It's one thing for conservative sites, pundits and writers to blast Harry Reid's dirty politics and smear tactics against GOP presumptive nominee Mitt Romney. It's quite another when a liberal Washington Post columnist does it, calling him a "gaudy and kitschy" "crass man".
Everyone on our side is aware of the fact that the Senate majority leader and head of the upper chamber's Democratic Party plays dirty -- always. He learned at the feet of the master (thank you, John Thune, for saving us from the South Dakota nightmare).
Harry Reid used to really play up the nice-old-grandpa-pro-life-Mormon-kindly-old-boxer-retired-cop routine. But since taking the reins as the Senate's top Democrat, he's pretty much put all pretense aside and shown himself to be the jerk all of us who ever worked in the Senate (I did) or worked in DC media (I did/do) already knew him to be.
And with his latest attack on Romney -- accusing him without evidence of not paying taxes for 10 years -- Reid has forced the Post's Richard Cohen to come out swinging. In a piece for the Post's "PostPartisan" blog today, Cohen writes (emphasis added):
In “The Godfather Part II,” a senator from Nevada is portrayed as corrupt. His name is Pat Geary. In real life, a senator from Nevada is a jerk. His name is Harry Reid. …
For Reid, this is yet another brazen and tasteless partisan attack. As majority leader, he has managed to sink the public image of the Senate even lower than it would otherwise be. He contributes to bad feelings, gridlock and the sense — nay, the reality — that everything is done for political advantage. Reid is a crass man, the very personification of the gaudy and kitschy Las Vegas Strip.
Cohen doesn't stop there. He goes on to blast the Democrats and President Obama for not standing up to a guttersnipe like Reid (emphasis added):
Still, he is not some backbencher, but the Senate majority leader. He is the face of the Democratic Party in the Senate and the ally of President Obama. Yet, not a single Democrat has had the spine to rebuke Reid. The White House has been given the chance and explicitly ducked its duty. Other members of the Senate have run for cover. They fear Reid and, if truth be told, sort of like what he’s doing. ...
... Reid has managed to draw both his party and his president into the gutter with him. When Reid accuses the Republicans of being overly partisan, he now lacks all credibility. For a long time it’s been difficult to believe anything he says. Now, it’s impossible.
As for Obama, he is tarnished by this episode. The fresh new face that promised us all a different kind of politics is suddenly looking cheesy.
We on the Right have all known Reid's true nature for a long, long time -- Cohen and his buddies at the Post have, too -- but now we're all finally admitting it.