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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)

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.”

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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