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Mitch McConnell Compares Harry Reid to Jekyll and Hyde In Tell-All Book

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Senate Majority Leader [crscore]Mitch McConnell[/crscore] is giving the inside scoop on Senate Minority Leader [crscore]Harry Reid[/crscore], and it isn’t pretty.

Politico Playbook published an excerpt from McConnell’s upcoming book “The Long Game: A Memoir” and in it, he compares Reid to the two-faced Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Harry is rhetorically challenged. If a scalpel will work, he picks up a meat ax. He also has a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde personality. In person, Harry is thoughtful, friendly, and funny. But as soon as the cameras turn on or he’s offered a microphone, he becomes bombastic and unreasonable, spouting things that are both nasty and often untrue, forcing him to then later apologize.

For example, [in 2005] he’d called then–Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan a political hack and later decided to enlighten a group of sixty students by calling President Bush a loser during a speaking engagement at their high school. This lack of restraint goes against what is expected from a party leader, and I was skeptical, at best, about the direction of the Senate under his leadership.

The book is scheduled for release May 31. McConnell told The Associated Press the book will tell his life story, from Alabama to the Senate majority leader. He also hinted the book will give an inside perspective on what the nation’s leaders are like behind closed doors.

“It’s hard for me to believe it’s been four decades in politics,” McConnell told the AP.

“This job I’ve had in the past eight years is like standing in front of a fire hose; it just keeps coming at you,” he added. “You tend not to have a lot of time for reflection.”

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