He will be ending a three-decade congressional career, having also led the Democratic party since 2005. Harry Reid, a rare #16 BCIL in politics, is calling it quits next year, stating, “I want to be able to go out at the top of my game. I don’t want to be a 42-year-old trying to become a designated hitter.
Of course, Reid has been in the news lately for his supposed exercise equipment accident. Over the last few months people have begun speculating what really happened as Reid’s eye continues to look terrible. He has also hasn’t filed any lawsuit against the equipment’s manufacture, or has even told anyone what brand it is. Conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh (#15 FCIL) went on the air recently saying, “Does anybody believe that Harry Reid really had an accident with his exercise machine? Does anybody really believe that’s why Harry Reid is still bruised and is still wearing dark glasses, what, months after this accident with his exercise machine? I don’t believe for a minute that whatever happened to Harry Reid has anything to do with an exercise machine unless somebody repeatedly threw him into it. Harry Reid looks like and is acting like and now with this announcement, behaving like somebody who may have been beaten up.
Regardless of the theories behind Reid’s slow-healing eye, he is certainly leaving behind quite a mixed legacy. To many, he’s known as “Dirty Harry.” Readers may recall how a few years back he attempted to character assassinate Mitt Romney (#15 FCIL), claiming to have inside knowledge that Romney hadn’t paid taxes in ten years. The smear, of course, turned out to be totally false. Then there was his “nuclear option” move to in 2013, which changed the way judicial and executive nominees are confirmed. The move “lowered the number of votes needed to confirm appointees from 60 to 51, which dealt a serious blow to the traditionally strong power of the minority party. The rule change allowed the Democrat-controlled Senate to push through several contentious appointees.”
You can watch Reid’s retirement message below, at the beginning of which he says he always wanted to be an athlete. “While listening to the radio I envisioned me as a man out in center field in Yankee stadium.” While there have been a few #16s who found success in the Major Leagues, yet only on the mound (Randy Johnson, David Cone), it certainly was the wiser decision for Harry to get into politics. To be sure, the BCIL‘s strength lies within their minds, not their bodies. Basically, the only pitching they end up doing in their vocations is primarily in print, and then in manipulative actions (which can be good or bad) accompanied by few but powerful words.
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