Asked today for the umpteenth time on the drawn out race for the Democratic presidential nomination and if the sniping between Democratic rivals Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will fracture the Democrats, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid strayed from his rote answer that competition is good for the party. "Makes me bitter,"
he said instead, referencing 'bitter'-gate and making light of the recent rhetorical controversy surrounding Sen. Barack Obama's characterization of how small-town Pennsylvanians react to the poor economy.
"This is all going to be over fairly soon," he said, returning to his normal answer. "I think it's been healthy for our country, healthy for our party."
Reid also said a bonus of the drawn-out contest and grassroots fundraising for the Democratic candidates has instituted defacto campaign finance reform without a law.
"We have had a change in the campaign financing of this country, not because of our passing a law, but because of great candidates stimulating the interest of the American people, and that's why they've -- over the Internet and other ways, small checks, checks averaging less than $100 a person -- have poured money into Clinton- Obama campaigns," Reid said. "I think that's good."
This is a sentiment the Obama campaign has pushed as the Illinois Senator has looked for a way to utilize his record-breaking fundraising despite an earlier pledge that he would use public financing. ABC News