How do you really feel, Harry?

The Senate minority leader opines on the Federal Reserve chairman.


Tim Grieve
March 4, 2005 7:01PM (UTC)

Although Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan frequently spouts the Republican party line, he still gets the Oracle of Delphi treatment from members of Congress and the mainstream media. Greenspan has gravitas like most of us have breakfast, and when he pronounces judgment on something -- the economy, unemployment, Social Security -- his views are treated more often than not as the indisputable truth from on high.

Is that starting to change? It's hard not to think so after reading what Harry Reid had to say about the Fed chairman yesterday. Appearing on CNN, Reid -- who is usually a killing-them-with-kindness kind of guy -- called Greenspan "one of the biggest political hacks we have in Washington."

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Although Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan frequently spouts the Republican party line, he still gets the Oracle of Delphi treatment from members of Congress and the mainstream media. Greenspan has gravitas like most of us have breakfast, and when he pronounces judgment on something -- the economy, unemployment, Social Security -- his views are treated more often than not as the indisputable truth from on high.

Is that starting to change? It's hard not to think so after reading what Harry Reid had to say about the Fed chairman yesterday. Appearing on CNN, Reid -- who is usually a killing-them-with-kindness kind of guy -- called Greenspan "one of the biggest political hacks we have in Washington."

Although Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan frequently spouts the Republican party line, he still gets the Oracle of Delphi treatment from members of Congress and the mainstream media. Greenspan has gravitas like most of us have breakfast, and when he pronounces judgment on something -- the economy, unemployment, Social Security -- his views are treated more often than not as the indisputable truth from on high.

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Is that starting to change? It's hard not to think so after reading what Harry Reid had to say about the Fed chairman yesterday. Appearing on CNN, Reid -- who is usually a killing-them-with-kindness kind of guy -- called Greenspan "one of the biggest political hacks we have in Washington."


Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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