Reid’s Efforts Draw Coverage From Coast to Coast
Now that a health care reform bill has finally passed the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has been the subject of several glowing profiles in newspapers from coast to coast over the past few days.Most articles highlight his persistence in winning the 60 votes from the Democratic Conference required to pass the bill.But with Reid in a tough battle for re-election next year, perhaps the sweetest article of all for the Majority Leader was a piece in one of his home-state papers that ran on Christmas Day, featuring high praise from national leaders.“The corridors of the Senate are filled with portraits and statues of political leaders,— Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told the Las Vegas Sun. “But I will tell you, the contribution to this nation made by the Senator from Searchlight, Nev., will become one of the shining chapters in the history of the United States Senate and our nation,— Durbin said. “He achieved what others have failed … to achieve. And he did it with the tenacity and the strength and the determination that I’ve never seen in my time.—The article also quoted Nancy-Ann DeParle, the White House’s health policy director, who traced Reid’s efforts to pass a reform bill back to former President Harry Truman, the first president to make universal health care coverage a goal of his administration. She also compared the Democrats’ ability to pass health care reform this time to the failed effort of the Clinton administration to do so in the 1990s.“Health care in our country is going to be defined by three Harrys: Harry Truman, Harry and Louise, and the big guy — the majority leader,— DeParle told the Sun. “I don’t think anyone else could have done this.—Despite the positive article in the Sun, Reid has been at odds for years with the publisher of Las Vegas’ other newspaper, the Review-Journal, and there did not appear to be a similarly upbeat profile of the Majority Leader in that paper over the past few days.