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Reid’s Judgment

As we all know, Harry Reid attacked Clarence Thomas as an “embarrassment” and questioned Antonin Scalia’s “ethics.” But Reid is not the best judge of character. In September 2002, he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that his disgraced colleague Robert Torricelli is “a man of class.” Reid was the first congressional Democrat to cough up money for Torricelli’s defense fund. And in June 2003, the Los Angeles Times, in an extensive story, described how Reid’s sons and son-in-law collected millions in lobbying and legal fees representing corporate and municipal interests in Nevada and Washington. The Times reported that “[s]o pervasive are the ties among Reid, members of his family and Nevada’s leading industries and institutions that it’s difficult to find a significant field in which such a relationship does not exist.” Too bad Tim Russert didn’t have this information when he Reid appeared on his show on Sunday.

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