Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) apologized to 33 Republican senators yesterday for a hard-hitting news release that accused them of ethical and legislative lapses, in an awkward about-face that tripped up Democrats' effort to keep the GOP majority on the defensive over alleged corruption.
"I am writing to apologize for the tone of this document and the decision to single out individual senators for criticism in it," Reid said of the 27-page statement sent by his communications office Tuesday.
Spokesman Jim Manley said Reid did not see the document before it was e-mailed to hundreds of journalists and others
As partisan attacks go, the statement was hardly the most scathing seen on Capitol Hill lately.
Sheesh Dems have the biggest scandal in American history withering in their laps. Get it together please! First get your attack together. Second--Attack. Last --Keep on attacking!