Never ask Harry Reid if he's happy. You'll only get a whole mess of an answer.
A reporter for the Reno News & Review in the Democrat's home state of Nevada learned that on Thursday in a Q&A with the Senate majority leader. Here's the excerpt:
Are you happy?
What do you mean? I like what I'm doing?
Yes. Are you enjoying your life?
People say, "Having fun?" I'm not having fun. I feel very satisfied with my job. I like what I do. It's what I've done all my life, most of my life, legislator.… And I really do feel good about what I've been able to accomplish. I feel good about my caucus.… It's not like playing a card game. It's a job. It's a hard job, but I get great satisfaction out of what I do. And I have a wonderful family. I enjoy my family and don't begrudge the fact—one of my pet peeves is, "Oh, man, I wish I could have spent more time with my family." I don't say that. I've spent plenty of time with my family. I'm happy as a lark.
What exactly does it mean to be as happy as a lark? Well, the phrase comes from the cheerful song of the bird. So let's just watch a clip of that, and try to think of Harry Reid.
That do it for you? If not, how about this: We all know that when Harry Reid wants to crack a joke to the press, he resorts to a quote from one of his favorite athletes, Washington National Bryce Harper. Reid first pulled out Harper's trademarked press-room retort last summer:
Reid reused the line this summer.
So, could Harry Reid be channeling another major sports figure in his answer to whether or not he's happy? In November 2012, NBA reporter David Aldridge asked San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich how "happy" he was with his team's shot selection during a game.
"Happy?" Popovich asked. "Happy's not a word that we think about in the game. You gotta think of something different. Happy—I don't know how to judge 'happy.' We're in the middle of a contest, nobody's happy."
Now that sounds more like Sen. Reid. Oh, and the video helps: