Harry Reid: It’s ‘Really Fun’ to Watch the Jets

Majority leader rambles off bizarre football analogy on Senate floor


Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) embarked on a strange football analogy while speaking on the floor Thursday, comparing the Republican Party to the New York Jets.

Though he claimed to read the sports pages of the New York Times and Washington Post each morning, Reid did not apparently notice that Coach Rex Ryan was sticking with Mark Sanchez, who has been the team’s established starter since the 2009 season. He added the Jets, who have lost six of their last nine games and failed to crack double digits in points four times in that period, are “really, really fun to watch.”

“It’s not one of my favorite teams, but it’s really, really fun to watch, and that’s the New York Jets,” Reid said. “Coach Ryan, he’s got a problem. He has three quarterbacks. Sanchez, he’s got Tim Tebow, he’s got a guy by the name of [Greg] McElroy. He can’t decide who their quarterback is going to be. That’s the same problem the Republicans are having. [Mitt] Romney’s gone, but he’s still in the background. We have [Mitch] McConnell and we have [John] Boehner. Who is the quarterback?”

Reid also took a shot at the sports sections of both major newspapers, saying their quality was not as high as in years past.

“Every morning I get up, and the first thing I read is the sports page,” Reid said. “I’m disappointed in the sports page in the Washington Post. It’s not nearly as good as it used to be, and the New York Times is not very good either, but I read them. That’s the first thing I do. There’s always some good news in the sports page. Then I go to the front page and get some of the bad news. But I follow sports, whether or not what it is, basketball, football, baseball, whatever it is.”