No book on political ‘extortion’ could exclude Harry Reid, could it?

Of course, any book with a title like Peter Schweizer’s, “Extortion: How politicians extract your money, buy votes, and line their own pockets,” which came out about a week ago, has to have a section on Harry Reid.

Schweizer opens that section with a quote from “The Godfather” by Don Corleone, “Do you spend time with your family? Good. Because a man that doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.”

The book then describes a scene at a restaurant hours after Reid was sworn in on Jan. 4, 2005, for his fourth term and became Senate majority leader. “Reid was seated in the quiet backroom of the restaurant. The lobbyists, who represented the largest and most powerful corporations in the world, took turns saying hello to the new leader. ‘It was like a scene out of “The Godfather,”’ one lobbyist told Roll Call. ‘He was in the room and people were lined up to greet him and pay homage.’”

Schweizer then proceeds to list a litany of deals and schemes involving Nevada’s senior senator along with sons Rory, Key and Joshua and son-in-law Steve Barringer. Somehow son Leif escapes scrutiny.

Not much in the book breaks any new ground for those familiar with Reid and his family. The writer leaves out a few familiar names, such as recently convicted Reid campaign cash bundler Harvey Whittemore. Reid’s manipulation of the Legislature to force the premature closure of coal-fired power plants and foist the entire cost on ratepayers was probably too recent to make the book’s deadline.

Schweizer describes Reid’s rise to power as due not to his charisma, good looks and fine speeches — that’s obvious — but to his building of a Washington and Nevada political machine known for being ruthless. He repeats a quote attributed to Reid’s one time chief of staff, Susan McCue, a woman who turned the term media relations into an oxymoron and someone with whom I’ve had the displeasure of the occasional telephonic shouting match.

McCue told a reporter Reid looks at a person’s vulnerabilities to “disarm, to endear, to threaten, but most of all to instill fear.”

The author also quoted Reid pal and former fellow senator, Richard Bryan, as saying Reid “has a memory like a political elephant. You cross him, he’ll never forget that. There will be a price to pay. Certainly there are people who paid the price.” Bryan, who works at the same law firm as most of Reid’s sons have at one time or the other, declined to name names, though I can certainly think of a few.

Schweizer concludes that “Mr. Cleanface” — a name given Reid by mobster Joe Agosto, whom the writer misidentifies as Tony Agosto — “runs the Democrat Party’s toughest family extortion syndicate …”

15 comments on “No book on political ‘extortion’ could exclude Harry Reid, could it?

  1. WELCOME TO THE “OBAMA BIN LYIN’ / DIRTY DINGY HARRY REID / democRATS Axis – of -Evil ” in control in DC…GO Battle Born Silver State of Nevada Go & celebrate SESQUICENTENNIAL year…Fight for GOP principles…”I am YOU” and we are the Oath Keepers of the Nevada Republican Platform of Principles…we are the Conservative Republican primary voters (the Republican base)

    HEY YOU, all you RINO’s ot there …”BRING IT ON,” sez EDDIE InLiberty HAMILTON, the Republican Conservative Choice, as well as the Ted Cruz Tea Party Voice in the upcoming Republican June 10, 2014 primary election. The 2014 gubernatorial contest is between Edward HAMILTON versus liberal incumbent establishment el Governor hermanito (little bro) senor B.S. (B. SANDOVAL initialized that is)

  2. Milty says:

    All the more puzzling why Senator Reid hasn’t recruited a formidible candidate for next year’s lieutenant governor’s race.

    Maybe he’s not worried about a Sandoval challenge in 2016. However, he had Attorney General Cortez-Masto file a bogus indictment againt Lieutenant Governor Krolicki in 2009 to pre-emptively knock Krolicki out of the 2010 race, and Krolicki’s no Sandoval.

    I noticed that a lot of people backing Sue Lowden for lieutenant governor were members of “Republicans for Reid” back in 2010. Maybe Senator Reid is hoping for a big primary fight next year where the Republicans bloody each other enough to throw the election to the Democrat who runs.

  3. Vernon Clayson says:

    I understand Harry Reid’s hold over Nevada politics and politicians but I don’t understand how he has a similar hold over the majority of the other 99 senators who are supposed to be co-equals. He doesn’t seem to have any more access to the president or other members of the president’s immediate circle so it can’t be that, nor does he seem to be any particular favorite of the president. It also seems clear Harry Reid is not offended or affected by the various missteps/scandals associated with this president and his administration. Are we to believe he doesn’t have an opinion on Fast and Furious, Benghazi, NSA spying, etc., none of which are business as usual? Is it possible he is the last bastion of the legislative branch being relevant in Obama’s scheme of things, the last mouse to roar? It can’t be just grabbing while the grabbing is good, can it?

  4. Milty says:

    “Are we to believe he doesn’t have an opinion on Fast and Furious, Benghazi, NSA spying, etc., none of which are business as usual?”

    Of course, he has an opinion. His opinion is that everything the Democrats do is good and justified, and everything the Republicans do is evil and corrupt.

  5. Vernon Clayson says:

    I agree, Milty, but only in the realm of fantasy is Democrat a proper label for the left, it’s more a quaint thing to keep the naïve believing that “Democrat” has political meaning, they can’t openly label themselves The Progressive Party, the National Socialist Party, or the Liberal Party, can they?

  6. Athos says:

    It used to be, turn the lights on and the cockroaches would scurry away. THE CROOK is immune to the light!

    on a side note, I think Eddie’s got a crush on you, Tom!

  7. Steve says:

    Careful Eddie, some people may start getting the idea you are a bit crazy….Crazy Eddie,,, kinda has a ring to it.

  8. Vernon Clayson says:

    More like cousin Eddie from National Lampoons Christmas Vacation or maybe cousin Eddie in their Las Vegas Vacation movie, living on radioactive land.

  9. The federal Appeals Court just STRUCK DOWN free birthcontrol pill, or diaphram, or other means known as “SANDRA…

  10. […] Reid isn’t buying the country. He is extorting money out of lobbyists so he can maintain his […]

  11. […] McCue told a reporter Reid looks at a person’s vulnerabilities to “disarm, to endear, to threaten, but most of all to instill fear.” […]

  12. […] has an empty research park named for him. Peter Schweizer’s book, “Extortion,” contains a whole chapter on […]

  13. […] Harry’s former Senate colleague Richard Bryan vouched for him embracing the fear over love […]

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