Reid federal judge sale -- just a bad timeline


The questions swirling around the federal judge appointment by Sen. Harry Reid -- the one in which he took $150,000 in contributions from the candidate's law firm -- are many and substantial. Sen. Reid says it was purely coincidental and for some Nevadans that settles it.

It's just a bad timeline. That's all. Nothing to see here. Move along.

Of course, it is much more than that. But it's a crapshoot whether anyone can prove it given the many loopholes in campaign law. For those of us who know Sen. Reid and have watched his behavior for a while, this kind of "bad timeline" is par for the course.

If there's anyone in Washington, D.C., who is a "pay to play" kind of guy, it is Sen. Reid. If you're an average Joe or Josephine in Nevada and you need help or protection, you'll have to stand in line at Sen. Reid's office and hope your issue coincides with someone who has big money.

That's because money largely dictates Sen. Reid's public attention and positions. Reid's switch in support to the "slow train to Victorville" would probably be the poster child for that.

But we all know the "pay to play" nature of Sen. Reid.

It seems to me a little -- just a little -- attention should be focused on the person Sen. Reid sold, er, appointed to the federal judgeship. Until this controversy, I had never heard of Jennifer Dorsey. I know I've only been around for 45 years in Las Vegas, but I found that sort of odd.

So who is she? Would she make a good judge?

She may indeed make a good judge, although at the ripe old age of 42 I'd wonder about her experience in court. But again, I don't know her, or of her, so I'm willing to be open.

The only picture I've seen of her is the one that has her making goo-goo eyes at Sen. Reid. Don't you hate it when bad timelines coincide with unfortunate snaps of the camera? I do.

But perhaps the thing that gives me the most pause about Ms. Dorsey is that around the time she asked Sen. Reid to consider her for a judgeship, she gave Sen. Reid a $2,500 contribution. (Her firm later gave $150,000.) Reid returned her money, but kept the larger around.

If the primary qualification for a federal judge is judgment, shouldn't we at least wonder what the hell Dorsey was thinking when she gave the good senator $2,500? I think so. It implies to me that she thought that is how you get considered -- you buy it -- and she was willing to play the game.

Look, this whole Reid deal stinks. He's probably going to skate on the bribery. I mean contributions. And Dorsey is going to be a federal judge.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how sausage is made.