In a recent interview Harry Reid opined that the US Senate is better off that Ted Kennedy is gone:
Q: How will U.S. Sen. (Edward) Kennedy’s death affect things?
A: I think it’s going to help us. He hasn’t been around for some time. We’re going to have a new chairman of that committee, it’ll be, I don’t know for sure, but I think Sen. (Chris) Dodd, (D-Conn.). He has a right to take it. Either him or (U.S. Sen. Tom) Harkin, (D-Iowa), whichever one wants it can have it. I think he (Kennedy) will be a help. He’s an inspiration for us. That was the issue of his life and he didn’t get it done.
Putting aside the fact that Reid is not known as a clever speaker, here we have the Majority Leader of the US Senate saying in print that the death of a colleague is a good thing, because (a) he hasn’t been doing diddley-squat because of his illness, (b) we can get an active person to run the committee, and (c) we can spin his death to our advantage in the health care debate.
Can you imagine the media blowback if a GOP Senate leader said that kind of thing about a colleague on either side of the aisle?