Harry Reid: ‘Difficult Is Not Synonymous With Impossible’

Pete Marovich

Sen. Harry Reid took the stage at his raucous victory party to thank his wife, his family and all his supporters for not giving up on him. He said his victory represented a repudiation of black-and-white ideology — presumably represented by his opponent Sharron Angle “It’s not about us versus them,” he said. “It’s about every Nevadan working together.”

But Reid acknowledged that his victory wasn’t the end of his fighting days.He told the crowd, “I’ve been in some tough fights in my day. In the street, in the boxing ring and in the United States Senate. I’ll admit, this was one of the toughest.” Keeping with the pugilism references, he added, “The bell that just rang wasn’t for the end of the fight. It’s for the start of the next round,” referring to his need to go back to Senate with a significantly smaller majority and a crop of less-friendly faces on the other side of the Capitol.

Reid did have a parting shot for his critics, whose naysaying in the final days reached a fever pitch: “My story and this night proved that ‘difficult’ is not synonymous with ‘impossible.'”