Since the Gaffe Police aren't exactly working overtime on the Democrats, it should be noted when a reporter finds one. Michael O'Brien of The Hill newspaper noted Sen. Harry Reid was talking up their "jobs bill" by saying unemployed men tend to beat people up:
"Women don't have jobs either, but women aren’t abusive, most of the time," he said.
"Men, when they're out of work, tend to become abusive," the majority leader added. "Our domestic crisis shelters in Nevada are jammed.”
Yes, Harry Reid thinks men are naturally abusive when unemployed: "I met with some people while I was home dealing with domestic abuse. It has gotten out of hand," Reid said on the Senate floor. "Why? Men don't have jobs." (He has video at The Hill.)
This would be the same guy who insisted in December that opponents of health "reform" were like supporters of slavery.
NBC ignored it. On ABC's Good Morning America, George Stephanopoulos tried to insist it didn't really matter: "Republicans were just furious about that, Robin. But my guess is this is gonna blow over, the real action now going on behind the scenes in these negotiations over this public health insurance option."
CBS only brought it up once, on The Early Show. Co-host Harry Smith didn't exactly include slavery in his list of Reid's analogies as he interviewed RNC chair Michael Steele:
Very quickly, Harry Reid said Republicans are on the wrong side of history when it comes to this health care bill and very soberly yesterday he compared those who opposed health care to those who opposed civil rights legislations and other important acts throughout-- throughout history. How would you respond to that?
At least Steele could say on CBS that Reid was "ignorant."