Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin, who is filling in for Reid on the floor during his absence, said he left the meeting encouraged about Reid’s condition.
“I’d been told what his condition was, and I was pleasantly surprised that he really was strong and lucid and involved, engaged. It was like a meeting in his office, and so that was encouraging,” the Illinois Democrat said. “Make no mistake: this was a serious trauma. Imagine going face first through a windshield of a car. That is what happened to him.”
…Wait, what the heck was Harry Reid doing? The reason why people don’t like going face first through a windshield of a car is that the scenario involves breaking a lot of heavy glass with your head, at high speeds. I am trying to conceive of an exercise regime where this combination of impact and speed can be duplicated in your living room, and failing.
Also: up until Dick Durbin’s comments I was operating under the assumption that Reid was acting lucid, involved, and engaged. That the Senator felt the need to reassure me on something that I did not need reassurance on makes me wonder whether I should be more worried about Harry Reid’s baseline neurological state. There’s something weird going on here, in other words.
PS: I’m not a doctor, but in my experience people don’t get bandages for black eyes. They do get them for broken eye sockets, and if you do a Google image search for ‘broken eye socket’ (it’s not the most pleasant Google image search in the world, mind you) that looks a bit more consistent with how Harry Reid looks. Seriously, if this was done by malfunctioning exercise equipment, that company needs to do a recall.