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Harry Reid, Proudly Defending Seniors’ Access to Junk Mail


The Obama campaign’s trouble with minority recruitment — really! — and the continuing dietary controversy that is, er, dogging President Obama feature in today’s Morning Jolt, but there is also this bit of silliness . . .

Harry Reid to Seniors: I’m Ensuring Your Access to Junk Mail. You’re Welcome.

Every couple of weeks, there’s some random burbling of words from the Senate Majority Leader, and I shake my head and sigh, “I can’t believe we didn’t beat this guy.”

The latest:

In his opening speech on Wednesday, Reid called on the Senate to quickly move forward on the passage of S. 1789, the 21st Century Postal Service Act, which restructures pension plans for Postal Service employees as well as allows the USPS to access overpayments in the Federal Employee Retirement System.

“Madam President,” Reid said to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), the presiding officer of the Senate, “I’ll come home tonight here to my home in Washington and there’ll be some mail there. A lot of it is what some people refer to as junk mail, but for the people who are sending that mail, it’s very important.” “And when talking about seniors, seniors love getting junk mail. It’s sometimes their only way of communicating or feeling like they’re part of the real world,” Reid continued. “Elderly Americans, more than anyone in America, rely on the United States Postal Service, but unless we act quickly, thousands of post offices . . . will close. I’ve said this earlier today; I repeat it.”

As Greg Corombos and I say on the Three Martini Lunch, “Way to go, Nevada. Way to go.”

ADDENDA: In response to Michelle Obama’s proud boast that President Obama has “brought us out of the dark and into the light,” Ric Pugmire responds, “I’d be happier for someone to take us out of the red into the black.”

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