Every other major media outlet has been standoffish. Take this blurb from the Washington Post, proudly emblazoned on the back of the paperback edition: â€œRecounts fights with everyone from classmates to the man who would eventually become his father-in-law, preparing him for a senatorial life of battling the Bush White House and Republican filibusters.â€ Beware the value-neutral blurb: In fact, the Post never reviewed the book â€” the quote comes from a gossip column published a month before the bookâ€™s release. One of the most powerful men in Washington published a book, and the entire journalistic establishmentâ€™s reaction seems to have been, â€œIf you canâ€™t say something nice . . . â€
While no one expects Reid to praise George W. Bush, the degree to which he is judgmental and catty regarding the former president pretty much speaks for itself. Three pages in, after lamely trying to establish his bipartisan bona fides by talking up George H. W. Bush, Reid shares this charming anecdote about his early days in the Senate: â€œ[Former Texas senator and vice-presidential candidate Lloyd] Bentsen went on and on effusively about what a quality man President-elect [H. W.] Bush was. Then he paused and said, â€˜But watch out for his wife; sheâ€™s a [witch].â€™ I have never had anything against Mrs. Bush, but guided by Bentsenâ€™s crude advice, Iâ€™ve always said that our forty-third president is more his mother than his dad.â€
Whatâ€™s the purpose of recording for posterity a bit of hearsay defaming a woman Reid admits he has no cause to dislike? Is Reid really so petty as to insult someoneâ€™s mother? Why yes, yes he is.
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