Add greased pigs to the roster of names Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has called Senate Republicans.
The Nevada Democrat, no stranger to rural rodeos in his home state, was explain on the Senate floor today how a greased-pig contest works.
“The organizers get a little pig, and they cover this little animal with tons of grease.”
Children at the rodeo are allowed into the arena to try to capture the greased pigs.
“It’s quite the spectacle. It’s a lot of fun,” Reid allowed.
“The vast majority of the kids, they never touch the pig. They go away empty-handed for sure. And that’s regardless of how hard they try.”
Reid says he can empathize with those kids.
“Oft times, working with my Senate Republican colleagues reminds me of chasing one of these little pigs,” the Senate leader said. “Any time we get close to making progress, we watch it slip out of our hands and the Republicans scamper away.”
Today, the Senate attempts to move forward on energy-savings legislation.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky lamented that since July of last year, Republicans have only been allowed votes on eight amendments of their choosing.
“This is not the way the Senate is supposed to be run!”