Leaving aside the question whether a Supreme Court justice should consult his heart in interpreting the law, this is pretty funny. "Illegal amigos," aside from having a nice alliterative feel to it, is simply a turn of phrase. That Reid is willing to reach this far in order to raise questions about Roberts' sensitivity shows the difficulty of the Democrats' task in opposing Roberts. If then-junior lawyer Roberts had been writing a memo about trade barriers involving the French or Germans and had referred to "obstructionist amis" or "fractious freunden," would that have been insensitive or simply clever use of the language?
My title above refers obliquely to the size of Harry Reid's brain. Well, he's not dumb, even though his comment is. Reid is a smart man, which is why the sleazy race-baiting he engages in here is so disappointing. But not surprising.