Thursday, March 25, 2010 | 1:17 p.m.
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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid messed up his health care vote -- again.
When it came time today for the senator to stand at his desk and cast his vote on the health care bill’s reconciliation package, the majority leader stood at his desk, put his hands on the podium and voted “no.”
Reid shook his head and quickly flashed a thumbs-up sign to change his vote to “yes.”
Reid made the same mistake Christmas Eve when the Senate convened a rare session to pass the historic health care reform bill that President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday.
At that time, Reid’s mistake drew gasps from the packed chamber and its galleries. Today, it drew a chuckle.
Once again, the reason was fairly simple: That was one tired majority leader.
Reid had been up until well past 3 a.m. as the debate on the reconciliation bill continued through the night. He was back on the floor at 9 a.m.
Reid joked with senators afterward he was making these “no” votes a habit.