High-ranking (or at least media-sensitive) politicians have often found that their names are re-appropriated by the low-brow Internet slang aggregate website Urban Dictionary and used interchangeably with insulting sex acts. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid is the latest political figure to receive such a treatment, with a definition that puts him in the same ranking as former Senate Republican and presidential hopeful Rick Santorum.
Some background information: Rick Santorum’s name was sullied all the way back in 2003 when his name became associated with a cringe-worthy sex act on that particular website. Adding fuel to the fire was openly gay sex columnist Dan Savage, who urged his fans to pass the definition around and popularize it on the Internet, notes NY Daily. I don’t dare to write here what the folks at UD think “Rick Santorum” means, but if you’ve got a strong stomach and an equally firm dislike of the failed presidential candidate, you can click here and read it for yourself.
Back to the now: Reid has earned his own sex-themed definition on the site. It’s much cleaner than the “Santorum” entry, and teases some subtle political moxy as well. On the site, Harry Reid is defined as, “A sexual position where you climb on top and then do absolutely nothing.” Can I get that in a sentence please? “I spent so long trying to talk her into bed that when I finally got on, I pulled a ‘Harry Reid’ and fell asleep.”
The political moxy I mentioned comes from the long-standing reputation Reid unfortunately has of being a largely ineffective politician, notes the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Thus, Reid joins the ranks of other politicians who have earned this dubious honor, the likes of which include: Howard Dean, Joe Biden, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, Herman Cain, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, and yes, even Barack Obama.
Why yes, I did link you to all of those definitions. But it takes some scrolling to find the politically meaningful ones. Otherwise, here’s a “greatest hits” list.