Reid’s mini-stroke


In the dog-days of summer political writers look for column fodder like a desert tortoise looks for shade.

Nevada’s most senior senator, Harry Reid, is as good a topic as any and Jon Ralston bravely took that up this weekend. He didn’t say anything new, frankly, but he did write this:

“As for Reid, I believe he will run next cycle unless his health or his wife’s health deteriorates. He seems healthy enough, with only that mini-stroke nine years ago and no obvious problems since.”

No obvious problems since? Seriously? Google “Reid gaffes” or click here for a good refresher on his “no obvious problems”. You be the judge.

But the omission that is of some import in the context of Harry Reid running again in 2016 has to do with that so-called “mini-stroke”.

Let’s not brush aside exactly what happened that day. Reid experienced problems in Searchlight and self-transported to Sunrise Hospital where he checked in under a fake name. Honestly, it was a small medical deal, they claimed, but he checked in under a false name? What’s that all about?

He remained in the hospital, hidden from the public view until the press wondering why one of the most powerful men in Washington had suddenly dropped from the radar screen.

Eventually, Reid’s staff had to come clean and admitted their boss had suffered a “mini-stroke” and, oh by the way, he was hospitalized still. They said he was A-Okay, but the doctors who treated Reid were not made available.

Aides said Reid was cleared to leave the hospital and that he needed no further attention.

Really? Only the folks who believe Reid has “no obvious problems” also believe that line. You don’t have an episode like that and not require further attention. Exactly what happened and what kind of residual effect it has had are simply not known.

You can make up your own mind on the fitness of Harry Reid. That’s a subjective thing. But, please, let’s not forget what really happened when Reid suffered that “mini-stroke” … and how little we know about it even today.