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.