Mr. Reid’s admirers seem to think Mr. Reid is their champion, but the reason he has carried so much water for Mr. Obama isn’t liberal ideals. It’s the result of a crude political bargain in which Mr. Reid agreed to do the President’s dirty work on Capitol Hill if Mr. Obama blocked the nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in Nevada.
The press has ignored this story since Mr. Reid became Majority Leader in 2007, despite a 2013 D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that exposed its lawlessness. (See “Harry, Barack and Yucca Mt.,” Nov. 23, 2013.) Mr. Obama installed Reid aide Gregory Jaczko as chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2009, and a year later he shut down the Yucca project.”