RIP, Harry Reid

Harry Reid has taken his last vote, he was 82.

I love this description of him:

A combative but soft-spoken former amateur boxer, Mr. Reid displayed an economy of personal magnetism and embraced the art of the scrappy insult. Columnist Molly Ivins called him ­“charismatically challenged.” Obama, a friend and political ally, euphemistically remarked on his “curmudgeonly charm.”

His family sent his last wishes: in lieu of flowers, please kill the filibuster.

To the very end,  he was always working for the betterment of his people and the country, and he will be missed.

UPDATE 1: Our pals at Electoral-Vote has a really great eulogy for Harry, and never forget that one of the bloggers there is a history professor.


UPDATE 3: Joe Biden releases a statement

…During the two decades we served together in the United States Senate, and the eight years we worked together while I served as Vice President, Harry met the marker for what I’ve always believed is the most important thing by which you can measure a person—their action and their word.

If Harry said he would do something, he did it. If he gave you his word, you could bank on it. That’s how he got things done for the good of the country for decades.


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