From Heard on the Hill:
Harry, Charles and the Mic. Despite being the Senateâ€™s head honcho, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) sometimes finds himself having to share the limelight with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), his comrade-in-arms who’s a little, ahem, more media-friendly than the Nevada Democrat. The two Democrats’ battle for the spotlight went public last week.
Reid and Schumer, who’s never met a microphone he didn’t like, were talking to reporters on Thursday, and an NPR reporter was pressing Reid about the war. As Reid endeavored to answer, Schumer, who was seated next to him, broke into a rather lusty coughing fit. Reid appeared a bit peeved by the interruption. “One of the few times I have a chance to get on NPR and you are screwing it up,” Reid complained.
Schumer quickly was handed a bottle of water, to chuckles from the press corps.