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Maybe Harry Reid just has commitment issues

LAS VEGAS -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid -- known hereabouts as the senior senator -- was one of the key players behind the Democratic National Committee's approval for Nevada to hold Saturday's caucuses.

Reid has been scrupulously neutral in the nomination race, which has boiled down to two current Senate colleagues -- Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama -- and one former colleague -- John Edwards. And Reid has maintained that the decision by his son, Rory Reid, to sign on as Clinton's Nevada campaign manager was not a family commitment.

So what is Reid going to do Saturday, when the caucuses begin at 11 a.m. (which is about when Vegas wakes up)? From the state Democratic party release:

"Reid's precinct caucus will take place at the Community Center in his hometown of Searchlight. Because his position as Senate Majority Leader requires Reid to work with all senators to deliver results for Nevada, he will caucus as 'uncommitted,' rather than declaring support for a specific candidate."

Yep, still uncommitted. He should have moved to Michigan.

-- Scott Martelle

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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