Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that culminated with his push of President Obama’s ambitious agenda against fierce Republican resistance.
Mr. Reid, 75, who suffered serious eye and facial injuries in a Jan. 1 exercise accident at his Las Vegas home, said he had been contemplating retiring from the Senate for months. He said his decision was not attributable either to the accident or to his demotion to minority leader after Democrats lost the majority in November’s midterm elections.
“I understand this place,” Mr. Reid said. “I have quite a bit of power as minority leader.”
He has already confounded the new Republican majority this year by holding Democrats united against a proposal to gut the Obama administration’s immigration policies as well as a human-trafficking measure Democrats objected to over an anti-abortion provision.
“I want to be able to go out at the top of my game,” said Mr. Reid, who used a sports metaphor about athletes who try to hang on too long. “I don’t want to be a 42-year-old trying to become a designated hitter.”
Reid certainly has done a hell of a job trolling Republicans all these years. The Dems could do a lot worse. The article ends with this:
Mr. Reid said he had seen one important change for the better in the Senate: an influx of female senators.
“This place is so much better because of women,” he said. “Men and women are different, and they have changed the dynamic of the Senate.”
Amen to that, Honey Badger. Maybe with both President Obama and now Harry Reid unburdened by re-election, some interesting last minute things can get done.