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Stalling? Harry Reid Opens Lame Duck With 5-Minute Football Story
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, left, stands on the floor with Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin on the floor before President Barack Obama spoke about healthcare reform before a joint session of congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, pool)

Stalling? Harry Reid Opens Lame Duck With 5-Minute Football Story

"he can run very, very fast and throw a long ways"

Harry Reid (D-NV) apparently likes to tell stories. In fact, he took over five minutes on Monday on the Senate floor to tell the story of how his University of Nevada Wolf Pack football team beat the powerhouse Boise State Broncos over the Thanksgiving Holiday. It may have been the worst story in Senate floor history.

For starters, and before we get to the details of the speech, the burning question is why waste over five minutes on such a story? I'm pretty sure many of Reid's colleagues in Congress just got bounced for not doing their jobs -- giving such a speech to open up the lame duck session just seems off.

But apparently not many minded. Here's how Jon Bershad over at Mediaite explains it:

Not that there were any complaints on the floor. And why should there be? It was five whole minutes without anything for the Democrats to get yelled at for or the Republicans to obstruct. I’m sure it was very relaxing.

Relaxing may be putting it lightly. Reid could put a dead man to sleep with his monotone recitation and very descriptive explanations such as, "he can run very, very fast and throw a long ways." It's also interesting that Reid tries to boast that he's watched one other Nevada game this year, as if that makes him the ultimate fan.

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