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Posted at 8:18 AM ET, 02/23/2011

Harry Reid, prostitution and crickets

By Jonathan Capehart

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid needs his political hearing checked. The man who only won reelection last year because his erratic opponent was this side of odd and had all the likeability of Mrs. Kravitz addressed the Nevada legislature yesterday and took a moral stand -- against prostitution.

Reid got some applause when he said, "Nevada needs to be known as the first place for innovation and investment, not the last place where prostitution is still legal." But then he said, "If we want to attract business to Nevada that puts people back to work the time has come to outlaw prostitution." So, with a brothel owner, prostitutes and whorehouse lobbyists in attendance, what was the reaction to Reid's pronouncement? Click here.

Reid's remark is the equivalent of a New York City mayor taking a moral stand against gypsy cabs. They're a nuisance, and sometimes the cars are a little broke-down and busted. But the roving drivers fill a need, since they provide a service to underserved communities. And they're legal. Talking to reporters, Dennis Hof of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch said, "Harry Reid will have to pry the cathouse keys from my cold, dead hands." Luckily, Reid has six years to make amends.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 23, 2011; 8:18 AM ET
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Just another job-killing idea put forward by a Democrat. No news here. Move on.

UPDATE CBO CHIEF: Yes, ObamaCare Is A Job Killer. To the tune of 800,000 jobs, give or take.

The country in in the best of hands.

Posted by: pvilso24 | February 23, 2011 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Mr Capehart; all,

personal to Mr Capehart: tell us, "Oh Great Oracle", the NAME of ANY conservative person that you believe to be HONEST, EDUCATED, QUALIFIED and/or who you would support for ANY office.
(fyi, i've read your columns for years & i cannot think of even a single one.)

pardon me but your PREJUDICE against everyone but the LEFTISTS & "DIMocRAT extremists" is showing.

to ALL: the SOLE reason the "Prince Harry" Reid won reelection was that, in the last few weeks of the campaign, that he received about 37 MILLION DOLLARS from the gambling/prostitution/organized crime bosses of NV, with which to buy TV/print advertizing.
(one wonders if, henceforth, Reid should be called "the esteemed senator from the state of MAFIA"?)

we TEA PARTYERS simply (as political amatuers) couldn't match those millions of dollars of DIRTY MONEY.

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | February 23, 2011 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Wow. texasnative and pvilso24: What are you smoking? Sounds to me like he's criticizing a Democrat here. So I have no idea what you're on about..........

Posted by: Victoria27 | February 23, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Reid you nutless wonder, why don't you take on the TP crackpot governor of Nevada or stand with the union members protesting GOP plans to end collective bargaining across the country instead of picking on prostitutes? Pathetic. The Democratic party needs fighters not spineless weasels like Reid.

Posted by: dnahatch1 | February 23, 2011 1:28 PM | Report abuse


what i'm "on about" is that Mr Capehart NEVER misses a chance to:
1. "trash"/attack every TEA PARTY candidate, no matter who he/she is as:
a. corrupt,
2. stupid,
4. ignorant
5. bigoted
6. totally unsuited for office, regardless of our candidate's qualifications.

otoh, Mr Capehart NEVER actually brings up for discussion (or "trashes") the BIGOTS/fools/lunatic leftists/antisemites/racists/common criminals in the "DIMocRATS leadership" (including the notorious Robert "KKK" Byrd, the former/late US Senator & lofe-long KLANSMAN of WV = evidently, being a NOTORIOUS RACIST is "A-OK", as long as you vote with the leftists on most issues & call yourself a Democrat!).
IF he is NOT in the paid employ of the DNC, he should be as he constantly "carries their water".

yours, TN46
coordinator, CCTPP

Posted by: texasnative46 | February 23, 2011 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I know! Why doesn't Nevada ban legal brothels, where the girls are medically checked and where the incidence of STDs is relatively low--and go back to streetwalkers, who spread STDs and who are routinely beaten by their pimps.

Nevada is the only state with a rational approach to the problem of prostitution: After thousands of years, we should admit that we can never eliminate it, so let's at least reduce the risk and harm from it.

Posted by: sinz52 | February 23, 2011 3:33 PM | Report abuse

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