Published Thursday, March 12, 2009 | 8:03 a.m.
Updated Thursday, March 12, 2009 | 9:58 a.m.
WASHINGTON - When all else fails, bond over the kids.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid extended an olive branch to Sen. John McCain today, complimenting the former Repuplican presidential candidate on his daughter, Meghan's, recent appearance on a liberal evening news show on MSNBC.
"Your daughter was on the Rachel Maddow show last night and she was so good," Reid told McCain during a Senate energy committee hearing.
"Thank you very much," the Arizona senator replied. "I'm not a regular viewer."
Reid confided that he, too, would have changed the channel if not for the younger McCain's appearance.
"Frankly, I would have turned it off, too... Flipping to ESPN."
The exchange came as Reid had briefly riffed on his belief that women are, indeed, the stronger of the sexes.
The committee's ranking Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, had hobbled into the committee room on crutches needed after a recent tumble on the ski slopes in her homestate of Alaska.
Reid admired her perseverence and told the story of his 9-year-old granddaughter who went on to star in a recent basketball tournament even with a broken arm - her left one, the one she uses to shoot hoops.
"Men are always really macho," Reid said. "I think we've established in my mind women are tougher than men."