ReidLet’s play a little game, shall we? It’s called “Is it more likely that Harry Reid was beaten up, or that Mitt Romney didn’t pay his taxes?”. The reason behind this game is simple: the retiring senator, who laughed off his 2012 presidential election lie about Mitt Romney, is now upset that radio host Rush Limbaugh said what others were already thinking: it looks like someone beat Harry Reid up.

Here is what Mr. Reid told CNN’s Dana Brash on March 31 when asked if he regretted his lie about Mitt Romney not paying taxes: “Romney didn’t win, did he?”

Telling, isn’t it? The ends justify the means to Mr. Reid, no matter how low he has to sink.

Now, here is the Nevada senator complaining to CNBC’s John Harwood about Mr. Limbaugh’s commentary on his battered and bruised body: “It shows the credibility of Rush Limbaugh. He’s the guy that got all this started. Why in the world would I come up with a story that I got hurt in my own bathroom with my wife standing there? How could anyone say anything like that? I think a lot of people, as I read, they kinda don’t like me as a person. That’s unfortunate.”

Why would anyone not like Harry Reid — besides the fact that he made up a giant irresponsible lie about Mitt Romney during a presidential election?

Harry Reid looks like artificial intelligence out of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” took over his workout equipment and then beat the living daylights out of him. That is what Rush Limbaugh correctly pointed out when he said “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.”

I worked in a gym for three years. I can not think of one exercise that Harry Reid would do (or has the capability of performing) that would leave him looking like an angry bouncer unloaded on him. The official story is that an elastic waistband snapped and sent him sprawling inside his own bathroom.

I ask again: Is it more likely that Harry Reid was beaten up or that Mitt Romney didn’t pay his taxes?

There is one word to describe the rumors that are swirling about Mr. Reid’s battered and bruised body: karma. If a man makes up disgusting lies to smear political opponents, then he has zero moral authority to complain when the karma boomerang comes back and hits him in the face again…and again…and again.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

8 comments

  1. Rush Limbaugh had an update on this story during his radio show today, Doug. Apparently, Limbaugh was in a conference call awhile back talking with John Hinderaker of Powerline, who apparently had a source tell him that Harry Reid might have been beat-up by his own brother, Larry. According to this source, Larry Reid is apparently an alcoholic and that one night he stumbled into an AA meeting drunk, bruised, and bloodied, claiming he got into a fight with “a family member” and that he was worried about “the Secret Service” coming after him. Everyone thought he was just some nut, until a few weeks later, a local Las Vegas news channel broke the story about Larry Reid being charged with a DUI and assaulting a police officer. Both the links to Hinderaker’s article and transcript from Limbaugh show are linked below:
    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2015/04/what-really-happened-to-harry-reid-part-3.php
    http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2015/04/15/what_i_heard_about_harry_reid

    1. That actually makes sense. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Now that my Twitter suspension is into its ninth day and counting, I’m actually a bit behind on a few of these political stories.

      In all seriousness though, I haven’t seen any mainstream news organizations really cover this. If Harry’s Reid’s bloodied brother Larry was arrested around the same time as the “elastic band” incident, then this makes sense.

      Like I said, I worked in a gym, I have a ton of weights in my own home, a rowing machine, sports bands, a bocce ball, etc., and I have no clue how a man could injure himself like that. The physics of Harry Reid’s accident are as silly as a bullet in a Hollywood movie that lifts the bad guys off the ground. He makes it sound like not only did the band snap, but it actually broke with enough force to send him bouncing off his bathroom walls like a pinball. I don’t believe that for a second.

      Thanks again for the links, Mike. I appreciate it.

    2. You’re welcome, Doug.

      Just to make it clear, the supposed “exercise equipment accident in Reid’s bathroom” happened sometime on New Year’s Eve, while Larry Reid’s DUI and assault arrest occurred on February 4-5 of this year, so they’re two separate incidents. (and here’s the New York Post story on that one: http://nypost.com/2015/02/05/harry-reids-brother-arrested-accused-of-punching-trooper/ ) Hinderaker’s source–one Mr. Easton Elliot–claims Larry Reid walked into their AA meeting and starting talking about the fight with the “family member” also on New Year’s Eve around 10:00 to 11:30 pm.

      And to Limbaugh and Hinderaker’s credit, they can’t vouch for the accuracy of Elliot’s account, but like you said, it’s an explanation that, if true, does make a lot of sense.

    3. Gotcha. Sorry about that one. I responded to your comment before I had a chance to read your links. 🙂

      Here’s one from the NY Post article that I found interesting: “When asked about the incident, Reid told investigators that he had no recollection of his interaction with the trooper, according to the report.”

      Brother who gets drunk and punches people…doesn’t remember what happened…arrested one week after Harry Reid looks like someone beat him up. Convenient. Again, for those who aren’t regular readers, I don’t wish ill upon Mr. Reid. I just find it very interesting how the man who shows no remorse for the giant lie he told about Mitt Romney (as Senate Majority Leader, no less), is suddenly concerned about individuals spreading rumors.

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