Harry Reid’s failing health doesn’t dull his edge

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Reid speaking at Lake Tahoe Summit in 2014. Photo via Wikimedia Commons
harry at tahoe
Reid speaking at Lake Tahoe Summit in 2014. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

“I was always willing to do things that others were not willing to do,” Harry Reid told New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich in an interview appearing today.

Truer words were never spoken.

As a former Reid staffer in the late 80s, reading Leibovich’s piece was a shot to the gut. Something about seeing the words “Reid, who is 79, does not have long to live,” lent a stark reality to what I’d refused to accept.

Reid may not have long to live, though I would never count him out. But it’s clear he hasn’t lost the brutal honesty that confounded his press corp and characterized much of his career, perhaps best illustrated in assessing his chances against pancreatic cancer: “As soon as you discover you have something on your pancreas, you’re dead.”

Then there was the time Reid was willing to do “things that others were not,” like fabricating a story about Mitt Romney’s tax returns, also recalled in Leibovich’s piece. Something tells me Reid’s health issues have not robbed him of his guile.

One gets the sense Reid may regret giving up not only his seat in the Senate but the chance to do battle with Donald Trump.

“Trump is an interesting person. He is not immoral but is amoral. Amoral is when you shoot someone in the head, it doesn’t make a difference. No conscience.”

Reid goes on to contradict himself by pointing out Trump’s immorality: “He’ll lie. He’ll cheat.”

At one point Reid refers to himself in the past tense, noting that much has been written about him since he left Washington.

“I was kind of a strange guy.”

Leibovich describes a neediness in Reid to be relevant, which is not at all surprising for a man of his achievements.

Reid’s former Chief of Staff David Krone tells Leibovich that leaving the Senate saved Reid’s life. With all due respect to Krone, I’m not so sure.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.


  1. I am sorry that Harry Reid is so ill. However, he is totally wrong about President Trump. He is doing exactly what he was elected to do. There is not another President in recent history that has done that. Obama will go down as the worst President of all 45. He lied repeatedly, and he knew he was doing it. Bush the younger was not much better. He should never have gone into Iraq. However, the Democrates voted for that war, also. Trump is doing great things for this country. Why, because he is not part of the swamp. That is why congress hates him, they are all part of the swamp. Ever wonder why all of the congress, goes to DC poor and come out multi-millionaires?


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