Well, it took all of seven days for Bryce Harper’s “That’s a clown question,” bro to be used by one of the most powerful political leaders in the world. That’s not bad.
If you’ve been sleeping under a clown wig, the person in question would be Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who comes from Harper’s state and met the phenom on the field at Nats Park earlier this season. (See Kilgore photo, below.)
The audio of Reid’s line can be heard here or seen above; the laughter indicates that everyone knew to whom he was referring.
Bryce, man; Bryce.
Also, this now means that lots of political Web sites are writing about Bryce Harper. To wit:
USA Today:“Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid invoked baseball phenom Bryce Harper today when he was talking to the news media about immigration.”
Talking Points Memo: “Reid drew inspiration from nineteen-year-old Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper’s now viral response to a reporter’s question about what kind of beer he would have to celebrate a home run.”
The Hill: “Reid loves invoking Harper’s name at press conferences to bash conservative anti-tax activist Grover Norquist — and did so again Tuesday. “All of you should know that the most powerful man in Washington would be visiting Congress this coming Thursday. And it’s not Bryce Harper.”
The Atlantic: “Ever since Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper laughed off a question about drinking beer by telling a reporter, "that's a clown question, bro," there’s been an unofficial sweepstakes in D.C. Which politician would be the first to use the phrase in an official context? Would it be the fratty Rep. Aaron Shock? Wannabe hipster and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney? A Twitter enthusiast like Senator Claire McCaskill? The real winner is surprising: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.”
Huffington Post: “Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson told The Huffington Post afterward that he didn't even have to try to convince the Nevada senator to drop the clown line. Jentleson said he spent ‘literally zero minutes’ trying to persuade Reid to make the comment. ‘He’s a huge fan.’ ”
Politico: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid borrowed a line from 19-year-old baseball star Bryce Harper while talking to reporters on Tuesday.”
Greg Mitchell: “As I predicted, Bryce Harper has already outshone Mickey Mantle — quoted today by Senate leader Harry Reid. “That's a clown question, bro.”
And so on.
This is two months into the Harper Era, by the way.
Bryce’s original video
All Clown Question everything
Clown Question on a ticker
Chris Wallace uses Clown Question
Bryan Harper on the origins of Clown Questions