WASHINGTON ― Retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) bade farewell Thursday, citing the words of George Orwell, Leonard Cohen and the Pope to caution America against falling under the sway of plutocrats.
Reid grew up poor in Searchlight, Nevada. He recalled in his goodbye address how he and his brother found fun in pelting their tin outhouse with rocks while their mother, Inez, was inside. He remembered how his mother lost her teeth because she had been hit with a ball, and how, when he was old enough, he worked pumping gas to buy her a new set.
In a speech that ran well over an hour as he recalled his 34 years in Congress, Reid never mentioned the name of the billionaire president-elect, as he did so often in the weeks and months leading up to the election.
Instead, Reid’s criticism of a man who is stocking his cabinet with billionaires, and who has routinely offended women, incessantly lambasted the media and praised Russia, was more implicit.
Take the money.
“Something has to be done about the outrageous amount of money from sources that are dark, unknown, now involved in our federal elections,” Reid said, in a reference to the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court ruling that allowed unchecked spending on elections. Read full post here