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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Harry Reid: the new Carl Sandburg?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was, well, poetic in honoring fellow Senate colleague Barbara Mikulski. (J. Scott Applewhite - AP)
A Loop fan calls to tell us that an item Monday about an excellent new book, “The Anthology of Really Important Modern Poetry, which puts the truly odd things pols and celebrities say into verse — missed the best Harry Reid “poem.”

The Senate majority leader spoke like a poet during a gala March 21 (after the book went into print) at the Mellon Auditorium. The Bipartisan Policy Center put on the event to honor former Senate majority leaders Bob Dole and Howard Baker, two of the center’s founders.

Dole, Baker, Reid and other former Senate leaders, save George Mitchell, and many current and former senators showed up. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was also there.

Reid rambled on for a while, according to a transcript, blaming the Senate’s dysfunction on the Founders.

Then he got to this excellent free verse:

Barbara Mikulski ,
by the way,
today we honored
on the Senate floor
by noting that she has served longer
in the United States Congress
than any person
in the history
of this country
as a woman.”

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Tags:  Anthology, poetry, Harry Reid, Bob Dole, Mitch McConnell, Barbara Mikulski

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