Video: Harry Reid’s greatest living Americans are …

posted at 11:36 am on October 11, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

This revealing and humorous moment comes to us from CBN’s David Brody, via Jeff Dunetz, showcasing the rather unusual thought processes of the current Senate Majority Leader.  Brody asked Harry Reid to name the greatest living Americans in his third question in his Five 4 Friday series of lighthearted interviews with movers and shakers.

Q. Can you think of a greatest living American?

Reid: I’m glad I had the opportunity to know Ted Kennedy.  Whether you agreed with him or not, what a life he led with his two brothers being assassinated, his other brother being killed in World War II.  And Robert Byrd, who just died.  What a, what a — he was in the Congress of the United States for more than 25% of the time that we have been a country.  That’s fairly remarkable.

It may be even more remarkable that Reid apparently can’t comprehend a softball question.  What do these two have in common?  They’re both dead, not living.  What else do they have in common?  Their supposed greatness came from winning elections in safe seats for almost half a century or more.  Byrd’s example is especially notable, as Byrd was a Klan recruiter who used that safe seat to filibuster the Civil Rights Act in the Senate.  Kennedy used his connections and his political power to duck responsibility for a vehicular homicide, and then lived a dissolute life on the grandest of American stages.

Most people would look outside the clubby Senate for a greatest living American anyway, but even if they didn’t, they would be looking for an American that still registers above room temperature.


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I see dead people.

MeatHeadinCA on October 11, 2010 at 11:38 AM

From his perspective, they appear to be alive….

Vashta.Nerada on October 11, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Leads to a good question… who is the greatest living American?

Abby Adams on October 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

It’s really not so surprising coming from a man who looks and acts like he’s dead already.

VibrioCocci on October 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM

After November 2, the greatest living Senate career will be Harry Reid’s.

Doughboy on October 11, 2010 at 11:41 AM

Steve Bartman has done more for this Republic than either of Reid’s dead heroes.

flyfisher on October 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM

In a non election year the answers would have been himself and PBHO.

Bishop on October 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM

who is the greatest living American?

Abby Adams on October 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Silly girl. We all know that could only be O-BA-MA!

VibrioCocci on October 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Greatest Living Fossil–– Harry Reid

cartooner on October 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM

But they still vote.

tinkerthinker on October 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM

VibrioCocci on October 11, 2010 at 11:42 AM

Michelle? ;-)

Abby Adams on October 11, 2010 at 11:43 AM

I see dead people.

MeatHeadinCA on October 11, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Noooo, but his career is. After November 3rd, he won’t be able to get arrested in Nevada.

Lanceman on October 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

They’re the voices in his head.

CantCureStupid on October 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Their supposed greatness came from winning elections in safe seats for almost half a century or more.

I think you hit the crux of it, Ed. Harry sure wants a safe seat he can continue to be elected to.

JeffWeimer on October 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Most people would look outside the clubby Senate for a greatest living American anyway, but even if they didn’t, they would be looking for an American that still registers above room temperature.

corpses of a feather flock together….

The one thing that you will not have in common with those two “great Americans” Harry is that they left this earth while still in office. I don’t believe that you will share that distinction with them.

ted c on October 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

They’re both dead, not living.

If Harry Reid is alive, he needs to prove it. I’m not convinced.

Cody1991 on October 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

I wonder why he didn’t take the opportunity to gush about our current fearless leader?

Cindy Munford on October 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Harry – both of them left the senate since the last election, so you’ll be in good company.

Vashta.Nerada on October 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

The face of the Democrat party, ladies and gentlemen.

N. O'Brain on October 11, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Aprat from the fact that Kennedy and Byrd are both dead, it’s a measure of the moral rot at the core of the Democrat Party that the two names Reid thinks of first as exemplars of virtue are a murderer and a klansman.

Cicero43 on October 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Abby Adams on October 11, 2010 at

No,no,no. Michelle is the most powerful woman in the World don’t you know! It must be Oprah, then s/

sandee on October 11, 2010 at 11:49 AM

When you are brain dead like Reid, the word “living” is a concept that he has no perception of. Reid’s reputation as a talking cadaver is well known.

volsense on October 11, 2010 at 11:49 AM

That reporter is toast. Her employer no doubt has some foreign income and will now have to prove that they are not a foreign controlled media empire. With slurpees.

pedestrian on October 11, 2010 at 11:49 AM

“Generalisimo Francisco Franco.”

Shy Guy on October 11, 2010 at 11:51 AM

What you guys don’t realize is that Harry’s been dead for years, but no one’s had the heart to tell him.

CurtZHP on October 11, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Harry Reid is actually a lich, so he doesn’t understand concepts like life and death any more.

Good Solid B-Plus on October 11, 2010 at 11:54 AM

I guess this proves my theory that Reid is the Devil and Teddy and Byrd did NOT go to heaven.

Elizabetty on October 11, 2010 at 11:55 AM

If Harry Reid is alive, he needs to prove it. I’m not convinced.

Cody1991 on October 11, 2010 at 11:44 AM

I’ve been saying it for years …. Dingy’s been dead for years, and nobody’s told him to get in the coffin yet. He thinks those two jerk offs are alive because he’s sees them every day, he’s right there beside them, in that special little place with the roarin’ hot fire place thingy going on.

Jerome Horwitz on October 11, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Leads to a good question… who is the greatest living American?

Abby Adams on October 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Chuck Norris.

loudmouth883 on October 11, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Leads to a good question… who is the greatest living American?

Abby Adams on October 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

There are thousands of unsung veterans, cops, firemen who through their sacrifice, have made them great, dead or alive.

If it had to be someone famous, I’d say Burt Rutan.

Greek Fire on October 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

I wonder why he didn’t take the opportunity to gush about our current fearless leader?

Cindy Munford on October 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Probably because he’s running for reelection in a tight race and can’t afford to alienate anymore voters in Nevada.

Doughboy on October 11, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Leads to a good question… who is the greatest living American? Abby Adams on October 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Ronald Reagan.

Akzed on October 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM

If he had said someone like Bonnie and Clyde or John Dillinger, it would have made more sense in Harry’s case.

Those folk were known for robbing Americans of their hard earned money……….just like Harry.

pilamaye on October 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Leads to a good question… who is the greatest living American?

Abby Adams on October 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Members of our armed forces.

rbj on October 11, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Ed. Why not make the category ‘Democraturisms of the Day’, so Biden, Reid, and Pelosi can play to?

percysunshine on October 11, 2010 at 12:04 PM

You know he wanted to name himself but forgot his name.

fogw on October 11, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Periodically the Kennedy clan gets to feeling that their illustrious membership is being forgotten and they have a big do or they endow a chair or put up a building et al. In this case, they’ve got Harry picking up the slack looks like.

jeanie on October 11, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Harry In Chains-Them Bones.

Christien on October 11, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Norman Borlog is the greatest living………oh, wait.

iurockhead on October 11, 2010 at 12:13 PM

Aprat from the fact that Kennedy and Byrd are both dead, it’s a measure of the moral rot at the core of the Democrat Party that the two names Reid thinks of first as exemplars of virtue are a murderer and a klansman.

Cicero43 on October 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Apart from the fact that Kennedy and Byrd are both dead, it’s a measure of the moral rot at the core of the Democrat Party that the two names Reid thinks of first as exemplars of virtue are a drunken murderer and a klansman.

FIFY!

belad on October 11, 2010 at 12:14 PM

Borlog=Borlaug

Oops

iurockhead on October 11, 2010 at 12:16 PM

Leads to a good question… who is the greatest living American?

Abby Adams on October 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

David Petraeus. That’s the only one I could think of…..

mjk on October 11, 2010 at 12:18 PM

Well I’m sure his favorite voters are dead people…

conservnut on October 11, 2010 at 12:23 PM

David Petraeus.

vaerris on October 11, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Cicero43 on October 11, 2010 at 11:48 AM
Apart from the fact that Kennedy and Byrd are both dead, it’s a measure of the moral rot at the core of the Democrat Party that the two names Reid thinks of first as exemplars of virtue are a murderer and a klansman.

Well said.

scituate_tgr on October 11, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Bela Lugosi

Christien on October 11, 2010 at 12:36 PM

If you aren’t a member of Harry’s special club, you’re not important.

That’s why he could only link of Democratic Senators.

LarryD on October 11, 2010 at 12:40 PM

Does it speak to his own good sense (or whatever passes for that in his melon) that even HE won’t say Obama?

Or is he a total racist?

:p

mjk on October 11, 2010 at 12:41 PM

I had put a link to the video on my Facebook status, with the comment, “I can think of at least four things wrong with Harry’s statement…”

ynot4tony2 on October 11, 2010 at 12:42 PM

It’s a fun question to consider. Who has a long record of achievement, and stands for those values that make America great? An exceptional American who reflects American exceptionalism? I’d break it down to spheres of influence. In the world of sports, a no brainer, Willie Mays. The greatest living player, and a unifying figure during his career. In a nation that was racially divided, nobody saw Willie as a black ballplayer, he was the Say Hey Kid, embraced by all. In government, I’d opt for Antonin Scalia. Independent, creative thinking within the constraints of the US Constitution. In the arts? I’d go with David Mamet. A true American voice who challenges us to critically examine what it means to be a contemporary American. Says he is “no longer a brain-dead liberal,” but the truth is, he never was.

ktrush on October 11, 2010 at 12:44 PM

Roy Halladay.

:)

mankai on October 11, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Buzz Aldrin

theCork on October 11, 2010 at 12:47 PM

For greatest living American? I’d say Bradford Parkinson, the inventor of our modern GPS network.

Through his work, no one need ever be lost again. Quite a significant achievement.

DarthBrooks on October 11, 2010 at 12:49 PM

“In Paul Pope’s “The Deeds of My Fathers,” he claims his father, Generoso (Gene) Pope, who turned the Enquirer into the best-selling tabloid in America, spiked a story that reported Kopechne, the pretty young campaign worker, was pregnant in 1969 when she drowned in the Chappaquiddick River in Kennedy’s car.

Pope writes that his father sent a reporter to DC in 1980 to buy the story from Washington Post gossip columnist Maxine Cheshire and a Women’s Wear Daily reporter. The story detailing the alleged coverup included on-the-record sources, with every quote attributed.”

http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/paper_spared_ted_for_jackie_cIEj40UEH5oogJQqEM64uN#ixzz124OHuKsI

“The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state in the Union. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan realm of W. Va.”

http://thinkexist.com/quotes/robert_c._byrd/

Viator on October 11, 2010 at 12:52 PM

The undertaker doesn’t care if you’re dead or alive…

phreshone on October 11, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Dingy-ism of the Day.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on October 11, 2010 at 12:56 PM

On Saturday, 10/16, Nevadans will have their first opportunity to vote this clown from office. Early voting runs for about two weeks. While there are a few locations that will be open throughout the early voting period, many locations will have a day or two when voters can cast their ballots in their neighborhoods.
I’m anxiously awaiting the opportunity to proudly vote for Sharron.

mike in NV on October 11, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Does that mean I can vote for Ronaldus Magnus?

fossten on October 11, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Leads to a good question… who is the greatest living American?

Abby Adams on October 11, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Probably one of a large number of people who most of us have never heard of and who just go about their lives displaying in their work and family and community the essence of what made this country great….

dtestard on October 11, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Neil Armstrong

pain train on October 11, 2010 at 1:36 PM

I’m surprised he didn’t say Saul Alinsky.

44Magnum on October 11, 2010 at 1:39 PM

Greatest Living American 2012!

Now we just need to find him/her.

mankai on October 11, 2010 at 1:41 PM

they would be looking for an American that still registers above room dirt temperature.

Fixed.

NeighborhoodCatLady on October 11, 2010 at 1:43 PM

It’s the stinking masses that pass through Harry’s workplace and annoy him everyday.

hip shot on October 11, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Elvis Presley?

jjjdad on October 11, 2010 at 2:00 PM

who is the greatest living American?

Michelle Malkin

;-)

pambi on October 11, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Paper Spared Ted for Jackie

Viator on October 11, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Dynamite story, thanks. The autopsy on MaryJo was botched on purpose to benefit the slob.

slickwillie2001 on October 11, 2010 at 2:38 PM

Add John Bolton to the great living Americans list…

Ace ODale on October 11, 2010 at 2:58 PM

My collie says:

Why did they omit the most important part of Senator Reid’s answer?

Q. Can you think of a greatest living American?

Reid: I’m glad I had the opportunity to know Ted Kennedy. Whether you agreed with him or not, what a life he led with his two brothers being assassinated, his other brother being killed in World War II. And Robert Byrd, who just died. What a, what a — he was in the Congress of the United States for more than 25% of the time that we have been a country. That’s fairly remarkable. In fact, pretty much ALL of America’s greatest are dead. I’m dead too, you know. Did I mention that I HATE the living?

CyberCipher on October 11, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Obviously Harry is dead from the neck up.

GarandFan on October 11, 2010 at 3:47 PM

And you thought stimulus money going to dead people was an administrative snafu? Harry probably had a list.

chickasaw42 on October 11, 2010 at 4:07 PM

David Petraeus. That’s the only one I could think of…..

mjk on October 11, 2010 at 12:18 PM

I concur. He rectified the situation in Iraq, and -if given the opportunity- will win Afghanistan.

Cr4sh Dummy on October 11, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Greatest Living American:

Billy Graham

OhioBuckeye7 on October 12, 2010 at 11:11 AM