Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nv.) is no stranger to making Nationals-related analogies on the Senate Floor or dropping "That's a clown question, bro" into interviews, but his most recent one was simply strange.
From Reid's speech addressing the Senate's need to speed up the nomination approval process Thursday:
"No president can safeguard America’s national and economic security to the best of his or her ability without their chosen team in place. So, Mr. President, let’s see if we can come up with an example.
"Davey Johnson is the manager of the National Mets [emphasis mine], this team that we’re so happy to have here in Washington. He’s here as manager of that team, to field a winning team.
[Skipping Wikipedia-esque biography of Davey Johnson]
“Now Mr. President, Major League Baseball’s season begins about April 1. Now imagine the front office of Major League Baseball calling up Davey Johnson around the first of April and saying, 'Davey, I know that that first baseman, you just signed him a week or so ago, Adam LaRoche, is a really good first baseman. He’s swell. Golden glover, classic power hitter, but sorry to tell you that he can’t play until maybe the middle of June.' And then Davey Johnson’s called again by the same man, who says, 'That third baseman, Ryan Zimmerman, I know you like him. He’s a man who won the Silver Slugger award. He’s been a golden glover, an All-Star, but I’ll tell you what, you can play him as soon as the All-Star break’s over.'
“Mr. President, what would happen to that team? They would go on, they would perform, just like President Obama’s done, but they don’t play to their ability. And that’s ridiculous, that that’s where we are. But that’s exactly what Republicans are saying to President Obama: you can’t have your team until we tell you everything is just fine, and it’s going to take a long time for us to tell you that.”
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