Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) kicked off his re-election campaign in his home state on April 5 by making a joke at the expense of Sarah Palin, who rallied voters in his hometown of Searchlight a few weeks ago.
At that event, the former Alaska governor said she hoped that the big government politics and the big spending promoted by the Democratic leaders in Congress will come to an end in November, and that Nevada voters will "fire" Reid.
As he was opening his speech on Monday, Reid said he "was going to give a few remarks on the people who were over here a week ago Saturday … but I couldn’t write it all on my hand."
Repeating Palin’s now-famous catch phrase, he added "You betcha!" to general laughter from the audience.
However, despite a rare display of a sense of humor, most commentators believe Reid may face an uphill battle as he campaigns for a fifth term in office.
A new Rasmussen Poll found that Reid has just 39 to 42 precent of the Nevada vote when matched against three Republican opponents. Two of his potential opponents now top the 50 percent level of support.