Imagine someone despicable. Now, imagine the majority leader of the U.S Senate. But I repeat myself. With no apologies to Mark Twain.
Not content with merely lying about Mitt Romney not paying income taxes for 10 years or saying Romney sullied the Mormon faith and accusing him of politicizing the administration’s bungling and dissembling about the Libyan consulate attack, Harry Reid now says it would be “kind of embarrassing” for Nevadans to elect to Congress a candidate facing potential bankruptcy due to a bad real estate investment.
Never mind that Thomas Jefferson’s real estate assets couldn’t cover his debts, nor James Madison’s nor James Monroe’s nor William Henry Harrison’s. Nor that Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant and William McKinley filed for bankruptcy. Or that Harry Truman should have.
No, attack dog Harry in a conference call Monday with reporters said of 4th Congressional District Republican candidate Danny Tarkanian, “His judgment was so bad that he gambled and lost his family’s entire nest egg because he failed to do his homework.”
Then, to emphasize his cravenness and knavery, Reid said, “You have to all understand, I’ve had a long-standing relationship with the Tarkanians. I’ve helped (former UNLV basketball coach) Jerry (Tarkanian) when he was having his troubles with the NCAA because he was treated so unfairly.”
Reid offers no such aid to son Danny who claims he is being unfairly targeted by the FDIC over a California real estate deal gone bad during the Great Recession. He is fighting a $17 million court judgment, largely because everyone else involved has filed for bankruptcy. “It raises a question about whether he has the common sense necessary to serve in the House,” Reid was quoted as saying. This latest fusillade is over the top and beneath contempt, even for Harry.
Harry ignores the fact that 67 percent of his Nevada constituents did not have the common sense to not gamble the family nest egg on buying a house that is now underwater — 27 percent have mortgages that are double the value of their homes. Mitt had his 47 percent “gaffee.” This should be Harry’s 67 percent gaffe, but no one in the media will call him on it.
Poor, poor Harry Mason Reid should have some sympathy for those taking a beating in the real estate crunch. He has seen his net worth drop $800,000 to a mere $2.6 million — mostly because a 160-acre tract Harry owns in Bullhead City went from a value of $1 million to $5 million in 2010 down to $250,000 to $500,000, according to his most recent financial disclosure statement, though it did increase in value shortly after Harry earmarked $18 million in 2005 to build a bridge over the Colorado River nearby.
Perhaps the voters of Nevada should be embarrassed that since Harry became majority leader in 2006 the net worth of Americans has fallen 40 percent. I suspect some are embarrassed to admit they voted for Barack Obama, because their household income is down an average of 8.2 percent since he took office.
But it was Harry and Barry who circumvented the bankruptcy courts, abrogated contracts and used taxpayer money to bailout the union contracts at General Motors and Chrysler after the companies used bad judgment and gambled away their profits. No such charity for Tarkanian, who is leading in the latest poll against Democrat Steven Horsford. That’s why Harry attacked.
Harry has no decency, no shame, no awareness of his own hypocrisy or even a passing acquaintance with the truth.
Harry reminds me of a story my ol’ Pappy used tell about a fellow who had a yappy dog that he could not break from chasing cars. A friend suggested he attach a burlap bag to a lug nut on a rear wheel of his car and drive past his home. When the dog gave chase the flapping bag would thwack him on the nose and break him of chasing cars.
Well, the dog owner gave it a try, but as he drove by at 30 miles per hour, instead of getting a thwack on the nose, the dog sank his teeth into the burlap bag.
Suffice it to say, the dog never chased another car … or anything else.
One of these days, yapping Harry just might sink his teeth into the wrong issue.