Sunday, April 22, 2007 | 7:16 a.m.
I have waited more than two decades covering Harry Reid to hear him utter a four-letter word. And with all the possibilities out there, who would have guessed that word would be "lost?" But judging by the reaction to the Senate majority leader's attachment of that label to the Iraq war, he might as well have used the four-letter epithet Vice President Dick Cheney used to address Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont. With all the outrage expressed by salivating Republicans and the right-wing blogosphere, and the expected backtracking by Reid, people have to wonder how the senator could have been so careless with his verbiage. To that, I say after 20 years of watching Reid talk off the cuff way too often: No surprise there.