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Obama excuses Reid for his comments, calling him a 'good man'

Updated 8:00 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged Monday that "I could have used a better choice of words" to describe Barack Obama in 2008, while Obama publicly excused the Democratic leader.

"There was nothing mean-spirited in what he had to say," the president said Monday of Reid, adding, "This is a good man who has always been on the right side of history."

"For him to have used some inartful language in trying to praise me, and for people to try to make hay out of that makes absolutely no sense," Obama told CNN's Roland Martin in an interview taped for the cable channel TV One.

Reid has been embroiled in a firestorm of criticism since his remarks were revealed over the weekend in a new book.

"I've apologized to the president. I've apologized to everyone that, within the sound of my voice -- that I could have used a better choice of words," Reid said at an Apex, Nev., news conference. "And I'll continue to do my work for the African American community."

Reid had described Obama as a "light-skinned" African American "with no Negro dialect," according to "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime" by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Republicans have fiercely criticized the senator, and GOP chairman Michael Steele, who is African American, has called for him to step down, suggesting that the comments reveal racism.

At the news conference, Reid described an outpouring of support from minority Democrats and political leaders that had touched him deeply, citing calls and offers to testify on his behalf from officials such as Attorney General Eric Holder, NAACP chairman Julian Bond, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and political figures in Nevada.

"My heart has been warmed as to the response I've gotten around the country," he said. He also thanked his supporters for defending him in the Los Angeles Times and the Huffington Post, saying, "I really appreciate people writing nice things about me."

"The African American leaders in Nevada have been wonderful," Reid said.

"Actions speak louder than words," Salazar said of Reid in an interview with my colleague Chris Cillizza this afternoon. "What Senator Reid has demonstrated to me is that he walks the talk about having an America that is about inclusiveness."

The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus came to Reid's defense on Sunday, saying in a statement that she had accepted an apology from him and brushing aside Republican demands that he step down.

"There are too many issues like the economy, job creation and energy for these regrettable comments to distract us from the work that must be done on behalf of the American people," said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.). "I look forward to Senator Reid continuing to serve as Majority Leader to guide this important agenda through the Senate," she said.

The NAACP branches of Reno and Las Vegas also accepted Reid's public apologies, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, saying in a statement Sunday that Reid's voting record -- which had "the highest ratings on issues of critical importance to the African-American community" -- showed his true regard for African Americans.

"One need only look at Senator Reid's proven record of leadership on civil rights and social justice to know where his heart truly lies," said Lonnie L. Feemster and Frank Hawkins Jr. in the statement.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  January 11, 2010; 1:00 PM ET
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wow, Steele has some set on him. The only reason he got the job he has is because of Chip Saltzman's stupid stunt with the "Barack the Magicc Negro"CD. How about that Georgia congressman-R- who called Obama "uppity"? Was he kicked out? How about McCain with his "that one"? How about all the racial signs at rallies where Republican politicians have spoken without calling the racists out on it? As more and more of Nixon's papers get released you'll see alot of it, no big surprise. Bigotry has many fronts-racism, misogyny, classism, religious intolerance, homophobia, and I guess we can always ask ourselves--which political party has the most of what I listed and go with the lessser of the two evils.

Posted by: katem1 | January 12, 2010 6:13 AM | Report abuse

from http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/robert-schlesinger/2010/01/11/harry-reids-remarks-dont-compare-to-trent-lotts.html

On NBC's "Today" show Monday, Matt Lauer asked PBS' Gwen Ifill this question: "Isn't Harry Reid implying that a dark-skinned African American who speaks in a way that some would consider more stereotypical would not be electable?"

Ifill's response? Well, yes. Because it's true.

"There is actual political science that backs that up," said Ifill, who is black. "I don't know that Harry Reid has read it, and what Harry Reid said was certainly impolitic, at least, but there is evidence to support that people – whether it is a matter of voting for a white candidate or voting for a black candidate – if a person is very much different than who they are, or what they perceive the mainstream to be, they are less likely to vote for that person."

Posted by: B2O2 | January 12, 2010 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Some folks apparently can't tell the difference between Trent Lott making comments to an old man at a birthday party to a guy who doesn't have many left, and an "endorsement".

Posted by: jonweiss1

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LOL. And some folks apparently wouldn't know an endorsement if it walked up to them, shook their hand and said, "Hi, my name is Full Throated Endorsement. I'm damned pleased to meet ya!"

from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trent_Lott -

Lott said: "When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over the years, either."[3]

Thurmond had based his presidential campaign largely on an explicit racial segregation platform. Lott had attracted controversy before in issues relating to civil rights. As a Congressman, he voted against renewal of the Voting Rights Act, voted against the continuation of the Civil Rights Act and opposed making Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a federal holiday.[4] The Washington Post reported that Lott had made similar comments about Thurmond's candidacy in a 1980 rally.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 12, 2010 12:03 AM | Report abuse

Some folks apparenlly can't tell the difference between Trent Lott endorsing a racist Dixiecrat and Harry Reid's inartful phrasing of fact
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Some folks apparently can't tell the difference between Trent Lott making comments to an old man at a birthday party to a guy who doesn't have many left, and an "endorsement".

Posted by: jonweiss1 | January 11, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

"Ever since before the election Republicans/conservatives/right wing Obama haters have been vilifying the President..."


Oh, "vilifying" such as the dems bringing up a 24 year old DUI in an attempt to kill Bush's election prospects? Waiting until the day before the election to drop it to the media? Or the repeated shots at Bush's integrity about how he lied to start a war in Iraq, even though a majority of Congress agreed with him aas well as several foreign intelligence agencies? That kind of non stop attacks? Or are you talking about the repeated accusations by Obama himself about how all of the things going wrong as a result of his actions are still "Bush's Fault" even a year after Obama officially signed for the keys to the White House.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | January 11, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Some folks apparenlly can't tell the difference between Trent Lott endorsing a racist Dixiecrat and Harry Reid's inartful phrasing of fact -- that this country is more accepting of an African-American politician closer to the white norm.

If you are still unable to understand what Lott did wrong, and how it differs from Reid's comment, you really should be embarrassed about yourself. The last thing you should do is draw attention to your bigotry.

Posted by: thmas | January 11, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if Ried is a racist or not, nor do I know if Lott is or is not a racist, nor do I care about the long term history of either party or either man. What I do know is that Lott made comments at a party honoring Thurmond, and was forced out of his position in Congress, largely pushed by the demands of members of the Democrat Party, and Ried made comments in a recent book, and that same Democrat Party circled the wagons and cranked up the excuse machine. If they weren't such a band of hypocrites, the Democrats would have demanded the same punitive actions for Ried that they did for Lott, but instead they turn about 180 degrees and demand anything but punishment. This entire incident is not about race, competence of the individual nor about contrition of the individuals, it is simply about the double standard of Rieds supporters.
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You have it wrong. The Repubs forced Lott out. They didn't wait for the Wussy Dems to do it.The Repubs have ball. They make tough decisions.

The Dems circle the wagons to protect Reid because they don't have the balls to do what should be right.

I personally see nothing wrong with what either said. But what is right for one Party should be the same for the other.

Obama was not near as forgiving Lott. Helped make a big deal of it.

Another Flip flop flip flop. Makes Kerry look as steady as a rock doesn't he?

Posted by: bnw173 | January 11, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

"Are all Republicans like those posting below, or do you just send your dimmest and most juvenile to post on these comments boards?"

As a poltical independent I don't know the answer to your question, but your question does beg another..., Are all Democrats so mind numbed and ethically bankrupt that they merely fall in line and back the political "boob du jour" that sticks his foot in his mouth...repeatedly.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | January 11, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Are all Republicans like those posting below, or do you just send your dimmest and most juvenile to post on these comments boards? I haven't seen a sane, sober comment here yet. Just childish drivel. What a sad party.
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I know how you feel.(I'm not a Repub) My ex-Dem Party has turned into a Liberal sexist and racist Party. I have never witnessed such vile and venomous sexism as the fellow Dem Party's Libs spewed at Hillary in the Primary. Made those Attwater right wingers look wussy.

Obama and his Chicago thugs played the race card the whole campaigh.

Never thought I would see the day that the Dem Party would become the sexist and racist party..


Posted by: bnw173 | January 11, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if Ried is a racist or not, nor do I know if Lott is or is not a racist, nor do I care about the long term history of either party or either man. What I do know is that Lott made comments at a party honoring Thurmond, and was forced out of his position in Congress, largely pushed by the demands of members of the Democrat Party, and Ried made comments in a recent book, and that same Democrat Party circled the wagons and cranked up the excuse machine. If they weren't such a band of hypocrites, the Democrats would have demanded the same punitive actions for Ried that they did for Lott, but instead they turn about 180 degrees and demand anything but punishment. This entire incident is not about race, competence of the individual nor about contrition of the individuals, it is simply about the double standard of Rieds supporters.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | January 11, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

WaPo headline for this article

Obama excuses Reid for his comments, calling him a 'good man'

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Wait a minute? According to Obama's standards of Racist isn't Mr. Reid and typically racist white?

Posted by: bnw173 | January 11, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Are all Republicans like those posting below, or do you just send your dimmest and most juvenile to post on these comments boards? I haven't seen a sane, sober comment here yet. Just childish drivel. What a sad party.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 11, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse


I watched Comedy Central one night last week. Black comedy night. All black. In the 15 minutes i watched I must have hears the "N" work 5,000 times and the double word MF 10,000 times. I don't think those folks got Mr. Sharpton's or Mr. Cosby's message.

No one called for their firing ie Imus or for an apology. Hmmmm.

Posted by: bnw173 | January 11, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Is Barry drinking again ???

Posted by: thgirbla | January 11, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

Come on everyone..what is going on. Forgive Reid. Bull. The guy is a racist moron. What would he have said if Obama was a shade darker or had spoke like Jesse. Wake up America. Bigots like Reid need to be squashed like bugs regardless of political affiliation. Only then can we truly end racism. Shame on you Barack, shame on you DNC.

Posted by: willygoo46 | January 11, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

I misspoke....Obama is a GOOT friend of Harry (spoken in the true Negro dialect)...Trent is having a field day with the dem libs double standard...if it wasn't so obvious, it might be funny, but it's just sad the dem libs HATE anyone other than white people.

Posted by: powerange | January 11, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a Reid fan and would be glad to see somebody else get his leadership position, but this whole thing is much ado about nothing. Reid was doing a political analysis of Obama's political potential and was being supportive when many opined it was impossible for a black candidate to be taken seriously. I wonder how many analysts looked at Bill Clinton the first time around and said that he has potential because he was a southerner like Carter but didn't talk like a cracker or red neck. I'm sure nobody was offended by that.

Posted by: atp2007 | January 11, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Obama is now a comedian...what a jokester that he doesn't care he be a Negro dialect friend of Harry...LMAO....a lot.

Posted by: powerange | January 11, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

"When is the last time you heard Barry even make a comment containing ANY reference to his White Mother ???"

What planet do you live on?

Start with "all through the campaign" and lead up to "during the health care debate, when he talked about his mother having trouble getting coverage because of her pre-existing cancer", and end up at "why am I even talking to this FauxNews-captive wingnut, when no reality is ever allowed in?".

Posted by: B2O2 | January 11, 2010 10:32 PM | Report abuse

Ombudsman

It's true Thurmond was once a Democrat but he left the party specifically over the Civil Rights issue and ran for President on segregationist platform with the Dixiecrat Party in 1948. He won four states. It was discontent with the Democrats' embrace with Civil Rights that led to Thurmond's and Southerners switch to the Republicans. Thurmond formally switched to the GOP in 1964.

White southerners saw the GOP as less active on Civil Rights and thought their best chance to combat it lay with the GOP.

Indeed, it was integration measures by Truman and later democratic Presidents that led to white floght to the GOP.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Your facts are somewhat right. The Southern Dem segregationist moved to the Repub party not because they were weak in civil rights but because they were weak on numbers. Over 80% of the Repubs voted for the Civil Rights Act both h
House and s
Senate, and over 60% of the Dems did. I forget the house numbers but in the Senate there were only 33 Repubs with 27 Ayes and only 6 Nays votes on the Act. When these segregationist moved to the Repubs they became almost a majority at the onset.

I'm sure the Repubs weren't very pleased to get those racist folks.

Posted by: bnw173 | January 11, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

BTW: Senile Harry does look better since he started using Botox Pelosi's Plastic Surgeon ???

Posted by: thgirbla | January 11, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Uncle Tom: A black man who will do anything to stay in good standing with "the white man" including betray his own people.

Posted by: bob59 | January 11, 2010 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Reid made an accurate assessment of the kind of black candidate that would be appealing to white voters. I don't see why he should apologize for it. The only hypocrisy going on is the temporary bout of racial sensitivity put on by Republicans who, absurdly, want to compare these odd but positive comments to the pro-segregationist comments of Trent Lott. Where was that sensitivity when Rush Limbaugh called Mr. Obama the "magic Negro" and didn't mean it in a nice way?

Posted by: ArmyBrat68 | January 11, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

It's also amusing to listen to these Republicans/conservatives here who are pretending that there wasn't a massive realignment in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, as the racist Dixiecrats left the Democratic party because it actually took the Constitution and Declaration of Independence literally and thought it applied to everyone. (In fact they still resent the unfortunate fact that the Constitution applies to anyone but straight white males, and that those darn Democrats have to keep pointing it out.)

Or, perhaps you all aren't being disingenuous, and really don't know your American history? Either explanation would reflect pretty poorly on you all, don't you agree?

So, are you trolls, or "just" ignorant?

Posted by: B2O2 | January 11, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

The white 1/2 of Barry says that Reid is a Good guy...............

.........but the black 1/2 of Barry will throw him under the bus as soon as the HealthCare Bill is passed !!!

Does ANYONE find that Barry persists in speaking of himself as 100% black, with only a token reference to his white mother ???

Apparently Barry realized long before the Election that if he portrayed himself as a 100% black, he could gain more mileage and political advantage, rather than referring to himself as Mixed race !!!

When is the last time you heard Barry even make a comment containing ANY reference to his White Mother ???

We just report the news, you decide !!!

BTW: Congratulations to Palin and Fox !!!
I'm sure that MSNBC is already digging for dirt !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | January 11, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Umm, Reid was for Obama and against segregation, whatever he said.

Lott did not apologize right away and was indeed, closely associated with segregationists and racists.

Reid has never been and never advocated segregation.

There's no comparison.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | January 11, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

"They know it has something to do with race though, so they'll call this racism, then look anxiously toward teacher and see if they got it right."

I think Obama taught them it's okay to call a black man Negro as long as you do the right thing otherwise. He is a great teacher like that.

Another great teaching moment from our commander-in-chief.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 11, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone believe that a Democratic President is going to say anything to the Leading Democratic Senator?

Get real folks. This is more about politics than race. It's all about who makes the comments.

Actually if there was any racism in the comments, it's not totally up to the President to do the 'forgiving' Reids comments would be an offense to all blacks who have light skin and who's speach is not "typical." The president might have been the subject of the comments but any offense is one against all blacks not just the President.

Posted by: AmzgGrce | January 11, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Democrats are hypocrits and the biggest racists I know. They are extremely judgmental, just like the ones always referring to Sarah Palin in derogatory terms. I never liked this guy. I could tell he was like this!

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | January 11, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse


What is wrong with what Reid said. I'll bet 90% of you white folks and many blacks who voted for him were thinking the same thing. Be honest. a little bit anyway. You all know it is true.

I didn't vote for Obama. Not because he was black, white, half black or half white. I didn't vote for Obama because he was inexperienced, devious and completely inept. He was mostly incoherent in the debates. I watched them all. Mostly I heard "ah, uh, oh, um, er," Sounded like a Mel Tillis imitation. Stammering and stuttering, The most coherent thing he said was "I agree with Hillary" Deny it?

I supported Hillary because I thought she would make Harold Ford her VP candidate. Eight years as VP and he was a POTUS shoo in.

He is a moderate, articulate, intelligent (with common sense) and a handsome young man.

Yes he is a light skined young man with no Negro dialect unless he wants to use it.

But it didn't help him in Tennessee. Obama, like about the mess he inherited, has no clue about racism. He needs to talk to Harold. Unlike Obama, Harold was the victim of the race card not the user. He didn't call white folks typical racist, even when the majority of white Tennesseans were. He was to classy to lower himself to that level.

I guarentee you he would be 200% better than the inept Bush or inept Obama.

My hope still is that he will be the first qualified and experienced Black POTUS. There is a difference.

Posted by: bnw173 | January 11, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

It's sad to see that here in 2010, Republicans are as confused about the meaning of the word "racism" as they are about the science of global warming. Is it that they are incapable of learning, or that they just find the practice of expanding their minds vaguely distasteful?

Reid was talking about white people. He was talking about the unfortunate aversion some white people have to certain skin tones or accents. Somehow, through the magic of the patented Rightwingtransmogroblogosphere Machine, this commentary *about* white racism has been mutated into "racist speech" itself.

Now, it is clear that some of these wingnuts are trolling, knowing darn well that Reid's comments were not even *about* African Americans, but hoping they might be able to sow some division amongst black Democrats. The others are just feeling along in the dark, without a clue as to the meaning of the concept of racism. They know it has something to do with race though, so they'll call this racism, then look anxiously toward teacher and see if they got it right.

It's like watching children learning to ride a little bike with training wheels.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 11, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Ombudsman

It's true Thurmond was once a Democrat but he left the party specifically over the Civil Rights issue and ran for President on segregationist platform with the Dixiecrat Party in 1948. He won four states. It was discontent with the Democrats' embrace with Civil Rights that led to Thurmond's and Southerners switch to the Republicans. Thurmond formally switched to the GOP in 1964.

White southerners saw the GOP as less active on Civil Rights and thought their best chance to combat it lay with the GOP.

Indeed, it was integration measures by Truman and later democratic Presidents that led to white floght to the GOP.

Posted by: AlanGoldberg54 | January 11, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Nice spin John, but one of the most famous senators of the Democratic party was a KKK member. Check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Byrd#Participation_in_the_Ku_Klux_Klan

But hey, that's okay too, because he admitted he made a mistake, and I guess Obama forgave him.

Incidentally, here's a video of Obama trying to talk black. It's pretty funny because he can't really do it:

http://cbs2chicago.com/video/?id=33004@wbbm.dayport.com

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 11, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Okay, who really cares about this absolute NONSENSE??? Apparently, a lot of crazy people do. These politicians obviously control the media so directly, they could even run a story about how one of them stubbed their toe and it turned red, not blue.

Posted by: cloudyone | January 11, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, Considering the closing of ranks around Harry Ried, and the howling for resignation by the democrats, when Trent Lott made his comments, this entire episode is merely a prime example of the double standard held by the DNC and it's membership.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | January 11, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I find it interesting that Republicans are upset because Harry Reid said what most of the Caucasians in this nation were thinking when they voted for Obama. He is an old man, when he was young the term was "Negro."

Turn it loose.

This is a diversion from the health care and homeland security issues that we really care about.

FYI Michael Steele, I saw your false outrage. The party picked you for the same reason. You are an erudite "Negro."

Maybe soon you will graduate to African American.

Posted by: hakafos44 | January 11, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

thrumond was a Democrat, but Democrats did not endorse his presidential bid so he and other white racists of what USED TO BE the party of Dixie created their own offshoot of the Democratic party. When it became crystal clear that Democrats were no longer the party of race baiting with passage of the Civil Rights acts, startin in 1957 then extending to 64, 65, 68, and 72 white racist southerners left the Democratic party and becasme republicons. Republicons who had been locked out of power for most of 4 decades for their failures in the 1920s wer only too happy to open their tent to bigots, birchers, racists, klansman, and all sorts of riff raff who were no longer welcome in the Democratic tent. So to re-cap - the party affiliation changed - but the people didn't. The same vile racists who supported trent lott and strom thrumond starte as Demcorats but when ti was clear that only the gop was welcoming of bigots they changed their registrations.

Posted by: John1263 | January 11, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

On the "in for a dime, in for a dollar" theory, Reid should have gone on to point out that although Obama has a weird name, it's not made up.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 11, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

"Strom Thurman et al. were real racists:"

And he was a Democrat. Just like Reid.

Careful with your teaching moment. They often rear back and bite you in the *ss.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 11, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama's accents

The most interesting thing about the incredibly predictable and boring hoo-haw over Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) mentioning that Obama had advantages at getting elected President over other black politicians because he was "light-skinned" (Obama's not particularly fairer than the average African-American, due to his father being what Obama calls an "ink-black Luo," but obviously Reid was referring shorthand to Obama's wholly non-black upbringing) and having "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one" is Reid's acute observation that Obama changes his accent to fit his audience. As I wrote a couple of years ago:

For example, here's a wonderful video of Obama giving a 2007 speech to a conference of black clergy, where he has a much different accent and body language: languid, cocky, florid, and Southern. Here, Obama sounds and looks like the preacher who has the biggest church and the biggest Cadillac in Tupelo, Mississippi. (He does a shout-out to Rev. Wright between 1:00 and 2:00 of the 36:00 video).

I like this alternate persona of Obama's better than the one he usually does on TV. I hope he does his 220 pound Baptist minister who loves his BBQ ribs number for visitors to the White House just to freak them out.

(I wonder what other impressions Obama does? Maybe that's the secret part of Obama's diplomatic strategy of personally meeting with rogue foreign leaders. He'll invite Ahmadinejad to a summit conference, then do Borat the whole time they're negotiating. Or invite the Castro Brothers and do Ricky Ricardo: "Fidel, you got some 'splainin' to do!")


Reid's an older guy, and he got punched in the head a lot when he was a young boxer, so it's hardly surprising that he's not at all times as facile with the latest jargon as the PC Age demands. More fundamentally, Reid's in trouble because he's getting a little too close to the fact that is too embarrassing to say publicly: we elected this lightweight President because people got (briefly) enthused by the idea that he's black by nature but white by nurture.

Look, we make up stupid nature-nurture fantasies about politicians all the time. We elected another lightweight President in 2000 because by nature he comes from the New England Puritan/WASP leadership caste that been more or less running things since the 1630s but by nurture he's a regular guy. George W. Bush: the best of both!

Fortunately, we're at least allowed to talk about WASPs.

My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer

Posted by: greg3 | January 11, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

This is why the Chinese, and eventually India and Brazil will pull ahead of us. We're too busy being idiots and arguing. They're busy working. In China, if you say or do something too stupid, they shoot you. Not good, but efficient. In India, they're too busy answering our 1-800 customer service calls and growing their economy. In Brazil, racism exists, but for the most part it's a low-level issue.

Posted by: EliPeyton | January 11, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Time Magazine 2007.

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1584736,00.html

Is Obama Black Enough? is the headline. Reid may have used thesmae term Martin Luther King Jr. used to describe blakcs, but his sentiments were not racist, nor were they unique during the campaign.

republicons have for almopst 50 years used the Southern Strategy of appealing to southern white racists as a solid and dependable voting block. trent lott was lamenting that segregationsit strom thurmond had not wom in 1948 and put and end to integration and of course an end to the possibility of blacks voting in the south - in other words lott was sorry that racism had not remained a part of US law so that conserviatve racist whites like himself would be able to act with impunity. republkicons crying racism is like arsonists coming out against fire.

Posted by: John1263 | January 11, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

It's really funny, though also kind of sad to watch the desperation of the Republican camp these days. After two weeks of issuing one jaw-droppingly absurd and hypocritical criticism after another of Obama on the Christmas bombing attempt - almost all of which reflected the incompetence of George Bush rather than have anything to do with Obama - they have shifted to another Hail Mary.

Try your hand at being... born-again race-sensitive liberals! Yeah, that's it! All of a sudden they *care* about offending African Americans. This, from the party of Willie Horton, and every other scary race-baiting tactic they can dream up to foment racists whites into voting for them. Now they are all sensitive. It's so touching, isn't it? Now if only they could get their heads around the real meaning of racism (hint: it's got something to do with "ill will"), they might have a prayer with this game of theirs.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 11, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Hypocrats, your days in power are numbered! So long, chumps!

Posted by: georges2 | January 11, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, another reason to question Obama's judgment. He just keeps digging the hole deeper and deeper, doesn't he? Pretty soon he'll be down so far we won't be able to hear his empty rhetoric. Oh, I long for that day!

Posted by: georges2 | January 11, 2010 9:50 PM | Report abuse

I always enjoy the use of Strom Thurmond's filibuster speech to label republicans as racist, as if it is part of our past. But in fact if people like ErlichRD checked the facts they would learn that Senator Thurmond was a democrat in 1957 when he gave the famous filibuster against segregation, making quotes like, "Segregation now; segregation forever!". He later switched parties in 1964.

Posted by: Kathy35 | January 11, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

If you are honestly so stupid that you see no difference in what trent lott said -- he was lamenting the fact that integration occured -- and what Ried said, which was not only true but something Obama siad about himself, and a sentiment that was echoed by dozens of stories about "is Obama blakc enough?" and such onthe front pages of major magizines then you should just give it up. However, it is a safe bet that half those republicons spouting that nonsense are doing so becaus bick or ayatollah limbaugh told then that is what theythink today, and the rest are just trying to make much ado about nothing. Dishonest diversions from the fact that republicons have nothing to say about anything important. In other words - business as usual.

Posted by: John1263 | January 11, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Odumbo also said Dirty Harry was on the right side of every issue.

More B.S. from the B.S. artist in the White House.

Just another illustration of the hypocrisy and dishonesty of the corrupt #%##^& democrats and their dishonest lapdogs in the media.

Posted by: LarryG62 | January 11, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Reid's comments weren't racist. He called Obama a phoney and I agree.

Posted by: joe59 | January 11, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Prime example of the US society waiting in the weeds, like a pack of lions, to jump on somebody for making any kind of comment about a minority race.

Charles Barkley authored an awesome book that all Americans should be required to read. It's title "who's afraid of a large black man?" In the book, Charles talks about how stupid it is that we can in no way talk about our racial difference in spite of how obvious they are out of fear of the backlash.

It's our inability to talk about racial differences that keeps racism going strong.

If there is/was a God, he would have our eyes removed so we would have no way to tell who is who.

Let's get over it. We have the internet now so boarders, races and cultures are no longer relevant.

Posted by: anonymous33 | January 11, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Reid attacked Obama's integregty long before Joe Wilson did. Why aren't the Congressional Black Caucus insisting that he be censured?

Posted by: joe59 | January 11, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

DEMOCRATS .. this is as about a stupid as when Willy grabbed Kathleen's Willy's and made Monica's dress an icon ...

- and after a few days "Spun" goofy Democrats came up with "all great men do it ... retarded"

- Harry thinks Negroes should be wearing white jackets and serving him Tea ... period.

Pretend whatever hallucination works best for you

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Posted by: highkey11 | January 11, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Republicans will call for Reid's head (due purely to racial sensitivity) and Dems will defend him. Same old same old. Kind of funny for Michael Steele to attack Reid and calling for no double standards, since when Rush Limbaugh (not an elected official but certainly a force in GOP politics) said that in Obama's America black students would feel free to attack white students on school busses while chanting "Right on!," Steele made no comment at all. He passed on his chance to be consistent.

Posted by: Sutter | January 11, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

See Steele's remarks amount Trent Lott in the aftermath of Lott's remarks about Strom Thurmond. Very interesting . . . .

http://hotair.com/archives/2006/11/15/video-michael-steele-forgives-trent-lott/

What a hypocrite!!!

Posted by: craig-ny | January 11, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

What's all the fuss. All Harry Reid said was that Obama is a special kind of Negro. Is that so wrong?

Posted by: suesue2 | January 11, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

The point is not one of zero tolerance rather the issue is one of consistency. It is extremely hypocritical to say the things Democrats said about a one time word mistake by Allen and Lott and then let Reid get away with it. It is clear to me from the last 15 years, political power is more important to Democrats that integrity and honesty!!!!

Posted by: ARickoverNuke | January 11, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

I'm a Dem, and a black man. I found Reid's comments offensive. I understand why President Obama excused him - I think he should. But I don't have to. I'm sure many slave owners were complimentary in their selection of which negros they found worthy of their praise.

Posted by: BenThere | January 11, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

I guess now its OK to use the word "negro" when referring to Blacks.

Or at least Obama thinks it is.
If not, then why didn't Obama object to the use of word negro?

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It probably depends on the generation that folks grew up in. Harry Reid grew up in a generation when Black Americans were labeled as Negro in the country. You may find some older generations who are very comfortable with that label.

However, it was during the 1960's, early 70' during the civil rights movement when young adult Black Americans began demanding that the label be changed from Negro.

During this time some wanted to be labeled as Black Americans and some African Americans. Still to this day, there are some that are not comfortable with either label, but Black American seems to be more widely accepted by the black generations of the 60's to now.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 11, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

THE POINT:

- Harry thinks the rest of the "Negroes" are inarticulate, poorly educated, dim-witted and too DARK ...

... Rangel, Conyers, Sharpton ...

Harry's a funny guy

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Posted by: highkey11 | January 11, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

To the folks who found Sen. Reid's comment the most racist thing they could think of — you're young, aren't you? If not, you've got really poor memories.

Strom Thurman et al. were real racists: "Segregation now; segregation forever!" was the motto, and segregation was based in the related ideas that Races exist, Race exists in the "blood," and that one race is better than another (and the "Aryan" is best). And being the best meant that Aryans should rule and keep down their inferiors (Blacks to be sure, but also Semites and [other] "wogs" like me).

We should be at a stage where we can say, without great anger or prejudice, yeah, race exists and "race matters." Race is part of ethnicity, and ethnicity matters. For one thing, if peoples aren't really different, diversity is an empty concept.

In US history, among many groups, skin color has been part of group definition, and so *is* dialect. "An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him. / The moment he talks he makes another Englishman despise him" — and we Americans at least notice.

Reid put it poorly, but it was politically significant that B. H. Obama has relatively light skin and is highly competent in ruling class/caste English AND varieties of Black English. That skin color still matters is a problem, but politicians going for votes from diverse groups need to be able to speak in their variations of English.

Just in everyday life, I've had to do educated Chicago English (standard American, you Eastern snobs!) *and* Central Illinois English: Right cheer in Cham-payne Cahnty I had tuh speak "nay-tive" or pay more to get mah freakin' car fixed. Southern politicians need to be able to speak Oration English, and down-home Southern. Etc.

Live with it for now; down the line, celebrate our diversity — and recognize that there are real cultural differences.

Posted by: ErlichRD | January 11, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

I was watching CNN tonight and I watched a panel where two black americans talked about how what Harry Reid might've been racist, but he's done so many good things for blacks that it really wasn't racist.

And it occurred to me that blacks stopped dancing to entertain others decades ago, but they had no problem getting on CNN and dancing to save Harry's job.

And so many folks don't appreciate the irony of that. I found it simultaneously sad and funny, but more sad.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 11, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

Obama excuses Reid for his comments, calling him a 'good man' ... in fact

... Harry is a great guy for a honkey and he can shoot great hoops ...

... Can White Harry Jump?

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Posted by: highkey11 | January 11, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Try using Reid's words in your office and see how long it takes to receive a visit from a human resources representative.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | January 11, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

He's a good man because he votes the right way even while showing racist tendencies. He excoriated Clarence Thomas, called him stupid, he calls Republicans in love with slavery even though his buddy KKK Robert Byrd voted against the civil rights act.

Obama, Sharpton, Mfume, Willie Brown, Harold Ford Jr, Babs Lee, must have such little self respect that they condone this idiot - wonder which white person told them to toe the line.

Posted by: bandmom22 | January 11, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

As a black woman, I am trying to figure out how in the hell all of these white folks who have been posting for the last 3 days know what racism is, since none of them claim to be racists.

As a matter of fact, in no way did I find Reid's comments racist. Stupid maybe, but not racists.

As a black woman, I also excuse Reid's unthoughtful choice of words along with President Obama.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 11, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry lcarter0311, it seems I gave credit to an idiot. I have been saying the same thing all along and was glad to see someone else agreed with me.

Posted by: catmomtx | January 11, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

~~~

I saw that and I thought to myself... OK.
Apology accepted. :)

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 11, 2010 9:14 PM | Report abuse

The outrage isn't so much over what the Senator said. The outrage is over the fact that had that Senator been a Republican, the left would be calling for his head. A double standard works for both the left and the right.

Posted by: fgshul | January 11, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

As a black woman, I am trying to figure out how in the hell all of these white folks who have been posting for the last 3 days know what racism is, since none of them claim to be racists.

As a matter of fact, in no way did I find Reid's comments racist. Stupid maybe, but not racists.

As a black woman, I also excuse Reid's unthoughtful choice of words along with President Obama.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 11, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Sorry lcarter0311, it seems I gave credit to an idiot. I have been saying the same thing all along and was glad to see someone else agreed with me.

Posted by: catmomtx | January 11, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Lucygirl1, I totally agree with you. It is absolutely hilarious that these people who are coming on here trying to tell people how outraged they should be, then they go on to disparage people when they don't agree.

Ever since before the election Republicans/conservatives/right wing Obama haters have been vilifying the President and his family. They have criticized everything he says or does. They call for his failure, they disrespect him and his family, they offer no support. It has been 24/7 non stop negativity. NOW they want us to think we believe they are outraged by what Reid said? Why?

See, what I don't get is after the constant barrage of negativity and disrespect, WHY are they upset by what Harry Reid said? Especially when the President has accepted the apology as have other black leaders. Why are all you people so outrage. And please spare me the part about Democrats being hypocritical. What is hypocritical considering the behavior we have seen from the right is their feigned outrage.

Posted by: catmomtx | January 11, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

As a black woman, I am trying to figure out how in the hell all of these white folks who have been posting for the last 3 days know what racism is, since none of them claim to be racists.

As a matter of fact, in no way did I find Reid's comments racist. Stupid maybe, but not racists.

As a black woman, I also excuse Reid's unthoughtful choice of words along with President Obama.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 11, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse


Uncle Tom

Posted by: lucygirl1 | January 11, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

~~~

Not even close.

I can walk and talk in both worlds of black and white folks and furthermore, I have just as many white friends, as I do black.

Racist Rethug.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 11, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I beleive once the Senate publicly censures Reid, as the House leadership worked to humiliate the South Carolina representative who rudely interrupted the President at the State of the Union, we'll begin to see a semblance of equal treatment in this country. That's what we should be seeing here-equal treatment and response to this kind of unacceptable speech and behavior.

Until then, it's do as I say, not as I do from the Democratic party.

This is not an isolated incident. Much worse has been tolerated from the former Senate majority leader from West Virginia, for example.

Posted by: Towson_Tiger | January 11, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

I can't think of anything any more racist than what Harry Reid said......other words if obama had been black skin and spoke with a negro dialect...then he might not have supported him...if he didn't mean that...then why did he say what he said? and if thats not racist...then nothing is....

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Harry Reid is highly aware of the systematic racism and discrimination that runs deep in this country, as well as most whites and blacks. A great deal of it is based on skin color and you out of all people should know that.

I am sure that he said those words in the heat of the campaign during a time when he was not so sure that President Obama, being a black man would be accepted by a majority of the white populous in winning the presidency. Obama needed the white vote, more so than he need the black vote to win.

Everyone knows, if Obama had of come out in the campaigns talking and acting like Jessie Jackson (who has run before), he would not have made it past the primaries, which is exactly what happened to Jessie.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 11, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

I guess now its OK to use the word "negro" when referring to Blacks.

Or at least Obama thinks it is.
If not, then why didn't Obama object to the use of word negro ?

Posted by: dashriprock | January 11, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Senator Reid will get a pass from the President. President Obama doesn't want this distraction. In fact, since his much heralded, "major" speech where he promised that he would lead a dialogue on race in America, the President has mostly avoided the issue. His pal Gates being the only exception and the President tripped over that one.

Posted by: magellan1 | January 11, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

As a black woman, I am trying to figure out how in the hell all of these white folks who have been posting for the last 3 days know what racism is, since none of them claim to be racists.

As a matter of fact, in no way did I find Reid's comments racist. Stupid maybe, but not racists.

As a black woman, I also excuse Reid's unthoughtful choice of words along with President Obama.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 11, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse


Uncle Tom

Posted by: lucygirl1 | January 11, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

the govt JOLT (Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey) numbers come out tomorrow (January 12) at 10:00 am

this is the ratio of desperate unemployed americans to every 1 job opening

the last report showed 6 americans looking for a job for every 1 job opening

stay tuned............

Depression Obama--why YOU may lose YOUR job

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 11, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Lcarter wrote: "...in no way did I find Reid's comments racist."

You're about as "black" as I am. Not. Or way stupid.

Posted by: mftill | January 11, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, is anyone really surprised by these comments, coming from the party that has destroyed the black family?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 11, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Yeah...let's put it here again in the backwater. No cumulative numbers about what doofus Reid is...and what a doofus Obama is to defend him. 44 Indeed. What a con.

Posted by: mftill | January 11, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

As a black woman, I am trying to figure out how in the hell all of these white folks who have been posting for the last 3 days know what racism is, since none of them claim to be racists.

As a matter of fact, in no way did I find Reid's comments racist. Stupid maybe, but not racists.

As a black woman, I also excuse Reid's unthoughtful choice of words along with President Obama.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 11, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Julian Bond is a no-good. Once, they gave him some money to turn out some voters. He couldn't do it.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 11, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

This truly grand. It was the words that mattered, not the unspoken, underlying prejudice.

Harry apologized for his "choice" of words. His real basis was, "this Obama guy isn't like the rest of the black community".

So, if you're black; how does "dear Harry" perceive you, vice Mr Obama?

A slip of the tongue usually reflects the true heart......

Posted by: Spitfires | January 11, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

God Bless his Heart, President Obama, for bring a man of Forgivness, me NO WAY, Reid is a Bigot, we know it, he know's it, God know's it, (Free Will)get over it, he spoke his heart. mind and soul. To live in today's world their are ALL kind's even Bigot's.

Posted by: onesugar1 | January 11, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

God Bless his Heart, President Obama, for bring a man of Forgivness, me NO WAY, Reid is a Bigot, we know it, he know's it, God know's it, (Free Will)get over it, he spoke his heart. mind and soul. To live in today's world their are ALL kind's even Bigot's.

Posted by: onesugar1 | January 11, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

God Bless his Heart, President Obama, for bring a man of Forgivness, me NO WAY, Reid is a Bigot, we know it, he know's it, God know's it, (Free Will)get over it, he spoke his heart. mind and soul. To live in today's world their are ALL kind's even Bigot's.

Posted by: onesugar1 | January 11, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I can't think of anything any more racist than what Harry Reid said......other words if obama had been black skin and spoke with a negro dialect...then he might not have supported him...if he didn't mean that...then why did he say what he said? and if thats not racist...then nothing is....

Posted by: lucygirl1 | January 11, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow. I read a lot of comments here. It seems that many of you shriveled old white toads REALLY no what racism is. I wonder why that is?

Posted by: md83 | January 11, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

If Bill Clinton had said it..they would want to hang him ....

Posted by: lucygirl1 | January 11, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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He did say much worse and the difference is, Clinton is no longer in Public Office. Because, if he were, I am sure you Rethugs would use your artificial anger to try and hang him to.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 11, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

When is ANY/Every one going to understand that it Does Not Matter what the Public thinks about what the Democrats are saying/doing? They Do NOT Care and will do what they want whether we like/want it or not. PERIOD. They Do Not Care and no amount of what anyone says will Ever convince me they do.

Posted by: vickisbear | January 11, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Did you really read Obama's statement?

Did you catch the slip of tongue?

Look:

""For him to have used some inartful language in trying to praise me, and for people to try to make hay out of that makes absolutely no sense," Obama told CNN's..."

He said that "for him to have used some inartful language in trying to praise me...makes absolutely no sense."

Posted by: coqui44 | January 11, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

hwkirk ~ poor old Gunnar was a Commie. Whatever he said about anything is highly suspect. Although I had to read his stuff for a paper I wrote in college, even then I found him to be EVASIVE.

There's no doubt Gunnar would have rather murdered Americans in their beds than to have "helped out".

Now, regarding this forgiveness of Harry Reid. We all know what Harry said and what he meant, and it wasn't just the use of the term "Negro". It's been "Colored" and the "N word" that've been more or less prohibited. Harry's primary concern was skin tone and spoken language.

It was all racist.

And Obama is an Uncle Tom for letting him get a pass on this.

Guess we know who it was decided Obama could run for President eh!

Posted by: muawiyah | January 11, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

This would be a good time for Obama to apologize for being a hypocrite in treating Trent Lott's comments differently from Harry Reid's. With that apology, let's have a truce on race baiting, share a beer, and get back to business.

We will never achieve true equality if dialogue on race is always accompanied with charges of racism.

Posted by: diehardlib | January 11, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

If Bill Clinton had said it..they would want to hang him ....

Posted by: lucygirl1 | January 11, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

I think I'm finally getting it. Being a dense, senior white male, it took a while.

If you're a liberal racist, it is alright.

If you're not a liberal racist, it is not alright.

Thank you for the lesson in political logic!

Posted by: GordonShumway | January 11, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

This Negro Caucus doesn't represent or speak for me or most black Americans. Harr Reid is an idiot and he should step down. I am a registered Democrat, but both parties aren't worth s$$t. If a white Republican had said the same thing, Negro Democrats would be asking for his or her head. There is a double standard with these idiots. The citizenry need to overthrow Congress and run their a$$es out of their offices into the streets.

Posted by: Ward4DC | January 11, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

The real intent of Reid's memo is to sell more books by making the contents as controversial as possible. He probably have overdone it, since he is still in power (but he tenure has less one year to go). Tom Rich, former head of DHS under Bush, did similar things in his memo last year, but he defended the Rep. government later that the media have exaggerated their criticism about the controversy in his book.

Posted by: ypcchiu | January 11, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Reid verbalized out loud what the reality was. Does anyone think that a black person with a heavy dialect would have been able to make millions of American comfortable enough to vote for. For us Americans race is The American Dilemma (Gunnar Myrdal.

Posted by: hwkirk | January 11, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Who cares if you feel good about people reaching out to you, Harry? It doesn't change the fact that you are a racist.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 11, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

How about "Chapellesque?" I made that word up. I think it's better than any of your words.

This is just a consequence of letting a few old white men assume way, way too much importance in our national governance.

Posted by: pressF1 | January 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

For a a presumed "leader" in the Senate, Reid is surely demonstrating lack of leadership qualities in this and many previous statements. It is time for him to go, either voluntarily or as a result of the voice of the electorate. As for the Black Caucus and its rally around Reid, one needs to remember these members are indebted to the rest of the Democrats merely for the chance of being elected to office. What else CAN they do but rally?

Posted by: baltic | January 11, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Why not just call him a street thug and a gangster, heck this is true.

Posted by: affirmativeactionpresident | January 11, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I think the net result of all of this is that Michael Steele has additional job security at the NRC. Republicans will not have the stomach to push him out no matter how he blunders.

Posted by: esch | January 11, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Harry thinks OBAMA is more of a house 'negro' than the dark skinned working type; this is always good to know. Did Reid employ the 'darker than a paper bag' test, or did he use some other means of judging Dear Leader to be light skinned?

Posted by: iphony | January 11, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

How amusing the POST sticks this where no cumulative public comments are added up.
Bury it!

Posted by: mftill | January 11, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

I do not believe how asinine people are being about this non issue.

In what possible way is Senator Reid's statement racist?

Please people, there are real issues we should be concerned about, a war or two, people in poverty or if we must health care.

Posted by: BobCrandall | January 11, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

"My boy Barry is a light-skinned Nîgra"
-- Harry the horse's asp Reid

Posted by: screwjob2 | January 11, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

"My boy Barry is a light-skinned Nîgra"
-- Harry the horse's asp Reid

Posted by: screwjob2 | January 11, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Sympomatic of a fake Democratic leadership that will still leave millions uninsured in thieir "new" health care bill- pack of gangsters in Fed clothing..

Posted by: frak | January 11, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Reid's problem is not really with HIS choice of words, but with the fact that it is not in the interest of the book's authors nor in the interest of political opponents to quote him with any accuracy as to context or intention, and thus they pick carefully which of Reid's words they want to quote. It is quite obvious that Reid was not making a racist statement about Obama, but making a tactical political statement about why race-based opposition to Obama would be sufficiently muted that it could not defeat his candidacy.

Posted by: ScienceTim | January 11, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

How can the Black Congressional Caucus justify its position on Senator Reid's racist remarks regarding President Obama? This position is only topped by the "good govenment's" high grades on the Obama's administration's lobbying and transparency policies. Its no wonder the print media is dying. It is amazing how the progressives spin and the liberal media can always justify and explain away "a misstatement by the left wing nut cakes when it comes to race" but heaven help a republican should he/she misspeak on race it's removal from office as racism. Sick an tired of the double standard if its racism for one its racism for all. Its wrong and should not be accepted or condoned only because it is "politically correct" to protect one of your own. The CBC has lost all credability with its voters in urban america who have to bear the burden of racism and don't enjoy the perks given to a few elected black officials who are put there by those same voters they are suppose to protect. Its nice to play God in defining racism only when it suits their political agenda. They through the urban black voters who they are suppose to represent under the bus for their own survival and political advantage. What a sad day for the nations efforts to move this country beyond the dark days of racism. The beltway protects its own without regard to principle or value. Out with all the phonies.

Posted by: Zman5 | January 11, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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