Harry Reid was hoarse and hacking, drawn and more stooped than usual on a Sunday morning 12 days before Christmas. It was not yet noon, and Reid was in his second-floor corner office in an empty United States Capitol. He had arrived to bad news. “The caucus has great loyalty to Harry,” Obama told me. “So I want Harry there for the rest of my first term.”Howie P.S.: Money quote:
Reid has the fortune of carrying out what some see as the most ambitious legislative agenda that a president has handed to Congress in a generation. And that could be his undoing.
“He lives in a purple state, and he is pursuing a deep-blue agenda, and that’s tough,” Lindsey Graham, a Republican senator from South Carolina, told me. “He’s shown a lot of loyalty to his party and to his caucus to his detriment, and I admire that.”