One For Harry

Everyone wants to know why Barack Obama created a national frenzy over the simmering Trade Center Mosque controversy. What if he did it to save Harry Reid? Reid's spokesman wasted little time placing Reid in opposition to the president.

"The First Amendment protects freedom of religion," Manley wrote in an e-mail. "Senator Reid respects that, but thinks that the mosque should be built someplace else."

Harry Reid in opposition to the Mosque is a stronger candidate, because he creates distance between himself and the president. And, it takes an issue away from opponent Sharron Angle, who was prepared to ride this to the bank.

Reid issued the statement after the campaign of his Republican opponent in the election, Sharron Angle, demanded that he take a position.

"As the Majority Leader, Harry Reid is usually President Obama's mouthpiece in the U.S. Senate, and yet he remains silent on this issue," Angle communications director Jarrod Agen said. "Reid has a responsibility to stand up and say no to the mosque at Ground Zero or once again side with President Obama -- this time against the families of 9/11 victims. America is waiting."

Few things could be as humiliating to Obama than losing Harry Reid, the leader of the senate, to the most beatable of the Tea Party nominees. Now, Reid can point to the mosque debate as one high-profile time that he stood up to the president and sided with the voters.