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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 10:41 AM
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So Harry Reid Does Yoga. Harry Reid Is Not Boring-
Edited on Fri Nov-10-06 10:56 AM by cryingshame
Don't know what kind of yoga but reading that this morning made me say 'that's cool'.

Also, his wife found a car bomb on their family car.


Harry Reid Is Not Boring
Has Scorsese fictionalized your U.S. senator?
By Chris Suellentrop (from Slate)
Posted Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2004, at 8:51 PM ET

Reid may not be the most colorful figure in Washington, but his career is far more interesting than that of the average senator. In politics, Nevada is the next best thing to Louisiana. To take just one example, is there another U.S. senator who has been part of the inspiration for a character in a Martin Scorsese film? (A character played by Dick Smothers, no less.) In Casino, Robert DeNiro's character melts down in front of the Nevada Gaming Commission after the commission denies him a license to operate a casino. The scene is loosely based on a December 1978 hearing when Reid was the commission's chairman, and some of the dialogue spoken by Smothers is taken directly from Reid's words during the hearing. (The rest of the scenes involving Smothers, who plays a composite politician known only as "Senator," have nothing to do with Reid.) OK, it's lackluster Scorsese, but at least it's not Gangs of New York. And there are other Reid echoes in Casino: Joe Pesci's character refers to a "Mr. Cleanface," which gangster Joe Agosto said was his nickname for an in-his-pocket Reid, but a five-month investigation of Agosto's claims cleared Reid of wrongdoing.

Sure, Reid can sap these stories of some of some of their innate interest. "Well, it's true that when I served with the Gaming Commission that I had a number of threats on my life," he told me during a brief interview earlier this week. When talking about taping the windows in his house to protect his family from the threat of shattered glass, he used the same tone that he used to discuss the importance of Senate procedure. But no matter what tone you use to discuss the fact that your wife once discovered a bomb wired to one of the family cars, it's not boring.

Besides, on other occasions, Reid can, despite his reputation, give good quote. He has called the move to put a nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain the "Screw Nevada Law." On meeting his wife, he once told the Las Vegas Review Journal, "The first time I saw her, she was washing her parents' car. She was wearing short shorts." He's a reliable defender of pork who once said, "I resent and object to people who refer to this as being 'pork' in the negative sense. Would they rather that money go to New Orleans?" He skipped the 1992 Democratic convention to stay home and campaign for re-election to the Senate, noting dryly that "it's a foregone conclusion who is going to win" the nomination.

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Even if he had never served on the gaming commission, Reid's biography would still be a better read than the average senator's. He is the son of an alcoholic gold miner who killed himself. His mother did laundry for, in Reid's words, "houses of ill repute." He once disguised himself as a homeless man and spent the night at a mission in Las Vegas. Quirkily, he never says good-bye, even to his children, when he hangs up the phone. He once filibustered the Republicans for nine hours, by himself, by reading from the history book he wrote about his hometown of Searchlight, Nev. (Even better, the reason for the filibuster was to prevent the GOP from protesting the delaying tactics being used by Democrats.) And just this past week in Time, Reid told Joe Klein that he got into a fistfight with his future father-in-law before he eloped with his wife.

I'll concede. Harry Reid is no Tom Daschle. Whether that will be good for the Democrats remains to be seen. But it won't be boring.

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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 10:46 AM
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1. What?!
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 10:46 AM
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2. He's an ex-boxer so the yoga makes sense, actually. (I'm a boxing fan)
I had the pleasure to meet him and thank him. He just has a commanding, but very warm presence, IMHO.

Hadn't heard about the car-bomb?!
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Norquist Nemesis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 10:47 AM
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3. What? When was that? n/t
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Norquist Nemesis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 10:55 AM
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4. Found a link on the family car bomb thing
I didn't know about this. Looks like it was the mob that was doing a hit on him.

"Reid returned to Henderson years later with a law degree from George Washington University and served as the city attorney. In 1968, he was elected to the Nevada Assembly at the age of twenty-eight and two years later became the state's youngest lieutenant governor, winning as Mike O'Callaghan's running mate. In 1977, he was appointed chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, a board notoriously dominated by the mob. Reid was unfazed, calling mob representative Joe Agosto a hoodlum. Toward the end of his tenure, Reid narrowly escaped a hit after a bomb was found plugged into the engine of his family car. After that, Harry Reid took to starting his car by remote control."

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m1295/is_3_69/ai_...
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-10-06 10:57 AM
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5. yes, it seems when he was on the Gaming Commission
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