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Nevada Senator Harry Reid: The GOP is like the New York Jets

Doug Farrar
Shutdown Corner

We're pretty sure that New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, an avowed backer of the Mitt Romney campaign, will not like what Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada), the Senate Majority leader, had to say about his franchise while recently speaking on the Senate floor. Reid was discussing his objections to a Republican budget proposal when things got a little weird. The Senator veered into a takedown of two prominent sports sections.

"I've been thinking how best to describe what's going on here on Capitol Hill the last couple of weeks. Every morning [when] I get up, the first thing I read is the sports page. I'm disappointed in the sports page in The Washington Post. It's not nearly as good as it used to be. And the New York Times is not very good either. But I read them. That's the first thing I do. There's always some good news on the sports page. And then I go to the front page and get some of the bad news."

As everyone in the world seemingly must these days, Senator Reid then turned his attention to the New York Jets.

"Coach [Rex] Ryan -- he's got a problem. He's got three quarterbacks. [Mark] Sanchez, he's got Tim Tebow, and he's got a guy by the name of [Greg] McElroy. He can't decide who their quarterback is going to be. That's the same problem the Republicans are having. Romney's gone, but he's still in the background. Who is the quarterback, Mr. President? My friend talks about the trillions of dollars of debt. Mr. President, we just had an election. The people overwhelmingly know why we have this deficit."

We'll leave it there to keep this post from becoming more political than fooball-relaed, because that's not what we do here. We do, however, find it interesting that the Jets' quarterback situation hit the Senate floor. We wonder if, just as the Sanchez/Tebow/McElroy debate will keep the media (yes, including us) from discussing more pressing and relevant NFL issues, political shows and blogs will jump right in and look to bag important subjects in favor of this particular football mess.

Perhaps Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith could do some time on the Fox News network, which would serve all involved parties just about right.

By the way, this isn't the first time Senator Reid has used a sports angle to further his cause. In June, he was asked if Senator Mitch McConnell was waiting for Romney's take on President Obama's immigration order before he spoke about it. Reid's response?

"That's a clown question, bro."

Indeed.

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