Harry Reid in the Ritz-Carlton

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It's looking more and more like the main event on Nov. 2 is going to be Nevada's Senate race. Polls have Sharron Angle up slightly, but Harry Reid is thought to have the better organization. In this week's New Yorker, Nicholas Lemann has a great profile of Reid that goes a long way toward illuminating how someone with such obvious political shortcomings (see that debate?) has nonetheless prospered for so long. And "prospered" is certainly the right word--among the unforced errors that Reid is famous for, his decision to take up residence in the Ritz-Carlton looms as a potentially damaging one, evoking as it does the image of stupendous wealth while other Nevadans suffer record unemployment and a nasty foreclosure crisis. Evidently, the NRSC thinks so too:

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