I'm not sure what Reid obsesses about more these days: The Koch brothers or the nickname of a certain NFL team.
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who has obsessed over the franchise name of the Washington Redskins for months, claims that team owner Daniel Snyder “bribed” Native Americans to support the Redskins moniker and accused the NFL of ignoring that issue while prioritizing Deflategate.
Interviewed by CNN, Reid declared, “Snyder’s tried to bribe some of my folks, buy them little cars. To make this big deal about how much air is in a damn football. I’ve played a little football, I don’t think it makes any difference. And if it did make a difference, what’s wrong with Goodell and the National Football League — check the footballs before they go on the field.”
Did you catch that? Reid accused a well known public figure of bribery. That's a pretty serious charge and would seem to be textbook slander if it's not true. But hey, Reid's not above flat out lying in an effort to gain political advantage. Remember when he accused 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney of not having paid taxes for 10 years? Reid all but admitted such a fabrication was merely to try to gain an edge. When confronted with the accusation that people felt Reid engaged in "McCarthyism" tactics, he basically shrugged and said "They can call it whatever they want. Romney didn't win did he?"
To be fair, the situation surrounding the Redskins nickname is different in that there already seems to be more public sentiment for the team to change its name, even without Reid's accusation of impropriety by Snyder. Nevertheless, he'll gladly own his likely fib if indeed Snyder acquiesces to a name change. In Reid's world the end justifies the means, even if said means entails impugning the character of others.