Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidTop Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor GOP in uncharted territory rolling back rules through resolutions MORE (D-Nev.) and Texas oil magnate T. Boone Pickens are now "pals."

This, from Reid himself, at a press conference Thursday on energy prices. Diverting from Democratic leaders' message on an oil speculation bill, Reid told reporters he unexpectedly found himself sitting next to Pickens at a June 17 Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.

Pickens, who has called for more U.S. investment in wind energy, has long been an ardent political foe of Reid, having helped fund George W. Bush's campaigns for president and the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth. But Reid said the two are joined at the hip on the idea of seeking alternative energy.

"He's done everything he could to defeat me every time I've run," Reid said. "He was my mortal enemy. He's my pal now. T. Boone Pickens is a rich man because of oil... But he's not only talking about the problems