In a positive turn of events for the senator, Harry Reid is demanding an apology for something insensitive someone said about him, instead of the other way around. Rep. Bill Cassidy, a Republican who is running against incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana, said Tuesday that Reid runs the Senate "like a plantation." In this analogy, apparently the freedom to have a vote on your amendment to a bill is similar to the freedom to not live your entire life in captivity.
But as several people have noted, this isn't the first time an elected official compared congressional leaders to brutal slaveowners. In 2006, Sen. Hillary Clinton was the accuser and the House was the plantation. Below we've compared the two incidents, and responses, to get a sense of which political party handled this brazen attack on their dignity best:
According to Politico, Cassidy argued that Reid "runs the Senate like a plantation," because his legislation plantation won't pass any bills to help oil or coal. “So instead of the world’s greatest deliberative body, it is his personal, sort of, ‘It goes if I say it does, if not it stops,'" Cassidy said. "Senator Landrieu’s first vote for him to be re-elected means that every other wish for a pro-oil and gas jobs bill is dead. Reid will never allow a pro-oil and gas jobs bill.”