As Twitchy reported earlier, Sen. Harry Reid had the following exchange during a press conference in regards to separate funding for the NIH (transcript via Washington Free Beacon, video here):

HARRY REID: Listen, Sen. Durbin explained that very well, and he did it here, did it on the floor earlier, as did Sen. Schumer. What right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded? It’s obvious what’s going on here. You talk about reckless and irresponsible. Wow. What this is all about is Obamacare. They are obsessed. I don’t know what other word I can use. They’re obsessed with this Obamacare. It’s working now and it will continue to work and people will love it more than they do now by far. So they have no right to pick and choose.

DANA BASH: But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?

REID: Why would we want to do that? I have 1,100 people at Nellis Air Force base that are sitting home. They have a few problems of their own. This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless –

Democrats and the mainstream media would have absolutely ripped apart any Republican who said that, and Harry Reid would have led the charge.

Reid’s above tweet, with corrections:

Reid’s post-backlash backpedal continued. This is one of the worst attempts to put a controversial comment in context in recent memory. It has to do with pomegranates, or something:

Fortunately for Reid, a good portion of the media sides with Team Democrat, so he can count on this story not having the reach it would have had if those words were spoken by somebody from the GOP:

We’ll give Reid a break. With the shutdown threatening funding of his beloved cowboy poetry, he’s understandably frustrated and lashing out in bizarre ways.

  • Kabong30

    And not one person was surprised…

    • Roger

      I’m surprised it took him this long to put his foot in his mouth.

      • Joe W.

        I’m not…seeing as how he had some other appendage stuffed in there all this time.

        • TJCrane_NCC1701

          I commented about a week ago and pondered if he had to use Industrial Strength Vasoline to get his foot into his mouth due to where his head is stuck or would that require an operation ?

          Bonus question: Would ObamaCare cover the useful idiot trolls for the same operation after they’re PROVEN to be USEFUL IDIOTS for believing this ACA BS ?

          I’m asking for a friend…..

      • GLS

        Actually his foot has been there for years – it just looks like he recently put it in there.

      • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (the true one)

        It’s not the first gaff he made, its the first massive gaff he was caught making in such a way to demonstrate his bankrupt ideology.

    • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (the true one)

      Harry Reid has shown the true nature of the Liberal mindset for the left, nothing matters for him or Obama save the Democrat party, and their ability to assume complete control and power over the nation.

      It is an ideology of pure madness.

  • QueenB ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    You said it Harry, you freaking alien. (My apologies to aliens everywhere.)

  • NotBuyingIt

    Wow, people are literally accusing you of something you literally said….
    That’s not how the propaganda machine is supposed to work!

    • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (the true one)

      Nope, its called truth, and Reid is depending on a complicit leftist media to bury the matter as deeply as they can.

  • Garrett Gripling

    Geez Harry, it’s not like they accused you of not paying your taxes. I mean, what kind of irresponsible scumbag would do that?

    • Finrod Felagund

      Indeed. And Harry Reid still has not proved that he is not a pederast.

  • Fire and Adjust!

    Senator Harry Reid ✔
    @SenatorReid
    Republicans are in such desperate straits that they have literally resorted to accusing me of not caring about kids with cancer. Shameful.

    Democrats are in such desperate straits that they have literally resorted to covering up Reid ADMITTING he doesn’t care about kids with cancer. Shameful………….

  • RblDiver

    “How dare you quote me verbatim!”

  • The Penguin

    What makes you think I said that…after saying just that ?

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    No, Harry, what’s shameful is that you actually said “Why would we want to do that?” in response to “But if you can help one child who has cancer, why wouldn’t you do it?” Even more shameful is yours and others’ pathetic attempts to deflect and spin.

    By the way, anyone else remember last year when Akin shot his mouth off and Democrats everywhere were saying “All Republicans believe Akin does”? Something tells me Democrats aren’t eager to play that game now.

    • wwbdinct

      Good point.

    • ObamaFail

      The Akin comment led to the entire “War on Women” talking point that was used by extreme leftists for the past year. So why shouldn’t we jump all down Reid’s throat over this?

      • redheadgrl

        War on Children a good slogan for the Dems?

        • MNWoman

          We could include all the babies murdered through abortion, too.

    • abudoggie

      That, and the tables have also turned on “Dissent is Patriotic.” Haven’t seen that bumper sticker since…oh…I dunno…maybe January of 2009?

      Now Dissent is Racist.

      • Finrod Felagund

        Heck, the trolls over on NRO have gone all the way to Dissent Is Treason.

        • Deborah Hallsted

          And a sin.

    • SideTraKd

      It doesn’t even matter what Reid said. What really matters is that he is refusing to allow funding for the NIH. That says it all.

  • wwbdinct

    Do not let this story just die!! And Reid doesn’t get a break!

  • IBXNJ

    Can somebody give Senator Reid his Miranda Warning??? Anything you say CAN and WILL be used against you!!

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      I would prefer he used his “Right to remain Silent.”

  • Walter Sobchak

    What a vile, rat-like thing he is.

  • Clayton Grant

    Political Rule 5b: If you can’t spin it, quickly change the subject.

    • MNWoman

      After this, there should be a rule within the democratic caucus that Harry Reid shuts up.

    • grais

      Pomegranate seeds!

      • Clayton Grant

        Pomegranate is the new squirrel.

      • JamesMc

        He kinda lost me on that one. Do the park rangers put out the fires with the pomegranate seeds or is that for tracking down picnic basket filching bears?

    • FGCU_James

      Political Rule 5c: If subject change is unsuccessful, accuse opponent of racism/sexism/Islamophobia/whatever will be most effective at taking the heat off of you

  • MNWoman

    But you know, binders full of women = war on women.

  • Marvin Nelson

    He was against kids with cancer before he was with them. Obviously, DumbocRATS can say literally anything and the media will cover their sorry butts. There are absolutely NO main stream media left-they are all liberal propaganda machines. This country is screwed.

  • MNWoman

    The reporter was from CNN, right? And CNN is burying this story?

    At this point, I am disappointed in myself for being shocked that the media would downplay this.

    • ObamaFail

      They can’t find a way to blame Republicans for it, so they decide to bury it. They are scum, and so is every leftist fringe outlet who is burying the story or twisting the facts to keep Democrats from looking bad.

  • fireandreamitchell

    Harry Reid and the media need a Republican to go Todd Akin, stat!

  • John Howard

    What he really meant to say is he likes puppy dogs and long walks in the park on cool autumn afternoons. Easy to get the two stories mixed up.

  • MNWoman

    So when, exactly, should we say journalism died?

    I was born during Reagan’s first term, so I don’t remember any thing from his presidency. I have been told the media were biased during the Clinton presidency and I know the media did not give GWB any breaks.

    But this is just too bizarre. And sick!

    • ObamaFail

      When “journalists” decided that a man’s skin color was the only requirement they needed to be President.

      • Casca

        Nah- they propped up Carter very heavily and during the Clinton years ?
        Nothing But Clinton, (NBC), All ‘Bout Clinton, ( ABC) , Clinton Broadcasting system ( CBS) and Clinton News Network ( CNN)

    • Finrod Felagund

      They were biased during the Reagan years as well, but Ronald Reagan was a master of giving speeches directly to the people and getting the truth out there. The Congressional telephone switchboards would nearly melt down after his speeches.

    • TexSizzle

      They were biased against Nixon. The funny thing is Nixon was a liberal, but they hated him becaues he was anti-Communist. They hated him when he was in the House of Representatives in the late 1940s.

  • Kaka1625

    If there is any proof Y’all are stuck in a bubble…
    http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/10/much-ado-about-nih-174149.html

  • Frank Vespa

    Stalin and Marx would be proud of this bunch,almost as much as Barak Alinsky

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Harry “Angus Scrimm” Reid:

    You said it… DEAL with it!!!!

    That bpshow sound clip doesn’t help you much, either.

  • ObamaFail

    Hypocrite Harry Reid and the Dems last year accused Mitt Romney of wanting to defund the NIH, and this year, the Dems refuse to let the NIH be funded. http://www.ijreview.com/2013/10/83507-harry-hypocrite-reid-outraged-hes-accused-democrats-accused-mitt-romney/
    That’s the third thing this year the Dems accused Romney of wanting that they ended up doing this year. They claimed Romney was going to let Detroit go bankrupt, Obama does let it go bankrupt. They claimed Romney wanted war with Syria, Obama pushes for a war in Syria this year. Dems claim Romney wanted to defund the NIH, now Harry Reid said he cares about Obamacare more than funding the NIH. That whole party needs to be sent straight to the same place many Americans have been sent because of their bad policies. The Unemployment line.

    • Bill Phillips

      Another well thought out reply Gary! Well done!

    • FGCU_James

      Don’t forget how they said Romney wanted to kill Big Bird…with the gov. shutdown, PBS isn’t getting any money lol

  • John Howard

    Frankly, I don’t believe anything Harry says. Ever!

  • ObamaFail

    Here’s a link to the video for all of the liberal sheep who want to believe the liberal fringe media that his words were “taken out of context.” http://www.ijreview.com/2013/10/83468-watch-harry-reid-say-want-help-one-kid-cancer/

  • cmerlo1

    What an absolute piece of feces this man is.

  • cfc1905

    Use your words correctly, you fossilized gas-bag!!

  • Truth

    Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Barrack Obama. Three of the country’s most disgraceful people. Let’s take away their government paid body guards and see what happens.

    • Casca

      Goebbels, Goering and Hitler

  • Magnifico

    “What right did they have to pick and choose what part of government is going to be funded?”

    Uhhhhhh, seriously?

    • Tyrconnell

      Gotta understand, Reid doesn’t really believe in the Constitution, he believes in Government.

      • Finrod Felagund

        Actually, that’s pretty much all liberals. They love to pretend that the Second and Tenth Amendments don’t even exist.

    • David

      Article 1, Constitution . . .
      Obviously, democrats haven’t read it.

  • TocksNedlog

    “I stand accused of the things I’ve done!”

  • Grandma HeadInjury

    Why wouldn’t an accused pederast like Harry Reid not care about kids? Come on, people!

  • JBDestiny

    Oh, Harry – why would we want to do that?

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    You are a Disgrace to America, Harry! Disgrace! Resign!

  • Bob

    I think Harry’s numbers are a little off on Nellis AFB, unless he’s talking about folks other than military personnel.

    • Tyrconnell

      Yeah, Commissary workers, gardeners, maids, folks like that.

      • Bob

        Maids? Ah, yes, I remember the maids working in the barracks at Nellis…not :)

  • BigTBoom

    This makes Reid a candidate for this…
    Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

  • Steve__Jacobson

    #HarryReidHatesChildrenSoMuch He’d kick the crutch out from under Tiny Tim.

  • Steve__Jacobson

    #HarryReidHatesChildrenSoMuch He’d steal their children’s children’s future from them.

  • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

    “Republicans are in such desperate straits that they have literally
    resorted to repeating my exact words about kids with cancer in context, thus making me look like a total asshat.”

    There. Fixed it for you. You’re welcome.

  • Slapout

    Wait, didn’t Harry Reid say that paying taxes was optional and then got mad because he claimed that Romney didn’t pay taxes?

  • stuckinIL4now

    Harry Reidiculous says to CNN’s Dana Bash:
    “This is — to have someone of your intelligence to suggest such a thing maybe means you’re irresponsible and reckless –”
    So I’m wondering what kind of intelligence or lack of it did he mean and I’m thinking regardless of what he meant, does Dana Bash have enough self-awareness to realize how condescending this Senate shrub is and will this insult possibly wake her up? It just takes one…

  • Casca

    If you need a good emesis purging, go look at Huffpo’s take on it….

    • Finrod Felagund

      I avoid going to PuffHo in much the same way that I avoid syphilis.

  • Meech204

    If that man was related to me, I don’t believe I would admit that to anyone. How embarrassing. Its time for you to go retire to the desert where you came from.

  • cmerlo1

    This is why I like Twitter. Even though I’m sure he or his people never saw it, I got to tell Harry Reid what a despicable human being I think he is today.

    • ARandKsmommy

      Me too…it was therapeutic…not to mention really really fun too.

  • Frustrated Teacher

    What also won’t get much play in the media, but would if it was a Republican was Reid questioning the intelligence of the female reporter. Sounds like he is a sexist to me. War on Women anyone?

  • BwBarrnone

    Didn’t Harry Reid just say the Repubs where acting “Orwellian”? Well, he just presented the prime of prime examples.

  • NewsMaster69

    Do you guys actually believe the stuff you write and say?

    • anjullyn

      Sorry for your disability of the inability to see, read and comprehend reality. Get your aide to help you understand.

      • NewsMaster69

        That’s as typical of a republican moron response as you are going to get. You completely disregarded answering the question, made a point of your own agenda and put people down in the process. If you watched real news programs – NO FOX NEWS IS NOT NEWS – they’ve already admitted to that and it’s illegal to broadcast in Canada – you would have seen Dana’s comments after the interview where she said she understood his response as she was playing Devil’s advocate at a really bad time. Get your high school degree to help you understand.

        • anjullyn

          Somehow all I read is Waaaawaaawaaa. Get your mommy to wipe your tears and read you a story.

          • NewsMaster69

            Yup, that really does sum up the mentality why 800k people are out of work this week.

          • TexSizzle

            How about the millions out of work because of 0bama’s and the Democratics’ actions that sent the economy into a tailspin and are keeping it from recovering? Bless your heart.

  • Deborah Hallsted

    “it will continue to work,…. and people will love it more than they love it now by far;” . Who are these people? It works? Really? And they…LOVE it? Sounds creepy and like someone in the National Socialist German Worker’s Party wrote it.

  • BeevaloBill

    Senator Harry Reid (D-Bag NV)

  • cscape

    Oh…… Poor little Harry……. He was just “inartful” (and other such Liberal terms to excuse their stupid-arse comments)….. somebody please call the WHAAAAAAmbulance!

  • http://youhavetobethistalltogoonthisride.blogspot.com/ keyboard jockey

    The called Mussolini il Duce, we should call Harry Reid il Douche….

  • James Neal

    Breaking news….Obama authorizes release of the Senate Majority chamber’s National Methane Reserves. This critical emergency measure will supplement the brain farts coming from Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, assuring that the government
    slowdown will continue into the debt ceiling deadline