“There’s no comity with Harry Reid (D-Nev.). I think he’s an absolute a—hole,” [Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK)] said.Coming from a far-right senator like Coburn, that was pretty high praise for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's handling of the Republican government shutdown, and today he's making clear he meant every word of it:
Coburn did not deny the report when he was asked about the comment at a press conference Tuesday.Okay, so at first glance it's kind of crazy to see anybody call Harry Reid an obstructionist, but when you consider that the only thing Reid has been trying to stop is the unprecedented obstructionism unleashed by Tom Coburn and his gang, then it's just about the biggest compliment that Coburn could pay to Reid. Well, except for calling him an absolute asshole.
“Well, my conversations in a private meeting will be handled with Speaker Reid in private conversation,” he said.
Asked how he would characterize the majority leader, Coburn did not pull any punches.
“I think he’s done more damage to the Senate than any majority leader,” he said. “Seventy-five times he’s used filling the tree and filing cloture to eliminate debate, to eliminate the idea that the Senate was supposed to forced consensus.”