Ends, Means, and Harry Reid

“He Didn’t Win, Did He?” Do the Ends Justify the Means for (Soon-to-be-Former) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid?

By Ken K. Gourdin

Offered the chance to moderate the comments he delivered on the Senate floor (a forum he chose deliberately so as to shield himself from defamation) from his (conveniently anonymous!) source that 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney had not paid taxes in ten years, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – Nev.) asked the reporter to whom he was speaking, “He didn’t win, did he?” Mission accomplished! I suppose that, in Reid’s mind, the end of keeping Romney from winning the presidency justified any means necessary to do so. (For the record, Reid’s comments, standing alone, were not enough to torpedo Romney’s chances, but they certainly helped.)

In defense of Reid, I previously wrote on the Blog:

While I’m afraid I would be tempted to disagree with most every word that comes out of Harry Reid’s mouth with respect to politics or policy, his standing in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is between him, his Heavenly Father, his Savior, and his leaders. If the latter three have concluded he’s in good standing, who am I to disagree?  As for any disagreements we might have politically or policy-wise, I’m reminded of the old saying that if two people are of exactly the same opinion on absolutely everything, one of them is unnecessary. As strongly as I might hold the opinions I hold, don’t have enough hubris to say that Brother Reid is unnecessary simply because we disagree. And I would hope we could disagree, without being disagreeable.1

I’m severely tempted to revise that assessment of Reid in light of his most recent comments. Though he’s certainly welcome to believe whatever he likes about the wisdom of the American electorate in not electing Romney, simply because he shortly will no longer face the possibility of any political repercussions for making such comments is not a sufficient reason for Reid to not moderate them. There are enough people who belong to both major political parties who are more than willing to believe the worst of their political opponents without anyone adding fuel to that fire.


  1. See Ken K. Gourdin (November 8, 2014) “Harry Reid’s Mormonism: Harry Reid, His Politics, and His Standing in the Mormon Church” (Blog post), last accessed on line at https://www.greatgourdini.wordpress.com/2014/11/08/harry-reids-mormonism/ on April 2, 2015.

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Just as others must breathe to live, I must write. I have been writing creatively almost ever since I learned to write, period! I have written fiction, book- and article-length nonfiction, award-winning poetry, news, sports, features, and op-eds. I hope, one day, to write some motivational nonfiction, a decent-selling novel, a stage play, and a screen play.
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