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Harry Reid apologizes for "light skinned" remark about Obama

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect" in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign.

"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words," said Reid in a statement. "I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments."

President Obama said in a statement that he and Reid had spoken about the matter on Saturday afternoon. "I accepted Harry's apology without question because I've known him for years, I've seen the passionate leadership he's shown on issues of social justice and I know what's in his heart," said Obama. "As far as I am concerned, the book is closed."

The Senate Majority Leader was officially neutral in the primary fight between Obama and then Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.). Reid's remarks about Obama were revealed in "Game Change", a book detailing the 2008 race penned by Time's Mark Halperin and New York magazine's John Heilemann.

Reid has written extensively about his relationship in a memoir entitled "The Good Fight" that was released last year. In that book, Reid recalled talking to Obama about running for president in 2007 and telling the then junior Senator from Illinois: "If you want to be president, you can be president now."

That same memoir contained an anecdote in which Obama told Reid he had a "gift" after delivering a speech on the Senate floor regarding then President Bush's approach to the war in Iraq. That remark drew considerable controversy from the Obama's Republican critics.

The details about Reid's remarks were first reported by the Atlantic. Reid's apology was first reported by the Jon Ralston.

Reid's apology comes on the same day that a new poll conducted by the Las Vegas Review Journal showed him facing an uphill fight for re-election in 2010. Reid trailed former state Republican party chairwoman Sue Lowden by a 50 percent to 40 percent margin and was behind businessman Danny Tarkanian (R) 49 percent to 41 percent. Only one in three voters viewed Reid favorably while 52 percent saw him in an unfavorable light in the poll.

Tarkanian said that Reid "disgraces himself almost monthly with some disparaging remark about his constituents, political opponents, or now the president," in a statement released Saturday afternoon.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee echoed that sentiment in a statement of its own release Saturday afternoon. "For those who hope to one day live in a color-blind nation it appears Harry Reid is more than a few steps behind them," said communications director Brian Walsh. "Unfortunately, this is just the latest in a long history of embarrassing and controversial remarks by the senior Senator from Nevada."

Despite Reid's dismal poll numbers, he told the Review-Journal that he has no plans to follow his colleagues Byron Dorgan (N.D.) and Chris Dodd (Conn.) into retirement. "I am absolutely running for re-election," Reid told the paper. "These are difficult times for Nevada and as the majority leader of the Senate I have been able to take action to address those challenges."

It's unclear whether the near-certain controversy his remarks about Obama will cause might force Reid to reassess his re-election plans.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 9, 2010; 4:07 PM ET
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Nothing like Race to get the Republicans on the same page. Sure sign of guilt complex, too much whining and foot stomping on the Right. Desperate! Anything that reveals the White American psychic about Race usually gets a lot of Cat Calls. Remember the picture in the Post? You know the Dead Monkey and the Caption about Health Care. Where were the Republicans on that one? Or Barak the Magic Negro? No-one lost their job for that one. Ya'll just can't shoot straight!

Posted by: minco_007 | January 11, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Trent Lott did NOT make a very public endorsement of racial segregation.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Disingenuous GOP Chair Michael Steele shows extreme chutzpah when he compares Senator Harry Reid's private -- and accurate -- comments about Barack Obama with Trent Lott's very public endorsement of racial segregation. Sadly, Reid's private evaluation of the President's light skin and dialect was accurate in our racist nation. They did make the President more acceptable to white America. I doubt if any neutral analyst with an understanding of sociology and race in America would disagree.

But it's quite a leap for Steele to equate Senator Reid's comment with Senator Trent Lott's public expression of support for Strom Thurmond's segregationist presidential campaign. Reid accurately commented on racism in America. Lott openly endorsed racial segregation. While the Radical Right that has taken over the Republican Party cannot tell the difference, most Americans understand that there is simply no comparison and that Senator Reid was quite accurate, in his private conversation. If his comments were racist, then any analysis of racial bigotry in America must, by definition, be racist too.

Posted by: dl49 | January 11, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Imagine if John McCain or another Republican politician used these exact words and phrases. Now take a second to think about it. Wouldn't you be OUTRAGED? Or would you take the pseudo-pragmatic approaches you are attempting to convey with these posts? We both know the answer to this. You are idealogues plain and simple, no better or worse than those on the Right.

We'd be seeing angry posts for months on end if it were John McCain being quoted here. People would go INSANE, and it would be thrust forward as yet another supposed example of the Republican party's latent racism.

Instead? We get lots of hemming and hawing and instructions not to jump to hasty conclusions and a laundry list of the reasons why we are overreacting. REALLY?

Deep down every one of you posters who is on here defending this man's comments knows damn well you'd be doing angry backflips and licking your chops were it a Republican leader saying these words. You know it. You just refuse to acknowledge it. Which makes it impossible to take any of you seriously.

Posted by: Tinman1188 | January 11, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

While I think Reid had no business saying this (and even though he did "own" the comment, he's not record as having said it...yet), I--like a lot of other black people--happen to agree with him. For some white people, Obama was a "safe" black candidate...for those who consider him "black" that is. A lot of whites--liberal, conservative, and all in between--go out of their way to refer to Obama as everything BUT black; they say "multiracial", "bi-racial", and "post-racial." Never mind that most "black" people in this country are multiracial anyway, and that's why we come in so many shades. Yet it's like white people never though about that until Obama started campaigning from presidential election. I think these occurrences are just a microcosm of what Reid was getting at.

The reaction from Republicans baffles me. Yes, there might have been a firestorm had the same words come out of the mouth of a Republican, but I think Republicans are more upset about the fact that Reid hasn't been lynched than are about the actual comments that he made. To have Michale Steele raising cain is even more baffling. While I've never thought of him as being a "sell-out" or "Uncle Tom", I think his reaction shows that there IS quite an ideological gulf between him and many of the black people in this country.

Sincerely,
TOO SMART to be a "Democrat" & too big a heart to be a Republican.

Posted by: jameso19 | January 11, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

CNN is still talking about Sen. Reid's racial remarks.

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

Bwwwaaahahahahaa, hoisted on his own petard.

Reid deserves his bashing this time, he helped create the PC monster, I hope he chokes on it.

I listened to some of the Russ Parr morning show this am, listening to the backflips to justify him was hilarious.

Sad that they are in that position to begin with though.

Posted by: Obaama | January 11, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

You mean "Reid"? As for Obama's speech patterns, perhaps you missed him campaigning in South Carolina. I'll try to find you a clip on YouTube.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 5:42 AM | Report abuse

If Mr. Obama spoke ebonics, then no, he would not have been elected, just as Sarah Palin will never be elected using that colloquial manner of speaking of the fellow Alaskans. She needs to clean it up if she is serious about politics. I think Oprah had much more to do with whether or not he was elected than how dark or light his skin is. Reed is an idiot.

Posted by: motsytotsy | January 10, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

He only spoke the truth. Obama is a well spoken black guy and people were and still are obsessed with that idea. What else did he have going for him? Nothing!

Posted by: LB850 | January 10, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

My file on Chris Fox is MUCH larger than my file on Chris Cillizza.

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 10:34 PM

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thanks for this, Jake

Posted by: Noacoler | January 10, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Would referring to a southern drawl be racist? How about the Coen brothers' version of Minnesota dialect (yeah, for sure)? The only factual error in Reid's comment is that it would properly be characterized as a dialect rather than an accent. I believe that an accent implies a learned language (think Apoo from the Simpsons). Having lived in Yorkshire, there are identifiable English dialects. These to the point where one can identify within a few miles where one grew up.

I listen to and enjoy the Kojo Nnamdi show. I was pretty sure he was African American from listening to the show. I think he has a rich, mellifluous speaking voice. Also, identifiably African American.

I think that Trent Lott's forced resignation was a case where the party power structure was looking for an excuse to drop someone. Although the situation was different--praise for a senior Republican's segregationist past. All this trouble we've had is that the halls of power are no longer reserved for white men. I expect that if Harry Reid had praised Sen. Byrd's time in the KKK, he'd be gone.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 10, 2010 7:27 PM | Report abuse

I think the part that is controversial, and that is not being discussed (but would have been if it was a Republican who said the same thing as Reid), is what Reid meant by a "negro dialect". I have a couple of ideas what Reid meant; I imagine something like an accent from, Maine, to a street slang style accent (which changes depending where you are and who you 'hang' with). Personally I don't like Presidents with 'accents; I hated listening to John Edwards speak and would not vote for a candidate with anything more than a slight accent.

Posted by: BryanSutherland | January 10, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Sir, you're going to be awfully lonely in the Obama line that morning. Don't get too depressed.

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more quantum leakage from the Bizarro alternate universe

Posted by: Noacoler | January 10, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

...I will be voting for President Obama in the next election and I will be the first one voting in the morning because President Obama gets it and the Republicans just want to exploit workers and this country.

Posted by: blakesouthwood | January 10, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Sir, you're going to be awfully lonely in the Obama line that morning. Don't get too depressed.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 10, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans in Congress (notably the Senate) have done far more damage to this country by not voting in legislation to help the economy and health care compared to one remark by Senator Reid.
Most of everything the Republicans say should ban them from representing We The People. What Reid said was wrong but what the Republicans DO every day is more wrong and more harmful to the success of our country. What the Republicans have been doing for decades is turn this country into Swiss Cheese by destroying unions, and not supporting the people. Instead the Republicans represent the top 10% in this country with money and big business and could care less about the rest of the country that's why teachers and policemen and firemen are paid so little. Just why are postal workers paid more than teachers that educate our children.
What the Republicans do every day is far worse then mere words uttered by the champion of Universal Health Care which is Harry Reid. It's the Republicans that should be ashamed of themselves, but they don't care otherwise we would have had universal health care decades ago and they would have demanded passing the New Deal to create 150M jobs but they don't care. By outsourcing jobs the Republicans make more profit but the tax base revenue for the country plummets due to decreased money going into social security and payroll taxes are bypassed and pensions and health care costs (which are skyrocketing) and THAT is why the Republicans are pouncing on Senator Harry Reid. I think Senator Reid is a great man. What he said wasn't helpful but President Obama is above name calling and knows that Reid is a good man.
It's the Republicans that are harming and gutting this country.
I will be voting for President Obama in the next election and I will be the first one voting in the morning because President Obama gets it and the Republicans just want to exploit workers and this country.

Posted by: blakesouthwood | January 10, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

While this story was on the front page of the WaPo, it was also A4 in the Los Angeles Times, although I noticed the AP did not assign 11 factcheckers for this latest book ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 10, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Posting this column pretty much confirms that Cillizza needs hits to keep his job. It's a total nonstory that has good capacity to bring in drudge trolls. So the site fills up with repetitive stupid drivel from the gomers and some sharp pencilled little smarty looks at the hit count so CC gets to continue being Fantasia Mickey for the GOP.

I miss news reporting. This is hyperventilation.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 10, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

JohnBrown08:

I am not a Republican. What if Sen. Reid called for Trent Lott to step down, would HE be the hypocrite?

Posted by: JakeD | January 10, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The Negro dialect was employed by Hillary. Barry used it when rallying an audience of minorities. It is called pandering. Now, of course, Dems have the liberty to use it. No problem. Maybe more disturbing than their deception, however, is that those being deceived will lay down and say, "Take Me Dems, I am Yours. Use Me"

Posted by: jas7751 | January 10, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

GOPers got so many blatantly racist "heroes" to deal with that it's humorous seeing them jump at the opportunity to beat up on Reid. One would expect them to ask Reid to join them in their movement back to the 1950s.

Posted by: JohnBrown08 | January 10, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

This, from Mikey "honest injun" Steele? The man continues to amaze as the biggest hypocrite in the political establishment.

Posted by: JohnBrown08 | January 10, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is a disgrace to the Nation and should resign immediately. By now African Americans should realize that they are regarded as "plantation" citizens by the democrats who have done nothing to improve their role in society. Making empty promises to buy votes is the signature tradition of the democrats! Wake up America, under Obama, Reid, and Pelosi, corruption is at its highest level in American history.

Posted by: nmg3rln | January 10, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Blacks are useful idiots for the Democrat Party and have been since LBJs Great Society. The Dems have enslaved Blacks with Govt Entitlements (Wealth Distribution) for generations. The Black Community has to ask themselves how that has worked out. While Blacks continue to obediently vote Dem those Political Hacks make their false promises and grow their base. Pitiful.

Posted by: jas7751 | January 10, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse


There is much to admire about Barry. Such as loyalty. 20 yrs with the same Radical Rev and Mentor in his Racist Black Liberation Church. Over 20 years. Truly outstanding!

Posted by: jas7751 | January 10, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

God, the rightwingers on this blog, like all blogs, are a really ugly bunch.

Posted by: drindl | January 10, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid has nothing to worry about after he decides against seeking reelection. I hear the brothels in Nevada will start offering male prostitutes this year. Harry's old but he has a lot of experience screwing everyone. Other democrats that retire may also move there.

Posted by: privacy3 | January 10, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

We have the ultimate hypocrisy here with the head of the Republican Party calling for Senator Reid's resignation. Ever since the adoption of the Southern Strategy by Richard Nixon, the Republican Party has been engaged in continuous race baiting. If anything, the acceptability of a light skinned black man and one with out a Negro dialect is a product of race baiting.

The entire Republic Party should resign.

Posted by: pbarnett52 | January 10, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

When Brown beats Coakley in Massachusetts, Harry Reid will get the message and start running for the exit. More democrats should follow. January and February 2010 will be know as the year of the Great Exodus for Democrats. I love it.

Posted by: privacy3 | January 10, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

One CLEAR FACT REMAINS is that this is the first time in a long time that not only the party in power dont want the Obama Administration in office but the Party in Power main supporter the FAR LEFT HAS BUYER's REMORSE....and it has occurred so quickly the Democratic party wont recover for a long time. The FAR LEFT is angry, moderates are angry and if THE GOP doesnt get cocky again, and govern in the conservative financial way they have in the past, the will rule the next quarter of a century. Obama administration is appearing weak on terrorism, weak on securing the White House, this is becoming a comedy.

If I were next to Barack I tell him cut the speeches, and for sake of his own PROMISES show transparency and let CSPAN show the deliberations of the foolish Health Care Bill meetings, even though it is only being created to legalize 50 million or so Hispanics who usually vote for the party in power that gives them their citizenship, until they learn and educate themselves and read that they were supporting is a PARTY that's a strong supporter of ABORTION and GAY MARRIAGE. Catholic mmmmm!

Close the book on this story.

Posted by: Fred23 | January 10, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

If you bring your children to a RACIST church for years,


AND give that RACIST church $20,000,


Does that make you a RACIST ????


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 10, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Senator Reid's comment wasn't racial at all. As a Black, I see Reid as speaking to what has been depicted of Blacks by Whites and Blacks alike. He may have been trying to speak in a positive light; however, not recognizing that there would be some who would try to make something out of nothing. Racism is a system of a bigger problem, Radical Christianic extremism. I don't see that in Mr. Reid.

Posted by: ingramris | January 10, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Lest we forget the long history of idiotic sayings from the spineless one:

the war is lost.

Tourists smell.

The president is a loser.

The list goes on.

Posted by: Moonbat | January 10, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

To Whites In America and Around The World

President Barack Obama is not light skinned. He's the same complexion as myself and many other U.S. Negro citizens. His skin tone is brown, not light or fair skin. Lena Horne the actress, the late Dr. Charles Drew, D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, former Congressman Harold Ford Jr., and former Congressman Adam Clayton Powell Jr. are all light skin or fair skin Negroes. I am glad Harry Reid said what he said. I think the man is a closeted racist as many are in the Democratic Party.

Posted by: Ward4DC | January 10, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

'Near-certain controversy?' -- only in the Beltway. What a joke. This is journalism?

"The National Republican Senatorial Committee echoed that sentiment in a statement of its own release Saturday afternoon. "For those who hope to one day live in a color-blind nation it appears Harry Reid is more than a few steps behind them," said communications director Brian Walsh."

Is this included for comic relief, satire, or parody?

Posted by: drindl | January 10, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

...Here are some "controversies" the Post can report on tomorrow:

The Sun is bright.
Rush Limbaugh is fat.
The ice caps are melting.
Stephen Colbert is skinny.
The Redskins stink.
Donald Trump is rich.
Pre-debate Palin couldn't remember Biden's name even after multiple tries.
Bernie Madoff is in jail.
The Post has given up on news and is moving to right-wing bloviating.
BHO is tall.
Conan O'Brien isn't funny.
Woody Allen used to be real funny.
Justice Sotomayor likes rice and beans.

There's tomorrow's page A1 for you, WashPo. Sad.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 10, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse


You forgot the most important "controversy" of all:

Barack Obama is a dope.

Posted by: privacy3 | January 10, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

JakeD, broadwayjoe, Moonbat, Noacoler


I can't imagine any institution which has been more racist than the United States Senate - first its makeup was established as "Half Free - Half Slave" - practically its entire membership was designed to insure that slavery continued.

The racism that has come out of the Senate has exceeded everything.

OK maybe the Supreme Court was worse - with the Dred Scott decision and the Jim Crow decisions.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 10, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Again, the SS agent is NOT Majority Leader of the United States Senate. Why aren't you leaving my blog?

Posted by: JakeD | January 10, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

A foreign dignitary comes to the WH to see President BHO. He asks an SS agent which person in the packed conference room is BHO. The agent says he's a tall, light-skinned black guy with a short haircut. The dignitary asks, "How does he speak?" The agent says, "Well, he's well spoken and not into ebonics." The dignitary says "fine," then spots BHO and has a great talk with him.

A "near certain controversy?" We think not.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 10, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Neither Dale Robertson nor Audra Shay are Majority Leader of the United States Senate.

Posted by: JakeD | January 10, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The fact that this so-called "near-certain controversy" is being pushed by many who (some believe) hate BHO and hate blacks would seem to totally invalidate the racism charge.

And, of course, there's the double standard...

I missed the Washington Post/Fix reporting on Tea Party Founder and President Dale Robertson waiving an N-word sign.

http://washingtonindependent.com/73036/n-word-sign-dogs-would-be-tea-party-leader

And we missed Post/Fix coverage of Young Republicans President Audra Shay's (alleged) e-exchange about "tak[ing] this country back from all those mad coons."

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2009-07-10/the-gops-young-hatemonger/

http://gawker.com/5311792/young-republican-leader-audra-shay-is-crazy-illiterate-racist

I'll keep looking, though.

_________

January 10, 2010, the end of serious journalism.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 10, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe:

That wasn't a question I posted; get off MY blog and go to the library.

Posted by: JakeD | January 10, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The truth is this:


Obama and the democrats have tossed the word "racist" around so much that they have completely prevented anyone in the country from having any constructive discussion about race.

That is not a step forward, it is a step backward.

AGAIN, the democrats have put politics ahead of actually accomplishing any of their professed ideals.

They are a bunch of hypocrites.

They have committed FRAUD against their own charges of Racism.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 10, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Double standard?

I am flipping through the WashingtonPost/Fix archives to find an article mentioning Palin (allegedly) called President Barack H. Obama a "S@mbo," as reported by veteran journalist Charley James in laprogressive.com in 2008. I know it must be there in the files; we'll find it. So far no such luck. :)

http://www.laprogressive.com/2008/09/05/alaskans-speak-in-a-frightened-whisper-palin-is-%E2%80%9Cracist-sexist-vindictive-and-mean%E2%80%9D/

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 10, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

What Harry Reid was really saying is that the democratic party is racist because it will not even consider nominating a dark-skinned man with a negro accent.


Think about that one.


JIVE, MAN.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 10, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

"I would agree that if his remarks were sufficient to cost him his leadership position, the same is true of Reid's remarks."

- FairlingtonBlade

"I have a soft spot fit Lott ..."

- Chris Fox

Posted by: JakeD | January 10, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe:

Go to your local library and check the microfilm for the WaPo front pages during the Trent Lott scandal.

Posted by: JakeD | January 10, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I hope Harry Reid stays to be fired by the voters in November. He's the worst Senate leader in the history of the country. He's a symbol of everything that is wrong with the Democrats in 2010.

Posted by: kenpasadena | January 10, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

I hope Harry Reid stays to be fired by the voters in November. He's the worst Senate leader in the history of the country. He's a symbol of everything that is wrong with the Democrats in 2010.

Posted by: kenpasadena | January 10, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

The Obama spin machine has just gone off the deep end into making no sense at all - they are talking but they aren't saying anything.


It is hypocricy at its greatest.


ONLY REV. WRIGHT CAN SAVE THEM NOW.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 10, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Mark it, January 10, 2010: the end of serious journalism.

This article discussing a totally made-up fake controversy is referenced on the first page (A1) of the print edition of the national political paper of record, the Washington Post.

Reid's statement objectively describing our 44th President apperance and speech pattern using the non-PC language of his region and his generation has been officially made into a "story."

What's worse the article ties Reid's comments to Lott's claim that America woild have been better under racial segregation. In what strange world are Reid's descriptive words and Lott's call for a return to Jim Crow equivalent.

Let's be honest: most of those endlessly bleating about Reid's description of BHO are not folks arguably affected (i.e., BHO (he was not insulted, BTW) and blacks generally) but folks who don't like BHO and don't like blacks. Go figure. Bizarro (Bad are good, up are down) World stuff.

If you can't beat 'em, join him. Here are some "controversies" the Post can report on tomorrow:

The Sun is bright.
Rush Limbaugh is fat.
The ice caps are melting.
Stephen Colbert is skinny.
The Redskins stink.
Donald Trump is rich.
Pre-debate Palin couldn't remember Biden's name even after multiple tries.
Bernie Madoff is in jail.
The Post has given up on news and is moving to right-wing bloviating.
BHO is tall.
Conan O'Brien isn't funny.
Woody Allen used to be real funny.
Justice Sotomayor likes rice and beans.

There's tomorrow's page A1 for you, WashPo. Sad.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 10, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Harry Reid should resign just as Trent Lott did.

The hypocrisy is soooooo thick with the democrats.


AND if you don't agree with me, you are a racist.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 10, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

Harry Reid should resign just as Trent Lott did.


The hypocrisy is soooooo thick with the democrats.

AND if you don't agree with me, you are a racist.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 10, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I recall reading quite a number of stories early in the campaign about whether or not Obama was black enough. The point being that his background and upbringing were sufficiently unusual as to not have the same appeal to African Americans as another candidate such as Jesse Jackson. The Oprah endorsement was crucial in that regard.

With regards to Trent Lott, it was Republicans who threw him under the bus. I would agree that if his remarks were sufficient to cost him his leadership position, the same is true of Reid's remarks.

I'll let everyone get back to yelling at each other.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 10, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

The expression, 'one of the good ones', is back but now he is the President. Get over it.

Posted by: RayOne | January 10, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

The KKK used to control blocks of delegates at the Democratic National Conventions - that is true.

Obama brings his children to a RACIST church for years.

Obama gives $20,000 to a RACIST church.

WHO IS THE REAL RACIST ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 10, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Is this the same Harry R that declared on the floor of the Senate that by not voting on a health care bill was the same as not voting for the civil rights act back in the 60's??? he implied that those (especially republicans) were racist in not voting for a bill that no one even read? Why do we all believe that ALL people in office in either party are truly there for us? When are we to start a national Term Limits debate to insure that we are heard as Americans not Right or Left Rep or Dem? While we are at it how about two other rules/laws #1 If you are in an "elected office of any type" you must resign from that office to run for another office. No more Sen running for President and then back to the Senate when they loose. #2 If you are elected as a Dem or Rep..and you want to change paries resing and hold a special election and pay back $ to the party you left that helped put you there.

Posted by: endingo | January 10, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Is this the same Harry R that declared on the floor of the Senate that by not voting on a health care bill was the same as not voting for the civil rights act back in the 60's??? he implied that those (especially republicans) were racist in not voting for a bill that no one even read? Why do we all believe that ALL people in office in either party are truly there for us? When are we to start a national Term Limits debate to insure that we are heard as Americans not Right or Left Rep or Dem? While we are at it how about two other rules/laws #1 If you are in an "elected office of any type" you must resign from that office to run for another office. No more Sen running for President and then back to the Senate when they loose. #2 If you are elected as a Dem or Rep..and you want to change paries resing and hold a special election and pay back $ to the party you left that helped put you there.

Posted by: endingo | January 10, 2010 7:52 AM | Report abuse

Is this the same Harry R that declared on the floor of the Senate that by not voting on a health care bill was the equivilent as not voting for the civil rights act back in the 60's??? He implied that those (especially republicans) were racist in not voting for a bill that no one even read? Why do we all believe that ALL people in office in either party are truly there for us? When are we to start a national Term Limits debate to insure that we are heard as Americans not Right or Left Rep or Dem? While we are at it how about two other rules/laws #1 If you are in an "elected office of any type" you must resign from that office to run for another office. No more Sen running for President and then back to the Senate when they loose. #2 If you are elected as a Dem or Rep..and you want to change paries resign and hold a special election and pay back $ to the party you left that helped put you there.

Posted by: endingo | January 10, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

Another day. Another liberal apologizing.

Is there a liberal tougher than jello out there? Looks like perpetually surprised Nancy now wears the pants in the Obama era of ginormous government.

Posted by: Moonbat | January 10, 2010 7:22 AM | Report abuse

Wow who knew Harry Reid was such an idiot.

Oh wait. That's right. Everyone knows.

Posted by: Moonbat | January 10, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

When Democrap Socialist Harry Reid described Obama as: "...a light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one", he was implying that Obama could and would jive-talk if he was speaking to a black audience, but speak normal American to a white audience.
This racist slip is similar to the racist slip made by another Democrap Socialist, Joe Biden, who back in 2007 described Obama as: "...you got the first mainstream African--American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice--looking guy", that implied that Obama is unusual from other blacks because he is "articulate", bright", and "clean".
What those slip-ups by Reid and Biden in fact are are called "Freudian Slips". A Freudian Slip is, according to my Webster's Dictionary: "a mistake made in speaking by which , it is thought, the speaker inadvertently reveals unconscious motives, desires, etc". In other words, both Reid and Biden's Freudian Slips expose them as being racists underneath their facade of political correct veneer.

Posted by: armpeg | January 10, 2010 5:03 AM | Report abuse

As political scandals go this one is pretty thin gruel. Is any other paper making hay of it? It'll pass by Monday. Reid was quaint, Obama's a grownup, end of story but for some me-too keyboard warriors with way too much free time.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 10, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

BurtRose, Reid may be out soon - though I'd hesitate to underestimate the get out the vote abilities of a man who's won so many elections.

I don't think Obama will be out soon.

When he's actually on the ticket he brings a bunch of people to the party who don't usually play.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 10, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

Reid will be out soon. With Obama to follow.

Posted by: BurtRose | January 10, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Hey xfiler see my post at 11:18.
 
But don't you think you're being more than a little dishonest painting the Democrats as the racists?  You have to go back to before the CRA.  After which, as predicted by LBJ as he buried his face in his hands after signing it, southern Democrats bolted to the GOP.
 
 And the Southern Strategy created to add the Democratic south to the GOP electorate ended up marginalizing the GOP to the south alone, as the rest of the country got turned off by the party's nutty ideas and its coziness for bigots.
 
And with every Republican since Reagan it's just gotten worse, the bigotry more and more out in the open, until the volcano erupted with Obama's elected and now we have the most racist rhetoric in our politics since the 1960s .. back when racists were Democrats.  But now it's Republicans.
 
Sometimes it's dog-whistle, for which I expect denial and defiance, but sometimes it's right out in the open, and I don't even see GOP elected officials calling it out.
 
1965?  That was over two generations ago.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 10, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

Noacoler, Cheers! And by the way, I think you're right about Lott.

These ethnic minefields don't improve the status of any ethnic group, it's just a political playground.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 10, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

The myth of physical objects is epistemologically superior to most in that it has proved more efficacious than other myths as a device for working a manageable structure into the flux of experience.
 
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ahhh, thanks for that line in particular.
 
Have to read the whole thing.  Thanks!

I have "conjectures" as the only one if his books duped to Kindle. My favorite. "schism" is great too.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 10, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

Well, a repub named Trent Lott made an ill-advised but harmless remark back in 2002. Sen.Obama and all the dems were outraged, and Lott paid heavily. The Dems are the most racist group on earth, having created the KKK and tried to block the Civil Rights Bill in the 60's. They and their followers are the ulitmate hypocrites.

Posted by: xfiler93 | January 10, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Noacoler, yes, I think Popper described himself as a critical realist or a critical rationalist. He certainly wouldn't have agreed that he was a logical positivist, though he hung out with them in Vienna for a while.

And yes, reading him at his best ("Conjectures and Refutations" I highly recommend as a late summary of his thinking in essay form - it's the title of a book, but the book takes it's title from the essay) is utterly delightful. I love philosophers who go to great pains to make their thought perfectly clear, and he was one of those.

If anyone's unfamiliar with Popper there's a decent selection from one of his essays at http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/popper_falsification.html

Noacoler, here's one just for you: Quine, "Two Dogmas of Empiricism". I don't understand the first parts of this essay, but beginning with section "VI. EMPIRICISM WITHOUT THE DOGMAS" to me it's almost a religious text, very moving. It's here: http://www.ditext.com/quine/quine.html

Long live TheFix.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 10, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse

deegeetau:

I read that too about Bill Clinton saying that. It seems as if Hillary wanted more made of Obama's drug use as well.

Posted by: JakeD | January 10, 2010 12:36 AM | Report abuse

If Burris were as light-skinned as Obama--with less of a negro dialect, maybe Reid would support him.

At least Burris and other coloreds are still welcome to serve the Clintons coffee.

Posted by: deegeetau | January 10, 2010 12:09 AM | Report abuse


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I would like to call your attention to the movie Airplane - the scene in which the two blacks were talking - in JIVE - and there were subtitles translating the dialogue into super-polite english.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 10, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

douglasbarber: you're far deeper into this than I, I don't even know those people after Sartre.
 
As it happens I agree re: falsification as the grail.  But I'll never forget the first time I opened one of his books, to a random page, and in one paragraph he's talking about the difference between the intractibility of measuring a gas a molecule at a time vs. the unknowability of noncommuting observables in QM.  It was one of those times when I actually got a little dizzy.  I can't do justice to the paragraph but I was hooked.
 
I though Popper ended up a Realist, not a LP.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 10, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

If you bring your children to a RACIST church for years,


AND give that RACIST church $20,000,


Does that make you a RACIST ????


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 10, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Noacoler, Popper's good, but his notion that falsification has priveleged status as science's holy grail is suspect.

He argues that falsification is powerful because a single observation can disprove a statement of the form, "All swans are white", while no finite number of observations can confirm that statement.

He neglects to consider that a single observation can confirm a statement of the form, "There are black holes," or, "There are black swans". He further fails to account for undoubtedly scientific statements such as "for every metal, there is a temperature at which it changes from solid to liquid" can neither be proven nor disproven by any finite number of observations. He fetichizes Modus Tollens as though one syllogism were more powerful than any other.

He's a sort of everyman's logical positivist.

I'll take him over Hegel. But I'll take Harry Reid over both of them, and Carl G. Hempel over the whole bunch.

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

Jake: never heard of Last Resort, haven't seen it

zouk: nobody cares, certainly not I. Prattle on, loser

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 11:43 PM | Report abuse

CF8, fair enough. I have a hazy recollection of what Lott said, so I went and wikied it. According to wiki, Lott didn't mention segregationism in that comment. I was trying to predict what you would say and that was pretty much my prediction.

FWIW, a friend of mine went to a biological research meeting and Gingrich gave a keynote speech and she was impressed with his sort of progressive views. (She's a vegetarian, yoga doing, hippie from Cali) I've got emails from Gingrich on the importance of Alzheimer's research. I do think the guy is kind of trying to straddle the line between the batshat ideology of his chosen party and some of the sensible ideas of the other party without becoming a "RINO." As Michael Steele can tell you, it's a pretty wide gulf to try and straddle.

Eff the Cowboys

Posted by: DDAWD | January 9, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

douglasbarber: only philosopher I read is Karl Popper, whom I revere.

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

The ped craves any attention. Even a auto signed form letter gets you into the inner circle. It is a lonely place.

Imagine the shame of a small confused boy , rejected by his strict father and the life he chose to further drive that wedge.

Long term psych damage as we all can readily observe.

Now an old lonely geezer trolling for attention anywhere, anyhow. Sad.

Posted by: Moonbat | January 9, 2010 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Jake, you must have gone to one of those schools where "Philosophy" means the continental blather that runs from Hegel through Heidegger and Sartre to Deleuze and Guattari.

I much prefer that "philosophy" which contents itself with asking, "What do you mean?" and "How do you know?"

It's the second of those analytic philosophical questions which I'd point at your 10:29 comment "It is also an objective fact had Thurmond been elected President of the United States that we wouldn't have all the problems we have today."

Just because you have by some means or other happened upon a morally sound position in opposing abortion on demand doesn't make you an oracle on other subjects.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 9, 2010 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Jake, speculation and objective fact are immiscible constructs.

Please, just for once, concede this point.

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

If Burris were as light-skinned as Obama--with less of a negro dialect, maybe Reid would support him. At least Burris and other coloreds are still welcome to serve the Clintons coffee.

Posted by: deegeetau | January 9, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

Here's a more recent example. If Gore had been elected President for eight years, and Vice President Lieberman had run for President in 2008, then Obama never even gets nominated. That's all I am doing, running an alternate history with all the different possibilities from a Thurmond Presidency. The scenarios are limitless. The ONE thing we know, for sure, however -- we couldn't have had the same exact problems -- that's all that Trent Lott said.

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD: Maybe I just have a soft spot for Lott because I knew someone who met him and reported him a decent man (and Gingrich a complete jerk), and I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt .. and the spot got softer when he favored me with a personal reply.
 
If he's said "America would have been better if you'd won and entrenched segregation so deep into our law we would never get it out" or something explicit like that it would be one thing, but to construe what he did say into support for Thurmond's decades-ago position on race just strikes me as a little too *embellishing* for the consequences it had on his career.
 
I don't get that it was a wink-wink kind of comment.  He was just jawbonin' and saying polite things to a very old man at his last birthday and my inclination is to cut him some slack.
 
Reid too.  Not George Allen.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

You guys never took a philosophy class in college? You've never wondered "What if" questions, like what if Al Gore had just let Bill Clinton campaign for him in just one State, Arkansas? What if Al Gore had been President on 9/11?

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

The eagles remind me of barrys foreign policy and war on terror.

Weak as circus lemonade.

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

The sad truth is Harry Reid is right. If Obama had not been a light skinned mulatto who, as a result of being raised by his white mother and grandparents in Hawaii, had more or less no direct exposure to African-American culture (and therefore also inherited primarily the communication style of his white family) he would not have won the election.

Truth be known the differences between white english and black english (or what Reid, showing what an old white guy he is, called "negro dialect," what people today would call "talking like a black dude") simply reflects the evolution of two distinct dialects (read mispeakings) of the colonists' British english. Dialects which were seperated partially by the rural/urban and other geographically divides, but also largely by the forced segregation of our population and the systematic denial of education to blacks for centuries. Urban white people's mispeaking of british english just ended up being called standard american english, with everything else being country or slang.

That being said the vast majority of whites buy into the myth of their english being right and anything different being wrong, and thus would not likely have voted for someone who couldnt speak like them, due to the trained association between different dialects and speaking styles with ignorance.

Posted by: siniod | January 9, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

douglaslbarber:

You don't have to believe me. Just ask Noacoler whether Lott deserved to be forced out.

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 11:07 PM | Report abuse

Everything after "I am not nuts" was nuts

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler:

What did you think of "The Last Resort"?

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

By the way, the Ravens are going to spank the Pats tomorrow, and will end up playing Dallas in the Super Bowl. Of course this is just a speculation, not an objective fact.

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

"Can't believe the Eagles are tanking.

Out.

Posted by: broadwayjoe"

Looks like it's safe to come out...

But yeah, this game is a joke.

CF8, I remember you defending Trent Lott's statements earlier. If I'm correct abut this, can you elaborate?

Posted by: DDAWD | January 9, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

I am not nuts. An objective fact can certainly be based on consensus speculation (i.e. man-made climate change). For these purposes, only those qualified and trained observers would be able to intelligently subtract from history what actually happened, replacing that real timeline with a hypothetical Thurmond Presidency and aftermath. If every Presidential historian agreed that Thurmond being elected President would have created all different problems, not the same ones we have today, then it is indeed an objective observation.

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

I dunno Jake. Somehow you've failed to convince me that there's no difference between empowering a police force to use guns, billy clubs and tear gas to enforce a law which says "people with dark skins go to the back of the bus", and saying "Here's an individual who's light skinned and doesn't have a negro dialect."

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 9, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

And I thought we had a love connection.

Back to staring and waiting and hoping then ped!

Posted by: Moonbat | January 9, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Whaddaya mean tanking, they always sucked. I HATED "Hotel California."

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Jake, this revelation of yours puts a while new complexion in things.

Putting aside our long running little feud and all the pointless animosity, sincerely, no backhanded insult:

get some help

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe the Eagles are tanking.

Out.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic: I am calling on Reid to resign, not because he said anything racist, but because Lott was forced to resign for saying the same thing. That's why "broadwayjoe" and "douglaslbarber" CANNOT admit it was the same. But even Chris Fox sees through that double standard.

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 10:46 PM | Report abuse

JakeD wrote, "It is also an objective fact had Thurmond been elected President of the United States that we wouldn't have all the problems we have today."

Umm, no. An "objective fact" is one that observers can agree upon. For instance, observers can agree that the Dixiecrat party favored encoding racial segregation in law.

What might have happened had Strom Thurmond been elected president is unverifiable *speculation*, not "objective fact". Similarly, what might had happened had racial segregation remained encoded in law after 1954 is *speculation*, not "objective fact".

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 9, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

douglaslbarber:

It is also an objective fact had Thurmond been elected President of the United States that we wouldn't have all the problems we have today. ...

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 10:29 PM"
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What???? Are you nuts?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Jake maintains files about me. I am the subject of obsessive research by a complete stranger I will never meet.

Nothing I can say to satirize this. It's simply incredible.

And years too late fir "get a life."

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

The ped is upset. This is supposed to be his time. Drivl hogs and clogs daytimes. Ped bloviates, bores and annoys pm.

Never fear love birds. Jake and ped can do their BFF pied a deux all into the early am.

Posted by: Moonbat | January 9, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

When Barry finally gets something right, anything, I am confident that Cilizza will faithfully report it.

You must be patient.

Posted by: Moonbat | January 9, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

My file on Chris Fox is MUCH larger than my file on Chris Cillizza. Besides, I gave you several examples and now you two are moving the goalposts to limit it to only positive comments since January 20th. That's when you can do your own homework.

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow so many drive-by posters all writing the exact same post.

Still dittoheads. Still herd animals, stampeding over the cliff into political irrelevance. Yeah like these invertebrate-brains are the harbinger of a new and revitalized conservatism.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

douglaslbarber:

It is also an objective fact had Thurmond been elected President of the United States that we wouldn't have all the problems we have today. Yet, only Trent Lott is forced to resign?

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

That Jake could not paste in Fix material from past posts favorable to BHO says it all. No one has a more complete Fix archive than Jake.
 
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Yeah he can spend six hours tracking down and posting quotes of me talking about parrots apropos of nothing and of even less interest than when I posted them .. but when it comes to backing up his own confident assertions it's "I'm not doing your homework for you."
 
Making crap up on the fly as usual.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Reid was being descriptive just like a reporter or a police officer would be. BHO's appearance and speech pattern are objective facts that Reid noted using non-PC language. Riddle me this: If 44 wasn't offended, why are you? This is another fake controversy is silly as "bitter," fistbumps, Reverend Wright, and death panels. Sad.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

The neonits got to be loving this problem Mr. Reid has made for himself, stupid talk, I'm sure regreted the moment it was issued. I'm sure that the statesman Mr. Tarkanian was very sincere with his comments about Mr. Reid being disparaging in his remarks about President Obama, he can't wait to have his turn at disparaging President Obama. I need to remind folks that these Republican hopefuls are members of a party that has a 21% acceptance among all voters and that there is a lifetime of political intrigue between now and next November. At rthe gaming tables in that state I'll still take the odds and Mr. Reid

Posted by: sls213 | January 9, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

BroadwayJoe put the obvious truth succinctly: "Suggesting America would be better under Jim Crow segregation is racist (Lott). Objectively describing an individual's appearance and speech pattern, albeit with non-PC language, isn't (Reid). It's that simple."

The rest is gamesmanship - insincere posturing aimed at obtaining partisan advantage.

It's perfectly suitable material for "The Fix", which, entirely properly, is a non-ideological day to day study of political gamesmanship.

It's a category error, though, to confuse the slogans advanced by the players seeking a tactical advantage with sincere statements of ideological committment.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 9, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

So, broadwayjoe racism is only offensive when it comes from conservatives or Republicans? When Democrats and liberals are racists, it's a non-issue?

Posted by: alientech | January 9, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

Fred, what I understand perfectly well is this:

Throughout history, oppressed people, to their credit, have sometimes chosen to man up and challenge their oppressors head on. To their shame, they have sometimes chosen to buck up their self esteem by grinding the faces of people even less fortunate than themselves in the dirt.

I suspect that you cotton to "Plan B".

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

"Don't hear a thing from the usual suspects, Jackson, Sharpton, Maxine Waters, etc. The Prez accepts his apology and all is sweetness and light. ....
Posted by: melj1 | January 9, 2010 9:35 PM"
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This is because evidently they weren't offended. Isn't it odd that the folks pushing this fake controversy are for the most part bigo-, er, "conservatives"?

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

Just a non story. Harry is still a racist and is very sorry he got caught. He said the "words" in 2008 and until it came out in the open, he wasn't sorry at all. dem libs sure can lead our country to new heights....2010 will start the reset and get real patriotic Americans from the Republican party back in charge. Enjoy the majority til next January...then it's over.

Posted by: powerange | January 9, 2010 10:09 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe:

Did you even read the link?! As for not putting words in anyone's mouth, Trent Lott didn't say it would have been "better". He said that we wouldn't have all these problems we currently have.

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 10:08 PM | Report abuse

The leader of the Senate Demorats is a blatant racist and so what, all is forgiven. Had that been a Republican saying those things, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would already be on their way to the protests.

Posted by: alientech | January 9, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

If he (President Obama) had robbed a liquire store instead of being president of the united states the news report would have called him a black man. So who among you are 100% of anything.

Posted by: merankin67@yahoo.com | January 9, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Totally different rules for Dems v. Repubs. If a Republican would have said that, the media and Democrats would be up in arms until that Senator would have resigned.

Of course, the Dems are the party of Robert Byrd, former Klansman who is revered by the left as a heroic statesman.

Stom Thurmond was much less of a racist but was branded much more severly, why? He was a conservative.

Such a double standard. Reid is in his final days anyway.

Posted by: jimbo561 | January 9, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Democrat. Republican. They're all the same.

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

Suggesting America would be better under Jim Crow segregation is racist (Lott). Objectively describing an individual's appearance and speech pattern, albeit with non-PC language, isn't (Reid). It's that simple.

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

Time for Reid to go!
Dems can do better.

Posted by: angie12106 | January 9, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Now Reid needs to apologize for the abomination of a health care bill he pushed through the Senate.

Posted by: Chippewa | January 9, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Doug,

Perhaps you dont understand the black community like I do. I am black, both parents black. Mother of very light skin and father of brown. I saw racism on both sides when we integrated PG, first from white folks, then from black, so my analogy is clearly based on reality. WHat about yours Dougie?

Posted by: Fred23 | January 9, 2010 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Now Reid needs to apologize for the abomination of a health care bill he pushed throug the Senate.

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

Who says negro anymore? Harry is a typical Mormon buffoon.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | January 9, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Thanks Doug,

Perhaps you dont understand the black community like I do. I am black, both parents black. Mother of very light skin and father of brown. I saw racism on both sides when we integrated PG, first from white folks, then from black, so my analogy is clearly based on reality. WHat about your Dougie

Posted by: Fred23 | January 9, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Replace the D next to Reid's name with an R. Whatever consequences he would face with the R, he should face with the D. But he won't. Obama and Sharpton have forgiven him and I expect every so-called civil rights leader/organization to come out and follow suit, especially with Harry's approval rating in the toilet. The outright shameless, unabashed hypocrisy is disgusting.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | January 9, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't the Washington Post and all you other leftist hypocrites not calling for the same lynching which you called for with Trent Lott?

Trent Lott simply made a comment for a 100 year old Senator and you hypocrites decided he was a racist for it.

Here is the dirty white Harry Reid calling your "messiah" truly racist epitaths and not a word.

Where are your hero, Chris Matthews, Olbermann, Couric and Maddow raving like lunatics against Reid?

Bunch of hypocrites.

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

Wow Fred. You're the perfect person to criticize Harry Reid's sensitivity to the sensibilities of minorities.

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

How long before Jessie, Al, NAACP, Black Panthers and the Reverend Wright call for Reid to step down? No such thing as a double standard, eh democRATS?

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 9, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone out there not believe that if Mitch McConnell had made a remark like Reid did that he would be pilloried and called a racist? Don't hear a thing from theusual suspects, Jackson, Sharpton, Maxine Waters, etc. The Prez accepts his apology and all is sweetness and light. This Hump who called W stupid will get a pass from all concerned.

Posted by: melj1 | January 9, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

The Dems rise to the surface with their racism. By the way Harry, in the black community we have light skinned blacks in which both parents are black. Obama is entirely different, he is half black and half white. Yes, he is of light skin, but he is in my mind and others with any sense of who they are, a white guy who is mixed and raised by a white mother within a white family and area, and, up until his early 30s then was hit with the reality that even with white friends, a Harvard
education, he couldnt land a decent job.

(By the way, no photos of Obama with black friendsup to the age of 30 have surfaced d any of his supposedly BLACK FRIENDS. Submit a pic with OBama before the age of 30, send it to the WAPO, NONE!

So he carefully migrated into the black community knowing it was his only choice for acceptance. THis chubby kid began smoking and trying to walk black. He was forced to change who he was to get a job and be accepted. Obama wasnt raised Black and for all those who believe he is, Ha, ha, Ha, Ashton Kutcher may pop up anytime and let you all know YOU HAVE BEEN PUNKED!!

Back to the DEMS, ....They are and forever will be a racist party which has fooled ignorant blacks to believe they are for their well being. Tbe sad thing is ...these are educated intellectual, degreed ignorant blacks who become a member of the party for no good reason except for the fact my Mama was a democrat. Or they are running for office.

Look, Harry and Nancy dont want to rely on the black vote anymore, this is why they are pushing healthcare. They cant rely on the black vote because black democrats rarely show up to vote. They are after the Hispanic vote with this HC plan, not the black vote silly. Hispanics vote, hispanics work...yeah all those stereotypes you heard from Ried, Pelosi and the others say them behind closed doors too. Almost like Sonny from the Godfather, "give them ni----s money and now they are driving around in their new fancy Cadillacs the next day after getting paid.

You are not on their radar black folks..never have been, they needed you in the 60's and 70s....recognize that and go with the party the reflects your conservative ways which you will never abandon. For good reason.

Posted by: Fred23 | January 9, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reed needs to resign from his leadership position in the Senate immediately. He should not run for reelection. There is no place for this kind of crap.

Posted by: d1carter | January 9, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

"broadwayjoe:

"Irrelevant" Chris Cillizza "never has anything positive to say about the Nation's first black president."

You lie (on both points)!

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 9:05 PM"
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Don't put words in my mouth, bud.

First, I never called anyone "irrelevant." Maybe someone else did; I didn't.

Second, I said I don't recall any positive mention of President Obama here. By that I meant since BHO's been president obviously.(Not that there is anything intrinsically wrong with that--we are in America and every blog is entitled to an opinion.)

If I am wrong, quote something mi amigo and I'll stand corrected.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is a vicious pol but his observation that Obama is light-skinned and has no negro dialect happens to be accurate.

Posted by: DenisH | January 9, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

TheBump said:
Trent Lott was pilloried and removed from office for far less. Reid absolutely must go. Make sure your Senator hears you loud, clear and often. No peace while Reid remains in power.
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So when Lott said that if we had elected a racist segregationist to the presidency we would not have the problems that we have today; it is not as bad as Reid calling Obama a Negro?

Just because President Obama might agree with Lott (due to Lott's skin pigmentation) doesn’t mean he right.

Posted by: question-guy | January 9, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe:

I already answered those questions. Here's just one such link:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/eye-on-2008/barack-obama-wins-the-presiden.html

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

from black man:What he said is what alot of us whites and blackes thought to ourselfs but did not say. If you think this hurts your feelings than you are not true to thy own self.

Posted by: merankin67@yahoo.com | January 9, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

At least Reid is honest. He could have denied saying it. He was also honest talking to the author. If Obama was dark skinned and had even a hint of "Negro" dialect he would never have been considered as a candidate.

What if Don Imus had said this? What if a Republican had said this? What if Sean Hannity had said this? They would be rioting in the streets.

I predict that this story will have a two days cycle and by Monday it will be forgotten.

Posted by: MKadyman | January 9, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe:

"Irrelevant" Chris Cillizza "never has anything positive to say about the Nation's first black president."

You lie (on both points)!

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

How embarrassing for Harry Reid as he burns the midnight oil trying to ram through his healthcare reform bill in Congress. And what a distraction for the President and the Democrats. What Reid said was totally offensive and he should go the way of Trent Lott. Hopefully Reid will be sent packing by the voters of his own state in the fall - if not sooner.

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

Now if he had called him "the House Negro" I might agree.

Remember President Obama refuses to help Black folks get a fair shake in federal contracting or jobs - not special treatment - just a fair shake because as he said "I'm the President of the United States.

So when did Black folks stop being members of the United States Mr President?

Posted by: question-guy | January 9, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

"Jake, I'll bite. Please post one positive remark that CC has made about Obama since inauguration. I honestly can't recall reading anything that qualifies.

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Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 6:27 PM"
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That Jake could not paste in Fix material from past posts favorable to BHO says it all. No one has a more complete Fix archive than Jake. Your observation (and mine) just state an objective provable fact--until it's unproven. I also don't recall the "Fix Picks" section ever linking to Gene Robinson, the Post's Pultizer Prize winning columnist. (Could be but I don't recall it.)

This story might be somewhat legit if the folks complaining were, say, BHO's people, the NAACP, or the ADL, but it's the Drudge/Tea Bag crowd flappin their traps, friends of AAs...not. This is beyond silly.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

Trent Lott was pilloried and removed from office for far less. Reid absolutely must go. Make sure your Senator hears you loud, clear and often. No peace while Reid remains in power.

Posted by: thebump | January 9, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

People of color know much more about white folks than white folks know about them. This is survival. White folks are ignorant because they have had the power...they never had to know anything, but now, many of them are angry and fearful...they resent that a person of color with degrees from Columbia and Yale and a professor of Constitutional Law may be "above them" in too may ways...it is frightening to them...so we must educate our children and our parents...to do the right thing...educate themselves...take an interest in others...even study geography so one can say, yes, I know where you are from ...I can find El Salvador on the map...thank you for your help in clearing my trash out of the trash room in my apartment, condo, coop building...and so it goes....

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | January 9, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

"Chris Cillizza "banned" a poster on this blog because he called these people racists.

Hey Chris, do you see any racism here?

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Posted by: shrink2 | January 9, 2010 8:36 PM"
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Naaaah. :)

Unbelievable. I wonder whether it was like this in 1939?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

BLAZING SADDLES Harry ...

Cleavon Little OBAMA ... "Excuse me while I whip this out ..."

"There be a new Sheriff in Town Harry"

- Protect the white women Harry

HARRY welcomes Sheriff Obama to town ...

Harry Reid Johnson: [reading] As honorary chairman of the welcoming committee, it's my privilege to present a laurel and hearty handshake to our new...
[looks up and sees OBAMA]

Harry Reid Johnson: ...negro.
.
.
Take Harry to the Woodshed Obama ... Gonna be a lot of Black Caucus spending to save Hairy on this one

.

Posted by: highkey11 | January 9, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

Chris Cillizza "banned" a poster on this blog because he called these people racists.

Hey Chris, do you see any racism here?

Do you think these people are Democrats?

The Republican party has to decide whether it will embrace its bigots or reject them. I bet they embrace them.

Posted by: shrink2 | January 9, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

It's true, Obama speaks intelligently. He doesn't "conversate;" he converses. Of course, that's normal for an African, or half-African. It's awkward when people try to place him in America's racial history, since his background is so different.

Posted by: DrifterInRockville | January 9, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

This is an example of a "White Thang." It is a good example for white folks who have not examined their "whiteness.' If one listens to President Obama's audio of his books...he can speak both ways...but would not do that now in public. Too many white people do not see a larger picture of black folks...we still have some stupid, ignorant notion that black folks are all alike and that they speak alike, have guns, and too many children out of wedlock and are in prison...President Obama understands this...as do many black Americans...it is the way it is...

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | January 9, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

This is an example of a "White Thang." It is a good example for white folks who have not examined their "whiteness.' If one listens to President Obama's audio of his books...he can speak both ways...but would not do that now in public. Too many white people do not see a larger picture of black folks...we still have some stupid, ignorant notion that black folks are all alike and that they speak alike, have guns, and too many children out of wedlock and are in prison...President Obama understands this...as do many black Americans...it is the way it is...

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | January 9, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

PREFERENCES:

- it is a sign when Democrats think you're too stupid to get into college, get a Gov'ment job or a Gov'ment contract ...

* This is precisely what Democrats think of Blacks and Hispanics

.


Posted by: highkey11 | January 9, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

well at least reid did not get visceral mean and nasty

and call obama

a conservative

then reid WOULD have to resign

course nevada may make it really really easy for reid to leave the senate

real soon

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 9, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

HARRY decides who can be President ..

"... the rest of the Black Caucus sounds too Negro"

"... Barney Frank and Polis sound to lispy Gay"

" ... Sanchez and Sotomayor sound too Mexican"

... Ooops better send a lot of taxpayer dollars (not your Harry) to the Black Caucus

.

Posted by: highkey11 | January 9, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I see the Media and the GOP are doing a great job of blowing this all out of proportion. According to some, it doesn't matter if you have worked your entire life for the good, one slip of the tongue and you are out! I don't think the Nevada voters are foolish enough to buy that ... or a GOP contender!

Posted by: paris1969 | January 9, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse


Hey buddy, I got news for you. The Nevada voters have already bought it. Have you checked the polls? What planet are you from? Harry Reid is one step away from bowing out.

Posted by: privacy3 | January 9, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

DEMOCRATS ... making politics funny

- "Global Warming is proved because it is Colder" - Kerry

- "All blacks can dance ..." - Hardly Harry Reid

- "If you claim you're a Democrat ... you can hire Illegals Legally, skip taxes and minimum wage" -

.

Posted by: highkey11 | January 9, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

When Harry met silly.

Posted by: NoWeCant | January 9, 2010 8:24 PM | Report abuse

HARRY Imus ...

... "Obama could almost pass for a white guy, but the rest of the that Black Caucus is too black and they sound too Negro"

Posted by: highkey11 | January 9, 2010 8:21 PM | Report abuse

Mission accomplished. Pollution of the weekend news achieved.

This blog's "article" on a totally fake ocntroversy (why Reid is criticized for his archaic description of BHO's appearance and speech pattern is unclear) is on the front page of the Post website. (By contrast, to our knowledge the Post never reported on Palin's (alleged) reference to BHO as "S@mbo" as reported by journalist Charley James, or on the Tea Party President's use of the n-word on a sign.)

Right next to it is an article about African-American Mike Steele written largely from the point of view of... the GOPers that want him out as RNC head.

Great job, WashPo: total news pollution. Fox News couldn't have done better.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I see the Media and the GOP are doing a great job of blowing this all out of proportion. According to some, it doesn't matter if you have worked your entire life for the good, one slip of the tongue and you are out! I don't think the Nevada voters are foolish enough to buy that ... or a GOP contender!

Posted by: paris1969 | January 9, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

lets take roll

this week nancy pelosi trashed obama
she is the DEM speaker of the HOuse

and now harry reid dissed obama
he is the DEM Senate Leader

hmmnn..obama's biggest supporters at the state of the union may be those light skinned blue eyed, well fed

republicans

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 9, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Reid was right about Obama's speech characteristics. Obama doesn't sound like Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. He's wrong about Obma's skin tone. Compare Obama to Harold Ford, both are considered Black.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 9, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

HARRY IMUS:

- kick out Rangel, Conyers and Ford ... according to you they all have that "Negro Dialect"

... and according to Biden

... they are unwashed ...


Posted by: highkey11 | January 9, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Of course the main stream media will give him a pass because Barry was very quick to accept his apology. However, if McCain had said this all heck would have broken loose and Barry would have have let McCain twist in the wind until the race card players Sharpton and Jackson could get on TV to to stir the pot until CNN would create some unique kind of title and musical theme song like the do for every natural disaster

Posted by: sghdr | January 9, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine the headlines if Harry runs for reelection and Obama campaigns for him:

"Light skinned Negro comes to Las Vegas to campaign for his friend Harry."

Nah, Harry will bow out soon, for sure.


Posted by: privacy3 | January 9, 2010 8:08 PM
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Yeah and other headlines could read:

".......and doesn't he sound white? "

Posted by: allenridge | January 9, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine the headlines if Harry runs for reelection and Obama campaigns for him:

"Light skinned Negro comes to Las Vegas to campaign for his friend Harry."

Nah, Harry will bow out soon, for sure.

Posted by: privacy3 | January 9, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

What is up with this – American ?

Be an American or leave and take your – with you !..........

In the middle 80s I promoted a ‘black’ man to be the president of one of my companies.
A few months later we attended a conference in New York City on marketing.
After a meeting one day we attended a ‘sponsored happy hour’ at our hotel.
There were several small groups discussing different aspects of our mutual businesses.
In our group one participant commented on the ‘race’ of our president.
He had earlier stated that he was a Chinese-American.

Comment to our ‘president’: “Not many African-Americans in our business.
Our president replied; I’m not an African-American, I’m an American.

Comment to our ‘president’: Well you came from Africa didn’t you ?
Our president replied: No, I’m from Lubbock TX. I was born and raised there.

Comment to our ‘president’: Well……………………………..
Our president replied: You are one or the other; you need to decide which one.

I spoke of this at our annual meeting; our president received a standing ovation.

Posted by: UpAndOver | January 9, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid will always be a true classless idiot.It's hard to imagine he has survived this long.I trust the good people of Nevada will put the "loser" where he belongs. Back on the Gaming Commission

Posted by: tjmadd5 | January 9, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

How do the liberal thought police keep it all straight? The progressives, i.e. thought totalitarians, are so twisted and mentally ill.

Using "people of color" is acceptable. Using "colored people" is not. Using "black people" is acceptable. Using Negro, which means black, is not acceptable. A black person cannot be racist according to progressive dogma, and blacks can use the word "n word" but white people cannot. The progressive mental illness is very tiring.

I think the head of the RNC should be unrelenting in calling for Reid's resignation.

Posted by: djo4 | January 9, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

The main-stream-media decried the remarks made by George Allen and Trent Lott and drove them from office.

I am watching to see how the main-stream-media treats Harry Reid.

Will they give him a pass because he is a Democrat?

The country is watching.

Posted by: mwhoke | January 9, 2010 6:59 PM
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Damn right the most corrupt liberal/progressive institution, our MSM wolfpack press, will certainly WHITEWASH this entire matter.

It ruins the sterotype that THEY have created through DECADES of propaganda that ONLY Republicans are racists and that ONLY they hate Blacks.............Really now?

Posted by: allenridge | January 9, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

I imagine a YouTube of Barney Frank, with his mascara running down his face, a sheet surrounding him, a flash light illluminating his face, crying..

Leave Harry Alone!

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 9, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

You gotta just stand back and admire the spectacular chutzpah in the Republican statements released on this. Oh yes, they are paragons of pushing racial harmony. They would never (cough cough *Kenyan Muslim*) try to race-bait (*Willie Horton*) or (*Reverend Wright Reverend Wright Reverend Wright*)try to play on whites' fears of angry black folks. They just want us all to get beyond race. Nice, progressive, neighbor-loving Republicans. I'm sure they are truly appalled by Harry Reid's comment and cannot understand why some people would judge people based on the color of their skin.

Posted by: B2O2 | January 9, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Look, Harry Reid is a senile old racist b*stard, there is no skirting the issue.

What is embarrassing is that no Democrats will stand up and condemn this from someone who is supposed to be a LEADER in the inclusive party. I say this and I typically vote Republican.

My point again is that this COUNTRY cannot afford this type of polarization- IT IS KILLING THIS COUNTRY!
We are no longer leading, we are being led by our CREDITORS. The US government loves to espouse for it's citizens to live within it's boundaries yet the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT is not capable of making the hard choices that every family unit must. STOP SPENDING MONEY WE DO NOT HAVE!!!

It wasn't 60 minutes after the last Presidential election that the Republicans were already making plans for the 2012 election. How about FIXING THE PROBLEMS IN THIS COUNTRY instead of being consumed with assuming power and control.

Posted by: sghdr | January 9, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Why do people have to apologize when they say the truth? Compare Obama and his wife and tell me if the statement made by Mr. Reid is not accurrate!

Posted by: rosalynneus | January 9, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

What jas7751 and others call hypocrisy is honest bicultural reality for the majority of black folks. A person's cultural reality should not have to be checked at the door -- however diverse and expansive it happens to be. Note when people who are bicultural and/or bilingual get together. Their accents and cultural proclivities tend to become more evident.So what?

Jas needs to get out a little more. The world is changing. Get with the times. The world is not just black and white anymore. It's that and much more. And relax. It's a good thing!

Posted by: weareone | January 9, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid can say anything he wants and the Washington Post will still love him, but if he wrote a thesis 20 years ago that made them mad, all hell would break lose.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 9, 2010 7:59 PM | Report abuse

Can we all go to HYMIETOWN and talk about this ???

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Would you stop saying "negro dialect"


It sounds so racist.

It's called JIVE.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is a racist who should resign his office. Plain and simple. Whether it's Robert "sheets" Byrd, or the likes of Teddie "I inherited my daddy's mob money and drowned my friend" Kennedy, Johnnie "I married a millionaire" Kerry or Barbara "Call me Senator" Boxer, who supported or support the Democratic Party's welfare plantation, the Democratic Party is full of closet racists. They are a despicable bunch of human beings.

Thank God Barack Obama knows what's in Harry Reid's heart. I thought Harry was just a power hungry lout intent on taking over the health care system through bribery. I guess he's o k after all. We are the ones we have been waiting for, yes we can and change you can believe in said so himself.

Posted by: djo4 | January 9, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

looks like another Democratic Senatorial "RETIREMENT" in the works. Reid couldn't win an election for Dog Catcher after this one. The Democrats are disinergrating before our eyes. Never has an American political party performed so poorly or fallen apart so quickly.

Posted by: Realist20 | January 9, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse


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Jee-zis effing CHRIST!

Who CARES if Reid said Obama is light skinned and has no Negro dialect?

First of all, both statements are true.

Secondly, this wasn't a KKK guy; they're friends.

Third, he wasn't saying anything negative about Obama, such as "it looks silly that he's light skinned". It was just an observation.

You might expect this kind of no-story on Faux news, but why is this even in the newspaper?

--faye kane, homeless brain
Read more of my smartmouth opinions at http://tinyurl.com/fayescave

Posted by: Knee_Cheese_Zarathustra | January 9, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse

this whole bunch are no-good bast----. what about trent lott ,community organizer? what about rev. wright? this country is going to get you dems out of office. freaking hippocrits. screw you.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | January 9, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

If you bring your children to a RACIST church for years,


AND give that RACIST church $20,000,


Does that make you a RACIST ????


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

It is always interesting (and sometimes shocking) to read of politicians speaking their real beliefs and then they find out it has been reported, which inevitably leads to a backtracking statement to avoid political suicide. Mr. Reid's retraction indicates the kind of cynical stance that breaches the publicly-presented-facade every once in a while. This, of course, is something that happens with both major parties, but it is doubly pointed in this case as Mr. Obama is a member of Mr. Reids own party.......nice.

It wasn't a "poor choice of words" if that is what he really believes. I don't think that describing Barack Obama during the presidential election as a "black candidate who would benefit from his "light-skinned" appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one" could be spoken with ANY words that could be considered "well chosen".

As to "improper", does he mean improper that it got out into the public who would obviously see the impropriety, or, improper because it reflects a massive character flaw in Mr. Reid that he would characterize a very well spoken (much more so than Harry Reid in my opinion) African American man as being without a "Negro dialect" (is this guy in the same century as the rest of the country?).

All of this begs an important question. When he says, "I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance President Obama's legislative agenda, “ was it because he considered Barak Obama to be "a black candidate who would benefit from his "light-skinned" appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one"?

Posted by: mrk1117 | January 9, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse


"....with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

So true. When Barry is rallying a crowd of his folk he slides into his Negro dialect. The ease by which he is able to deceive and head fake is astounding. He is really such a Fraud. A media propped up Fraud.

Posted by: jas7751 | January 9, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

Cornell1984:

The Dems are imploding!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 7:41 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Reid apologized for the wrong reason. He should have apologized because he left out the word "stupid" in his description of Obama.

Posted by: privacy3 | January 9, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Yes, it is disgusting and reeks of hypocrisy which just adds to the polarization of the parties in this country.

In the end it's the citizens who get shafted and f*cked over while the elected officials feed at the public trough- enriching themselves while dragging this country further into the deepest recession in the history of this country.

Had it not been for the flooding of the banking system with 2+ trillion dollars of money- we would be in a worse depression than in the 1930's.

FYI, we are quickly approaching $500 billion dollars in ANNUAL INTEREST PAYMENTS to holders of our debt. That amount of money could go a long way in helping this country and it's citizens yet we have incompetent leadership in both parties who have and continue to make this problem worse.

Posted by: sghdr | January 9, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

I love these slimeball politicians' feeble copout language. In this case, Reid, a Democrat like me, explained his obviously racist sentiment as "a poor choice of words."
Maybe Reid, a onetime boxer, took a few too many shots to the head.

Posted by: jimsteinberg1 | January 9, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Reid should have called Obama a white person with negro features. After all, you can't be called a racist if you say something derogatory about a white.

Posted by: privacy3 | January 9, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, you're one to talk about what Mr. Cillizza has "ordered" around here.

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

Where are the Race Hustlers Jessie and Al? Their silence is deafening!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 9, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I forgive Harry Reid, and I hope he runs again for Senate in Nevada.

Signed,

A Republican Voter

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 9, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

While a portion of Mr. Reid's statement is evidenced as true (light-skinned African Americans are more recognized)it is still an offensive statement. I am offended because I am a dark skinned black woman and have always been proud. It's shameful that I have to still struggle because I am darker in skin tone and our leaders in Washington apparently think I am not 'good enough'. I am also offended with the term "negro"- how long has that word been offensive?

Posted by: Iman22 | January 9, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

And while we're at it, did Obama ever ask for an apology from his VP, Joe "Foot in Mouth" Biden, for the "clean articulate...African American" remark?

Posted by: Darlene_Jr | January 9, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

But there is no doubt about Obama's provenance, Jake, that is manufactured and false.  As many serious political figures, and now even true blue nutjobs like Glenn Beck have said, it's a non-issue and a distraction.  Moreover, it's a racist proxy.  Obama looks like someone from Africa so he must have been born there and had surgery to repair the nasal perforation that once held a bone.
 
And speaking of rules of decorum, you have been asked, then ordered, to give this Obama bith certificate stuff a rest.  Nobody here wants to read it, and it's demonstrably false.  Quit it.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Trent Lott was forced out as Majority Leader for far less. Why wasn't Reid treated the same way?
Do we really have to ask?


Posted by: Darlene_Jr | January 9, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Funny how the leader of the Senate can say worse than anything Hillary or Bill Clinton are claimed to have said during the primaries, yet the black community came out and crucified them. Funny how Sharpton, Clyburn (the most hypocritical person I have ever seen) all accept Reid's apology and say to move on, are falling all over themselves to rush out and smooth this over since of course it was their own democratic leader who made these comments. I guess democrats are only concerned about racial comments when republicans make them and demand their head on a platter but accept with no problems what their party members say. How disgusting!!!!

Posted by: justmyvoice | January 9, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Chris Dodd also say "I am absolutely running for re-election," like when Acting President Biden went there to campaign for him last month?

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse


Everyone knows that Lib Dems are Racists. Their policies of Wealth Redistribution have always been nothing more than using tax payer money to enslave the poor. Reid is simply expressing an innocent Liberal racist view. To Libs it is perfectly acceptable to speak with such views and terms. Their racism is so ingrained in them that is second nature. No big deal. Everyone knows Lib Dems are disgusting Racist hypocrites and the Black community has ignorantly supported year after year. Hey, its the Great Society. LBJ guaranteed a voter base for generations buy simply enslaving minorities with Govt Entitlements. Liberal policy has destroyed the Black community. But hey, its all about power and getting elected. Lib Dems laugh at the ignorance of their voter base.

Brilliant.


Posted by: jas7751 | January 9, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Everybody is walking on egg shells, even over the obvious. Grow up and thicken your skin.


I cant believe this is considered news worthy.

Posted by: Homunculus | January 9, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Had ANY Republican Congressman or Senator said this, they would be picketing his house, calling for his resignation and making the biggest spectacle on every media outlet known to mankind.

Any Democrat who meekly backs off and says nothing about the senile old b*stard Harry Reid reeks of hypocrisy.
I can assure Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would already be on CNN shouting at the top of their lungs if John McCain had said this.

Posted by: sghdr | January 9, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

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How about this one from the "community"...


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Posted by: scrivener50 | January 9, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I think Reid is happy he made the comment. That way he won't have to worry about Obama coming to Nevada and campaign for him.

Posted by: privacy3 | January 9, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break! The kind off crap that politics make you have to do. No wonder we as a society can't have an honest discussion regarding race.

Posted by: moebius22 | January 9, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Reid was right, and no apology needed, except for what he left out.

You know, the part about Odumbo being an incompetent community organizer with no leadership, no experience and no integrity.
We've experienced all of that in the past year.

Posted by: LarryG62 | January 9, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

I'm not doing your homework for you. In my view, Mr. Cillizza's insistance on giving Obama the benefit of the doubt when it comes to his alleged birthplace is pretty darn generous. That's just ONE example, since Inauguration Day. If Obama hasn't done anything worthy of praise, whose fault is that, Obama or Cillizza's?

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Lott and Reid are comparable in overreaction.

George Allen is a racist jerk who deserved what he got.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Stupid senile redneck!

Posted by: dmcl363 | January 9, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I almost forgot about idiot America, like askgees and jake d. Give these slugs an inch, etc, etc. Represent the worst of American character, but they don't care.

Posted by: dudh | January 9, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

I almost forgot about idiot America, like askgees and jake d. Give these slugs an inch, etc, etc. Represent the worst of American character, but they don't care.

Posted by: dudh | January 9, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

why is this "news" now? his happend more than a year ago. besides, i'm the president, he can't hurt my feelings. dumb story.

Posted by: dcjazzman | January 9, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh for pete sakes. Can't we just go one day without racists on both sides blowing things out of proportion?

What did you all expect President Obama to say, that Harry Reid is a racist just to give the rest of you more fuel for the fire? Face it racism is alive and well in this country and growing everyday judging from the comments posted every day on the various blogs.

Posted by: catmomtx | January 9, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

The main-stream-media decried the remarks made by George Allen and Trent Lott and drove them from office.

I am watching to see how the main-stream-media treats Harry Reid.

Will they give him a pass because he is a Democrat?

The country is watching.

Posted by: mwhoke | January 9, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Short answer, Jake: as on other blogs here, I'm mire onto the comments than the entries. I read CC avidly in 08, he was much more balanced then.

Re: the banning: I would respect fairly-enforced rules of decorum. That's not what we have here and we all know it. A tired issue, frankly.

Please corroborate your confidence with one (1) link. Thanks in advance.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Remember Ebonics?
So what is that called now, if it's not a dialect?
Also, didn't Michele Obama talk a great deal about the difference between lighter and darker skinned blacks? And that there is a preference among many/most blacks for lighter skin?
But if a non-black person makes that same kind of statement, it's dreadful and racist?
Isn't that racist itself??

Posted by: Beckola | January 9, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

What is funny is that African-Americans have supported these Democrats for years and the Senate Leader (Reid) is a racist and another (Byrd) used to be in the Ku Klux Klan. This shows just how stupid Obama is, although the budget deficit and his international diplomacy has already convinced the world what a dope Bam-Bam is.

If Reid was a Republican, the Post, the media, the Democrats would be DEMANDING his instant resignation.

Posted by: Realist20 | January 9, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

So, that LA Times scribe was accurately characterizing Democrat's feeling to Barack "The Magic Negro" Obama. First Joe Biden, then Harry Reid--who's next in the Democrat Party that needs to be "outed" on their real feelings for Obama? With party leadership like this, blaming the Republicans looks pretty shallow--as shallow as having to read from notes at the shaved ice place.

Posted by: glenlivet | January 9, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

ImanAzol:

LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Chris Fox:

There have been plenty of "positive" comments about Obama in this space since January 20, 2009. I was specifically thinking of those our gracious host posted when he was declared the winner and on Inauguration Day. Besides, broadwayjoe claimed "never". And, if he is so "irrelevant" why do you keep coming back after being banned over and over?

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama's real response to Harry Reid's remark


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Damn. Looks like your Baby has learned to connect the dots?


Posted by: bnw173 | January 9, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Why the controversy?

He was only speaking the truth. Particularly the part....."with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

LOL!!

Posted by: jas7751 | January 9, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

So when it comes down to it harry agrees with Joe.

Posted by: sam51 | January 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

So, in summary:

Harry Reid (D-Citibank) made racist remarks.

This is the fault of the Republicans.

Posted by: ImanAzol | January 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse


Thank goodness Reid didn't call Obama tall and left-handed.


Posted by: WylieD | January 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse


Obama said "typical white person" but didn't apologize. Just the usual double standard, OK for black people to be racist but not so for white people.
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Posted by: Billw3 | January 9, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse


All the Dem segregationist moved to the Repub Party after 1964. In 1964 the Repubs voted more than 80%, in both houses, in favor of the Civil rights act. 60+% for Dems. If the Repubs are racist it is because the racist moved from the Dem Party to the Pepub Party. How about them apples?

I'm sure the Repubs were real pleased. Don't you? Yeah, right?

Posted by: bnw173 | January 9, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Let's all go to HYMIE TOWN AND TALK ABOUT THIS, OK ????
Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse
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Racists come in all shapes and colors. The good news in the past was that when it came to antisemitism, they got a past. That has changed.

Although the adulterer oil-profiteer Jackson may still be a "saint" to some, the empire now speaks back, among whose colonialized this brown Jew numbers.

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1 | January 9, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Honesty compels me to agree in the case of Trent Lott, in fact I wrote him in support and treasure his personal reply.  Lott's remark at the 100th birthday of an old friend was completely blown out of proportion and it was wrong for him to have to resign for it.  It was a kind remark violently overconstrued into more than he meant.
 
That said, he left the Senate altogether soon after to become a lobbyist anyway.
 
Fellow liberals, we have to be honest with this stuff.  Let the other side do all double standard calls.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Typical two faced liberal slug. Reid, like the other democrats is a lowlife.

Oh yeah, in addition to what Reid said, which was true, Odumbo is also an incompetent comunity organizer who has no leadership skills, no integrity and no governing experience(which has been painfully evident for the past year.)
What a disgrace these lousy democrats are.

Posted by: LarryG62 | January 9, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to the President's good and forgiving nature, this faux pas didn't turn out to be a black mark against Senator Reid. Still, what a cretin!

Posted by: HassanAliAl-Hadoodi | January 9, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

kawilson69 wrote, " I was wondering if you could ask the IT gurus at WAPO if there is a way they can create a button that allows US (the readers) to ignore other commenters. So if reading XYZ's remarks upsets me, I just hit the block button and never see again (unless they changed logins) their comments. This might provide less incentive for folks to say the really outrageous things."

Hands over eyes, fingers spread just enough so that you can peek, is probably the best to be hoped for. This has the advantage of even working during a power outage. Oh wait...never mind!

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 9, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Homo from Latin means "man."

Homo from Greek means "same."

education <---- get one

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have been forced to resign for less."

Name one.

Posted by: washpost29 | January 9, 2010 6:24 PM
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How about Senator Ted Stevens for starters, or Trent Lott. Do you need more examples?

Posted by: frankn1 | January 9, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have been forced to resign for less."

Name one.

Posted by: washpost29 | January 9, 2010 6:24 PM
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How about Senator Ted Stevens for starters, or Trent Lott. Do you need more examples?

Posted by: frankn1 | January 9, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

I am TOTALLY OFFENDED being referred to as a homo sapien. I demand to called a hetero sapien!

Posted by: TofuLowersSpermCount | January 9, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Ironically (and sadly), there are many more African-Americans making such comments in this country than there are non-African-Americans. And the very traits Reid cited are the very traits which serve Obama much better in the African-American community than in any other community in this country.

These long-standing historical realities -- that African-Americans strongly favor light-skinned African-Americans and are strongly prejudiced against dark-skinned African-Americans (and especially those recently from Africa) -- are ironic and still true, today.

It explains why many in the African-American community looked down their noses (perhaps still do) at the First Lady, who is "too dark" for those snotty folks -- not to mention from the wrong side of town, from under-educated parents, etc...

Those snots should have have half the character, strength and self-respect of the First Lady and her parents, etc...

Posted by: clouburns | January 9, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Washpost29 said:

"Republicans have been forced to resign for less."

Name one.
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December 20, 2002

"The US senate majority leader, Trent Lott, bowed to the politically inevitable today and resigned his post as US senate majority leader, two weeks after praising the segregationist 1948 presidential campaign of Strom Thurmond."

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2002/dec/20/usa.sarahleft

You're welcome.

Posted by: knuckle_dragger | January 9, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Since when have Mormons been racially sensitive anyway? Why should anyone be surprised that Harry Reid, a Mormon, would say something stupid about Black people?

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Speaker of the Senate from Miss., Trent Lott, had to resign his speaker ship. The Repubs forced him out for his supposedly racist comment about Strom Thurman.
Remember. Probably not. I was a Dem at the time and I remember. Can't you folks remember past last week, No wonder we are in such a mess with these clown you folks elect.

Posted by: bnw173 | January 9, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

What is the Mormon Church's official position on interracial marriage today? I know that, until the 1950s-60s it was declared a sin. I think it has been restated since then. I know as an accepted fact that blacks, African-Americans, whatever, cannot be elders in the Mormon Church today.
I would appreciate an informed answer to the interracial marriage question. No rants, please.

Posted by: m_richert | January 9, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

37th, you are blog clog.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Chris, Sorry for the lengthy and off topic comment, but, I was wondering if you could ask the IT gurus at WAPO if there is a way they can create a button that allows US (the readers) to ignore other commenters. So if reading XYZ's remarks upsets me, I just hit the block button and never see again (unless they changed logins) their comments. This might provide less incentive for folks to say the really outrageous things.

Posted by: kawilson69 | January 9, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

If you bring your children to a RACIST church for years,


AND give that RACIST church $20,000,


Does that make you a RACIST ????


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I forgot how ARTICULATE Obama is.

I guess Harry Reid is not that articulate, or did he say exactly what he meant ??

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Let's all go to HYMIE TOWN AND TALK ABOUT THIS, OK ????


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

Jake, I'll bite.  Please post one positive remark that CC has made about Obama since inauguration.  I honestly can't recall reading anything that qualifies.
 
He might write that some eventuality is favorable to Obama or to the "White House," but about Obama himself?  I think he'd choke trying to get it out.
 
And I concur with irrelevant.  While he does a stunning job at collating this stuff, most of what he writes is he said/she-said/on the one hand/on the other hand stuff.  He was better during the campaign. but his GOP bias is damaging to his credibility, and hence his relevance.  Sorry but that's how it looks to me.  Rename the blog to GOP Talking Points Redux.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Since when have Mormons been racially sensitive anyway? Why should anyone be surprised that Harry Reid, a Mormon, would say something stupid about Black people?
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I'm asking again. What was racist about what he said. Millions of folks who voted for him were thinking the same thing? And probably saying the same thing. I heard it.
I didn't vote for Obama. Not because he was black, Negro, light skinned, or whatever. I didn't vote for him because he is a liar and I saw it early while he and his campaign were accusing Hillary of Lying. ie I promise you(hundreds of times) my administration will be transparent and you will see the health debate on C-Span.(one example) I will bring all the troops home(how many has he brought home from Iraq? Nome that Bush hadn't already scheduled before he left office. On and on and on.

I was right.


It doesn't bother you folks who voted the Clown II in.


Posted by: bnw173 | January 9, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse


If you bring your children to a RACIST church for years,


AND give that RACIST church $20,000,


Does that make you a RACIST ????

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans have been forced to resign for less."

Name one.

Posted by: washpost29 | January 9, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy," Biden said. "I mean, that's a storybook, man."

Link: http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/01/31/biden.obama/

Democrats. SSDD.

Posted by: knuckle_dragger | January 9, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

democrat's job, including idiot Harry Reid, is to pass the Health care reform bill. DO IT!

Posted by: dudh | January 9, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse


Healthcare reform??? I didn't know they where working on reform It appears like their working on destroying healthcare. Either way it makes little difference. 2010 when the REPS win Congress the bill is dead.

Posted by: askgees | January 9, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I heard that Harry also called Nancy Pelosi a bug-eyed Botox Queen. Did anyone else hear that?

Posted by: privacy3 | January 9, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

The only problem I have with this is it was supposed to be a private conversation.

Otherwise, there's not story here. Reid was clearly speaking without a shred of malice toward Obama or anyone else.

But naturally, The Party Of No will lie about it and try to twist it all into something else.

This "story" will be dead by Monday. Steele's is the story you republipukes ought to be worrying about sticking around for a while.

Posted by: binkynh | January 9, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Leave Harry Reid alone. He doesn't have much longer in the senate. Give him a break.

Posted by: privacy3 | January 9, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

broadwayjoe:

"Irrelevant" Chris Cillizza "never has anything positive to say about the Nation's first black president."

You lie (on both points)!

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

While he hates all his white relatives, Obama is quite gracious and forgiving.

Posted by: TofuLowersSpermCount | January 9, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Look. If all you knew of Obama was audio of his speech, you wouldn't know he was black. Shannon Sharpe, different story. Why anyone would be sincerely offended by the stating of this type of fact is a mystery to me.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 9, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

democrat's job, including idiot Harry Reid, is to pass the Health care reform bill. DO IT!

Posted by: dudh | January 9, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Our president is leading by example. He is gracious and forgiving. If anyone on the right wants to see the golden rule in action they just need to regard the actions of the commander in chief. Though our president is a Christian, any faith community would be aware that his actions show his spirit of reconciliation and good will. When I contrast that to the spiteful bitterness and resentment being engendered 24/7 on the right I am so thankful that we now have an honorable, just and compassionate leader in the White House.

Posted by: cats2
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Wonder why that compassionate POTUS never apologized to the Clintons? Oh it might have hurt his campaign. I guess you Obamafools are glad Hillary had real compassion, right?

Can one of you idjit Obamafools explain Obama appointing a racist(according to Robinson, Clyburn, and the Obama campaign) as Sec. of State and using her supposedly racist husband as an adviser. It baffles me. Could one of you BS buyer explain please?

Posted by: bnw173 | January 9, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have been forced to resign for less.

Democrats, the party of slavery, should be held to an even higher standard.

Reid should resign.

Posted by: tarded2much | January 9, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Republicans have been forced to resign for less.

Democrats, the party of slavery, should be held to an even higher standard.

Reid should resign.

Posted by: tarded2much | January 9, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler,

With the majority of Americans opposed to the Democratic Health Care bill and the approval rating for Congress at an all time low, your assessment that it is not possible for the Democrats to lose the House indicates to me that your head may be in an anatomically impossible position.

Posted by: fairfaxfirefighteriniraq | January 9, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Hey samzales, you need to go back half a century for actual Democratic racism.

But it's •celebrated• in the GOP of •today•

Other that that, great point!
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George Wallace was a politician in the 1970's. Where exactly do Republicans 'celebrate' racism? And who would you be talking about?

Posted by: thelaw1 | January 9, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

When did the word "Negro" get suddenly canned and become an offensive term? Did someone flip a switch and declare "from now on, negro is bad?" What date did that happen?

Posted by: privacy3 | January 9, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

If this had been a Republican, there would be cries of racism and calls his resignation, even though Democrats were the party of institutional racism. Republicans never grabbed the mantle but get called racists all the time.

The double standard is glaring here. While I do not believe Reid is a racist, I am simply pointing out the lack of criticism from the usual suspects.

For instance, Eugene Robinson and Colbert King will NOT have columns claiming Reid to be a racist or even used racist words. I believe Negro is one of the code words that race baiters claim as bad.

Nothing like double standards, without them liberals would not have any standards at all.

Posted by: thelaw1 | January 9, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

What a jackhole. Harry Reid is the best example of a Democrat I've ever seen.

Counter-revolution in 2010

Posted by: hill_marty | January 9, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Funny, I never heard from these sudden converts to racial sensitivity back in August when teabaggers were holding signs portraying Obama as a gorilla

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

No surprise...Rush has said it for years...that's who these people are..racist to the core..why do blacks keep voting for them?

Posted by: speedo1 | January 9, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Since when have Mormons been racially sensitive anyway? Why should anyone be surprised that Harry Reid, a Mormon, would say something stupid about Black people?

Posted by: PepperDr | January 9, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I’m not shocked by these remarks by Reid because it is indicative of the deception of the Democrat Party who has successfully hoodwinked Blacks into thinking the former slave owners and segregationalists like Democrat George Wallace who once famously said, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!”, are their friends in all things political.


The Last Tradition

Posted by: samzalez | January 9, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Hey samzales, you need to go back half a century for actual Democratic racism.

But it's •celebrated• in the GOP of •today•

Other that that, great point!

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Let's all go to HYMIE TOWN AND TALK ABOUT THIS, OK ????

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse
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It is true that racists come in all shapes and colors. The good news for racists, though, is no longer so good.

Sure they can be adulterous, oil-profiteering "saints" saints like Jackson, but the empire, you'll note is talking back, this brown Jew among the colonialized.

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1 | January 9, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Most libs are racists. That's why they accept this behavior. There will be no call for his resignation.

Posted by: ItsOver2 | January 9, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Total non-story.

Reid was clearly being descriptive, not racist. He unfortunately used language from the time and place we grew up in. Those in the media who are highlighting this to attack Reid are hardly friends of black people generally or BHO in particular (to put it mildly) so this story is totally bogus and disingenuous.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry about Harry. After Brown beats Coakley in the Massachusetts senate race, Harry will see the light and say he won't seek reelection. That will give him lots of time to lay out in the sun, get a tan, and be called the dark skinned Honky by Obama. The DEMS are disintegrating. I love it.

Posted by: privacy3 | January 9, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Quote from NYT article today

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, apologized on Saturday for saying that he believed Barack Obama could become the country’s first black president because he was “light-skinned” and had the advantage of carrying “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

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What is racist and untrue in that statement. Millions of folks who voted for him thought the same thing. Probably even said it to someone they trusted.

Mr. Obama has made worse racist statements and hasn't apologized except for calling those white small town workers racists. Little written except on Fox. The "tingle leg" Obama networks hardly mentioned it.

How about Obama appointing a racist(according to Obama's campaign, Robinson, and Clayburn and Obama never refuted it) Sec. of State and using he supposedly racist husband as an adviser.
How about them apples. Where is the apology for those appointments. Couldn't have been the accusations were bogus? heh heh.

I'm getting tired of the playing of the race card.

Remember him turning on that Negro dialect leading up to SC? Yep.

Posted by: bnw173 | January 9, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

WHY IS IT - WHENEVER OBAMA IS DOWN, ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE IS A RACIAL INCIDENT ???


IS ALL THIS MANUFACTURED ???

THIS IS MEDIA MANIPULATION.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

I wonder how many members of the United Negro College Fund are light skinned?

Posted by: 0460 | January 9, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I think freepress is a scriptbot. No real person would stitch together so many tired cliches in a row.

"Elitist handouts". Use a hand-towel, would you?

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse


If you bring your children to a RACIST church for years,


AND give that RACIST church $20,000,


Does that make you a RACIST ????


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Reid is merely one of the more corrupt Christians in the Christian Congress. Having converted from one racist religion to one that is more so, it is unsurprising to find him pronouncing as he has.

It would be helpful if he stopped being a Christian A. Hole, paid his property taxes, paid back what he owes Americans from other thefts, resigned from Congress, and kept his speech to a minimum.

Just a sampling:

"In 2005 Reid earmarked a spending bill to provide for building a bridge between Nevada and Arizona that would make land he owned more valuable. Reid called funding for construction of a bridge over the Colorado River, among other projects, 'incredibly good news for Nevada' in a news release after passage of the 2005 transportation bill. He owned 160 acres (65 ha) of land several miles from the proposed bridge site in Arizona. The bridge could add value to his real estate investment.[39] A year later it was reported that Reid had used campaign donations to pay for $3,300 in Christmas gifts to the staff at the condominium where he resides[40]; federal election law prohibits candidates from using political donations for personal use. Reid's staff stated that his attorneys had approved use of the funds in this manner but that he nonetheless would personally reimburse his campaign for the expenses. That action notwithstanding, the conservative group Citizens United announced it had filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission to investigate the matter.[41]"

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1 | January 9, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Can't we please apologize to the Japanese for testing our atom bombs on two of their cities? Now here was a war crime if there ever was one. Can you image if Stalin had tested his atom bombs on Japan in the waning days of WW II - there would be no end to our screaming.

If we white Americans have such an urge to apologize, let's apologize to the Japanese, the American indians, Africans, Mexicans, etc.

But requiring Harry Reid to apologize to Obama for calling him "light skinned" is a sign of mental illness in our society.

If someone called me white and blue eyed, I would respond "thanks for noticing". But, with African Americans it's an almost a taboo to even point out their racial characteristics which are different from those of whites.

There appears to be a serious flaw in the psyche of African Americans if they are so sensitive as to howl every time someone points out their racial peculiarities. All races have peculiarities, but only African Americans howl about theirs.

Posted by: Ruhu | January 9, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Harry Ried willfully misrepresented the history of his own party on the Senate floor in which Democrats were the original enslavers of Black people and it was Democrats like Robert Byrd, formerly of the KKK, who filibustered the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

The Last Tradition

Posted by: samzalez | January 9, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Let's all go to HYMIE TOWN AND TALK ABOUT THIS, OK ????


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

DDude,

"I'm actually dressed in my running clothes but am loathing going out in 35 degree weather for a run."

I have done that so many times. Dressed, ready, but, oh the phone call, just one more thing, the chore...anything but getting out in icy rain. But when you get back, you feel great all day. Endorphins are funny that way. No wonder the Spartans made it into a religion.

Posted by: shrink2 | January 9, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

He's a Democrat, so that's the end of it.
One-day story.

Posted by: thestalkinghorse1 | January 9, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

If you bring your children to a RACIST church for years,


AND give that RACIST church $20,000,


Does that make you a RACIST ????


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Our president is leading by example. He is gracious and forgiving. If anyone on the right wants to see the golden rule in action they just need to regard the actions of the commander in chief. Though our president is a Christian, any faith community would be aware that his actions show his spirit of reconciliation and good will. When I contrast that to the spiteful bitterness and resentment being engendered 24/7 on the right I am so thankful that we now have an honorable, just and compassionate leader in the White House.

Posted by: cats2 | January 9, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

IS Jive a dialect


Or is a separate language???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with Reid's leadership but I think there is kind of a pc knee jerk reaction to him using the word Negro. It was the name given to the race, not the derogatory N***** used by racists. It was old fashioned of him to use it but I remember Whoopie Goldberg being attacked when she didn't want to be called African-American because her people did not originally come from Africa. We moved on from Negro, to Black, to African-American. What's next? And it probably is very true that Obama was able to be elected as President because he was light skinned and therefore less threatening to those who might be threatened by dark skin. I have never understood why there is this insistence that a person who is half white and half African American must be identified as African American. It reminds me of the old racist Louisiana rule that if a person was as much as 1/64 black they had to register as negro (or black or African American just so I won't offend anyone). Jessee Jackson't hymie remarks were flat out racist. I don't think Reid's was.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | January 9, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that Demoncraps are so.... racist? Then again, they have a KKK member in the Senate, voted against the Civil Rights Bill of 1964, and worked hard to keep people of color dependent on their elitist handouts (for a similar take read David Brooks op ed on the "White Messiah Complex - http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/08/opinion/08brooks.html?em). Every liberal that I know is seemingly unable to see people for who they are - what talents they have - and what character they posess. They always see the world in terms of race, religion, etc. Reid epitomizes the mean-spirited, angry, elitist, racist liberal to a T. Like Carter before him, I hope that Reid suffers immeasurably.

Posted by: freepress1 | January 9, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with Reid's leadership but I think there is kind of a pc knee jerk reaction to him using the word Negro. It was the name given to the race, not the derogatory N***** used by racists. It was old fashioned of him to use it but I remember Whoopie Goldberg being attacked when she didn't want to be called African-American because her people did not originally come from Africa. We moved on from Negro, to Black, to African-American. What's next? And it probably is very true that Obama was able to be elected as President because he was light skinned and therefore less threatening to those who might be threatened by dark skin. I have never understood why there is this insistence that a person who is half white and half African American must be identified as African American. It reminds me of the old racist Louisiana rule that if a person was as much as 1/64 black they had to register as negro (or black or African American just so I won't offend anyone). Jessee Jackson't hymie remarks were flat out racist. I don't think Reid's was.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | January 9, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with Reid's leadership but I think there is kind of a pc knee jerk reaction to him using the word Negro. It was the name given to the race, not the derogatory N***** used by racists. It was old fashioned of him to use it but I remember Whoopie Goldberg being attacked when she didn't want to be called African-American because her people did not originally come from Africa. We moved on from Negro, to Black, to African-American. What's next? And it probably is very true that Obama was able to be elected as President because he was light skinned and therefore less threatening to those who might be threatened by dark skin. I have never understood why there is this insistence that a person who is half white and half African American must be identified as African American. It reminds me of the old racist Louisiana rule that if a person was as much as 1/64 black they had to register as negro (or black or African American just so I won't offend anyone). Jessee Jackson't hymie remarks were flat out racist. I don't think Reid's was.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | January 9, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

... and Nancy will have to pass the gavel to a Republican.

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you're daydreaming. Not a single sober political analyst foresees this as even a remote possibility. You must be listening to some painkiller addict or done guy who puts Vicks in his eyes to fake crying.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Three "Cheers" for Harry, for admitting the truth about Barack Hussein Obama. If only black America could see the light.

Posted by: cschotta1 | January 9, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Biden say that Obama was clean-cut ????

AND Biden made it to Vice President.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Democrats: Party of slave holders in the old south.....continuity...Sen Jefferson Davis (D) Pres of Confederacy to Sen Byrd (D-kkk)

Paternalistic racism abounds....

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

Lily White liberal Democrats want your vote but not your "dialect"

Posted by: georgedixon1 | January 9, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Wait, now it's racist to refer to a light-skinned black man as "light-skinned"?

Posted by: qaz1231 | January 9, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

I just want you to know that Harry Reid is dark-skinned and doesn't have a white dialect - so I think he could go far.


Maybe he could be Senate Majority Leader.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Can you say "Toast"? Reid will not be re-elected and Nancy will have to pass the gavel to a Republican. After the super secret health care bill, citizens are tired of the same old crap from Capitol Hill. See ya Harry and Nancy, wish I could say it is great, but alas your promise of "transparent" and open government is falling on deaf ears.

Posted by: fairfaxfirefighteriniraq | January 9, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

OH I remember, I remember, I remember, I remember we are at war, I know, I know, I know.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 9, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

@noa: Wonder what Drudge calls BHO. To his credit, I notice he no longer has ads for Amos 'N Andy videos. I guess that's progress.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Black GOP members of Congress: Zero

Case closed. Report that.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

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Well how about Black DEM members in Congress: all idiots and their constituents continue to be largely poor, and will continue to be poor and/or downtrodden with the big-city crime because their representatives DO NOTHING. And yup Obaman is a one-termer for sure.


Posted by: ReneesOpinion | January 9, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Party Dale Roberston proudly brandishes an n- word sign. No mention of that. But an off-hand unfortunate remark by Reid gets the full treatment in a blog that--conspicuously--never has anything positive to say about the Nation's first black president.
 
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The same column that turns a charitable and approving eye to bigoted posters too.  And not only racists.
 
Reid was using language of another era.  In the 60's "negro" was no more offensive than "African American" is today and it was probably its resemblance to the other N-word that led to its deprecation.  He should know better.  Like I should have known better than to use "retarded" without preceding with "mentally."  We live, we learn, if we're mature we apologize and move on.
 
Sneer all you like but we absolutely must be willing to extend grace and forgiveness to one who apologizes.  It's not a trivial nor perfunctory act.  Reid did it.  George Allen didn't.  Allen is toast.  Reid was already, but CC is showing his allegiances and dispresect as always.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Reid was right for once, he is light skinned. That can't be said?

Posted by: 0460 | January 9, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Reid's not at all popular back home where Casinos are great big empty halls to practice singing by yourself.
Bye Bye Harry.

Posted by: dottydo | January 9, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler wrote: Hey, drudgewater, go read Charles M. Bl0w in the NYT opinion section. You guys are fading into the long night."

Don't you wish! The polls numbers seem to strongly disagree with you on that ridiculous assertion.

Posted by: liberalsareblind | January 9, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I fail to understand how someone who holds the office of Senate leader can possibly use such language in a conversation regarding Obama. This man is unworthy. He is a joke and that inevitably spells the end of his political career.

Posted by: JohnRice | January 9, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

This is the first time I ever agreed with Harry. He just forgot that he is a lair to.

Posted by: myop1 | January 9, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Yeah anytime this place fills up with "libs" crap I figure it's that two-digiteer MattD at it again.  Now there's a guy whom Fate should have a big bullseye painted on.
 
Silver lining is that they'll wander off after a few cathartically stupid lines.
 
Hey, drudgewater, go read Charles M. Bl0w in the NYT opinion section.  You guys are fading into the long night.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

The official president and founder of the Tea Bag Party Dale Roberston proudly brandishes an n- word sign. No mention of that. But an off-hand unfortunate remark by Reid gets the full treatment in a blog that--conspicuously--never has anything positive to say about the Nation's first black president. Gimme a break.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Reid is making the same error as Dodd.
He should uphold the US Constitution and demand no illegally secreted intel on a Public Official.
Dodd didn't do it and no one will vote for him again either.

Interpol must have secured it, or Obama would never get so bold.
Wait...he is so NPD Sociopathic dual profiled that he might be that bold and believe he is a dictator in a Country run by the people.

It is just too funny.

Posted by: dottydo | January 9, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Senator Reid is a good man. He will win reelection.

Posted by: truth1 | January 9, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

It is always interesting (and sometimes shocking) to read of politicians speaking their real beliefs and then they find out it has been reported, which inevitably leads to a backtracking statement to avoid political suicide. Mr. Reid's retraction indicates a cynical stance that breaches the publicly presented facade every once in a while. This, of course, is something that happens with both major parties, but it is doubly pointed in this case as Mr. Obama is a member of Mr. Reids own party.......nice.

It wasn't a "poor choice of words" if that is what he really believes. I don't think that describing Barack Obama during the presidential election as a "black candidate who would benefit from his "light-skinned" appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one" could be spoken with ANY words that could be considered "well chosen".

As to "improper", does he mean improper that it got out into the public who would obviously see the impropriety, or, improper because it reflects a massive character flaw in Mr. Reid that he would characterize a very well spoken (much more so than Harry Reid in my opinion) African American man as being without a "Negro dialect" (is this guy in the same century as the rest of the country?).

All of this begs an important question. When he says, "I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance President Obama's legislative agenda, “ was it because, in part, Barak Obama was "a black candidate who would benefit from his "light-skinned" appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one?"

Posted by: mrk1117 | January 9, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

The stupid liberals of this country have such double standards. If Reid were a Republican all Hell would be breaking loose right now. We would see Jessie Jackson and the NAACP organizing marches on Reid's hometown demanding his resignation if Reid was a Republican and he made this type of mistake. This double standard just goes to show that at the heart of the matter many Democrats are in fact quite racist and possess very strong stereotypes.

Posted by: liberalsareblind | January 9, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

I'll say this for Barack -- he's pretty fly for a white guy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0vZwONKshU

We're beyond it, home dogs ...

but fwiw, I'm sorry too, little big man ...

Posted by: pressF1 | January 9, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

The stupid liberals of this country have such double standards. If Reid were a Republican all Hell would be breaking loose right now. We would see Jessie Jackson and the NAACP organizing marches on Reid's hometown demanding his resignation if Reid was a Republican and he made this type of mistake. This double standard just goes to show that at the heart of the matter Democrats are in fact quite racist and possess very strong stereotypes.

Posted by: liberalsareblind | January 9, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Should have figured. This is coordinated sewage. Drudge has this junk as his headline. Hope this irrelevant foolishness doesn't make its way into the Post's paper edition.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Harry has apologized enough. I think he needs to go on tour so he can apologize as many times as possible, but that might not even be enough apologies. I think the Reverend Al needs to boycott all businesses who contributed to Harry Reid's political campaign. Then Harry needs to apologize some more because I don't think he apologized enough. I also think Jesse Jackson should counsel Harry on racism and why it's important to not call people racist names like hyme or tell stories about how they spit in white people's food. Then Harry has to apologize some more because I don't think he has apologized enough. Maybe Harry Reid should resign. Then he can spend more time apologizing because I don't think he has apologized enough. He should take sensitivity training. Then he should call a prime time news conference, admit what he did was totally wrong and he should apologize again because I don't think he has apologized enough.

Posted by: jakedog030 | January 9, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

He in negro when it is good for his case and calls on his white mother,white grandma his white army grandpa, his white uncles, cousins and the rest of his white clan when it is right for obami.

Posted by: sabestu | January 9, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Reid apologized to President Obama like a mature adult and like a mature adult the president accepted.
 
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he rings the bell
 
As for those seeing double standard monsters, had this been a Republican it wouldn't have been "negro dialect," it would have been "ni66er" and watermelon rolling and suggestions of peril to the virtue of white women, so cut that crap.
 
And there would have been denial, defiance, "PC" crap, and bluster, not apology.  Never that.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

He is a democrat. He is not a racist, we all know what he meant. Now, if he were a republican he is blatantly racist and we all know what he meant.

Want to be racist and given the benefit of the doubt, just get a (D) behind your name. Remember Howard Dean's comments... you probably don't because people ignore perceived racist statements from democrats... he got a pass. Remember Joe Biden's Indian convenience store comment, yeah, he got a pass too. Remember Joe Biden's comment about obama...probably not...because democrats get passes. Talk good about some table scrap pig slop government program you want to give the poor minorities and you get a IM A RACIST GET OUT OF JAIL FREE card.

How could i forget: not too long ago the nursing home escapee, Harry Reid, attempted to play the race card in the health care debate. Democrats stop hiding behind your worthless government programs and reveal yourselves for the true bigots that you are. Someone cue up Al Sharpton so he can make excuses and deflect for Reid on behalf of all black america.

Posted by: damnsignups | January 9, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Black GOP members of Congress: Zero

Case closed. Report that.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

As much as I dislike Harry Reid and look forward to his getting roundly trounced in the upcoming election, I could see a context in which he might, just might, have been musing in an abstract fashion as to how Obama would be seen by the electorate, using words that some in the electorate might choose to use. Was that his context? Or were these truly his personal views and his personal language?

Posted by: Three3 | January 9, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

OK Dems - let's all call for Harry's resignation. He would be the first one asking for someone else to resign. He is obviously a two-faced racist. I wish I lived in NV so that I could vote against him. Loser, loser, loser.

Posted by: PittAlum | January 9, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. Democrats are the racists. They always have been and they continue.

Posted by: Mainer1776 | January 9, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Ha ha ha. Unlike what happens to Republicans, there will not be calls for him to resign his leadership position. The press will not hound him. But, what do you expect from the party of KKK member Robert Byrd, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, etc.

And, yes libs are racist, otherwise, they would not think racial minorities need hand outs in order to make it in America.

Posted by: irish031 | January 9, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

obama teabagged reid.

Posted by: ItsOver2 | January 9, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse


I agree with what Reid said. What is untrue about the statement. Give me the context of the words and I might change my mind.

Obama never apologized for calling me, all whites, and his grandmother typical white racist.

Posted by: bnw173 | January 9, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious from reading some of these posts by Rethuglicans, they only wish to insert their conservative "hack" tactics into a topic that's done and over with and has nothing to do with them.

Reid apologized to President Obama like a mature adult and like a mature adult the president accepted.

Therefore, why is it that Rethuglicans insists on inserting their lashing tongues in a subject matter that does not pertain to them.

Besides, not once have I ever heard one single Rethuglican apologize to this president or anyone else for all of their racists comments and taunts on any of the political airwaves or media outlets.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 9, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

We are used to "let offend them and then apologize"

Maybe it is time to let people call other people whatever please them as long as it doesn't hurt their lives, opportunities and income.

Posted by: Makiz | January 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Still waiting for this space to report the inside story on the GOP's treatment of RNC chair Mike Steele--what they say about Mike and how they have stripped him of various powers that his predecessors had (e..g, full budget authority) and subjected him to special oversight. But we're going to rehash something Reid said two years ago. Unbelievable and transparent.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Shrink, you're a better man than I. I'm actually dressed in my running clothes but am loathing going out in 35 degree weather for a run.

Also, had to watch Georgetown win, then Georgia Tech beat Duke, and now Cincinnati vs Jets.

I just brought up projection because the party of secret Muslim, magic negro, tea parties, birthers, and Glen Beck are now going and accusing others of racism.

Yeah.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 9, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

What Harry meant to say, "I'm sorry I got caught...dang it."

Posted by: powerange | January 9, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, I knew this man was a jerk but now you can add the word, racist. I'm happy I live in Nevada so I can vote agains him.

Posted by: farmsnorton | January 9, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Most libs are racists.

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only in the teabagger Bizarro Alternate Universe

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Drudge dredge again?

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 4:24 PM
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Pure Drudge dreck. Embarrassing post and so beneath the Washington Post. This is news but Palin's S@mbogate wasn't? Care to report about what the opposition party calls our 44th President? No, I didn't think so. Check with Tea Party President Dale Robertson and he'll tell you even if he can't spell his favorite slur.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing to me that people blame society for Reid's comments. Just my thoughts here, but you wouldn't all be Democrats, would you? Come on, folks, every single one of you would be calling for his resignation if these ridiculous comments had been uttered by a Republican !!

Posted by: scmonty1 | January 9, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

We find it interesting that this space, after years of ignoring (alleged/perceived to be) racist comments/conduct from the likes of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Chip Salsman, Limbaugh, Brian Kilmeade, Tea Party President Dale Robertson, President of the Young Republicans Audra Shay, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, and many others, suddenly finds racial sensitivity and decides to front this fake controversy about something Reid said TWO YEARS AGO.

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not even a pretense of balance

just like the moderation

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Most libs are racists. That's why they accept this behavior. There will be no call for his resignation.

Posted by: ItsOver2 | January 9, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

It's becoming more and more obvious that the DEMS really don't have much respect for each other including the President.

Posted by: Jimbo77 | January 9, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

If Obama would get down and talk like Chris Rock, I might just start liking the First Dude. Chris is a really funny guy.

Obama ain't no funny.

Posted by: bandcyuk | January 9, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Where are the demands for Reid's resignation from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton? If this had been any Republican making such racist comment you can be sure there would be picketing outside of the Capitol building. I guess it is not convenient for them to throw the race card out for Harry.

Posted by: maslager | January 9, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

No. That is not it. But your attempt at deflection is not surprising. Barry is a Fraud and when gets into his Deceptive Negro dialect groove he trying to connect to the naive. Guess it worked too, didn't it. Some are so easily fooled, my "friend".

Posted by: jas7751

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Yes, that was it.

No one is deflecting.

Just pointing out some facts and the truth. I have never heard Obama ever speak Ebonics or Negro dialect as Reid so kindly puts it.

However, I did hear Michelle Bachmann speak it. "You Be DA Man, Michael Steele", which was the question by one of the posters. What is negro dialect. I only gave an example of it.

ROFLMAO!

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 9, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Obama a one-termer? Losing to whom?

Pawlenty? Romney?

Palin?

Please be serious.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Would the Blog owner please say why my post correctly delineating Democrats and their racist statemens, was not posted?

Posted by: pauldia | January 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Another fake controversy. Sad.

We find it interesting that this space, after years of ignoring (alleged/perceived to be) racist comments/conduct from the likes of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Chip Salsman, Limbaugh, Brian Kilmeade, Tea Party President Dale Robertson, President of the Young Republicans Audra Shay, Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins, and many others, suddenly finds racial sensitivity and decides to front this fake controversy about something Reid said TWO YEARS AGO. Harry used unfortunate language from a different time and place but clearly meant no harm. Let Fox News carry this poisonous water and leave the Washington Post out of it.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

WHAT???? GET RID OF THIS CLOSET WHITE SUPREMECIST! I'M A DEM., BUT DAMN IF THAT'S NOT RIGHT-EVERYONE WOULD BE CALLING FOR HIS RESIGNATION IF HE WERE A REPUGLICANT, THAT'S FOR SURE! I MEAN, THAT'S OUTRAGEOUS! AND THE A-HOLE REID IS GOING TO INSIST THAT SOUTHERS-A LYING SLEAZY LA AIRPORT COP SHOULD BE HEAD OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT FEDERAL AGENCIES IN THE USG-THE TSA? ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME, REID?

OH PLEASE GET RID OF HIM!-REID/PELOSI MAKES ME WANT TO THROW UP MORE THAN A LITTLE IN MY MOUTH!

Posted by: Spring_Rain | January 9, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

laughing so hard right now....K2007 writes,"when will the whites learn" how stupid.....if we go by all the complaints then "when will the whites learn" is racist...omg what reid said is no more a racist comment than" chinese have slanted eyes" ..The black race makes themselves look stupider and stupider by complaining about every little thing..they are MORE racist than the whites...they complain because white people didnt want to vote for obama because he is black...well thats the only reason blacks did vote for him..they had no idea what he stood for ..he could have said he was the devil himself and the blacks would have voted for him......i laugh everyday at some stupid thing hey complainabout

Posted by: sickofit5 | January 9, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Notice how the major newspapers are ignoring this story.

Posted by: BaracksTeleprompter | January 9, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD

Sorry I went running (in freezing rain!)...
thought about this the whole time though.

We wouldn't get a word in edgewise here now.

Maybe I'll find that address you gave yesterday and write some stuff down tonight.

Posted by: shrink2 | January 9, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Drudge dredge again?

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA.

I love it when white folks say stupid stuff about black people. Its funny as hell to me.

Posted by: cornelius_thalmudge | January 9, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The DNA of all (people:-) posting here, everyone of you, can be traced right back to Africa! Don't you big-time content providers just love it?

Obama is a 1-termer - 2012 and all that you know...

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

The DNA of all (people:-) posting here, everyone of you, can be traced right back to Africa! Don't you big-time content providers just love it?

Obama is a 1-termer - 2012 and all that you know...

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 9, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: lcarter0311

No. That is not it. But your attempt at deflection is not surprising. Barry is a Fraud and when gets into his Deceptive Negro dialect groove he trying to connect to the naive. Guess it worked too, didn't it. Some are so easily fooled, my "friend".

Posted by: jas7751 | January 9, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I apologize in advance to anyone who may be offended that I am light skinned blue-eyed human being.

Posted by: Ruhu | January 9, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I apologize in advance to anyone who may be offended that I am light skinned blue-eyed human being.

Posted by: Ruhu | January 9, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Ahhhh yes, the famous "but you're not like other black people" white person's comment.

Posted by: MPATL | January 9, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

We, of the "clay-skinned" race of multi-ethnic Americans are in succession -- similar to how another vigorous tree species overtakes and replaces a dying deciduous forest.

Relics like the litigious liar and racist Reid will be routed like the bad guys in AVATAR! :-)

rA

Posted by: ruralamericans | January 9, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Correction: 2009 Republican Conference

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 9, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Komplicated

What the heck is Negro-dialect?

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Guess to be sure you will have to ask Harry. But, surely you have heard Barry speaking to his folk and get into his groove, his "Negro" dialect. Sure you have, that is if you have been paying attention. Now, if you in fact voted for Barry then you may not have been paying attention and only "heard" him but didn't listen to him. Big diff. Anyway his Negro dialect is simply an example of his deception.

Posted by: jas7751

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Negro dialect, sometimes referred to as Ebonics, is like Michelle Bachmann saying to Michael Steele at a 2008 Republican Conference, "You Be Da Man!, "You Be Da Man", Michael Steele.

That's Negro dialect my friend, with a hip-hop Ebonic twist coming from a white woman in the Republican Party.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 9, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

How funny. I wonder what will be reported?

Posted by: Kansasgirl | January 9, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

its unfortunate Reid used racial slurs,

but almost the entire Senate LOATHES and disrespects Obama privately.

the senate knows obama is a lightweight incompetent, but obama WAS smart enough to get elected and that burns them up.

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 9, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not Negro. He is half white.

Posted by: BaracksTeleprompter

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Certainly he is more African than American.

Posted by: jas7751 | January 9, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Those evil Republicans...like Abraham Lincoln.

Those evil Republicans...like Martin Luther King, Jr.

Those evil Republicans...who passed the Civil Rights Act.

Those wonderful Democrats...like Woodrow Wilson, who got us into WWI.

Those wonderful Democrats...like FDR, who put 110,000 Japanese Americans (And a few other Asians--they all look the same) into concentration camps, stole their property, and then nuked Japan.

Those wonderful Democrats...like JFK and Lyndon BJ, who got us into Vietnam.

Those wonderful Democrats...like Bill Clinton, who peacefully got us into wars in Bosnia, Haitia, Bosnia, Somalia and Bosnia again.

Those wonderful Democrats...like Barrack 0bama, who is getting us into a war in Yemen, and expanding the war in Afghanistan.

Remember: It's only racist if a Republican says it. When Democrats use the N word, it's just good natured joshing. After all, look at all the things Dems have done for blacks, like...and...er...

Posted by: ImanAzol | January 9, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Well then, that apology makes everything way better and will no doubt cause everyone in Nevada to unanimously vote in Rat and 1/2 Reid.

And of course, because he's a democrat, he couldn't possibly have meant this in any way other than the nicest possible way. No hypocrisy on display here folks.

As they say in Nevada, anybody butt harry.

Posted by: bandmom22 | January 9, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Really? Does he think this is 1960? Time to go Reid... resign now!

Posted by: trjn30 | January 9, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

jewishmother

on both sides of the isle, make deragatory remarks

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Really? Like what, who?

Posted by: jas7751 | January 9, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Many have rooted racism as that's been part of America from it's beginning. It takes generation and generations for it to be removed. Many learned it during our many Wars as white soldiers looked to their black fellow soldiers for help/protection. Racism is taught and your not born a racism. Look even Blacks are racist. Reid is just another produce of our pass. My daugher serves in the US Military and all the racist would be shocked to see our troops leave racism in the USA for others to do as they serve together. Hate for Obama is shown by many no matter what Party they belong to. I am and African American who in 1964 was given the right to have Civil Rights. I picked Hillary Clinton because I had a choice and wasn't raised racist. Ok my daughter picked Obama because she had a choice. Reid isn't alone on his deep rooted opinion of minorities as many hide it well. Former Mayor Koch is racist but he did a great job at acting nice and got the black votes. It's just that Bush/Cheney allowed our deepest rooted racist to come out and show themselves. Charlie Gibson and George/Diane can't help but release their inter feelings of racism. This time the racist aren't wearing hoods and showing just who they are and what they really feel. I grew up with those who hate and lived to see how God works to remove their bitter hate/racism. Obama nor any minority can change a person's heart they can only feel sorry for them because of their pure ignorance.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | January 9, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

When he made that remark, he had no idea Obama was going to win the presidency, the one thing that sets him apart from an everyday negro to Mr. Reid. And Reid isn't alone... many, many politicians, on both sides of the isle, make deragatory remarks about Obama before it became clear that he was going to win.

Posted by: jewishmother | January 9, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm hardly shocked. This is the same party that forces all of us to check the "race block" on all sorts of government forms - "white-caucasian", "african american"; "hispanic - non white"; "asian"....pick your winner. This is the party of hypocrisy and racism. They seek to define by race so Reed's commentary is in keeping with the elitist condescension that is prevalent through this party - as if to say - We look down on you because you are "pick your racial profile winner" and incapable of taking care of yourself without our expert interference and help. You are too stupid to stand on your own - I'm going to help you - clap for me and give me a nobel prize. Bravo!!!! Bravo!!!!! Way to go Dems!!!! And keep blaming "the man" - you racist hypocrits!

Posted by: egrib | January 9, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama is not Negro. He is half white.

Posted by: BaracksTeleprompter | January 9, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid must be the dullest tack on the bulletin board, stupid as a stone.

Whether he apologized or not (more than a year later) this is another reason why he does not deserve the Senate leadership or a seat in the Senate chamber.

AMF Harry when you are next up for reelection and don't get hit in the a** by the door when you leave.

Posted by: apdseal | January 9, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

It is improper to have a look under your clothes to see if you might be concealing a weapon or a bomb. Better to let a plane explode than risk an invasion of privacy. Those who were born in and grew up in Jim Crow America are habituated to considering people according to their race. Anybody who isn't "white" is first categorized as second class and, second, little is expected from them except strict obedience. In post-racial America, one is not to even notice a person's race let alone comment on how unblack-like someone of a darker hue may be. Harry should not have commented on how white Mr. Obama acts and looks, as if those are qualifiers or dis-qualitifers for participation in politics. Still, it is true that, as a "mullato," Mr. Obama is lighter hued than a "purebreed" Negro, of which there are few in America. His parental academic backgrounds pre-disposed him to aim for advanced learning opportunities, which he took full advantage of. He speaks standard American English. What a surprise! Your Bill O'Reilly-approved archetypal American Negro/Black/Person-of-Color/African-American typically speaks Ebonics, drives a Cadillac, possesses a flat-screen high-def TV, dabbles in illicit drugs, and lives off welfare. Pehaps Mr. Obama should be kept in a museum of oddities? The fallout from slavery haunts America still. Mentioning somebody's sub-species has become a third-rail.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | January 9, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

THIS WAS SAID IN 2008 AND NOW HE'S APOLOGIZING...LET'S SEE...I BELIEVE HE'S SORRY HE GOT CAUGHT...IF HE WAS REALLY SORRY, HE WOULD HAVE APOLOGIZED SHORTLY AFTER HE SAID IT......NOT NEARLY 2 YEARS LATER....He's toast.

Posted by: powerange | January 9, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

That Senator Reid said this is nothing more than another bit of evidence of how far we have to go to be a "colorblind" society.
The majority of comments here, however, show how far we have to go to be an intelligent society.

Posted by: jtmolloy | January 9, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Komplicated

What the heck is Negro-dialect?

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Guess to be sure you will have to ask Harry. But, surely you have heard Barry speaking to his folk and get into his groove, his "Negro" dialect. Sure you have, that is if you have been paying attention. Now, if you in fact voted for Barry then you may not have been paying attention and only "heard" him but didn't listen to him. Big diff. Anyway his Negro dialect is simply an example of his deception.

Posted by: jas7751 | January 9, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

This is a problem. No matter how an African person is described it seems that someone of that group chooses to take offense. So how would Black Americans choose to be discribed. If you choose to grab the semantics of the situation then tell us now what should we say?
In addition this was reportedly a private conversation. Here's a big surprise YOU CAN'T TELL EVERYONE WHAT TO THINK! or what to say in a private conversation.
I notice also that African Americans have no problem withsaying the most racist things about others and then say they are just exercising their right to free speech. In Denver a gang of black youths attacked a number of people because they were white or hispanic. The gang beat them and robbed them and called them names. When they were caught they said Oh well this wasn't a racist attack. So there is a problem here.
I for one am tired of African Americans who use race as a reason to take offense when non is intended. In this case it doesn't sound like Reid intended any offense. Lets get some common sense.

Posted by: OhMy | January 9, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

How funny - The Lead Democrat in the Senate is a racist! HAHAHAHAHA! All the silly talk by the progressives/Socialists on this board about Republicans being racist - they aren't, but the Dems have a former KU Klux Klan Memeber (Senator Byrd) and now an pure racist (Senator Reid)!

Posted by: Realist20 | January 9, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse


"I wonder if Obama has ever said anything in private that was foolish, for which he should apologize."

He finds it difficult to apologize. That's the way of a narcissist.
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Posted by: Billw3 | January 9, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Okay, so he's apologized about his Obama remark, but I'm more interested in hearing an apology for his having help destroy the healthcare system in this country. When is he going to apologize for that? Oh, he's not? So the other remark is more important. Really? Well, that other remark isn't going to create enormous financial problems for me and for most Americans. Hey, Harry! Apologize for all of your really serious mistakes!!! You probably don't have that much time left in the Senate, do you?

Posted by: georges2 | January 9, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it ironic how all the racist comments about Obama have come from other Democrats - Biden, Reid, Clinton....**************************************************Please do not forget Reverend Jesse Jackson who called President Obama a name,.....

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | January 9, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

WASHINGTON – The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama's race during the 2008 presidential bid and are quoted in a yet-to-be-released book about the campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Obama is the nation's first African-American president.

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Well, the democrats are te party of the Klu Klux Klan, so it doesn't surpirse me. The democrats have been keeping their "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one" blacks down forever. Keep voing for your democrat massa's black people. If it weren't for the republicans, you would still be on the dixiecrat democrat's plantations.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | January 9, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

What the heck is Negro-dialect? I ask this question to those on here who say these are true statements.

Posted by: Komplicated | January 9, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Reid's comments were ill-advised to say the least. However, if everyone who has ever said something foolish in a private conversation needs to publicly apologize, at least ninety-nine percent of the people in this country need to write a letter to "The Washington Post" to publicly apologize.

I wonder if Obama has ever said anything in private that was foolish, for which he should apologize.

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | January 9, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse


dlkimura,

Excellent, but Shakespeare may have beat you to it.

"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing."
William Shakespeare
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Posted by: Billw3 | January 9, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

I wish those who made similar comments to me and about me, directly and indirectly would also apologize to me, each and every time I had a job interview, sat in an office meeting, or had a personal or professional discussion over the phone concerning various issues.

This includes both blacks and whites who peer through their tiny little stereotypical prisms of the world and refuses to accept the fact that there are people of all races, colors, and creeds that are highly articulate, highly intelligent, and educated living in the world, rural areas, and the ghettos of America.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 9, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse


Why did it take two years for this to surface? I am a democrat but not a fan of Reid. He is a dolt and a senator from such a population poor state shouldn't have the power Reid has. Get him out of a leadership role and send him to the back bench.


Posted by: mortified469 | January 9, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Well at least he didn't use the word "Macaca" because then the WaPost would be calling for Dingy Harry to resign. Whoopee, he's a democrat, so he gets a pass...LOL

Posted by: tcdif | January 9, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse


JakeD said: "LOL!!!"

Indeed.
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Posted by: Billw3 | January 9, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

First and foremost Obama is not black.2nd He doesn't care about blacks.

Posted by: charleshortonjr13 | January 9, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

There is no hope for humankind. We as species are just too stupid and our likelihood of surviving to evolve past this current state, is unlikely.

All we have to show is some sophisticated technologies created by a very small and elite class of geeks. Geeks don't fit in,socially, so they tend to live solitary existences and their DNA trail ends with their deaths.

The masses are no better than grazing bison, eating and cr@pping their way through life and reproducing like rabbits. So we have the overwhelming burden of mediocre intellects overrunning the planet with no hope in sight.

Politicians and "business professionals", by the way, fit into this category. Harry Reid is just another passe' example.

Posted by: dlkimura | January 9, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse


Now Obama is falling from grace…
An’ it’s happenin’ at a fairly fast pace
But if you critique
About his physique
They claim that you based it on race.
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Posted by: Billw3 | January 9, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Why the controversy?

He was only speaking the truth. Particularly the part....."with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

LOL!!

Posted by: jas7751 | January 9, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

That's it for Reid - he was going to lose his re-election bid anyway, but now he has no chance - there's another Republican seat!

Posted by: Realist20 | January 9, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Shrink, I'm not sure if you're arguing with me, but I'm not disagreeing with you. I'm just commenting on his use of the word negro. I can live with the lite-skinned comment, but yeah, that negro dialect comment is a bit too much for me.

As a psychiatrist, are you sensing a lot of projection in a lot of the comments on this board?

Posted by: DDAWD | January 9, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Reid was speaking truthfully, but unfortunately, his observation was not PC. If one listens to Obama on tapes well before his foray into the mainstream spotlight, you can hear the differences in his enunciation and cadence (depending on his location and who was in attendance).

Obama's henchmen tried to level this charge against Hillary Rodham Clinton during the primaries. But, she did not have MLK, Jr., Malcom X, or impassioned Southern Baptist preachers to mimic, nor MLK's birthday or black history month to exploit. Obama is a real chameleon. Let's not forget, his election was of the first African American MALE president. An African American female candidate would have never been elected; too bad black women threw their vote behind Obama vs. Clinton, when Obama had done so very little to better women's lives.

Posted by: muldar | January 9, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

This is more about Reid and his generation - and perhaps his religion - than anything else.

Posted by: NCDem1 | January 9, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

After meeting the Senator, did Reid ask him to sing an old Negro Spiritual? Or to come by on the weekend and cut his lawn?

Posted by: johng1 | January 9, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Could thing Harry's a Democrat or the WAPO and the MSM would have had an orgasm.

Posted by: theBozyn | January 9, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Of course he apologized. He still means it but like a good lying, deceitful politician . . . he apologized. These bums are despicable.

Posted by: rplat | January 9, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

In assessing Obama's electability, of course, Reid was right: Obama's conspicuous lack of anything even approximating an African-American dialect along with his equally pronounced bi-racial heritage could only help him with most American voters.

Perhaps more note-worthy is that *neither* of Obama's parents were African-American! If neither parents are African-American, is it possible for a child to be meaningfully African-American? Doubtful. He was, after all, raised by whites in Hawaii! But that goes a long way toward explaining why America was willing to consider and select the man as president!

Only indignant liberals living in a bubble would throw Harry Reid under the bus for the crime of having said precisely what was--and remains--true.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | January 9, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect" in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign.
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I DON'T CARE FOR REID, and can't wait for them to REMOVE him. They have forced out better Americans than Reid, for silly remark/reasons.
HOWEVER, I think this country has become obnoxiously overly politically correct - -just crap.
I don't see that anything he said in this statement is incorrect. Even by Obamas own words. Whats the big deal?

Posted by: justObserving39 | January 9, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse


The libs are stepping in it all around. Har Har

Posted by: Billw3 | January 9, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

What Harry Reid should have said was that Obama doesn't speak in ebonics, at least in public. Saying a black person from America is light-skinned isn't an insult.

Calling him a redbone may have been a little heavy, LOL!

Seriously though, this speech policing is scary, but ironic for the leftists who so strongly support it.

The chickens have come home to roost I suppose.

Posted by: jmounadi | January 9, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Who are "Hoya's" and the "Huskies"?

Posted by: houston123 | January 9, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

no negro dialect

Are you kidding?
If he is so old he gets a pass for that,
he is so old he needs to retire.

Look, I attacked The Clintons when Bill's buddy Andrew Young said Bill was blacker than Obama because he had screwed more black women than Obama had. Bigots are bigots, they need to be exposed and apologize, get therapy, whatever. They are not legitimate.

Hillary made a racist statement when she told the good people of West Virginia about the question of her popularity with hard working white Americans. Geraldine Ferraro. There is no double standard.

There are racists who are Democrats. How can Democrats despise the racist tea baggers and give Reid a pass?

Posted by: shrink2 | January 9, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"There are powerful forces trying to undermine the democrats."

Yeah. Truth and Common Sense. Those forces seem to be the enemy of the super-majority party these days.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 9, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

"Could we have a context for the quotes, before we execute the guy?"

Funniest remark here today for so many reasons.

But it does prove what is the biggest open secret in American politics -- The Democrats tolerate African Americans because they vote solidly for them.

But at the top. Well, you heard it from the 2nd most powerful man in the Democratic party.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | January 9, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Throw the racist out!

Posted by: BenLaGuer | January 9, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

This clown and Pelosi are two of the dumbest people on the planet.

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Compared to their counterparts or the previous P&VP they're bleedin' Einsteins

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

If a repub said it we'd call it progress. They usually say and do much worse.

Posted by: mack1 | January 9, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Could we have a context for the quotes, before we execute the guy?

At that time everyone was talking about weather or not America was ready to elect a black man as president... If a reporter asked him, "do you think white voters in Nevada will vote for this black man?" then the comments are just part of his professional political assesment of his home state.

There are powerful forces trying to undermine the democrats. It has nothing to do with race and everything to do with money. This seems fabricated to me. (The comments from Brian Walsh are particularly insincere and self-serving.)

Posted by: rwolf01 | January 9, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

He also forgot to add: thin skinned! All true statements.

Posted by: alfarang | January 9, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

He should have called him a sell-out. Because that is all he is. Negro?...He hates Negros and Negro Businesses.

Posted by: question-guy | January 9, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

He should have called him a sell-out. Because that is all he is. Negro?...He hates Negros and Negro Businesses.

Posted by: question-guy | January 9, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Aside from that Barack the Magic I can't recall the word Negro for at least 35 years.

But Reid's remark was at worst tone-deaf, an awkwardly expressed factual observation. Still rather see him replaced by a Democrat unapologetic about pursuing a progressive agenda.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

What is about Democrat Majority Leaders and their racist views? First a former Klansman rises to Majority Leadeer, and then Reid reveals his ignorant private thoughts about Aafrican Americans.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | January 9, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

And you folks positioned criticism of Steele's book as your front page LEAD yesterday but bury this in your floating stories. Wow!

Reid is a light-brained, inarticulate schlub.
But let's bury that fact about a Dem. Bulb that is.

Posted by: mftill | January 9, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

What's to apologize for? All true statements.

Posted by: fudador | January 9, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Isn't it ironic how all the racist comments about Obama have come from other Democrats - Biden, Reid, Clinton....

Posted by: pgr88 | January 9, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

When will the WHITES learn

Posted by: K2007 | January 9, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

If a Republican had said this, they'd be calling for his resignation.

Posted by: itsme32221 | January 9, 2010 1:12 PM

We'd call it progress. Because they usually say and do so much worse.

Posted by: mack1 | January 9, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

This only warranted a blurb in "the fix" Compost? If it weren't for double standards, you lefties would have no standards at all..

Posted by: wewintheylose | January 9, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"Who cares if he meant offense?
It isn't a generational thing,
unless being an old bigot is ok just
so long as you are a Democrat.

Posted by: shrink2"

Well, I don't know if Reid was being bigoted or not, but the use of the word "negro" is a generational thing. I think the only time I've ever heard that word was a professor in an academic setting.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 9, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The difference between Republicans and Democrats are that Republicans are more apt to get their foot in their mouth publicly, while Democrats harbor the same sentiments in private. No news here.

Posted by: jabreal00 | January 9, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

How utterly shameless of the NRSC to act all high and mighty about race. Wonder who they think they're fooling? What part of the Venn diagram?

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I've said it once and they keep reinforcing it all the time.

This clown and Pelosi are two of the dumbest people on the planet.

Posted by: websterr1 | January 9, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Bigotry is the human scourge.

One party is a safe haven for bigots.
The Democrats must not be.

I won't miss Harry Reid.

Who cares if he meant offense?
It isn't a generational thing,
unless being an old bigot is ok just
so long as you are a Democrat.

Posted by: shrink2 | January 9, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

What a tempest in a teapot.

Republican whining about unfair treatment sound a lot like whining, period. You guys had control of all terms of debate. For years and years and didn't accomplish squat, and it led to nothing more than the institutionalization of racism and dishonesty. Go to the end of the line and start over.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 9, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

If a republicon had said this they would have said it with derision...I'm sure Ried meant no offense. Sort of like when my Grandma calls African Americans "nice young boys" regardless of how old they are.

Posted by: John1263 | January 9, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Give me a break. Obama himself described his fellow college black students' paranoia about "half-breeds" who associated with whites instead of blacks - and went on to describe his grandmother as a "typical white person" who "has fears about black men" - and THEN goes on to not only reinforce his racist attitudes, but his active AGEISM by stating that his grandmother's fears about blacks reflected "fears shared by many in her GENERATION."

So, let me get this straight - it's okay for a potential POTUS to be RACIST and AGEIST, but old Harry can't call the POTUS - a clearly conflicted half-breed by his own admissions - "light skinned?" ENOUGH OF THE STUPID DOUBLE STANDARD ALDREADY.

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | January 9, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"Oh Jesus... Is it a generational thing?"

Most definitely. Even if Reid meant to slur Obama, who uses the word "negro"?

Posted by: DDAWD | January 9, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words."

No you don't. You regret getting caught.

You must resign immediately, Mr. Reid.

Posted by: BaracksTeleprompter | January 9, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Go Hoyas!

Posted by: DDAWD | January 9, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 9, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

ah, Obama is light skinned and has no accent.. he was raised white and priledged..
Some day more African Americans will relize he's as black Tom Delay.

Posted by: tru-indy | January 9, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

If he was a republican why we just wouldn't be able to santd having him in such a high position and he would be hounded until he resigned the leader position. He's a dim though, so keep on skatin' Harry!

Posted by: standard_guy | January 9, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

If he was a republican why we just wouldn't be able to santd having him in such a high position and he would be hounded until he resigned the leader position. He's a dim though, so keep on skatin' Harry!

Posted by: standard_guy | January 9, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

If he was a republican why we just wouldn't be able to santd having him in such a high position and he would be hounded until he resigned the leader position. He's a dim though, so keep on skatin' Harry!

Posted by: standard_guy | January 9, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

With any luck we will not have Harry around for much longer, if he is foolish enough to run, which he seems to be. If by some stupid stroke of luck he survives the Dems would be wise to get rid of him and Pelosi, they are complete failures.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | January 9, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

First - Go Huskies!

Second - When will the Dems finally select a Senate Majority Leader from a safe state? Heard rumblings that Schumer is next in line (over Durbin).

Posted by: heymrtambourineman | January 9, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

First - Go Huskies!

Second - When will the Dems finally select a Senate Majority Leader from a safe state? Heard rumblings that Schumer is next in line (over Durbin).

Posted by: heymrtambourineman | January 9, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh Jesus... Is it a generational thing? Trent Lott and Harry Reid end up saying obviously stupid comments which come off as guardedly racist in context, and openly racist out of content.

Never mind the other Majority Leader who diagnosed Terry Schiavo via a video clip.

Is the Senate honestly this devoid of competent leadership? Is that generation of leaders actually this ignorant on issues of proper language in an equal society?

Posted by: hiberniantears | January 9, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

If a Republican had said this, they'd be calling for his resignation.

Posted by: itsme32221 | January 9, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

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