On Frist, Reid elaborates:
"I like him, but he hasn't been in government very
long. ... Being a senator is about the art of compromise.
That's what the filibuster is all about—it forces
compromise. And if anyone feels that compromising is
unethical, or immoral, then they should get in some
other business—because that's what we do."
Reid attributes his style (which Rolling Stone
refers to as "gunslinger,") in part to his
days on the Nevada Gaming Commission. "It allows
you to put things in perspective when there aren't bombs
in your car, when your kids aren't being taken to school
with armed guards, when you don't have to carry a gun
every place you go. Those were some very frightening
times in my life. In the Senate, I'm not worried about
physical pain—just legislative pain."
Reid also sings the praises of some on the other side
of the aisle: "The Republicans who signed that
[filibuster] agreement, we should put up a statue to
Most likely to cause a stir, however, is an exchange
that concludes the interview:
RS: You've called Bush a loser.
HR: And a liar.
RS: You apologized for the loser comment.
HR: But never for the liar, have I?