Politicians often get in trouble because of the actions of members of their staff. But, sometimes it pays for elected officials to listen to them. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is learning that lesson tonight after off the cuff remarks he made at the unveiling of the new Capitol Visitors Center.
The center, like most government projects, is late and over-budget. At a cost of $621 million, the center must certainly have some nice amenities. But for Reid, man of the people, defender of the forgotten, champion of the little guy, the best part about the new Capitol Visitors Center is the air conditioning. Why? Because it will keep the stinking masses away from him.
That's no exaggeration. Reid said
the following at the opening of the center this morning.
"My staff tells me not to say this, but I'm going to say it anyway," said Reid in his remarks. In the summer because of the heat and high humidity, you could literally smell the tourists coming into the Capitol. It may be descriptive but it's true."
Ah, Harry Reid. If he didn't exist, Republicans would have to invent him. Next time, Senator, listen to your staff.