March 9th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
8 years ago

Scooby Doo as political fundraiser

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized the Republican National Committee Tuesday for likening him to Scooby Doo.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized the Republican National Committee Tuesday for likening him to Scooby Doo.

Washington (CNN) - When it comes to raising money, Scooby Doo is on the minds of Republicans and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Reid criticized the Republican National Committee Tuesday for likening him to the cartoon dog, although the Nevada Democrat acknowledged having a soft spot for the dimwitted, four legged detective, in a new email fundraising pitch.

"It's been a long time since I watched cartoons with my kids, but I recall Scooby Doo as a pretty good character," Reid wrote in the note sent to supporters. "He solved mysteries and caught the bad guys, pretty impressive - especially for a dog. But you know, it's true what they say: politics is a very rough business."

Reid is referring to a recent RNC fundraising presentation that compared Reid to Scooby Doo as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to cartoon villain Cruella De Vil and President Obama to Batman's nemesis, the Joker. The presentation came under fire from Democrats and Republicans for being in poor taste and RNC Chairman Michael Steele was forced to distance himself from it.

"I'm making light of this RNC presentation, but it's really not funny," Reid wrote in the email. "Using fear to motivate supporters is cowardly politics. Moreover, it's an admission that Republicans have no platform to run on other than saying 'NO' to just about everything, and obstructing change that Nevadans, and Americans, deserve."

Reid, who public polling shows is fighting for his political life, asks for a "small online contribution" and emphasized that the GOP sees him as a top target to try and defeat in November. He includes the RNC's side-by-side cartoon depictions of himself and Scooby Doo in the fundraising email.

Filed under: 2010 • Harry Reid • Nevada • RNC
soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. John, Brooklyn, NY

    What a lame campaign from the Republicans...Feels like Walter Mondale's clumsy attempt to use "Where's the Beef?" against Reagan.

    March 9, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. BeverlyNC

    Amen Harry!

    Republicans have NOTHING to run on. They are still a group of white elitists with NO ideas, NO solutions to any important issue, and have NO leadership. No one know what they stand FOR – only what they are AGANIST – which is everything to do with helping working families.

    The are cowards and play to the worst instincts in their ignorant following. Hate, racism, fear-mongering, and promoting violence is not a platform – it is a threat to our nation. Republicans have no integrity, character, no gutter they won't go in, and no lie too outrageous to spread. They cannot be trusted.

    Republicans are ENEMIES of the People and have betrayed our democracy by purposefully obstructing all legislation so nothing could get done. It was not for you or me. It was for their own political games. This country's problems and issues are not a game and Republicans should be all thrown out of office for being TRAITORS to our country, our people, and the very process of our democracy.

    If a Republicans says it or it comes from FOX – you can count on it being a complete lie. Neither have any credibiity.

    March 9, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  3. LacrosseMom

    Using fear IS cowardly! The Republicans use fear, lies, hate and division because they have.....

    NO new ideas

    NO new solutions

    Nothing but more of the same.

    The "Great Party of NO."

    March 9, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. j

    I would think Nevadans couldn't do better than with Senator Reid. He's shown he has a backbone, which is fairly rare in Washington. Don't let the Republican/Conservative fear and hate mongering fool you – it's small minded politics and Nevadans deserve better than that.

    March 9, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. Willa-PA

    I love Scooby Doo...

    March 9, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Reid really needs to go.

    March 9, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. stormerF

    Talk about Dingy Harry,Dimwit comes to mind.

    March 9, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Sam Smith

    Uhmmm... Despite everything that is going on politically and so on, has either party thought about the copyright implications of this?

    If I remember right it would not be the first time the Republicans had a run in with that set of laws (the music at their convention, right? too lazy too google it...). Strange for the "party of big business" and "the party of law and order", don't yah think? Monetary problems? Or some kind of "Masters of the Universe" complex?

    March 9, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. Jann in Denver

    The Repugs are stupid and an embarassment to this country. People over seas must be wondering why we consider ourselves the greatest country on earth.

    March 9, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  10. Voice of Reason

    Love that he's taking the whole thing in stride. Can you imagine how this would have gone over if the Democrats were caught using a DOG to represent, say – Sarah Palin? There would be indignation and furor; demands for apologies and resignations, etc... What does Harry do? Makes light of it, finds the good in it, and moves the discussion back to the issues. (and the GOP say the Dems are Whiners – Sheesh!)

    March 9, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  11. I Can't Stand It

    I generally support the RNC's efforts, but that comparison was a horrible affront to Scooby Doo fans. Scooby would never announce that the war was lost while American troops were in harm's way. Scooby would never tell impressionable school kids that the President of the United States was a loser. I could go on and on, but you get the point.

    March 9, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  12. jayindenver

    "And Bush and Cheney would have gotten away with those phony wars, too, if it hadn't have been for you darn pesky Democrats!"


    March 9, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  13. Jann in Denver

    White eilitest is right, and not very smart ones at that, which also makes them very dangerous.

    March 9, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  14. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    The republicnats subscribe to and are the biggest promoters of "the big lie" theroy that was discussed in a book written in 1925. They need to be called out on it. What the heck is wrong with you guys at CNN? I thought you were better than faux news.

    March 9, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Bruce

    TO: that you Rush. "Dingy Harry" is a Rush Limpball term. It's either you or one of your ditto head parakeets. I've got to admit though, you're a good con got 20 million or so people to vote again their own interests. You know tax cuts, tax rebates, health care...etc.

    March 9, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  16. french canadian that cant vote but has a big mouth

    He looks more like a french poodle to me.

    March 9, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  17. french canadian that cant vote but has a big mouth

    Harry is cool.At least hes an American.

    March 9, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Average American

    It was a horrible ad campaign by the GOP. There is nothing they won't do for the almighty buck.

    March 9, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  19. rachel

    What he's not scooby doo?

    March 9, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  20. The Calabash Kid

    Reid is not my favorite Senator. We need a Lyndon Johnson who can make the Senate work. Reid is more like a hardware store manager. However, he is a better Senator than any Republican from Nevada.

    March 9, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |

    Should have been GOOFY instead but both of those are too big for lap dogs nancy likes them big tho but where is the grease at? I thought for sure she would have them greased up like her favorite stud dog you know charlie rangel it is a shame to use these cartoons to identify with these warm steamy piles

    March 9, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  22. Matthew from Oregon

    I still don't get the Scooby Doo thing. What's the connection? What is that supposed to mean? Gibberish!

    March 9, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  23. todd

    november cannot get here soon enough, harry–your fired!

    March 9, 2010 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  24. ran

    Fear/hate/obstructionist/purity Republicans. Gotta feel sorry for them. NOT.

    People enough of this is enough. It is up to us to say no more. we want our country back and for our elected officials to act like grown ups and start to do for the people.

    In the 2010/2012 elections vote for either a true Democrat or an Independent. Do not reward a single win to a Republican. That should get their attention.

    March 9, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  25. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    This is like the most hilarious thing I seen or heard when I was outside and saw a kid fell of his bike, LOL!!!! 🙂

    But to Scooby Doo? I do like the Nancy Pelosi one, that one is hilarious! But the Joker one to Obama? I don't know, the Joker has swagger and style, our President has...I don't know, 😦

    Yeah, maybe not the best social comparisons when it comes to cartoon characters. But not a bad raise by Harry Reid, I give him that one.

    The GOP can do better, they can.

    March 9, 2010 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
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