the day. Politico notes:

The apology was prompted by remarks he made Thursday to the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas and after video was posted by conservative trackers.

"The Asian population is so productive. I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are," Reid said to applause, remarks first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

After a man was introduced to the podium, Reid said: "One problem I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight."

On Friday, Reid offered a mea culpa: "My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing."

Well, at least he didn't say "Wong thing," and then bray out "Amiright, folks?" while laughing at his own cleverness.

The punchline ended up being on Reid, as it often is. The chamber rejected his Democratic choice for lieutenant governor and endorsed the Republican instead.

Read our selection of posts about Harry Reid and the countless examples of his charm and charisma here.

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  1. *sigh*

    We definately need term limits. And maybe some sort of filter on the process.

    1. Instead of term limits, let’s have Team Limits. Since none of them have principles except for POWER, every few years they should have to switch sides and defend their power hunger from the other point of view. Could be fun.

      1. But, how can you ask a sitting politician to make the 3 degree rotation to their political beliefs needed to represent the point of view of the other approved political party?

  2. After a man was introduced to the podium, Reid said: “One problem I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.”

    They make a pill for that now.

    1. Actually the treatment for Peyronie’s disease is an injection. IMAGINE THAT.

  3. saying stupid stuff about Asians that wouldn’t even make the cut at the most decrepit Catskills comedy club back in the day

    The irony being that the biblical Israelites were very much asians, although of the westernmost variety. Realize you meant east asians.

    1. Boo Hiss

      -Dog Lover

    2. I was hoping for Dirty Harry, but that was acceptable

      1. Dirty Harry is who the article’s about, amirite?

        1. Ohhhh, SNAP!

  4. This would have destroyed the career of any republican politician or libertarian politician or basketball team owner.

    1. He bears the magical “Team Blue” ward – the letter “D”

      1. Yes, it’s like a license to kill or to start a unlicensed brothel.

    2. It’s all cool if you’re on Team Blue.

    3. Principals trump principles.

  5. Harry Reid is an asshat.

    1. In the early days of the internet it was said to have been invented so people could call each other “asshats”, but this is the first instance I’ve seen of the term in several years. Is it making a comeback?

      1. I haven’t heard the term “asshat” in a coon’s age!

        1. Balderdash! Just because your high-falutin’ cronies don’t use it don’t mean it ain’t used. I hear it up and down the holler at least a dozen times every fortnight.

          1. You young hep cats with your crazy lingo. Gotta go. 23 skidoo.

  6. I’m going to take an extra special shit in NV just for him.

    1. They charge you extra for that at the Bunny Ranch.

      Just a word to the wise….

    2. Sandi? Is that you?

      1. Hah! I miss Sandi – thanks for the reminder.

        1. Sandi and barfman really classed up the joint.

          1. *wipes tear from eye*

            You know it, bruh

  7. In other news, journalists continue to be the dregs of humanity.


    I will not be returning to Ferguson

    Things I’ve seen:

    -Cameramen yelling at residents in public meetings for standing in way of their cameras

    -Cameramen yelling at community leaders for stepping away from podium microphones to better talk to residents

    -TV crews making small talk and laughing at the spot where Mike Brown was killed, as residents prayed, mourned

    -A TV crew of a to-be-left-unnamed major cable network taking pieces out of a Ferguson business retaining wall to weigh down their tent

    -Another major TV network renting out a gated parking lot for their one camera, not letting people in. Safely reporting the news on the other side of a tall fence.

    -Journalists making the story about them

    -National news correspondents glossing over the context and depth of this story, focusing instead on the sexy images of tear gas, rubber bullets, etc.

    -One reporter who, last night, said he came to Ferguson as a “networking opportunity.” He later asked me to take a picture of him with Anderson Cooper.

    1. -A TV crew of a to-be-left-unnamed major cable network taking pieces out of a Ferguson business retaining wall to weigh down their tent

      Um, wow?

    2. -Another major TV network renting out a gated parking lot for their one camera, not letting people in. Safely reporting the news on the other side of a tall fence.

      Given how the Ferguson PD has been treating journalists, I’m not quite sure I blame them for that one.

  8. Hey, you folks are great. The Republican party has been all over me lately like white on rice — you folks would appreciate that! Hey, I’m standing right here — there’s no need to squint! Raise your hand if you’ve ever been to cram school.

    1. Awesome.

      *stands – applauds*

      You’ll be here all week, I hope?!

      1. I’ll be at the Poway Casino next week. Hey, the Indians are Asians, too!

      2. Tip the veal and try the waitress!

    2. “What’s next, the flapping dickey?”

    3. “I’d like to introduce my Asian-outreach coordinators, Lo Fat and Long Wang!”

      1. Hey now, two wongs don’t make a right.



      2. “And I applaud your contributions to education – without Asians, whose tests would we cheat off of?

        “I would say that we have a long road to travel together, but you’d probably drive down the road for miles with your left blinker on!

        “Now that we have trade missions again, I’m always upset when I ask where we’re going and the pilot says ‘Phuket.'”

        1. Trade missions to *Vietnam*

        2. “Wonton soup? Yeah, I’m wantin’ soup! And if it’s wanton soup, maybe it should give me its phone number, wink wink.”

          1. “Good evening, I’m Harry Reid, or, as you people put it, Hally Leid.”

            1. “I may be caucasian, but at least I don’t have…”

              1. This is a great country, but we also face great challenges. So the situation is both sweet and sour, like some of your foods.”

                1. So I opened my fortune cookie, and it said, “you left a lousy tip last time, so I hope you liked your roast dog!”

                  1. Jesus, how long have you been saving up for this moment?!

  9. Early state of dementia, I’m telling you.

  10. Everybody from Nevada that voted for this poltroon: this is your fault. Thanks a lot.

    1. I really appreciated Fallout New Vegas making Searchlight a radioactive death-zone full of mindless zombies. It was.. perfect.

      1. Knew several people who, when playing that game, went straight to Vegas and killed everybody.

        Yeah, Searchlight. Loved it.

    2. poltroon ? that’s sort of an archaic word…oh !

    3. Somebody has read their Mencken. Good on you. I wish he was around to comment on today’s affairs.

  11. Harry Reid seems determined to prove that Nevada has the stupidest electorate in the union.

    1. New York and Maryland would like a word with you.

    2. Whoa, whoa. Parts of GA elected Cynthia McKinney and then Hank Johnson. Sheila Jackson Lee continues to win elections in Houston. I would say that Nevada is just midlin’.

  12. While the Democrats cry about dog whistle racism when Paul Ryan or Rand Paul even tries to talk about the issue, the second most powerful Democrat has made blatantly racist remarks that have been glossed over. That really says it all…

  13. Harry Reid is destroying the republicans in fund raising, so whatever he is doing is working. Dude is putting on a clinic right now, killing the fundraising game with the worst president in a generation poisoning moderates against his party and you think he’s stupid? Come on, man.

    1. Harry Reid is destroying the republicans in fund raising

      This is not a Republican website, bro. No one cares about your nonsensical TEAM b.s.

      1. OMGSADGFSLDFMADSKL:@!#@@# someone mentioned the republicans so they must be a TEAM RED shill!! Call the libertarian police!@#!@#!@#@!#@#

        1. we’ll see if Granpa Urine feels so spry after November.

        2. Bilbo, you’re the ahole who brought up the TEAM b.s., and you’re the one who introduced “evidence” that Reid isn’t a complete idiot. Sorry, you’re wrong here.

        3. I have to congratulate you, Bilbo. In an effort to understand your acronym, I googled “OMGSADGFSLDFMADSKL”. Google brought back just one link — this article. That’s never happened before. Kudos on your uniqueness.

  14. Sometimes I say the wrong thing

    Only when speaking. Always.

  15. Can one imagine Harry Reid as a SCOTUS justice?


    1. I’d take him in a heartbeat over a Warren, for example. As bad as Reid is there’s a whole magnitude of insanity beyond his level.

      1. Warren is nearly guaranteed a spot on an appeals court or SCOTUS if she isn’t president one day. She was a rockstar among legal scholars already and now is becoming one among progs too. Look out.

        1. She’d be worse than Stevens was.

        2. I don’t know if she will accept it. There is a lot more of a spotlight on graft for a Supreme Court justice. It’s much easier to get rich off of the wealth redistribution bandwagon as a Senator.

          Retiring and going on the rubber chicken circuit at $300,000 a speech is also a lot more problematic as an ex-Justice.

  16. I’m sorry, wasn’t Trent Lott hounded until he gave up his leadership post for saying something about 1000 times less offensive?

    Harry Reid needs to not only resign from his leadership, he just needs to resign from the Senate. Right. Now.

    Oh, wait, he’s a Democrat? Nothing to see here, move along.

  17. One more thought–is that a picture of Reid, Durbin and Patty Murray?

    That might be the fewest active brain cells one could find in a picture that has THAT many humans in it.

    1. Humans?

  18. Seems to me that the very existence of an Asian chamber of commerce is far more racist than anything he said.

    1. That’s a bingo. And I don’t think anything Reid said was particularly racist.

      1. Well, he IS white, and his mouth WAS moving, so it is fair to assume that he said something racist. All white folk be like that.

  19. That makes no sense at all dude.


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