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In Nevada, Harry Reid loses out to... Bryce Harper?

By Paul Kane
It may be primary day, but a quick glance at Nevada's major newspaper makes clear what folks in this political battleground care most deeply about: Bryce Harper, the 17-year-old Las Vegas native selected by the Washington Nationals Monday night in the first pick of the Major League Baseball draft.

Move over Harry Reid -- the Senate majority leader may no longer be the most important Silver State resident hitched to the nation's capital. Stretched across four columns, Harper's draft selection dominated the front page of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Yes, yes, technically speaking, the newspaper touted its preview of the day's primary contests in its most prominent position, under the somewhat bland "Key races draw voters" headline stretched across the top of the paper. But Harper occupied about 75 percent of the page and dominated the inside sports section.

Harper is such a hot local commodity Reid felt compelled to issue a statement from his Senate office congratulating him moments after the Nationals made what was a not-very-surprising selection of Harper. "Bryce Harper is a rare talent who we're also proud to call a Nevadan," Reid said. "He's displayed his exceptional abilities against the best competition at every amateur level."

No word on the Harper family's politics. At 17, Bryce will not be able to vote in the fall general election pitting Reid against one of three leading GOP challengers heading into Tuesday's primary, and his father, Ron, has not made any political donations in the last six years.

Whoever wins in the fall general election will likely have the opportunity, perhaps as early as next season, to play second fiddle to Harper's role as the leading Las Vegas man in Washington.

By Paul Kane  |  June 8, 2010; 2:25 PM ET
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Sounds like the situation in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. The premier (the Canadian equivalent of a governor) is from the town but is dwarfed in coverage for another native son, hockey phenom Sidney Crosby.

Posted by: CapitalCat | June 8, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

No vote from Vietnamese community of 500,000 people for pro-communist gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown, who, as governor of California in 1975, strongly opposed Vietnamese refugees settling in California while supporting amnesty to illegal immigrants from Mexico. In fact, he works for the interests of unions and illegal immigrants only, not for California. Worst still, Brown sided with notorious Cuban dictator Fidel Castro demanding a lift of U.S. embargo on communist Cuba for its human rights violations during his visit to Cuba in July 2000 to formalize the relationship between Brown's city of Oakland with its sister city Santiago de Cuba.

Posted by: TIMNGUYEN1 | June 8, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

VirginiaConservative--Now did you really think that somebody (longquest) who doesn't know the difference between football and baseball would know the difference between oligarchy and democracy?

Posted by: SavingGrace | June 8, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

You are right on about Harper except, he umm, was recruited by the Nationals to play baseball. And, he will have a long record breaking career. There are other professional teams in DC other than the Redskins. Some of them expect to have a bright future (as evidenced by Harper and Strasburg).

Posted by: suesnara | June 8, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

It's more likely he voted for W.

Posted by: justmike | June 8, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Bryce Harper, the 17-year-old Las Vegas native selected by the Washington Nationals Monday night in the first pick of the MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL draft.

Let me guess, lonquest - you voted for Obama.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | June 8, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

This is a tragedy. The NFL is drafting a 17-year-old for a football career unlikely to last more than five years. If Harper's not smart enough to know something besides football already, he'll hit thirty broken down, broke, and with no useful skills.

Why this is a politics story is impossible to say. It doesn't, and can't possibly, matter.

Posted by: lonquest | June 8, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

At all

Posted by: Straightline | June 8, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Actually, no one cares.

Posted by: crrobin | June 8, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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