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Is Harry Reid the next Chris Dodd?



Is Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid headed down the same retirement path as Sen. Chris Dodd? Photo by REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Lost amid the controversy caused this weekend by the revelations about racially-tinged comments by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) about President Barack Obama is the fact that a new independent poll shows the Nevada Democrat in the direst of straits in his re-election fight.

Reid trailed all three Republicans against whom he was tested by the Las Vegas Review- Journal; former state party chairwoman Sue Lowden led Reid 50 percent to 40 percent, businessman Danny Tarkanian held a 49 percent to 41 percent edge and former state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle held a 45 percent to 40 percent margin.

Just one in three voters said they held a favorable opinion of Reid while 52 percent said they saw him in an unfavorable light. Less than one percent of voters said they didn't know enough about Reid to offer an opinion while 42 percent said the same about Angle, 20 percent said it of Lowden and 18 percent didn't know enough about Tarkanian to offer an opinion.

Those numbers -- combined with the negative publicity Reid had drawn for his remarks about Obama -- have led to increased speculation about whether the Majority Leader can win re-election and, if he can't, whether he should follow in the footsteps of Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) who announced his retirement last week.

The Dodd-Reid comparison works but only to an extent.

Let's look at the similarities between the two mens' fates first.

Both Reid and Dodd are longtime incumbents who, in recent years, have seen their approval ratings slip badly in their respective home states.

As Nate Silver notes in a post at "538", the decline and fall of Reid's ratings can be traced directly back to his ascension as Senate Minority Leader following the defeat of Tom Daschle (S.D.) in the 2004 election.

The reasons for that fall are many -- the primary one being that serving as leader of a national party while also seeking re-election in a swing state are simply incompatible in the current political climate -- but what it means for Reid is that he has the exact same double-barreled problem Dodd faced: voters know him and don't like him.

Reid, like Dodd, has tried to change perception about him with a flight of early television ads that paint him as a powerhouse in the Senate who can deliver for the state. (Here's one of the two ads.)

And, like Dodd, polling suggests the ads have done almost nothing to help Reid's image. In fact, arguing that he is the ultimate Washington insider who can bring back pork for the state may be the exact wrong message for Reid to be running on in a political climate that is aggressively anti-incumbent and anti-Washington.

Given all of that, it's hard to see where Reid goes -- message-wise -- to convince Nevada voters to send him back to the Senate for a fifth term, a conundrum that Dodd also faced.

Reid's best (only?) option may be to follow the lead of soon-to-be-former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine (D) who, faced with dismal polling numbers of his own, sought to turn the 2009 race into a mudfest that would ultimately lead voters to make a "devil you know versus the devil you don't know" decision in his favor. (Of course, while that argument got Corzine back in the game, it didn't deliver a victory.)

With all that said, it's not entirely fair to make the simple "Reid=Dodd" calculation for a few important reasons.

First, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee had spent months -- behind-the-scenes of course -- ensuring that if Dodd was to get out of the race, state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) was set to run.

And, polling showed quite clearly that a Dodd-for-Blumenthal switch would greatly increase Democrats' chances of winning -- making it hard for Dodd to argue that he was the best shot his party had at keeping the seat.

There is no Dick Blumenthal in Nevada -- in fact, quite the contrary. No one seems to think either Democratic Reps. Shelley Berkley or Dina Titus would drastically improve the party's chances and state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, long considered a rising star, has been brought low of late amid charges that she pursed a politically motivated investigation into Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki (R). (You HAVE to love Nevada politics.)

Second, whereas Dodd had a former Congressman (Rob Simmons) and a very wealthy businesswoman (Linda McMahon) poised to challenge him in the fall, the Republican field against Reid is, um, less distinguished. Lowden, the nominal favorite for the nomination, has two terms as a state legislator to her credit. Tarkanian's largest strength -- such as it is -- is based heavily on the popularity of his father who is the former head coach of the UNLV men's basketball team.

Reid can plausibly argue to Democrats equivocating about his electoral future that there is a very real chance that Lowden, Tarkanian or whoever eventually emerges as the Republican nominee implodes on the campaign trail and all but hands the contest to him.

And, if Reid retires, it would almost certainly embolden Rep. Dean Heller, who resisted multiple entreaties from national Republicans to run against the Majority Leader, to reconsider the race. A Heller candidacy would make Republicans the clear favorites in an open seat fight.

The final -- and most difficult to quantify -- difference between Reid and Dodd is that the former is the highest ranking Democrat in the Senate and the most visible advocate for President Obama's agenda.

Senate leaders don't tend to walk away from their jobs -- particularly out of a fear of electoral defeat -- as it would send a dangerous message to other wavering members about the party's prospects. With many Democratic members already nervous about how bad the national political environment will be for them come November, a Reid retirement -- on top of similar decisions by Dodd, Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D) and a quartet of House Members in recent weeks -- would cause nothing short of a panic in the ranks.

Will Reid go? We continue to find it hard to believe that he will. Should he? That is up for debate.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 11, 2010; 1:49 PM ET
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Yep,you betcha here Silly Chrissy good old
senile totally incompetent crook Democrat
Senate Majority Leader Crazy Harry Reid
is just as totally corrupt and big a crook
as Chris Dodd,right along with their big mouth leader Barack Hussein Obama,Steny Hoyer,Dirty Dickey Durbin,and Speaker Nutso
Nancy Pelosi and Draft Dodger x Five Big Mouth Loser VP Joe Biden and Barney Frank!
The whole bunch belongs in Super Max!

Posted by: carleen09 | January 12, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I live in Nevada. It was my impression that Harry was grooming his son to take his Senate seat when he either retired or died in office. The game plan has changed and he isn't going to remain in the Senate much longer. (His ads tout how he had to hitch hike 40 miles to school - well he's long forgotten those days and doesn't think about those who have to hitch hike to work or to find a job.) So his son now needs to win the governor's race if he wants to run for his father's former seat in future elections and I don't see that happening.

I personally don't care for either the father or son. Good riddance to both. I don't like family political dynasties. Case in point the Bush family.

Posted by: Nevadaandy | January 12, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

"voters know him and don't like him."

Chris, that's hilarious.


"America was a great place with everyone doing good until the Reagan era"

You're forgetting stagflation and international shame under the Peanut Farmer.

Posted by: Obaama | January 12, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

I am a strong democrat but have said many times the party needs desperately to get rid of Reid, Pelosi, Boxer, Rangle, Dodd, and maybe a few more and then the party could be what 80% of Americans want. The democrats try to look out for the general public while the republicans could care less about anyone except corporate America and themselves. America was a great place with everyone doing good until the Reagan era when his adm. decided the rich should have it all and crumbs for the rest. Look what has happened as now the rich is cutting each others throuts.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | January 12, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

Harry Reid should be arrested on bribery charges for using taxpayer money to BUY certain Democratic votes on health care. If one of us would have pulled the same BS, we would be in jail now, just where Harry Reid needs to be.

Wake up America

Posted by: keith57white | January 11, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

TO BAD THE POLITITIONS DON'T PUT AS MUCH EFFORT INTO HELPING THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER AS THEY DO IN STUPID REMARKS THAT CAN BE TAKEN IN MANY WAYS..REPUBLICAN STEEL LOOKS AS BAD AS REID [DON'T JUDGE BY WORDS ,BUT BY ACTIONS. I DON'T LIKE ALL REID HAS DONE,BUT HE IS DOING SOMETHING AND MY PARTY IS NOT..I DON'T RESPECT A DO NOTHING PERSON I MAY NOT VOTE AGAIN FOR A DO NOTHING PARTY. WE NEED A UNITED GOVERMENT TO PUT THE UNITED STATES BACK IN FRONT NOT A HALF TEAM EFFORT.

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

TO BAD THE POLITITIONS DON'T PUT AS MUCH EFFORT INTO HELPING THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER AS THEY DO IN STUPID REMARKS THAT CAN BE TAKEN IN MANY WAYS..REPUBLICAN STEEL LOOKS AS BAD AS REID [DON'T JUDGE BY WORDS ,BUT BY ACTIONS. I DON'T LIKE ALL REID HAS DONE,BUT HE IS DOING SOMETHING AND MY PARTY IS NOT..I DON'T RESPECT A DO NOTHING PERSON I MAY NOT VOTE AGAIN FOR A DO NOTHING PARTY. WE NEED A UNITED GOVERMENT TO PUT THE UNITED STATES BACK IN FRONT NOT A HALF TEAM EFFORT.

Posted by: theoldmansays | January 11, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

I hope he goes now. Him standing up there forcing votes for a rationed, socialized, government run healthcare bill is not looking after or representing the American people. I want to keep my own health insurance without government interference. They get to keep theirs along with their raises why can't we keep ours instead of being thrown in with a pool of people that do not have healthcare & most do not want it. To Reid & Pelosi & the Democrats we are 2nd class citizens.

Posted by: egw7777 | January 11, 2010 11:09 PM | Report abuse

I guess Michael Steele's job is safe for now!

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

"serving as leader of a national party while also seeking re-election in a swing state are simply incompatible in the current political climate"

Great point. A swing-stater adept enought at using the power of incumbency to get enough seniority to win a position of leadership in the legislature has "risen to the level of his or her incompetence", it seems. And it's easy enough to see why they'd be appealing leadership candidates to their colleagues, who want their party to be seen appealing to the center. The nut they can't crack, though, is getting re-elected once married to a party platform.

Seems dysfunctional to me, but I'm not sure how to fix it short of ceding swing states to Canada or Mexico.

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

The message delivered at today's tea party protest of the Detroit Auto Show: protecting American jobs beats telling Democrats to "keep their hands off" the economy.

A group of Michigan tea partiers successfully shut down a protest of the Detroit Auto Show arranged by the National Tax Payer's Union today on the grounds that it was more important to protect American jobs than it was to condemn the government bailout of the auto industry. The AP was on the scene at the protest and found just two tea partiers in attendance. That's despite a national call for a rally at the show by the National Tax Day Tea Party last week.

The organizers of the rally hoped to place hundreds of angry tea partiers in the face of White House officials and prominent Democrats like Nancy Pelosi, who visited the show today. Instead, they ran into an online campaign to shut down the protest from Michigan tea partiers who called it an affront to the thousands of Michiganders who rely on the auto industry for a paycheck.

The Michigan Messenger reported on Michigan tea partier and ex-GM employee Joan Fabiano Facebook campaign urging her fellow protesters to stay away:


"In conclusion it is my opinion that this protest is ill-conceived and quite frankly an attempt at attention grabbing grand standing by those outside and unfortunately inside of Michigan. ... Why must some Americans boycott G.M. and throw INNOCENT people, such as myself, out on the street trying to find another job in this economy? Did I do something wrong? Would you like to see yourself out of a job if your company's leadership made the errors and you had NOTHING to do with it?"

teehee -- doomed.

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

There's more than one parallel here between these two goofs. Leftists and their soul mates in the media seem to have conveniently forgotten this gem:

"I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia that he would have been a great senator at any moment...He would have been right at the founding of this country. He would have been in the leadership crafting this Constitution. He would have been right during the great conflict of Civil War in this nation."

That was Dodd. The friend in question, former klansman Robert KKK Byrd! The very Senator that led an unsuccessful filibuster against the '64 Civil Rights Act. I'll take that as a tacit endorsement of racist policies that were promoted by KKK Byrd in his early years. According to Dodd, Byrd was right to filibuster the Civil Rights Act. And had he been around during the Civil War, he would have been right....in fighting for the South. So Lott was forced to resign and Dodd gets a free pass. And yet the left continues to argue that there is no double standard.

But this goes to the fundamental difference between the Dodd/Lott gaffes and the Reid remark. Dodd and Lott made their remarks in honor of their colleagues. It was a time to celebrate not to scold. I am certain that Byrd and Thurmond's racist pasts were the last things on their minds. Or, they both expected that rationale people would reasonably conclude that their remarks were being made during a time when these individuals were being honored and that they did not necessarily endorse ALL of their policies/positions from the past. Unfortunately for Lott he had the wrong letter next to his name. But here we have Reid explicitly referring to Obama's "skin color" and lack of a "negro dialect." But he could fake one if he needed to. Apparently dark skinned African-Americans have no chance in American politics. What a bunch of baloney. This is the same crap my family (and I when I visit) has to deal with in their country. The darker skinned people with "special" dialects are looked down on. What a bunch of crap.

Posted by: conservativemaverick | January 11, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

GO SCOTT BROWN !!!!

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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 11, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse


We now know that the only reason Obama was elected President was because he did not speak with that "repulsive" negro dialect and was a light skin black.

THANKS HARRY!!

Your wisdom is sooooo insightful!!

Posted by: charko825 | January 11, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

One bizarre thing about the Harry Reid comments.


The whites seem to be focusing in on the "negro dialect" phrase


The blacks seem to be really inflamed about the "light skinned" phrase.

Just an observation.


Interesting though.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 11, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Our gracious host has asked us all to simply ignore / shame those who won't leave after being banned:

"A note on the banned commenters:

I have been banning people both by username and IP address but have noticed a desire on the part of some [ChrisFox8/GoldandTanzanite/SeattleTop and Noacoler] to use proxy servers to come back with different, unbanned IP addresses.

The truth is that if they want to go to those lengths, I can't do much other than keep banning them.

But, I keep wondering: Why, if they hate the blog so much, do they go through so much trouble to keep participating?

Chris"

Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | January 5, 2010 8:34 AM

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

The sooner we are rid of Reid, the better. Ditto Nancy Pelosi.

Posted by: tncdel | January 11, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse


We now know that the only reason Obama was elected President was because he did not speak with that "repulsive" negro dialect and was a light skin black.

THANKS HARRY!!

Your wisdom is sooooo insightful!!

Posted by: charko825 | January 11, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Come on Chris - "dire straits"?? We readers must remember the Wash Post is a Republican newspaper; however, some of the rhetoric used by you journalists is laughable.

Posted by: pkbishop1 | January 11, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

You wouldn't last 2 minutes in Texas you limp wristed little freak. Brokeback Mountain wasn't filmed in Texas...no matter what you in your twisted fantasies think.

==

Why in hell would anyone want to go there?  You guys are fat, stupid, and insecure about your genitalia, hence the gun fetish.

You can keep the place.  The rest of us wish you'd go ahead and secede, then we could stop paying for your failures.

Now go have a cheeseburger or three.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 11, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

thingsthatshine:

Sen. Lott did not say "better". Please get you facts straight.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Quote of the Day:

Georgetown Professor: ‘This President Runs From Race Like a Black Man Runs From a Cop’

Posted by: thgirbla | January 11, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Second, whereas Dodd had a former Congressman (Rob Simmons) and a very wealthy businesswoman (Linda McMahon) poised to challenge him in the fall, the Republican field against Reid is, um, less distinguished. Lowden, the nominal favorite for the nomination, has two terms as a state legislator to her credit. Tarkanian's largest strength -- such as it is -- is based heavily on the popularity of his father who is the former head coach of the UNLV men's basketball team.
________

With qualifications like these, perhaps they should run for President of the United States? They're definitely more qualified than Odumba.

Posted by: WildBill1 | January 11, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

U.S. GOV'T USES CBS NEWS TO COVER UP MICROWAVE CELL TOWER TORTURE OF U.S. CITIZENS?

A government-wide cover up that makes Watergate look like just another black bag job?

http://Poynter.org (Journalism groups -- Reporting): "U.S. Uses CBS News..."
Also -- "U.S. Silently Tortures Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves" and "GESTAPO USA: Fed-Funded Vigilante Network Terrorizes America"

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
OR NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 11, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

All a White person has to do is say one racial slur against a nig- nig- Black person and they become a racist. And all a Black person has to do is say one nasty thing about a honk- peck- White person and they is soo badd, but they is still racist. If Obama can get this economy turned around in the next 9 months Reid will be forgiven and get reelected. Furthermore, Obama may be considered one of the great Presidents which is not only rather insulting to a lot of jealous White people, but pretty good for a nig- I mean African American.

I can forgive Reid if he can admit he is jealous of Obama, I know I am.

Posted by: glenglish | January 11, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

You don't hear many complaints about the United Negro College Fund or other associations with Negro in their title.

Posted by: blarsen1 | January 11, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Bush still lives.Show me a Texan and I'll show you a coward.

Posted by: hyroller56 |

-------------------------------------------

Show me a high roller and I will show you a gay caballero.

You wouldn't last 2 minutes in Texas you limp wristed little freak. Brokeback Mountain wasn't filmed in Texas...no matter what you in your twisted fantasies think.

Posted by: Straightline | January 11, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

You IDIOTS WHO DONT SEE ANYTHING WRONG,

it just like saying hey, John Edwards country talking guy, but he aint as country talking as most of them in da country. That would offend alot of people, especially people who dont talk country, who were born and raised in the country. It's the connotation of what exactly his words reflect in his mind. He Reflected on a stereotype he himself even has held and still believes within his mind. Dont you see that. The half as- compliment added is just to sweeten things after the gaffe.

Posted by: Fred23 | January 11, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Have you noticed that the race baiting idiot Eugene Robinson is strangely quiet.

Posted by: mpg515 | January 11, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Harry looks like he has had a face lift!! Seriously, did 'The Man' have a little 'work' done during the holidays?? Did he use Pelosi's "doctor"?

He is going to need a lot more than a face lift if you believe the polls in Nevada!!

Posted by: wheeljc | January 11, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

STEREOTYPES, TOLEARANCE & REALITY
(By Carl A. Patton, 11 January 2010)

Greetings Brethren,

Peace be unto you. There are so many diverse and varied people that walk and crawl upon the land called earth. However there will always be those in every group that see not the Godly sentiment of “no respecter of persons.” Therefore who are dismayed and surprised at statements called out about race? Black, White, Brown, Red and Yellow have often bowed to mere moments of reality as they reveal what the world has rendered to be custom, and tradition.

Will They Eat Cake Or Corn Bread?

The world is consumed with very little
pity and benevolence for those that have
been used as cannon fodder and tyrannized
for labor, diamonds, gold and land.

All of humankind thus have a culture a
ethnic lineage and past. A diverse group
believe that certain things like spirituals
brought on blues and then jazz.

Tolerance to some took on a new birth as
peace and good-will to all became in vogue.
Just who could bring all of human-kind
together to love and respect each other?

Meanwhile realities cast their lot. Some lived
with a legacy of servitude and race took
hold. The campaign to be superior still lingered
in the hearts and minds of a myriad of people.

Inferiority as a complex also loomed ahead
of countless human souls that had been historically
down-trodden. So were the realities of Sam-Bo
and those that stepped and fetched the Ham-Bone.

However all did not relish and savor hog
guts, pig feet, pig ears, pig tails, mountain oysters and
hog head cheese as delicacies for all that came
from “The Land of the Blacks.”

All these people also could not sing and dance.
Some knew rhythm but missed the beat. A
multifarious number also were black, brown,
yellow and light skin. Some also had good hair.

Good hair, bad hair, black, mulatto and brown
as some in sundry times were perceived by many outside
and inside as smart, and suited for house chores
while Black Willie and Nappy head Annie worked the field.

Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 11 January 2010 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

Posted by: carlapattonFreedomJournal | January 11, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Reid called his constituents too racist to vote for a guy unless he is light skinned and not speaking Negro.

He owes them an apology, but they will discuss this with him next November.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 11, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Bush still lives.Show me a Texan and I'll show you a coward.

Posted by: hyroller56 | January 11, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

OH, and Trent Lott didn't have plastic surgery and botox, like Harry did.

I think Harry has gone sissy.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 11, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

The racist Democrats just can't help it with their Freudian slips exposing themselves of what they really think of black people, as they cloak themselves in their phoney mantel of all this love and togetherness for Comrade Barack Obama, can they?

Joe Biden tells reporters last year that: "I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice--looking guy", implying that African--Americans are NOT articulate, bright, and clean and that Obama is an exeption.

Then you have.
Harry Reid telling reporters that: (Obama is) "..a light--skinned African--American with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one", implying that Obama talks jive-talk or ghetto-slang to a black audiences, but talks proper English to white ones.

Then you have.
Bill Clinton (our countries first black president) reportedly pi**ing off Ted Kennedy, who told a friend that Bill Clinton called him asking for his endorsement for Hillary the day after Iowa and had said that : "A few years ago, this guy (Obama) would have been getting us coffeee" (As reported in the just released book "Game Change", by John Heliemann and Mark Halperin).
There's no doubt about it. The Democrats are the most racist people in America today.

Posted by: armpeg | January 11, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

All I know is that freak Dodd retiring because he had NO chance for re-election (should be in jail) and watching an uncomfortable sniveling Reid in the spotlight has made for the best week this year.

Only the 2010 elections promise to be more enjoyable.

Posted by: Straightline | January 11, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

zouk/snobama is now 'jas', i see.

And this comments section is now a 'must go' for racists. Nice going.
'
It doesn't matter anymore, this guy is going to pay for this travesities and insults to our Constitution and our intelligence in November 2010.'

insults to your intelligence? uh, intelligence?

Posted by: drindl | January 11, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Harry is a Great American! The Congressional Negro Caucus endorses him. Harry has broken a barrier that up until now had Dems keeping their true view of their base, their loyal enslaved base, behind closed doors. Other of the Deceptive Lib Dems need to come out from the shadows...

The Truth Shall Set You Free....Just Axe Harry!

Posted by: jas7751 | January 11, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse


Barry claims that Harry has always been on the "right side of history". LOL !

Apparently Barry must be referring to the Harry that did not declare that "We Lost" in Iraq.

These clowns are simply an embarrassment.

Posted by: jas7751 | January 11, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't think Reid's and Lott's remarks are equal in their sentiment about race relations/race in America/race in politics. Lott expressed that this country would have been better if 1950s segregationalists had won the presidency (in the 1950s, of course). This would have had a profoundly negative effect on America. Reid's remarks about 'light-skinned' and 'negro-dialect' really points out some of the on-going racism that blacks continue to face (i.e. are you 'white' enough to succeed across America?)

Is pointing out a political reality (Reid) as bad as wishing for a rewriting of American progress (Lott)? No. However, I think we're at a point with our leadership that we are demanding that Caesar's wife be above suspicion. Was it as racist as Lott? No. Was it racially insensitive? Yes, and it mars Reid as a leader of a broad, diverse coalition (the entire Democratic party). Reid should resign as leader even though it hurts the party at the moment. It will allow him to get into a streetfight campaign at home and keep the seat for another six years.

And, just for anyone else out there, do you think Lott is smiling at Reid's troubles and now that the Dems are being hoisted by their petard or is he hating that his name keeps getting brought up again and again years later around his ugly incident?

Posted by: thingsthatshine | January 11, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is a hypocrite. He does not have that many days left in Washington.

Posted by: DemocracyRules | January 11, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter anymore, this guy is going to pay for this travesities and insults to our Constitution and our intelligence in November 2010.

Posted by: walterndebby | January 11, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Reid has overstayed his Peter principle, although what he stated about Obama was true. The Democrats handpicked Obama because he was the perfect "new and different" product for the presidency: racially mixed with rhetorical skills. Too bad the voters overlooked the fact that Obama had no leadership skills. Hopefully, his shelf life will be limited.

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

It was just a case of the pot calling the kettle black !!!

He was just calling a spade a spade ???

Reid, Pelosi, Dodd, Barry, Frank can always go back to Nevada and open a Brothel, Bordello, CatHouse, Wh$$$House when they get voted out of office!!!
They have a depth of experience screwing the Taxpayers for years !!!

Posted by: thgirbla | January 11, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse


We shouldn't feel bad for Harry Reid if he looses re-election...As a democrat he can always join the KKK, and fit right in!

Posted by: sdavis4 | January 11, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

That's odd, when a Professional Politician has to apologize for telling the TRUTH !!!


I'm in a quandary, do I believe POTUS MaoBama, aka "The Liar in Chief" or the TRUTH ???

Posted by: thgirbla | January 11, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse


It is so refreshing that we can now call a Negro a Negro, as condoned by the US Congress, and drop the silly Afro-American moniker.

Posted by: jas7751 | January 11, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

when the going gets tough, bail.

Posted by: bal503 | January 11, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Reid's comments were WORSE than Lott's.

==

your judgment is unsound

Posted by: Noacoler | January 11, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse


Barry claims that Harry has always been on the "right side of history". LOL !

Apparently Barry must be referring to the Harry that did not declare that "We Lost" in Iraq.

These clowns are simply an embarrassment.

Posted by: jas7751 | January 11, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Reid should resign now before he forces the highly unpopular Obamacare on this nation. Right behind him should be lying Nancy Pelosi.

Posted by: mike85 | January 11, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Is Harry Reid really a racist or does he just use phrases like "Negroe" and "light-skinned" from time to time? Would he have supported Obama if he were "dark-skinned?"

Posted by: Phil6 | January 11, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter anymore, this guy is going to pay for this travesities and insults to our Constitution and our intelligence in November 2010.

Posted by: walterndebby | January 11, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans mentioned in those polls are scraping the bottom of the barrel. Give 'em he// Harry will beat any of them on election day.
Why did no top Republicans jump in to this race? Because professionals know better. The polls mean nothing.
I am a Nevadan for Harry Reid and proud of it.

Posted by: OpenBorders | January 11, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Reid's comments were WORSE than Lott's.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

There's plenty of time before November. Hang in there Harry!

Posted by: andrewgerst@hotmail.com | January 11, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

roanns:

Thank you!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Lott and Reid are not comparable. Lott was forced out by his own party, not for his remark at Thurmond's birthday.

These Reid threads are polluted by really stupid GOP trolls, pardon my multiple redundancy.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 11, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

I really don't care how Obama, Sharpton,or others view Reids's remark. Not being able to read ssomeone's mind leaves one with the next best way to determine what a person is thinking, or truly believes; actually listening to what that person says. If something offensive is said, as in the context of Reid's statement, and Reid doesn't appologize for saying it until months later, he is either a liar or a hypocrite...or both. Integrity is saying or doing the right thing, whether or not anyone else is around to call you on it.

Posted by: roanns | January 11, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

The reaction to Senator Reid’s comment proves that no one likes to hear the truth. Stereotypes are reinforced every day by African-American comedians and other celebrities, the “real” housewives of Atlanta, and ordinary African-American citizens. My upstairs neighbors continue to freely use the “N” word when they are enjoying an afternoon on the balcony. Mr. Michael Steele, despite his well-rehearsed outrage, with his lighter skin and educated accent, is himself a very product of this truth.

Posted by: Steverino44 | January 11, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I would have liked to read something here within context -- some linguistic data. It may still be controversial to discuss black english. I'm aware of two forms: standard black english and black english vernacular. Educators have long had a problem in this area, knowing that black children will be marked as less educated than white kids. It appears that little if anything has changed after all these years.

But there are two issues here. What you say and what you do. What are you accountable for? Recent news about Christopher Dodd was dismaying to say the least. I saw more scandalous exploits recounted in the media, but sexual assault was not described as such. Instead, sex assault was described as a "sandwich." A "waitress sandwich" between two U.S. senators, Chris Dodd and Ted Kennedy. The incident took place in 1985.

Does anyone remember that Senator Peckerwood got drummed out of the U.S. senate for assaulting women? Bob Packwood was a liberal republican and he was toast, albeit years after many of these offenses. The reason for throwing Packwood "under the bus" was to assuage female voters after the U.S. senate's disastrous performance with Anita Hill's testimony about U.S. Sup Ct nominee Clarence Thomas.

Speech or acts? Or Both? In Harry Reid's instance it appears speech is the appalling culprit. No one was offended by anyone's acts in the senate? Come on.

Posted by: redd1 | January 11, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't feel Ried should be dismissed as Speaker due his recent remarks. But felt the same about Trent Lott.

On the other hand, if Lott had to quit, so should Reid. In addition, since Reid has used the racial card to promote his point of view, I feel Reid is nothing but a political hack in the worst degree to use a subject which puts his opponents in a tough place to defend themselves.

I oppose Obamacare, but I am not a racist. but I am per Reid.

Posted by: debmat511 | January 11, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

white liberal dinosaurs and the minorities enablers. What has it gotten them?

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 11, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid and Chris Dodd both deserve a fair trial and a first class hanging. Lairs, criminals and traitors both.

Posted by: majcsmith | January 11, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

harry reid (d. nev.)

d for dumb

d for democrat

d for delete

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 11, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Reid has lied the nation, backdoor deals on health care, sold out to special interests, but we want to fry him for a supposed racial comment. What happened to common sense? Stupid country. Vote for no incumbent!

Posted by: astro2009 | January 11, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey Chris maybe you liberal/progressive can start bringing us the "news" again instead of a political point-of-view.

Chris why not do a story on the "poor Democrat Brand"..........you know kinda like what you and the rest of our corrupt liberal/progressive MSM wolfpack press did to the GOP about a year ago.......

Chris it's the "Democrat Party" that has the issues/problems right now.....it look foolish and corrupt when the liberal staff at the POST continue to push and olde story that's "made up" that the GOP is in trouble.........

That LIE Chris won't FLY ANYMORE.......

Posted by: allenridge | January 11, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

harry reid (d. nev)

d for dumb

d for democrat

d for delete

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 11, 2010 6:04 PM | Report abuse

psssssstttt......cillizza

if someone posted the comment made by harry reid about obama

on YOUR blog

would you DELETE them?????

harry reid---press "delete"

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 11, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

This is the best the Democrats can offer the American people. A racist Senate Majority Leader.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 11, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats have a racist as heir Senate Majority Leader. Is this they can do? Racist Reid. He's out. (Puke)

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 11, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Depression Obama--why YOU may lose YOUR job

Posted by: ProCounsel
-----------------------------------------
It's OK with the statist politicians if you lose your job just so they don't lose theirs.

Posted by: leapin | January 11, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

It must be hard being a Black person in America.

For some, you are either too Black and for others, you are not Black enough.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 11, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I wish Harry Reid would be asked for examples of when Obama turns off and on his Negro Dialect. Could it be when he went to Selma or the NAACP conference (on) and when he went to San Francisco and insulted hard-working white Americans who "cling to their guns" (off).

Isn't Harry Reid basically saying that Obama is a phony?

Posted by: Cornell1984 | January 11, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

to see the forest, not the trees

and understand why reid is past tense

distance is reuired, so heres how the brits assess depression obama

VICTIMS OF DEPRESSION OBAMA

here today from the British Daily Telegraph
describing Depression Obama in America:

"The labour force contracted by 661,000. This did not show up in the headline jobless rate because so many Americans dropped out of the system. The broad U6 category of unemployment rose to 17.3pc. That is the one that matters.

Wall Street rallied. Bulls hope that weak jobs data will postpone monetary tightening: a silver lining in every catastrophe, or perhaps a further exhibit of market infantilism.

US benefit claims hit 26-year peak
US unemployment hits 26-year peakThe home foreclosure guillotine usually drops a year or so after people lose their job, and exhaust their savings.

The local sheriff will escort them out of the door, often with some sympathy –– just like the police in 1932, mostly Irish Catholics who tithed 1pc of their pay for soup kitchens.

Realtytrac says defaults and repossessions have been running at over 300,000 a month since February.

One million American families lost their homes in the fourth quarter.

Moody's Economy.com expects another 2.4m homes to go this year.

Taken together, this looks awfully like Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath."

source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/6962632/America-slides-deeper-into-depression-as-Wall-Street-revels.html

Depression Obama--why YOU may lose YOUR job

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 11, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is toast, and it probably won't be the Republicans who'll throw his Democrap Socialist a** under the bus. It'll be his own party, just like his crooked friend Chris Dodd.
Like Chris Dodd, Harry Reid's poll numbers are so far down, that he'd lose this Senate seat to just about any Republican, and that's why it'll probably be the Democrap Socialists who'll tell him to take a hike, so that they can run someone who may have a shot. Chris Dodd didn't quit on his own, no matter how he and the Obama worshipping dopes here try to spin it, he was forced out. There's no way on the planet that someone would spend $5 million bucks to get re-elected, as Dodd did thruout last year, and then decide to quit, for whatever reason this ahole gave as a reason.

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

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

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

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

Depression Obama--why YOU may lose YOUR job

Posted by: ProCounsel | January 11, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Support www.brownforussenate.com in Taxachusetts!! Today's goal of raising $500,000 has been obtained and raised to $750,000!! Also www.redinvadesblue.com.

Posted by: Lola222 | January 11, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

ComfortablyDumb:

We shouldn’t have to tolerate such backwards viewpoints from any legislator, much less the leader of the U.S. Senate.

http://lee.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=57§iontree=35,57&yy=8

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

When Dodd was blamed for loopholes in the bailouts that he said came from the Oval offices, he should have stood his ground and call it illegal fraudulent and tryranny. By doing nothing, he only appears to be complicit in it.

Reid is Dodd II now, and should call for open intel on all public officials to show that his own "swear in" was not breeched. Reid is being squeezed by Obama so he should not continue to be complicit in the fraud.

Reid must have tried to stand up to Obama on healthcare, and is suddenly a racist.

Obama sucks , he would still suck if he was green or purple. The demand for an apology at this late date by Obama, looks just as bad as the reason for it.

Posted by: dottydo | January 11, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

January Surprise? This nontroversy just doesn't have the stamina to last another 10 months.

Posted by: ComfortablyDumb | January 11, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

When Dodd was blamed for loopholes in the bailouts he said came from the Oval offices, he should have stood his ground and call it illegal tryranny, instead of appearing to be complicit in it.

Reid is Dodd II now, and should call for open intel on all public officials and show his swear in was not breeched, be being complicit in fraud.

Posted by: dottydo | January 11, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Trent Lott was a low life segregationist. Harry Reid is good people who stuck it to the GOP every chance he could get. This is why they are after him. Don't matter. Harry will beat any of the GOP criminals running for office out there. Go Harry, give them hell!!!

Posted by: isometruman11 | January 11, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Harry's going like the washington post and cnn....down the drain

Posted by: lucygirl1 | January 11, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

If Harry Reid were an animal he would be a rat standing on his hind legs wringing his clawed appendages together. As it is, he's a modern day Uriah Heep.

Harry Reid is a particularly distasteful carbuncle on the skin of America. And it's interesting his son is doing as poorly.

The Reids, pere et fils, have been robbing the treasury for many, many years. It's about time Nevadans got fed up and tossed these craven corrupt creeps to the curb. (Nice alliteration no?)

Posted by: bandmom22 | January 11, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

These guys are worse than the poor crack-heads thievin' on the corner. Come to think of it, the hoodlums peddling dope are more honest than these two bums. The only tragic thing is that neither of these criminals will do a day in the pen. Congress is nothing more than licensed stealing.

Posted by: freepost | January 11, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Reid will join Dodd in the first circle of hell in the great here after. Couldn't happen to a better pair.

Posted by: kenpasadena | January 11, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

LOL!!!

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: leapin | January 11, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Poor widdle Harry Reid!

Poor Cwissy Doddy!

They did their best to help people.

Screwed by life!

Posted by: bob59 | January 11, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

jasperanselm:

You talkin' to me??

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Racist comments or not, Reid needs to resign for the sake of his party. Terrible senator, terrible leader, period.

Posted by: dhenken1 | January 11, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Reid does not care about the people in Nevada. Most politicians only care about their own power. Look at Charlie Rangel and his rental house scandal. He should be in jail. There are bad republicans and democrats. Time we kick both out.

And stop wasting taxpayer money. STOP NOW!!

I own Cit stock and get nothing for it to live in retirement after working hard for many years. Yet these executives get millions. These politicians helped case these problems.

Ron Paul seems to be the only one with a sense of what is going on.

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

The media, abetted by the GOP, certainly is making a mountain out of this molehill. In the scheme of things facing our government at the moment, it's certainly little more than a toot in a windstorm.

As for his popularity, one can't please all of the people all of the time, or even all of the people some of the time . . . I suspect his dip in the polls of his home state residents has more to do with the impatient attitudes of extremists at various points of contention on the health care issue.

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

Our islamophile president Sheikh Obama will sink all the Democratic candidates for reelection.

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

Somebody needs to point out to the troll that if Lott was not a member of the racist party and said something out loud that they usually whisper to each other, then the repukes themselves would not have turned and ate one of their own. The bushies wanted Lott out and his dumb comment gave them the opportunity that they were looking for.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 11, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

For the record, Trent Lott was NOT supporting the segregationist platform, per se. In fact, he admitted that his "poor choice of words conveyed to some the impression that I embraced the discarded policies of the past. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by my statement." If you don't believe me, just ask Noacoler / Seattle Top / GoldAndTanzanite / Chris Fox for his opinion.

For those of you who will truly "listen" I have explained this several times already, so please forgive me if I give you the short version:

If Thurmond had been elected President, there would have been no desegregation of the U.S. Army per Truman's Executive Order 9981. Lots of other positives advances by Truman would have similarly been lost. However, maybe some mistakes by Truman would have been avoided. Who knows how Thurmond would have handled the Korean War (he might have even dropped nukes)? Needless to say, even if everything in the Cold War abroad had turned out pretty much the same with Reagan / Bush (do they even get elected?), race relations here at home would have been dramatically different. Either the Civil Rights Act doesn't even get passed with blacks further oppressed and/or the Second Civil War breaks out. Note that I am not saying (and neither did Lott) that everything would have been "better". He said we wouldn't have had "all the same problems". You add that all up, and it is CLEAR that is exactly what would have happened with Thurmond being elected, maybe different problems, but there's no way we would have had all the SAME problems.

Let me know if anyone else has any other questions on that.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Bondosan:

If Sen. Lott had not been forced to step down, then maybe I would agree with you about the phony outrage. However, what's good for the goose ...

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Good "old Harry" has only one way to go and that happens to be down; he has been as corrupt as our present leader and Nevada didn't just get off the turnip truck.

I've heard a jillion of his boring, redundant ads and like Obama's teleprompter they need a new injection daily.

Bye, Bye Harry

Posted by: annie21 | January 11, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse


"What happened to you after the '08 election? You disappeared for about a year. Did it take you that long to recover?"

I forget who, but one of the board regulars Beeltejuiced him back into existence.

Posted by: DDAWD

Good one, DDAWD! But rest assured, it is not the original 37th but just another of zouk's handles that he uses. He figures that CC can't ban all the handles he uses (ie. snowbama, moonbat, etc...).

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 11, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Reid, denied that he denied the denial with regard to the denial about the denial that HE denied ever happened ??? Got that ???

Another classic reason for mandatory term limits !!!


Barry, Nancy, Harry = The Three Stooges

Posted by: thgirbla | January 11, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Let me make this easy: The Republican Party is systemically racist. The Democratic Party is by nature and intent all-inclusive with members who occasionally express themselves poorly. Sorry, but that's the way it is.

Posted by: AboonaJoe | January 11, 2010 4:31 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?

==

Wow, it took three days and six columns for someone to think of this!!!

Oh, that's right, the same non-point has been posted thirty times per hour since Silly Cillizza started hooting and howling about this "issue."

One the one hand.  On the other hand.  He said, she said.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 11, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The taint of our islamophilic president Sheik Obama will sink all the Democratic crooks.

Posted by: ravitchn | January 11, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid is trying to achieve some kind of negative public relations record. His corrupt, expensive, muddled health bill is a disaster and he insists on having himself photographed next to Nancy Pelosi whenever possible.

Posted by: pgr88 | January 11, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse


With Harry's poll number in NV plummeting Barry would probably prefer Harry retire so as to replace him with another phony Dem. Like they did with Dodd. But now with this disingenuous out pouring of support for him they are stuck with ol Harry. Harry, the face of the Dem party. LOL!

Posted by: jas7751 | January 11, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone surprised anymore at what the Hypocrats do? I'm not. What a joke!

Posted by: georges2 | January 11, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Senators don't retire when they damage their image. They go when they damage their party's image.

It's time to go, Harry.

Posted by: joneshn | January 11, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

So long, Harry! Enjoy your retirement and revisiting the incredible mess you helped create in this country.

Posted by: georges2 | January 11, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

This all ties to his ramrodding of the health bill through the Senate. We all want improvements and change, but not that done in the dark of night, on weekends and in secret. Maybe when Senator Reid announces his retirement or is faced with a double digit loss, the rest of the "night stalkers" will realize that true change only comes in a democracy when the people are told what is happening and have the opportunity to debate, understand and approve the changes.

Posted by: johnnywisco | January 11, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse


It is so refreshing that we can now call a Negro a Negro, as condoned by the US Congress, and drop the silly Afro American moniker.


Posted by: jas7751 | January 11, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

more black people hurting black people
shame on you black people who hurt black people..........NAACP needs to investigate this fraud

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Federal Emergency Management Agency employee and her cousin are being accused of stealing more than $721,000 in Hurricane Katrina relief money.
Former FEMA worker Lashonda Booker and her cousin, Peggy Hilton, have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in Mississippi.

Booker had no comment when contacted Monday and wouldn't say if the women have lawyers. Hilton could not immediately be reached.

Booker worked in FEMA's Biloxi office. She is accused of using a government database to get information about storm victims who applied for assistance. Prosecutors say Hilton used the information to get FEMA to send money to a bank account.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 11, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

more black people hurting black people
shame on you black people who hurt black people..........NAACP needs to investigate this fraud

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A former Federal Emergency Management Agency employee and her cousin are being accused of stealing more than $721,000 in Hurricane Katrina relief money.
Former FEMA worker Lashonda Booker and her cousin, Peggy Hilton, have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in Mississippi.

Booker had no comment when contacted Monday and wouldn't say if the women have lawyers. Hilton could not immediately be reached.

Booker worked in FEMA's Biloxi office. She is accused of using a government database to get information about storm victims who applied for assistance. Prosecutors say Hilton used the information to get FEMA to send money to a bank account.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 11, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

where are the jobs?

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 11, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Bondosan - great comments! Too bad we can't highlight them in some way. Good point about the faux outrage by the GOP.

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

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

Posted by: screwjob2 | January 11, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

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

Posted by: screwjob2 | January 11, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

While mainstream media dishes the D.C. dirt of the day...

U.S. GOV'T USES CBS NEWS TO COVER UP MICROWAVE CELL TOWER TORTURE OF 'TARGETED' AMERICANS?

• Steve Kroft "60 Minutes" report on "electronic fence" along Mexican border reveals U.S. Homeland Security "department-wide reassessment of the entire program."

• Does the "entire program" also include the nationwide network Homeland Security cellular "torture towers" already operational in virtually every community in America...

...being used to physically attack and physiologically and neurologically impair unconstitutionally "targeted" American citizens -- as first reported at links below by this veteran journalist?

• A government-wide cover up that makes Watergate look like just another black bag job?

Poynter.org (Groups -- Reporting): "U.S. Gov't uses CBS..."; "U.S. Silently Tortures Americans with Cell Tower Microwaves"
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | January 11, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

I foolishly thought that bribes and lies were coins of the realm in congress. Now I must add a third one - hypocrisy.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | January 11, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

What an insult to all fair-minded American's who vote on character and policy and care nothing about race. Why would anyone in Nevada (unless they are racist) support Senator Reid?

Posted by: sarno | January 11, 2010 4:06 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 4:06 PM | Report abuse

In light of Obama's decision to “forgive” Harry Reid's racist remarks about Obama's skin color and lack of a "Negro dialect," the Weekly Standard recalled the following comments from Barack Obama in the December 12, 2002 issue of the Chicago Defender.
Here’s what Obama said about Trent Lott in 2002:

'The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott'

Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D-13th), who hosted WVON's Cliff Kelley Show, challenged the Republican Party to repudiate Lott's remarks and to call for his resignation as senate leader.

“It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do,” said Obama.

He said: “The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party."

Now we can add “hypocrite” to the long list of character flaws of Barack Obama.

Posted by: Jerzy | January 11, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

"What happened to you after the '08 election? You disappeared for about a year. Did it take you that long to recover?"

I forget who, but one of the board regulars Beeltejuiced him back into existence.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 11, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

If the flamers had their way, all straights would be in the direst of straits. One of them called me a "breeder" the other day; I don't think he was talking about dogs or horses.

Posted by: neilwied | January 11, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

37thand0street:

Why do you repeat the same posts over and over again? Do you think they're not read the first time?

And why did you switch the O to a 0 in your handle? Did you forget your password and have to re-register?

What happened to you after the '08 election? You disappeared for about a year. Did it take you that long to recover?

And why do you add so many unnecessary lines to your posts?

You know,

like,

this?

Posted by: Bondosan | January 11, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

greatgran1 said:
"I am sick of the excuses, the lies the bribes, the slimy hiding behind door dealings, the creepy backgrounds, the "we are above the law" attitudes, and the shifty push for passage of bills no one with an IQ over 60 would want."

The problem is that too many voters are ignorant and not qualified to vote. They help elect unaccountable and corrupt people.
.

Posted by: Billw3 | January 11, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Can someone please explain to me why democrats keep selecting people from red states as majority leaders. I don't see republicans selecting members from blue districts to be their leaders. I guess the loss of Tom Daschle did not teach them anything. Harry Reid looks like he is going down.

Posted by: Henry_of_BrowardCounty | January 11, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I hope Reid stays in the race for re-election just so he and the democrats can see how much they are really disliked. As Obama's puppet Reid has been a disgrace to Nevada and a dangerous leader of our congress.

Reid and Pelosi are so dead set on revenge that their agenda now has nothing good to offer their country. Someone once said that the greatest danger to our country would come from with in.

Obama, his Chicago cronies, nearly 40 Czars, Reid and Pelosi represent the danger from with in. They all must go and the sooner the better.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | January 11, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Reid is a tyrant, but he needs to be voted out of office for what he does, not for what he says. For too long, the Democrats have been censors to free speech via their thought crimes legislation and public condemnation of any who speek out side their comfort zone. Let us not mimic the Democrats in this regard.

Posted by: RealTexan1 | January 11, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Where is the anger at Obama for going to a RACIST church - bringing his children to that RACIST church for years.


Obama gave that church $20,000.


Until I hear about that, there is nothing but hypocrisy all over the place.

.

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 11, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

"Harry Reid is little more then his Master
from Kenya Barack Hussein Obama water boy."
—Ralphinphnx

It's nice to see the teabagger crowd represented here today.

Must also be nice to get Michael Steele off the front pages for a day.

Posted by: Bondosan | January 11, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

It's really fairly simple, Harry Reid is the designated "sacrificial lamb" in the construction of the Obamacare Monument. Obama and his Democrat co-conspirators are rabid in their determination to kick whatever concocted hodgepodge of socialized medicine out the door that they can muster, no-matter how repulsive the end-product is to the American public. Impeachment is the only HOPE that we now have for positive CHANGE. Greg Neubeck

Posted by: gneubeck | January 11, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse


Harry Reid is of low moral fiber, doling out bribes to get votes. How come so many of you here don't acknowledge this?
.

Posted by: Billw3 | January 11, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Let's everybody send Harry Reid some white robes and hoods. A few of us can send ropes tied in nooses.

Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 11, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

To get the thing goin' again with his homeys, barack needs to get back to his negro dialect and gain some street cred. This pompous, ivy league type talk will not cut it!

Posted by: Socialistic | January 11, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

This is yet one more senile old Liberalm Democrat Harry Reid that should have had the working braincells to have retired long
ago,instead of becoming the Democrat Senate
Majority Leader and a dismal out of touch
with reality old fool loser. As well as,
Harry Reid is little more then his Master
from Kenya Barack Hussein Obama water boy
and Democrat Speaker Nutcase Nancy Pelosi's
Senate Flunky just like Democrat House Majority Leader Slimey Steny Hoyer that other senile old fool Obama and Pelosi boot
licker also needs to retire with Reid and
many,many more Democrats need to go or end up being voted out in 2010 and 2012. And,
yep It's All Obama's Fault as well.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | January 11, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

I love all the faux outrage over Reid's comments.

The truth is in what a politician does, not in their verbal slips.

If Trent Lott had spent his entire career fighting for equality and social justice in Mississippi, his words would have meant nothing and no one would have paid attention to them.

In reality, Lott has always represented the wealthy and powerful in the South, and has done virtually nothing to assist the underprivileged. When he said that America would not be facing the problems that it is facing today if Strom Thurmond had been elected president (a man whose sole purpose in running for president was to maintain segregation), what were people supposed to think?

Further investigation revealed that Lott had made similar comments before. Additionally, as others have pointed out, it was initially Republicans who went after Lott, and Bush's White House wanted him out because they thought they could make inroads into the African American and Latino communities (remember Bush's diversity-packed 2000 convention?). They didn't want Lott exposing the reality of their nasty little party.

It was similar, in many ways, to George Allen's implosion. His "macaca" moment would probably have been a minor blip on the radar screen if it weren't for the fact that he kept a noose in his office, was obsessed with the Confederacy, and was ashamed of his Jewish heritage, among other issues.

Harry Reid made a foolish comment, but his history reveals a politician working for the interests of the average American citizen, so his fellow Democrats, and the president, have rightly given him a pass.

But please, let's hear some more phony outrage from the Republicans....

Posted by: Bondosan | January 11, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

danders5000:

Are you an American citizen?

houston123:

That cuts both ways. In one sense, it would be better for the GOP to have Sen. Reid resign even if that IMPROVED the chances for Dems to retain the seat (just like Sen. Dodd).

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Reid a secret member of the democratic KKK.Color for a president ,where is naacp .Oh its ok he's a democrat.

Posted by: dcg326 | January 11, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Reid a secret member of the democratic KKK.Color for a president ,where is naacp .Oh its ok he's a democrat.

Posted by: dcg326 | January 11, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Mark McGwire should be banned from baseball for life - and all the records taken away.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 11, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Why does everyone have to walk on eggs when talking about black people ? Why do they use "RACE" over every negative part of their life ? Blacks call whites, Spanish & other races names, they should grow up & stop the cry-baby acts ... !!!
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We wasn't the ones on Sunday Morning Talk Shows...It was those rightwing politicians doing that...and Ex governor Wilder and Al Sharpton doesn't speak for the entire BLACK COMMUNITY...

You on the right need to do more fact check before you speak...It makes it hard for people to have intelligent debates with you...and this is why...we are going to let you hoot and howl as much as you like....

THIS IS WHAT MAKES CHRIS CILLIZA LOOK UNINFORMED...HE QUOTES POLLS AND MOST ARE CONSERVATIVE POLLS...

BUT IN THE REAL WORLD...I BET DEMOCRATS WILL COME OUT AND VOTE IN DROVES...BUT THE DEMOCRATS IN THE POLITICAL ARENA HAS GOT TO DO A BETTER JOB OF DEMANDING THE MIKE

Posted by: danders5000 | January 11, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Stay in the Senate, Reid, thus insuring a GOP takeover of the Congress in 2010!

Posted by: houston123 | January 11, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Can the press keep a standard that applies to both parties. No.

One pays for play. The Democratice Party and lefty media run state media.

Reid, if held to the same standard, would be gone. Let's check the double standards.

Plain to see. Americans wake up to the propoganda. No party is worth endless spinning of truth and cerainly all Americans deserve truth.

Dump the mainstream media and form ideas based on wisdom and fairness.

Posted by: Accuracy | January 11, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

greatgran1:

Thank you.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Chippewa said:

"As a straight man I'm offended by the headline reference to "dire straights" and demand that the writer resign."

Thank you for making me laugh out loud, in the middle of a serious read! This is the funniest thing I have heard all year.

I suspect this will be still true, at the end of this year! Good job, man! I wish were friends, I could sure use a good laugh like this, pretty much every day~!

Best,
Thomas

Posted by: eagleyes | January 11, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Reid and all these liberal Dems are hypocrites. Democrats called for Lott to step down and he did. These are NOT honorable men.
I am sick of the excuses, the lies the bribes, the slimy hiding behind door dealings, the creepy backgrounds, the "we are above the law" attitudes, and the shifty push for passage of bills no one with an IQ over 60 would want.
Reid showed he is a racist and should resign since he and others pushed for Lott to resign. Seems only fair this little weasel should step down.

Posted by: greatgran1 | January 11, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Julescator:

Do you treat unborn children as "people"?

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

HARRY REID...

JOAN WALSH OPENNED MY EYES WITH HER POINT OF VIEW...HELL I WENT TOO CHECK MY BIRTH CERTIFICATE AFTER I HEARD MILLISA HARRIS OR RACHAEL MADDOW MENTIONING THAT IT "NEGRO" WAS ON THOSE WHO WERE BORN AFTER 1960...

DO YOU KNOW I SAID TOO MYSELF...SO WHAT!...THOSE ARE WORDS...AND I HAVE THE "POWER OF MIND" TO CHOOSE OR NOT CHOOSE...I USED THE WORD "BLACK" WHEN ADDRESSING MY RACE...BUT SEE...THAT'S THE POINT...

WHO CARES...IF NEGRO IS PART OF BLACKS HISTORY IN AMERICA...SO BE IT!

IF YOU NOTICED YOU DON'T HEAR THE BLACKS CRYING ABOUT IT...AND IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE OFFENSIVE TO US...


Posted by: danders5000 | January 11, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse


Where is the anger at Obama for going to a RACIST church - bringing his children to that RACIST church for years.


Obama gave that church $20,000.


Until I hear about that, there is nothing but hypocrisy all over the place.
posted by: 37thand0street
=============================================
I guess you missed the 2008 election season. the rest of us saw the rev. Wright tapes ad nauseum! There was a lot of anger. Ask fox news - they ran the tapes 24/7 as did Hannity and Limbaugh. Obama gave a Race speech. Remember that? The problem is that most people are so over this racial divide. obviously!

Posted by: Julescator | January 11, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

danders5000:

Yep, it was just on CNN. Gov. Palin OTOH is going to the number one rated cable news station.

BTW: Are you even an American citizen?

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Typical of the Democrats and the Washington Post, they will do anything to protect a fellow arch-leftist like Reid. The hypocrits abound in your Democrat Party.

We will see what happens to your buddy in November, he is going to be history after the election.

Posted by: walterndebby | January 11, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid can say anything he wants and won't have to resign, that is if he manages to push through the health care. If that vote fails, Harry Reid will be fair game to throw under the bus.

Posted by: mafox1 | January 11, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

jgfox - the problem is that none of this would ever be an issue had the Whites not enslaved the Blacks early in our history. That was followed by jim Crow even after slavery. Blacks have been treated as second class citizens for so long, some older Whites still think of them that way. Ask old Southern Whites and old Southern Blacks what the real story is. They will tell you. The rest of us are just on the sidelines. I can't pretend to tell you how blacks feel about this. I treat everyone as people and don't base it on their skin color, hair color, eye color, height, weight, etc. If we all did that, we would learn to drop the lables!

Posted by: Julescator | January 11, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

There's a difference between "straights" and "straits." You might want to learn it, since apparently they no longer have copy editors at the Post.

Posted by: uberblonde1 | January 11, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

CHRIS CILLIZA IS BANGING THE PAVEMENT HARD FOR REPUBLICANS...IF WASN'T SO PATHETIC, I'D LOL!

AND CABLE NEWS ALONG WITH ONLINE NEWSPAPERS ARE WONDERING WHY THEIR NUMBERS AND APPROVALS ARE IN THE DUMP?

Posted by: danders5000 | January 11, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

This country is sooooo silly a about race. What a bunch of silly folks. The meaning is in people not in words. Harry Reid MEANT it as a compliment. It was badly said but the meaning was there. It's funny to me that the party that has the reputation for being racists is all over this story. The hired Michael Steele because they needed their own "negro" and they treat him like you know what.

The white man's party is now screaming about racism. Now that's funny!

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

"Why does everyone have to walk on eggs when talking about black people ? Why do they use "RACE" over every negative part of their life ? Blacks call whites, Spanish & other races names, they should grow up & stop the cry-baby acts ... !!!

Posted by: wasaUFO"

Everyone calls everyone everything, but I do find the use of the term "African American" idiotic. Not all black people are of African decent. Not all black people are Americans. Hell, the majority of black people in the US are as far removed from African ancestry as you can get.

Just call black people black. They won't mind.

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

A NOTE TO AMERICANS READER OF THIS ARTICLE:

WE HAVE TO BE VERY AWARE OF THIS REPORTER. HE IS QUOTED FOR HAVING TO SAY:

"IF THE REPUBLICANS WANT US TO CONTINUED TO TALK ABOUT THEY WILL MAKE A COMEBACK IN 2010 - THEY NEED TO STRAIGHTEN UP THEIR GAME"

HIS OPINION IS HIS BUSINESS BUT - IF HE WRITES HIS STORIES ON HIS OPINION SLANT!

THEN WHY BOTHER READING AN ARTICLE THAT YOU ALREADY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE GOING TO SAY

CAN ANYONE SAY:
FRED HIATT
DANA MILBANK
EUGENE ROBINSON
CHARLES K
DAVID IGNATIUS
HOWARD KLUTZ
KATHREEN PARKER (etc., etc., etc.!)

AND THE CABLE NEWS MEDIA AND ONLINE NEWSPAPERS ARE WONDERING WHY THEIR NUMBERS ARE DROPPING...

Posted by: danders5000 | January 11, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Where is the anger at Obama for going to a RACIST church - bringing his children to that RACIST church for years.


Obama gave that church $20,000.


Until I hear about that, there is nothing but hypocrisy all over the place.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 11, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Why does everyone have to walk on eggs when talking about black people ? Why do they use "RACE" over every negative part of their life ? Blacks call whites, Spanish & other races names, they should grow up & stop the cry-baby acts ... !!!

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

Where is drivl and Chrissy foxy today. All these facts and on topic posts have driven them out.

Maybe the next time they "threaten " to leave and return to their angry lonely life they will.

Win win for all.

Posted by: Moonbat | January 11, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Well, if he resigns "to spend more time with his family", he won't have to endure the terrible sweaty odor of voters who visit Washington in the summer.

Imagine if Senator McCain said the remarks of Senator Reid? 24/7 of calls for his resignation.

And poor schmoo Senator Lott; he just made a kind comment to an aging Senator Thurmond and all hell broke loose.

Yes, Thurmond was a segregationist, but so were all the elected Democrats from the South.

While Honorable Senator Byrd was enjoying himself in the KKK (I wonder how many crosses he and his friends set afire?), Senator Thurmond was fighting in the Battle of the Bulge.

From Wikipedia
After the outbreak of World War II, Judge Thurmond resigned from the bench to serve in the U.S. Army, rising to Lieutenant Colonel. In the Battle of Normandy (June 6 – August 25, 1944), he landed in a glider attached to the 82nd Airborne Division. For his military service, he received 18 decorations, medals and awards, including the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Valor device, Purple Heart, World War II Victory Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal ,Belgium's Order of the Crown and France's Croix de Guerre.

During 1954–55 he was president of the Reserve Officers Association. He later retired from the U.S. Army Reserves with the rank of Major General.

Byrd’s Participation in the Ku Klux Klan

Byrd joined the Ku Klux Klan when he was 24 in 1942. His local chapter unanimously elected him Exalted Cyclops.[8]

According to Byrd, a Klan official told him, "You have a talent for leadership, Bob... The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation." Byrd later recalled, "suddenly lights flashed in my mind! Someone important had recognized my abilities! I was only 23 or 24 years old, and the thought of a political career had never really hit me. But strike me that night, it did."[8] Byrd held the titles Kleagle (recruiter) and Exalted Cyclops.[8]

In 1944, Byrd wrote to segregationist Mississippi Senator Theodore Bilbo:[11]

“I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds. ”
Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1944,
End Wiki quote

Kleagle & Exalted Cyclops and is now honored by his Democrat friends and allies?

"There ain't nothin' more powerful than the odor of mendacity...You can smell it. It smells like death."

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Posted by: jgfox39 | January 11, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I think if Harry Reid starting speaking with a Negro Dialect he would do better in the polls.

Posted by: robtr | January 11, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean that The President won't be campaigning for Senator Reid?

Posted by: bgreen2224 | January 11, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Better still, please don't think of me at all anymore and join "drindl" in pledging to ignore me (yet again).

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Reid is a another political hack just like Dodd. His bribes to get votes sealed his fate anyway. Good riddance!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | January 11, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

"Clearly, Leader Harry Reid must go".


Chuck Schumer

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | January 11, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

margaretmeyers:

No. I pointed out the same, exact thing re: Obama's refusal to accept public campaign financing, so think of me as the patron saint of lost causes : )

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

There goes another Democratic Senator quitting - will there be any Dems left in the Senate by November 2010?

Posted by: Realist20 | January 11, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid has a problem being re-elected. The story otherwise is pure garbage manufactured by Democrats trying to claim that their planted free lunch-party bluenecks represent America. Even in Blue States this is not close to being accurate. But it is gossip for all you guys in DC.
Reid is a enemy for his stamina leading government takeover through the Senate with fascist Democrat tactics.

Posted by: leapin | January 11, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

ad9inaz:

That's not the "offensive" part (the cynical part about Obama using his dialect when needed, and the hypocritical stance of all the Dems, is ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

I think Obama's really elegant, and reallY light-skinned. And He speaks so well. And is SOOOOO clean. Let's make him President! You can expiate your racial sins! And vote for us!

Harry Reid.

Posted by: mftill | January 11, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

(cont.)

Then-Senator Joe Biden

"'What he said was insensitive as hell; it's very offensive,' said Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., who read about the furor after returning Tuesday from a trip to the Middle East. 'Race is serious stuff. It's not something you kid about.'" (Erin Kelly, "Del. Lawmakers, Civil Rights Leaders Condemn Lott's Comments," Gannett News Service, 12/13/02)

Senator Evan Bayh

"Democrats, who had spent much of the last two weeks criticizing Lott's statement, praised his decision to resign and pledged to work with the next Senate Republican leader. 'There is a standard for all of us in public life that must be met, and his ability to lead was severely damaged. The American people expect and deserve leaders who share their values,' Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana said in a statement. 'As we move forward, I hope we can use this unfortunate incident as a springboard to continue the civil rights progress that we have made over the last forty years.'" (Craig Linder, "Ceding To Controversy, Lott Says He Will Not Be Majority Leader In Next Congress," States News Service, 12/20/09)

Senator Barbara Boxer

'His apology does not take away the sting of his divisive words, nor the pain inflicted on millions of African Americans under segregation,' she said." (Edward Epstein, "Bush Calls Lott's Remark 'Wrong,'" The San Francisco Chronicle, 12/13/02)

Senator Russ Feingold

"Sen. Russ Feingold Thursday called on Sen. Trent Lott to resign as GOP leader over comments Lott made last week about Strom Thurmond's pro-segregationist 1948 presidential campaign. 'Given the tragic history of race relations in this country, and the role the 1948 campaign played in it, his statement was especially hurtful,' Feingold, D-Wis., said in a statement." ("Feingold Calls On Lott To Resign As GOP Leader," The Associated Press, 12/12/02)

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

As someone who was raised and then worked in the DC area, and has now lived in the Southwest for 30 years, I did not know until the Reid story broke that Negro was now considered a derogatory term.

I guess the United Negro College Fund also has not heard about that word.

Posted by: ad9inaz | January 11, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Where is the anger at Obama for going to a RACIST church - bringing his children to that RACIST church for years.


Obama gave that church $20,000.

Until I hear about that, there is nothing but hypocrisy all over the place.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 11, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

What is not discussed (except by Ruth Marcus in your pages) is that what Reid said about Obama in a political context was 100% true! You can quibble with the word choice but that is subterfuge. His statement was true. Republicans becoming "politically correct"? That's the real hypocritical story. You should say it and print it! Gross sin of journalistic omission!

Posted by: walden1 | January 11, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

walden1 and pcarman:

Did you read the polling above?

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

As a straight man I'm offended by the headline reference to "dire straights" and demand that the writer resign.

Posted by: Chippewa | January 11, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

prairiepopulist:

It would "make sense" if -- like Dodd -- some other Dem could be found who would have a better chance of retaining the seat. However, if Reid doesn't resign completely, then of course it is up to the People of Nevada to decide. But, I think you aren't remembering what he (and other DEMOCRATS) had to say about Trent Lott's comment at the time:

Senator Tom Harkin

"Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa issued a blistering condemnation Thursday night of controversial remarks by Republican Sen. Trent Lott, saying it is 'shocking' that the White House has not urged Lott to step down as the incoming majority leader. 'Or is this a not-too-subtle message to closet bigots and Southern white supremacists that their true political home is the GOP?' Harkin asked in a prepared statement. . . . Said Harkin: 'Senator Lott may utter apologies and explanations, but where is his outright condemnation of exactly what Strom Thurmond stood for -segregation and white supremacy?' Harkin added that 'it's in unguarded moments like these we see past the polished veneer.'" (Jane Norman, "Harkin Shocked GOP Is Willing To Keep Lott As Majority Leader," Des Moines Register, 12/13/02)

Senator John Kerry

"Sen. John F. Kerry yesterday demanded that Senate GOP Leader Trent Lott resign his powerful leadership post for making racially charged comments praising Sen. Strom Thurmond's segregationist 1948 presidential campaign. 'I simply do not believe the country can today afford to have someone who has made these statements again and again be the leader of the United States Senate,' said Kerry (D-Mass.), wading into a national controversy as he prepares his 2004 White House bid." (Andrew Miga, "Kerry: Lott Must Resign," Boston Herald, 12/12/02)

Then-IL State Senator Barack Obama

"Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D-13th), who hosted WVON's Cliff Kelley Show, challenged the Republican Party to repudiate Lott's remarks and to call for his resignation as senate leader. 'It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate ..." "Trent Lott Agrees To Meet With Black Caucus," Chicago Defender, 12/12/02)

LOL!!! Even Gov. Palin knew at the time that the Majority Leader is not "President" of the Senate!

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

The one thing CC didn't mention is that not only does Reid have a HUGE financial advantage over anyone who runs against him, but the DSCC also has like 1 to 5 advantage over their GOP counterparts. Meaning that whoever wins the primary for the GOP will basically have to self finance.

Now Reid may be past the point of no return, but frankly I think this is the residual effects of Reid taking such a front and center place on Healthcare reform, which is also why he has to get the final passage soon.

Posted by: AndyR3 | January 11, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Rome is burning and we're fiddling around worried about whether an old-hard-candy-eating-phart used a term that was considered polite in his political circles when Dr King had a dream.

How stupid we all are.

It isn't whether he should be sacked for saying Light Skinned Negro... he should be run out of town for doing a really ROTTEN job.

This is your Jan 2010 shiny piece of metal suckers. Smoke & Mirrors.

If he quits, he can call me negro all he wants

Posted by: JulioAugustine | January 11, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid has no problem being re-elected. The in story otherwise is pure garbage manufactured by Republicans trying to claim that their planted tea-party rednecks represent America. Even in Red States this is not close to being accurate. But it is gossip for all you guys in DC.

Reid is a hero for his stamina leading health care through the Senate against fascist Republican tactics. History will bury all of them even if Dems lose a couple of House seats in November.

Posted by: walden1 | January 11, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

I think it is FAR too early to predict Reid's defeat! Many feel anything done by the local newspaper, the Review Journal, is highly tainted by the editor's (Sherman Frederick) biased editorializing against Reid. He tries to destroy Reid every chance he gets, but gives the disgusting John Ensign a free ride. He also publishes Republican lies about healthcare verbatim, trying to inflame NV voters.
However, the Republican Primary will become a very bloody battle! I truly believe they will inflict so much damage on each other that Reid will be easily re-elected, as he should be.

Posted by: pcarman | January 11, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

The point is that a person ought to be evaluated on his/her own personal merits and not on a stereotype. An intelligent, articulate person has a right to be, and uaually will be, considered based on those qualities. Most voters won't choose a dull-witted person who speaks poorly, regardless of his/her skin color; even George Bush didn't win a majority of the popular votes. However, what Reid said was certainly unwise considering how quick people are to jump on the slightly irregular comment, but it was also true in general. In fact, no doubt many people did not vote for President Obama for reasons that had nothing to do with qualifications.

Posted by: KateSaunders | January 11, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

any possibility of sane government.

Posted by: walden1
-----------------------------------
Yes in 2010 and 2012. Until then it's a daily - "What the !"

Posted by: leapin | January 11, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The major difference is that one is from a deep blue state and one is from a swing state. Dodd has the luxury of leaving since a generic Democrat has a good chance of winning. Of course, Blumenthal is better than a genereic, Dem, but that's icing. Reid doesn't have that luxury. He might be the best the Dems can hope for in that seat. I do think he can hold since the Republicans don't seem to have anyone worthwhile. It'll be close, though. And the Democrats' bench isn't all that great either.

I think Dems will have to actually fight this one out.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 11, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I am with Joe Scarborough (who I watch most mornings) that it would do the Democrats good to pull a Dodd in this race. Joe pointed out as a Republican he would like for Harry to hang in their but his political advice was to find someone else to run. Chris is pretty connected and he does not think they have anyone on the back bench. My advice to Republicans is to shut up and let Reid self destruct. All this comparison to the Lott remarks might play well with your base but there is a reason why you do not have many blacks in your base. If you think the comments are equal then your never going to get their vote. It is not about liberal vs. conservative like you think ... it is about racism vs. being politically correct.

Posted by: bradcpa | January 11, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Chris, I guess this is your interpretation of the job you were given by the Post but it is thoughtless babble that aids and abets the Republican wrecking machine. And what you clearly have not noted is that what is being wrecked is America...any possibility of sane government.

Posted by: walden1 | January 11, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Come Nov. Reid is out. He and this simplet0n of a president cause great harm to the people of Nevada when the great @zzhole Obumbler spoke out against people (rich people) spending time and money when others we're out of work. All the while this limpd#$k president has been flying around the world costing the tax payers hundreds of millions of dollars. If we're lucky AF1 will go down next time.

Posted by: askgees | January 11, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe that Senator Reid said anything wrong. However, there is a concept in law known as "consciousness of guilt". If he did nothing wrong, then why is he apologizing?

Posted by: atkissonjim | January 11, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

bsimon1:

Thanks -- you just reminded me of the scene in "Airplane!" where the little old lady is talking jive to the two jive dudes.

Classic.

Posted by: mnteng | January 11, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Trent Lott and Harry Reid are certainly different situations.

1. Lott was run out by the Republican members of the Senate and the Bush administration because they wanted someone MORE conservative in that post. Democrats were not as active in trying to get Lott to go as Rs.

2. Lott's comment could be parsed to say that he supported segregation. Reid's comment could be parsed to say that Reid is not too enlightened. Reid needs education; Lott needs re-education, if he indeed still supports segregation.

That said, I didn't think Lott should go either. I actually don't think that Lott meant what he said. He's smarter than that. I think he truly misspoke (though he could probably use some education on how race issues still affect America ... as could we all).

Reid should answer to the voters this fall. Let them decide, since it is this close to the election. It makes no sense whatsoever to leave office over this.

Posted by: prairiepopulist | January 11, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

For "direst of straights", read "direst of straits", and either apologize to Mark Knopfler or resign.

Posted by: admin17 | January 11, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

IN RETROSPECTIVE TO EMPHASIZE A POINT

There is no reason for Mr Reid to resign his position as result of his unsensitive and irresponsible -(to say the least) - remarks about Mr Obama.The thing is totally irrelevant for if he does resign, another inept and obtuse mind form the xtremists liberal-democrat factions will replace him .

Exactly!, you got it!...is just like in the case of Panetta,... or... Napolitano,...or Geithner, for all of them there at THE OBAMA GANG are,... or thieves,... or crooks,... or tax cheaters (most of them are on this category),...all of them not precisely good american patriots.

So the MEGA-CORRUPTION CANCER is evenly diseminated among all of them,....so what is of relevancy is that on 2010 and 2012 , WE,THE PEOPLE , fire them ALL,... and replace them with real american patrios, ....people of good character, honesty , integrity , common sense, and true spirit of nationality.

And on that,... everyone knows where to look for, correct on that one?

Here is the thing in general and how the 'REID FACTOR' comes into play;

RACISM WAS GOING WELL ON THIS COUNTRY,...IT WAS GOING IN DECADENCE...HOWEVER OBAMA RE-ENRGIZED THE SENTIMENT SINCE MOMENT ONE DURING HIS CAMPAIGN PRIOR THE FRAUDULENT ELECTIONS THAT BROUGHT AS RESULT THE CURRENT ANTI-CONSTITUTIONAL, ANTI-AMERICAN,CHICAGO MAFIA-STYLE CORRUPTED ORGANIZATION NOW IN WASHINGTON ATTEMPTING TO DESTROY OUR COUNTRY

WAS OBAMA HIMSELF , THE ONE, WHO STARTED THIS FRENZY ABOUT RACISM____And now the entire blasted country is in flames as result;___

Ever since Obama was tagged as 'president', the shroud of RACISM raised - and continues - at dangerous levels.Obama himsefl was the first one to address / or call upon the RACE CARD ...everyone remebers whe he said; - "....I am the skinny guy ....with the funy name....that does not looks ar the other presidents printed in the paper money...."etc, etc, etc___

Is that forgoten already ?.....well,...I did not forget ....and he emphasized that in a number of times.I think that if (whoever has it) has all this moments of our contemporary history on video-tape ar video-disc , should go back to it and examine the events.____

OBAMA IS CAUSING FURTHER MORE SOCIETY DIVISION IN OUR SOCIO-STRUCTURE AND THAT IS DANGEROUS . This OBAMA GANG (ROGUE CRIMINAL TO THE NATION GROUP , A TRAITORS CONSORTIOUM ) is a menace to our great country.

They need to be removed and replaced with real american patriots.

As expected from any terrorist or from a terrorist friendly-oriented individual, Obama (as well as Holder) seems to give the performance of a REVOLT AGITANT.
And how that works out there so far?____

Daniel Cabrera
Merrillville,Indiana

Posted by: morcab | January 11, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Term limits like for our presidency serve everybody best. Reid should bow out while he has an iota of dignity and some respect. Next to follow should be Queen Pelosi, the Hoyer, and all the other do nothing people occupying oxygen and space.

Posted by: jamesjiven55gmailcom | January 11, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

How could the people in Nevada elect such a blatant racist? He call blacks "NEGROS"? "NEGROS"? You people out west have a lot of growing up to do.

Posted by: ItsOver2 | January 11, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

If you Dems can't see the double standard, there's no way I can make you see it. Jaked

Does that mean you are going to slow down with the endless and repetitive posts? Really, you've been beating this horse for 4 days. It's the wrong horse and he's starting to resent it.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | January 11, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

It's "direst of straits," not straights. Good thing you guys fired all the editors.

Posted by: swallen1 | January 11, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

quicksilver1953:

SHAME on Mr. Cillizza for an obvious typo, but let's just give Mr. Reid a pass, huh?

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Reid's racist comments are irrelevant--he was toast before the world learned about his using the other "N" word.

Posted by: JCM-51 | January 11, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Harry Reid isn't in dire "straights", he's in dire "straits". If he is in anything dire, that is. Shame on you.

Posted by: quicksilver1953 | January 11, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Is Harry Reid the next Chris Dodd?
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What was his involvement in the financial "crisis"? In as deep as Barney "I love Fannie" Frank?

Posted by: leapin | January 11, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Is Harry Reid the next Chris Dodd?
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What kind of mortgage deal did he get?

Posted by: leapin | January 11, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

EricS2:

Sen. Dodd had a war-chest as well ; )

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

I think even Nevada's know the difference between a paen to racism and a thick-headed comment.

Should be an intersting fight. I cetainly wouldn;t count Reid out at all. He didn't survive this long and climb this high to give up that easily. He's got a warchest to use, and I am also certain Nevadans will realize how much he does for the state by the time election days rolls around. But hey, who knows? We got 11 months to sort things out and change the frame.

Posted by: EricS2 | January 11, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

"As closely as I've worked with him, I don't know how in the world I could condone, support or understand his statements,' said Reid, the Senate Democratic whip at the time. 'I think what he said is not good for America; it's repugnant what he said.' 'If Republicans think it's best for Democrats to keep him there, maybe they'll get rid of him,' Reid said." (Tony Batt and Jane Ann Morriso, "Ensign Continues To Back Lott As Majority Leader," Las Vegas Review-Journal, 12/17/02)

"Sen. Harry Reid said Republican Senate leader Trent Lott's decision to relinquish his post Friday came as no surprise. 'HE HAD NO ALTERNATIVE,' the Nevada Democrat and Senate minority leader said. 'Senator Lott dug himself a hole and he didn't dig it all in one setting. He dug it over the years. And he couldn't figure out a way to get out of it.'" ("Nevada Lawmakers Not Surprised By Lott Resignation," The Associated Press, 12/20/02)

EMPHASIS ADDED

If you Dems can't see the double standard, there's no way I can make you see it.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

"Where is the line here???"

about 1983, which was the last recorded use of the term 'jive' in popular culture (via the movie "Trading Places"*).

"It ain't cool being no jive turkey so close to Thanksgiving."


* The appearance of future Senator Al Franken in the film should be viewed only as coincidence.

Posted by: bsimon1 | January 11, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

As for the question of "should he" leave, I actually don't think that Reid's comment re: Obama, standing alone, is enough for him to resign. BUT, given the ouster of Trent Lott (and the Dems / Reid's OWN comments in that regard), it would be hypocritical for Reid to not step down.

In the end, it may actually be beneficial:

"I have listened to the People of Nevada, and agree that I have taken my eye off the ball. Effective immediately, I am stepping down as Majority Leader so that I can travel the State, earn their trust again, and re-focus on doing the job Nevada sent me here to do."

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

This'll blow over. Reid will run and has an OK chance of winning.

Posted by: MikeK3 | January 11, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Good analysis, Mr. Cillizza.

Posted by: JakeD | January 11, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Would Harry Reid be in trouble if he said that Obama doesn't speak JIVE ???

Where is the line here???


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Posted by: 37thand0street | January 11, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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