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. Bob in Pa.

    Finally, a politician that can take a joke. Can't stand the mans views, but I admire him for just going with it.

    March 9, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. lynnej

    When is Time-Warner going to start suing the RNC for using Scooby-Doo?

    March 9, 2010 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Craig

    Get over it Reid. You're lucky if you're a Shaggy.

    March 9, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  4. Victim of GOP Taliban

    What is so evil about Scooby Doo anyways? That stooge that is running against Reid is a million times worse. I can't believe anyone would vote for that phony woman to replace Reid.

    March 9, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. Shelly

    I love Scooby Doo! One of the few TV shows I watched as a kid.

    March 9, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  6. SLP

    I can't believe that they would insult Scooby Doo that way!

    March 9, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  7. Center left-out

    The RNC is in a sad state. All fear, no ideas.

    March 9, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  8. Jeff

    Way to take this in stride, Mr. Reid. Good luck. And thanks for everything you've done on Yucca Mountain.

    March 9, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. ScoobyScoobyDo

    Ried, we were afraid of you long before Obama came to office.

    But that's because you are from Neveda, where the Women are Ladies, So are the Men and the Sheep are nervous.

    Have a Scooby Snack and shut up.

    March 9, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. mike

    all you democrats out there are pretty ignorent yyou guys just sit there and blame it on Bush well why don't you guy tell me which president contributed to the us debt the most.
    Democrat: uhhhhhh bush
    Alex Truebeck: i'm sorry the correct answer was obama

    anyway Scooby Doo is just a way to get people on are side

    March 9, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. Zach K

    Ruh Roh. Looks like the Republicans are at it again.

    And they would have gotten away with too, if it wern't for those pesky Dems. 😛

    March 9, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. I am the Great and Omnipotent Wizard of Rush and I Say . . .

    I support Scooby-Do for Senate.
    (P.S. I didn't coint the term "dingey Harry Reid", that was my friend
    Mark Latrine, er Snark DaBean, er Muck Levine, er . . .)

    March 9, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  13. Watchdog

    Bye Harry!!

    March 9, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  14. Kevin

    I wish we had a senator who was as good, honest, loyal and faithful as Scooby Doo!

    A willingness to work for "Scooby Snacks" would be a plus!

    Instead we have Senators who more resemble Muttley or Dick Dastardly....

    March 9, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  15. patty

    Michael steele can liken himself to Uncle Tom

    March 9, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  16. m smith

    If the repos couldnt' make some kind of offensive or stupid remark about their opponants they wouldn't have anything to say. There is no substance to the remarks or allocations made by these people. No solutions or ideas from the party of No just, Name calling and character attacks. Hopefully the American public is getting tired of it.

    March 9, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  17. annie against biased news

    It's stinky harry (remember how he made of of dc tourist and please don't insult Scooby Doo. Want to compare stinky harry with something compare him to an evil politician or a serial killer who supports baby murders but not Scooby Doo. Scooby Doo is nice therefore no comparison.

    March 9, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  18. Juanx

    I too am a fan of Scooby Do...where do I send my contribution to? I am in Georgia.

    March 9, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  19. southern cousin

    It is unfair to compare a good hearted and funny cartoon dog to this worthless, corrupt political animal. All the crooked personal land deals as well as the corrupt dealings of a corrupt party with a criminal leader will come home to roost on this idiots shoulders this fall.

    March 9, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  20. indiana voter

    "Using fear to motivate supporters"


    I believe that fear is what is being used by the Democrats to try and dupe the American people into getting socialized health care. Fear is all the Democrats ever use when it comes to passing Obamacare. They say that people are dying because they don't have health insurance, which is the biggest lie being spewed from Dumbo's party of fear. Harry is just another liberal who is a hypocrite.

    March 9, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. Scott, Tucson

    Okay...toss Harry a Scooby snack and send him back to Nevada for good.

    March 9, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  22. Waldemar Sanabria

    Republicans claim Obama is arrogant.

    Arrogance is losing the election and still claiming to represent the American people. Arrogance is running the country to the edge of the cliff and then expecting us to give them the power back so they can finish the job. Arrogance is assuming that you can switch positions on everything and no one will notice. Arrogance and hypocrisy are the defining characteristics of the 2010 Republican Party.

    March 9, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  23. lulu

    Fear, hate & negativity might work for the RNC if it were done more cleverly & professionally. This was a hack job.

    March 9, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. Texas Jack

    LORD please help me. I am so sick of this man's face along with Pelosi's, OBAMA's and Bdens. Please is ther someway to educate the Americans that these people will destroy our way of life. Get rid of the ACLUs, Democrats and the Spanish organizations with the NAACP>

    March 9, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. Ken

    This is not cool in the slightest!! How dare they compare Scooby Doo to to that wimp.

    March 9, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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