While speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid replied to a question in a way that Bryce Harper recently made famous. Either in response to a silly inquiry by a normal man or a normal inquiry by a man with a big red nose and makeup (I’m not sure which), Reid replied, “I don’t want to answer that question, that’s a clown question, bro.” The reply by Reid drew laughs from the crowd, but attacks from the Clown Anti-Defamation League who are sick of these attacks from these men. “So what if they’re clown questions? They still deserve the same rights as other questions, especially the right to be answered!” said clown civil rights leader Martin Luther *Honk Honk*, Jr.
Reid has expressed his fandom of the fellow Nevada-born Harper in the past. But he is not the first senator to quote a favorite baseball player and fellow state citizen. Below or some examples of past instances.
1. In an argument against immigration, Saxby Chambliss quoted fellow Georgian John Rocker with, “Asians and Koreans and Vietnamese and Indians and Russians and Spanish people and everything up there. How the hell did they get in this country?” Racist? Yes. Along party lines? Yes.
2. Robert Byrd paid homage to the West Virginia-born John Kruk having said, “I would think I drive most hitting coaches crazy. During one single at-bat I used six different stances on six pitches. Oh yeah, I also struck out. So what do I know?” This wasn’t about an issue or even in response to a question. Byrd was just very elderly and confused.
3. Senator Jim Bunning quoted Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning when saying “Difficult times require difficult decisions. But supporting this bill shouldn’t be a difficult decision.” I don’t know why he chose that quote.
4. Barbara Boxer quoted Californian Tony Gwynn by noting, “We know we’re better than this, but we can’t prove it,” in relatively accurately describing her workplace. Might be a bit generous to say that they know they’re better, although I guess it’s hard to be worse than their current standing of “the worst.”
5. Alabama senator Jeff Sessions quoted the great Alabaman Oscar Gamble, when talking about anti-abortion issues by saying, “They don’t think it be like it is, but it do.” Incoherent and unintelligent when first heard by sports reporters, it was actually the most intelligent and well-formed sentence out a Republican senator’s mouth in quite some time.