Harry Reid has taken leave of his senses. There is no other explanation for his choice of words in praising Chris Coons, Democrat nominee for Senate in Delaware, who will face Christine O'Donnell. He actually called him "my pet" as a way of praising him. Twice! The Hill reports that he remarked at a ceremony on the Capitol steps:
"I'm going to be very honest with you - Chris Coons, everybody knows him in the Democratic caucus. He's my pet. He's my favorite candidate," Reid said.
"Let me tell you about him: A graduate of Yale Divinity School. Yale Law School. A two-time national debate champion. He represents two-thirds of the state now, in an elected capacity. I don't know if you've ever seen him or heard him speak, but he is a dynamic speaker. I don't mean loud or long; he's a communicator. So that's how I feel about Delaware. I've always thought Chris Coons is going to win. I told him that and I tried to get him to run. I'm glad he's running. I just think the world of him. He's my pet."
Perhaps the Majority Leader is under the impression he is a revered national figure, and that voters in a state on the other side of the continent from Nevada would regard it as an honor to be represented by his pet. Most sane people, however, would see this as a way of saying Coons is not his own man, and will be a tool of the unpopular Leader.
Senator Reid has always struck me as looking and speaking like an undertaker. Now, he seems to be taking on the role of political undertaker for Democrat candidates.
Hat tip: Blondie