…and Rest in Peace, Harry Reid

 

A tough day all around. Veteran Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston announced Tuesday night that former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid has died at age 82.

Reid served as a US Senator from Nevada for 30 years, retiring in 2017. He led the Senate Democrats from 2005 until his retirement and was the Majority Leader from 2007 to 2015.

Prior to that, Reid was a city attorney for Henderson, NV, a member of the Nevada State Assembly, Lieutenant Governor, and Chairman of the Gaming Commission. Before being elected to the Senate, he represented Nevada’s 1st District in the US House for two terms.

Reid had long been a thorn in the side for Republicans, famous for bare-knuckle politics beneath a mild-mannered demeanor. He is survived by his wife, Landra Gould, and their five children.

Rest in peace, Senator.

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  1. Phil Turmel Coolidge
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    His passing deserves notice.  I have no further comment.

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  2. BDB Coolidge
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    “Word on the street is” that he’s burning in Hell.  As an agnostic, naturally I have no comment.  

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  3. DrewInWisconsin, Oaf Member
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    My grandmother: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

    Me: . . .

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  4. Jimmy Carter Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Oaf (View Comment):

    My grandmother: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”

    Me: . . .

    “If You can’t say anything nice about anyone else, come sit next to Me.”

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  5. Henry Racette Moderator
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    RIP.

    • #5
  6. Gary Robbins Member
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    Rest in Peace.  I have other things I could say, but with his Reid’s passing, this is not the time.    

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  7. Ed G. Member
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    Eh, what happens up there isn’t merely “bare-knuckle politics” or “thorn in the side”. It is willful lying and corruption; it has been destructive of our country. I see no reason to afford him and others like him any respect or well wishes even in death. We can note the event without any sappy wispyness. 

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  8. BDB Coolidge
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    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Eh, what happens up there isn’t merely “bare-knuckle politics” or “thorn in the side”. It is willful lying and corruption; it has been destructive of our country. I see no reason to afford him and others like him any respect or well wishes even in death. We can note the event without any sappy wispyness.

    Rawr.  

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  9. Phil Turmel Coolidge
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    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Eh, what happens up there isn’t merely “bare-knuckle politics” or “thorn in the side”. It is willful lying and corruption; it has been destructive of our country. I see no reason to afford him and others like him any respect or well wishes even in death. We can note the event without any sappy wispyness.

    Concur.  But it can be done tactfully.

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  10. EJHill Podcaster
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    I expect a well attended funeral. Many will want to make sure the son of a bitch is really dead.

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  11. BDB Coolidge
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    EJHill (View Comment):

    I expect a well attended funeral. Many will want to make sure the son of a bitch is really dead.

    Moar Rawr!

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  12. BDB Coolidge
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    The Lyin’ of the Senate!

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  13. Victor Tango Kilo Member
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    When Harry Reid was pressed regarding his brazen, outright lie claiming Mitt Romney hadn’t paid any taxes for several years, Reid smiled & said, “But it worked, didn’t it?”

    That’s who he was.

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  14. Bigfoot - Human Impersonator Coolidge
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    John Madden will be missed. Great coach, broadcaster and man.

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  15. Jimmy Carter Member
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    Phil Turmel (View Comment):

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Eh, what happens up there isn’t merely “bare-knuckle politics” or “thorn in the side”. It is willful lying and corruption; it has been destructive of our country. I see no reason to afford him and others like him any respect or well wishes even in death. We can note the event without any sappy wispyness.

    Concur. But it can be done tactfully.

    Any enemy of America can burn in hell.

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  16. Ed G. Member
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    Phil Turmel (View Comment):

    Ed G. (View Comment):

    Eh, what happens up there isn’t merely “bare-knuckle politics” or “thorn in the side”. It is willful lying and corruption; it has been destructive of our country. I see no reason to afford him and others like him any respect or well wishes even in death. We can note the event without any sappy wispyness.

    Concur. But it can be done tactfully.

    We don’t owe him even that much, but I’ll go along anyway. 

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  17. Bishop Wash Member
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    So long to the Searchlight Strangler. Rush referred to him as Dingy Harry. Once on Bill O’Reilly Dennis Miller started his rant on Harry with, “With no due respect Senator Reid”. A vile politician.

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  18. Percival Thatcher
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    De mortuis nihil nisi bonum.

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  19. Fritz Coolidge
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    Will Mittens suggest that Reid’s corpse lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda, because comity?

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  20. Emmett C Stanton Coolidge
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    De mortuis nihil nisi bonum, indeed.

    Therefore, hic respondet nihil.

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  21. Percival Thatcher
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    Emmett C Stanton (View Comment):

    De mortuis nihil nisi bonum, indeed.

    Therefore, hic respondet nihil.

    Yeah, I didn’t have anything else either.

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  22. Emmett C Stanton Coolidge
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    “Embalm, cremate, bury at sea.  Take no chances.”

     

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  23. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
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    The man was an ongoing threat to my way of life. He was a corrupt man, who enriched himself at our expense l

    I refuse to pretend to be nice for a man I consider a monster.

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  24. Western Chauvinist Member
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    To paraphrase Abe Lincoln: I tremble for Harry Reid when I reflect that God is just. . . 

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  25. Doug Watt Moderator
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    He was perhaps one of the most corrupt individuals to be elected to the Senate.

    As far back as 2006 Reid was in hot water for violating Senate rules by concealing a seven-figure payoff on a suspicious land deal orchestrated by a longtime friend known for political bribery and mob ties. The influential senator secretly collected a $1.1 million profit on land he hadn’t personally owned for years. To hide the deal, Reid transferred ownership, legal liability and tax consequences to a company owned by a former casino lawyer who has been investigated by federal authorities. Months earlier Red got busted for accepting gifts from a state agency trying to influence him. In that scheme the lawmaker quietly took very expensive ringside boxing tickets from the Nevada Athletic Commission while that state agency was trying to influence him on the sport’s federal regulation.

    In 2012 Reid made JW’s corrupt politician list because he was embroiled in an influence-peddling scandal involving a Chinese “green energy” client of a Nevada law firm run by his son Rory. The senator was one of the Nevada projects most prominent advocates, helping recruit the company during a 2011 trip to China and applying his political muscle on its behalf, according to a mainstream news report. Reid’s son was an attorney at the prominent Las Vegas firm that represented the Chinese Company, ENN Energy Group, and helped it locate a 9,000-acre desert site for well below its appraised value from Clark County.

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  26. Manny Coolidge
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    Definitely not a fan, and that’s an understatement.  But I wish all departed souls well.  May he rest in peace.

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  27. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
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    I do hope Mitt Romney is asked to speak at his service.

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  28. BDB Coolidge
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    Vicky the Goat will be inconsolable.

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  29. Skyler Coolidge
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    Normally I don’t speak ill of the dead, but this man lived an unmitigated life of complete corruption, and he did more to put this nation on a downward slope than any else in our history except for Pelosi.  Good riddance.

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  30. Franco Inactive
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    Actually, not a “tough day all around”. Serial liar, fraud and corruptocrat dead at 82.

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