Now some fresh pickings from the Political Grapevine...
Stepping in It
Placing foot in mouth -- a practice that politicians know well.
The latest offender -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Here's what he said to the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce -- the Asian Chamber of Commerce.
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Harry Reid, Senate Majority Leader, D-NEV.: The Asian population is so productive, I don't think you are smarter than anybody else, but you have convinced a lot of us that you are.
Unknown male: Can I have Terry Wong here please?
Reid: One problem I've had today is keeping my Wongs straight.
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Reaction has been swift and negative -- following posting of the comments by conservative group -- America Rising.
From the Republican Party communications director -- "Yeah -- that's offensive."
From policy analyst Phil Kerpen--
"Guy who rounded up U.S. Senators to demand Redskins name change-- can't keep his Wongs straight."
Reid tried to benefit from a similar gaffe back in 2010 – trying making political hay of his election opponent Sharron Angle -- who told a group of Hispanic students that they looked Asian.
Reid released a statement today --
"My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing."
Meanwhile -- Reid's stand against the Washington Redskins has found a local ally -- the editorial section of the Washington Post will not using the team's name calling it a slur.
The sports and news sections will continue to use the term.
Is ObamaCare affecting Major League Baseball?
The Chicago Cubs think so.
Tuesday -- the Cubs ground crew struggled to cover the infield with a tarp -- leading to a waterlogged field -- and the game being suspended.
Sources tell the Chicago Sun Times -- seasonal workers -- including the grounds crew -- had their hours cut -- to fall below the full-time worker definition under ObamaCare.
The team denies the allegations -- saying staffing played no role in tarp problem.
Pick a Photo, Any Photo
Finally -- using generic photos is always dangerous.
New Jersey Congressman Scott Garrett is red-faced over a Facebook ad about veterans benefits -- that featured Soviet military medals-- complete with a hammer and sickle.
The Republican's office has apologized -- saying the ad was produced by an outside vendor and is no longer running.
His November election opponent called the mistake – careless.