It wasn't simply out of Senate gentility that Democratic leader Harry Reid apologized to the Republicans for the ugly hit piece his office sent out fingering 33 Republicans as bribe-taking criminals.
Word on Capitol Hill is that Reid is very nervous about drawing too much specific attention to himself in this newly ethics conscious environment of Washington. And it isn't just his own actions that he has to worry about. Both his wife and his son are active in Washington lobbying circles. The Reid tree's roots are deep, and we're told that Reid was reminded of this early yesterday. The letter was out the door by noon time.