Reid apologizes for questioning Obama’s racial authenticity; Update: Apology accepted, says Obama; Update: Sharpton backs Reid, of course; Update: Obama 2002: The GOP must drive Lott out

posted at 3:31 pm on January 9, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Whoa:

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama’s race during the 2008 presidential bid.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described then-Sen. Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect.” Obama is the nation’s first African-American president.

“I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments,” Reid said in a statement released after the excerpts were reported on the Web site of The Atlantic.

Why did Reid suddenly feel the need to confess?  He’s trying to beat the media to it:

Reid’s comments are included in a book set to be published on Monday. “Game Change” was written by Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann; the pair describe the book in interviews during Sunday’s “60 Minutes” on CBS.

Reid, facing a tough 2010 re-election bid, needs the White House’s help if he wants to keep his seat. Obama’s administration has dispatched officials on dozens of trip to buoy his bid and Obama has raised money for his campaign.

When Trent Lott made a foolish statement at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party about his presidential run on a segregation tick, the media outcry forced Lott to resign his leadership position.  Will this more explicit insult create any consequences for Reid?  It certainly won’t help his favorability ratings, which have tanked even before this incident.

Update (AP): That was fast.

Reid folks in overdrive to shut story down. Obama puts out statement on Reid’s apology: ” I accepted Harry’s apology without question.”

Update (AP): Reader Geoff A. e-mails with a reminder that when Don Imus made his own problematic racial crack a few years ago and then apologized, The One was … less forgiving.

Update (AP): A day dedicated to revisiting liberal racial hypocrisy ends happily, with a statement from demagogue par excellence Al Sharpton that all is instantly forgiven for his Democratic comrade in arms.

I have learned of certain unfortunate comments made by Senator Reid regarding President Barack Obama and have spoken with Senator Reid about those comments. While there is no question that Senator Reid did not select the best word choice in this instance, these comments should not distract America from its continued focus on securing healthcare or creating jobs for its people. Nor should they detract from the unquestionable leadership role Senator Reid has played on these issues or in the area of civil rights. Senator Reid’s door has always been open on hearing from the civil rights community on these issues and I look forward to continue to work with Senator Reid wherever possible to improve the lives of Americans everywhere.

Update (AP): A little more kindling on the flames of hypocrisy. Obama 2002:

“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.”


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Decider you and I know that racism is NOT prevalent at the tea party demonstrathavions.

You are just a punk.

Hint- if you reply to a request for proof by saying- google it- you have simply proven your lack of any intellectual prowess.

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Decider you and I know that racism is NOT prevalent at the tea party demonstrations.

Hint- if you reply to a request for proof by saying- google it- you have simply proven your lack of any intellectual prowess.

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2010 at 10:06 PM

Decider is too busy fap-fap-fapping to an Obama campaign speech to respond.

OhioCoastie on January 9, 2010 at 10:07 PM

When Trent Lott made a foolish statement at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party about his presidential run on a segregation tick, the media outcry forced Lott to resign his leadership position.

Ed, don’t be stupid. Everyone knows Lott’s comments were completely innocent and didn’t deserve the outrage the media and left created… They didn’t even deserve explanation:

“I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years.”

There didn’t even elude to Thurmond’s platform. He essentially said “hey old timer, we voted for you and wish you had won… we’d all be better off”. He didn’t say “If we had instituted your segregationist policies….”

I’m so sick of people, even on our side, pretending that Lott did something even the least bit “insensitive”. It’s as annoying as people saying “Hurricane Katrina”, when referring to what happened in New Orleans… Which was a the weak outskirts of a Cat 3 Hurricane that hit MS, struck NOLA with Cat 1-2 conditions, and design/construction flaws caused levees to fail (when they were supposed to hold up). They BROKE, and didn’t overtop from any massive storm surge… Oh, and then a bunch of people who refused to leave drowned. Not only did they refuse to leave, the Governor refused a forced evacuation request from Bush… and the city failed to follow their own emergency planning (remember the buses), etc. etc. Sorry to go OT, just making the point. As stupid as it is to say “Katrina”, it’s equally stupid (and you should know better, Ed) to say Lott made “foolish” statements. You sound like Obama talking about a Cambridge cop who just did his job.

RightWinged on January 9, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Is “Negroe” the new “Black”?? Harry Reid’s the leader of the Democrat Party…so I guess it is.

Justrand on January 9, 2010 at 10:14 PM

rightwinged

+1
———————–

Also, note Reid said “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,”. So he also was saying Obama fakes it.

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Also, note Reid said “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,”. So he also was saying Obama fakes it.

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Which does he fake, acting white or acting black?

mizflame98 on January 9, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Which does he fake, acting white or acting black?

mizflame98 on January 9, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Well according to Reid the “negro” one

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Kitty Kats say, “Buh bye, Harry.”

justltl on January 9, 2010 at 10:25 PM

BTW, isn’t it amazing that the NAACP is silent on such things but they will go after Glenn Beck for calling Obama a racist and they even side with Van Jones when he is a self-proclaimed Communist and an 9/11 Truther?

mizflame98 on January 9, 2010 at 10:25 PM

Democrats are raaaaaaaaacists.

royzer on January 9, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Which does he fake, acting white or acting black?

mizflame98 on January 9, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Well according to Reid the “negro” one

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2010 at 10:23 PM

But in Barry’s book he said, “I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.” Maybe he is faking the white part and when he’s at home he really talks black.

mizflame98 on January 9, 2010 at 10:30 PM

I’m so confused…

mizflame98 on January 9, 2010 at 10:31 PM

These people are liberals first, always.

fossten on January 9, 2010 at 10:32 PM

BTW, isn’t it amazing that the NAACP is silent on such things but they will go after Glenn Beck for calling Obama a racist and they even side with Van Jones when he is a self-proclaimed Communist and an 9/11 Truther?
mizflame98 on January 9, 2010 at 10:25 PM


Not really
.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2010 at 10:33 PM

Decider on January 9, 2010 at 9:03 PM

Reactions to Reid.

canditaylor68 on January 9, 2010 at 10:39 PM

good thing he didn’t say macaca or something disparaging like that

gatorboy on January 9, 2010 at 10:40 PM

At some point the actual racist comments made by prominent Democrats will reach critical mass and then the bill will come due.

When will this happen? Who knows?

But it’s coming and there is no stopping it. They simply cannot keep making one blatantly racist comment after another and not be crushed by the weight of their own hypocrisy on this, their most cherished pet issue that they trot out to bludgeon conservatives with at any and every perceived sleight.

Live by the sword, die by the sword and when it happens it’s going to be a blood bath.

Discuss issues like this at Conservative Talk Forum where we barbecue lib-trolls at every opportunity. Stop in and fry up a heaping helping of extra crispy leftist.

trapeze on January 9, 2010 at 10:51 PM

rightwinged

+1
———————–

Also, note Reid said “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,”. So he also was saying Obama fakes it.

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Well, I do have to give him that one. The word “Negro” aside, I think we’ve all seen the videos of him speaking in Selma (where he claimed that Bloody Sunday marches lead to his parents getting together and having him… even though he was 4 at the time), and how he talks to groups like SEIU.

Of course, can you blame him in the Selma case? Not for lying, but for “talking black” to that audience. How could he not after (as I’m sure you also recall) Hillary went all ebonics on that crowd, even calling herself a “Sister in worship”.

If any of you don’t remember all of this or need video evidence, comment back and I should be able to dig it up for you… as long as you don’t have a weak gag reflex. It’s some of the most disgusting crap you’ll ever see.

RightWinged on January 9, 2010 at 10:57 PM

…If any of you don’t remember all of this or need video evidence, comment back and I should be able to dig it up for you… as long as you don’t have a weak gag reflex. It’s some of the most disgusting crap you’ll ever see.

RightWinged on January 9, 2010 at 10:57 PM

I do remember so please don’t.

ncborn on January 9, 2010 at 11:02 PM

No response from Decider. Game, set, & match.

OhioCoastie on January 9, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Would you say he acted stupidly?

Jerricho68 on January 9, 2010 at 11:29 PM

Reid is just trying to make headlines to sell his book.
Don’t buy it.

LeeSeneca on January 9, 2010 at 11:45 PM

http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=14631

mizflame98 on January 9, 2010 at 11:24 PM

mizflame98: The truth,er the mask has fallen,hehe!:)

canopfor on January 9, 2010 at 11:50 PM

This is priceless.

Jaibones on January 10, 2010 at 12:18 AM

400 posts and 3 updates in less than 24 hours !!!

Zowie!! This thread is definitely on FIRE !!!

cableguy615 on January 10, 2010 at 12:27 AM

Yowzah!

Massa Barry Hussein Obama sho nuff gwine be pee-owe’d dat Bossman Reid from Nevada axed hisself so bad wiff dis cracker confabulation.

High-yeller Missy Michelle was heard giving a shout out: “Weez gonna smack you upside duh haid, honkey Harry!”

Negro dialect cum ebonics lesson #1 for Congressional hacks and closet racist Dems.

profitsbeard on January 10, 2010 at 12:29 AM

Let’s be honest… “Nappy Headed Hoes” was a lot worse than what Reid said…

ninjapirate on January 9, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Uh, no it was not!

cableguy615 on January 10, 2010 at 12:36 AM

ULTIMATE OBAMA HYPOCRISY – 2010 EDITION:

OBAMA 2010: “I accepted Harry’s apology without question.”
OBAMA DEMANDS LOTT BE FIRED IN 2002 BUT IMMEDIATELY ACCEPTS REID’S APOLOGY FOR SIMLIAR, IF NOT OBVIOUSLY WORSE, COMMENTS.
OBAMA 2002: “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.”
SOURCE–From the December 12, 2002 issue of the Chicago Defender

HERE IS WHAT OBAMA SHOULD HAVE SAID, IF OBAMA WAS NOT A PARTISAN HYPOCRITE:
OBAMA 2010 [2002]: “The DEMOCRATIC [Republican] Party itself has to drive out HARRY REID [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.”

INSTEAD, BECAUSE OBAMA IS A HYPOCRITE, AND ONLY CARES ABOUT HIS INSANE QUEST TO DESTROY PRIVATE HEALTH CARE IN AMERICA, HE SAYS THIS:

OBAMA 2010: “I accepted Harry’s apology without question.”
THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY IN 2010 – MORE HYPOCRITICAL THAN EVEN THE GOP WAS IN 2004-2008
“light-skinned … with no Negro dialect” – Harry Reid
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean …” – Joe Biden
“A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.” – Bill Clinton

So these the racist tea baggers Nancy Pelosi was speaking of?? I can see why she’s so worked up about them now.

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 10, 2010 at 1:03 AM

Obama is a hypocrite, but Trent Lott was still an idiot for saying what he did about Strom Thurmond.

Speedwagon82 on January 10, 2010 at 2:16 AM

The next time any leftist anywhere makes any sort of insinuation about racism being “a conservative and/or Republican problem”, remind them that Harry Reid is (or was) a hard-left Democrat.

And do it every single time it comes up for at least the next twenty years.

No more acting defensive. We have nothing to apologize for. Let’s make this a permanent game-changer.

Cylor on January 10, 2010 at 3:10 AM

Harry Reid’s hypocrisy is amazing. If anyone needed another reason not to re-elect Harry Reid in November, here you go.

SoulGlo on January 10, 2010 at 4:10 AM

Which does he fake, acting white or acting black? – mizflame98

Acting concerned.

I hope this gets a wide airing. This is exactly the hypocritical dynamic that empowers the political correctness that is strangling us at every level. I think most conservos know it already, but the battle is for independents and decent Democrats who are not tuned into the conservo blogosphere. This is where some new ground can be taken.

paul1149 on January 10, 2010 at 6:14 AM

Man, is Rush gonna have a blast with this…

LtE126 on January 10, 2010 at 6:25 AM

It doesn’t matter if the “vast main stream media” gives every liberal a pass on their hypocritical racism. It doesn’t change what they say. The plain facts remain; liberals lie and use emotional extortion to hijack public opinion.

Much the same as the National Socialists did in Germany during the early part of the 20th century.

Roy Rogers on January 10, 2010 at 7:03 AM

Harry, if you said it, you meant it!!!

yoda on January 10, 2010 at 7:06 AM

Steele should be on this like white on rice, so to speak. He needs to capitalize on this egregious statement. It’s racism straight up!

Mr. Arrogant on January 10, 2010 at 7:23 AM

WOW!! I guess the “approved media” forgot to cover this one… Thanks HOTAIR for getting this story out!!

Time to back the gasoline truck up to this forest fire AND OPEN THE SPIGOTS…

Like we say in the Navy…

“FIRE! FIRE! FIRE FOR EFFECT!”

Khun Joe on January 10, 2010 at 7:41 AM

Reid won’t have to step down. There is a double standard at play where this story won’t be covered and there will be no groundswell of calls for Reid to step down.

If it was a Republican then this story would not be ‘breaking news’ that is over a year old. We would have heard the day it happened and the political career of the offender would have been over.

Mr Purple on January 10, 2010 at 7:42 AM

I stopet going to Las Vegas a long time ago.If this is the
low life the people of Las Vegas want in office.To hell with
that.

Denniscat on January 10, 2010 at 7:55 AM

If they were able to demand that Lott resign, I demand that Reid resign. Reid, do yourself a favor and just follow Dorgan and Dodd out the door.

gatorfanatic on January 10, 2010 at 8:04 AM

The dems always act like Lott was a contemporary of Thurmonds when he ran for President but in 1948 Trent Lott was 7 years old so I don’t think he worked on Thurmonds campaign.

tim c on January 10, 2010 at 8:30 AM

It’s only racist if a republican says it right? Liberal hypocrisy for all to see. Had this been a white, male conservative we’d be hearing more about it than other more important stories like Tiger Woods marital indescetions.

TrickyDick on January 10, 2010 at 8:39 AM

munch…munch…munch….smile.

Fuquay Steve on January 10, 2010 at 8:44 AM

`No, no!’ said the Queen. `Sentence first–verdict afterwards.’

tryptic on January 10, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Trent Lott tries to say something nice to an old man, who rejected his racist past, at a birthday party and he’s a racist. (Knowing Thurmond’s history, you can agree or disagree with his statement, but Lott was NOT racist in saying what he said. He was trying to give and old man a farewell.)

Don Imus Don Imus says something stupid and dumb, and he’s labeled a racist and a sexist. Imus expressly apologizes for dumb comments and… he’s still a racist and a sexist.

Rush Limbaugh is accused of saying something he NEVER SAID, and Al Sharpton and crew jump on their loud speakers decrying Limbaugh as a racist.

Harry Reid says something with huge racial overtones- the light skinned good black and the good black that doesn’t talk black- and ALL is forgiven. And the great defenders will do their job and populate the message boards to make excuses for him.

Liberals have absolutely no shame. They have NO STANDARDS!!

You know what makes me the most upset, is the fact that he said this in private. With exception to Limbaugh, the other statements were made in public. Reid knew he should never say this in public and there’s a reason for it. This is why his apology is hollow. In the other cases, the argument can be made that they either didn’t think before saying it or didn’t think it would be interpreted the way it was.

I’m not going to say that Harry Reid is a racist, because I do not want to play that game. Like Imus saying something dumb, does not a racist make. I’m more pissed off with the Democratic and liberal response to this, because this shows you exactly the type of people that you are dealing with. Two-faced hypocrites with sewer-like morality.

xax on January 10, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Democrat Party:
Taqiyya for dhimmitude.

Cybergeezer on January 10, 2010 at 9:22 AM

Barry, constitutional scholar that he is (or so his sycophants say), referred to Trent Lott as “president of the Senate”. Wrong on two counts! Not only is there is no such position as “president of the Senate”, but also Lott’s position Senate Majority Leader.

ya2daup on January 10, 2010 at 9:24 AM

And these f’in idiots call conservatives Nazi’s?

Cybergeezer on January 10, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Someone’s first, unguarded statement is generally their true belief. Harry Reid regards Obama as a useful pawn because he cleans up nicely. And that is probably true from the Democrat Party perspective.

kmarie on January 10, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Has Obama found a way to blame this on Bush?

ConservativeTony on January 10, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Barry, constitutional scholar that he is (or so his sycophants say), referred to Trent Lott as “president of the Senate”. Wrong on two counts! Not only is there is no such position as “president of the Senate”, but also Lott’s position Senate Majority Leader.

ya2daup on January 10, 2010 at 9:24 AM

I thought the VP was President of the Senate, per the Constitution, no?

Red State State of Mind on January 10, 2010 at 9:35 AM

If they were able to demand that Lott resign, I demand that Reid resign. Reid, do yourself a favor and just follow Dorgan and Dodd out the door.

gatorfanatic on January 10, 2010 at 8:04 AM

I realize what you mean, but in reality Reid will be resigning in November anyway. Personally, I prefer he NOT resign; he’s a great [poster child of the political double standard applied to Rs’ vs D’s.

Red State State of Mind on January 10, 2010 at 9:37 AM

Probably the lack of universal health care that caused Reid to make these statements.

ConservativeTony on January 10, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Reid won’t resign. Nevada has a Republican governor who (I’m almost sure) would appoint his replacement.

Anybody from NV?

ConservativeTony on January 10, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Time for another beer summit.

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 10, 2010 at 9:47 AM

Guess who would be waiting in the wings for Majority Leader? None other than Chuck U. Schumer. Harry should probably stay until November. He is the poster child for Democrat incompetence.

BetseyRoss on January 10, 2010 at 9:57 AM

will BO check Negro on the Census now?

JohnBissell on January 10, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Chris Matthews and MS-NBC will have to re-write their script. The Democrat Leader is a RACIST!!

TN Mom on January 10, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Harry said it with his guard down—he meant it. Seriously there is only one major reason that Obama would forgive so quick and that is obviously politics. If this was Cheney or another pub imagine the firestorm.

CWforFreedom on January 10, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Obama: He acted truthful, err– I mean stupidly.

ConservativeTony on January 10, 2010 at 10:27 AM

Democrat Leader Harry Reid’s comments were “Un-American”

-Nancy Peolsi & Steny Hoyer

TN Mom on January 10, 2010 at 10:50 AM

can’t type…makes me furious of the double standard being displayed…

cmsinaz on January 10, 2010 at 11:20 AM

I wish Steele would shut up for a minute and stop sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. He’s asking for Reid to step down. See RCP.

Reid should step down, but it is best for the American people to call for it, not somebody in a leadership position of the opposing party.

All Steele has to do is allow these dimwits to implode. As a black man, all he really had to say was something like, “It’s unfortunate that the leader of the US senate would say something like that…..”. That would have been a more powerful message, than “fire him”.

ConservativeTony on January 10, 2010 at 11:22 AM

Just like with Lott this is “much ado about nothing”. With all the real problems Reid has caused why worry about trivia? I do suspect that the actual quote was worse than reported and was cleaned up for PC reasons in the book.

duff65 on January 10, 2010 at 11:27 AM

these frakkers lost me when they called Hillary and the Big Dawg racist. I mean puulllleze!

Big Dawg said Obama s BS story about his anti war position was a fairy tale, that was raaacist they said!

Biden said, a clean articulate well spoken black guy was a fairy tale, they made him VEEP

unreal.

ginaswo on January 10, 2010 at 11:28 AM

Sue Lowden GOP Candidate for NV on Fox now!

ginaswo on January 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM

she notes Harry called we tea party patriots hatemongers

ginaswo on January 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM

Eric Shawn forgot the memorable Harry Reid chestnut about the new Capitol Visitor Center preventing the smell of the unwashed from wafting toward the anointed lawmakers on hot summer days. LOL. Here’s a story from foxnews.com to jog your memory, Eric.

http://tinyurl.com/y9w96tg

Philly on January 10, 2010 at 11:36 AM

I assume that Reid doesn’t think that Obama speaks Ebonics, except when with the right audience.

Dasher on January 10, 2010 at 11:38 AM

I wish Steele would shut up for a minute and stop sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong. He’s asking for Reid to step down. See RCP.

Reid should step down, but it is best for the American people to call for it, not somebody in a leadership position of the opposing party.

All Steele has to do is allow these dimwits to implode. As a black man, all he really had to say was something like, “It’s unfortunate that the leader of the US senate would say something like that…..”. That would have been a more powerful message, than “fire him”.

ConservativeTony on January 10, 2010 at 11:22 AM

It would take a huge ground swell to get Reid to step down. But Steele is right to bring it up. It has to start somewhere, why not with him. How do you think they got Trent Lott to step down over a very innocent statement.

Dasher on January 10, 2010 at 11:41 AM

I wonder if Obama is gonna keep score on Reid now…because you know, Obama “is keeping scores”.

ProudPalinFan on January 10, 2010 at 11:43 AM

will BO check Negro on the Census now?

JohnBissell on January 10, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Maybe. But he’ll be sure to write in “light-skinned.”

BuckeyeSam on January 10, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Sounds like Dingy Harry had a sudden attack of foot-in-mouthitis, except in this case, he inserted both feet clear up to the calves.

But being suffering from a combination of overbloated overconfidence and excessive egoism,as Dingy Harry has for quite some time now, can tend to do things like that to a person.

pilamaye on January 10, 2010 at 12:01 PM

I forgot to mention last night… Why would anyone expect any real action from Democrats over this? You’ll recall that Obama’s VP (prior to being his running mate) said this:

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

RightWinged on January 10, 2010 at 12:19 PM

If they were able to demand that Lott resign, I demand that Reid resign. Reid, do yourself a favor and just follow Dorgan and Dodd out the door.

gatorfanatic on January 10, 2010 at 8:04 AM

They are bailing out in alphabetical order. Reid has to wait his turn.

Yoop on January 10, 2010 at 12:22 PM

so does harry think this is what obama did to get elected:

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/clips/white-like-me/278716/

” ho ho ho silly negro….”

why is all this stuff coming out now after it mattered? is just so malignant.the press is suppose to report not protect and defend arbitrarily.

mittens on January 10, 2010 at 12:25 PM

I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall in the Clinton household the night Hillary was out of the running. I bet the racial slurs were flying thick and fast.

Sharke on January 10, 2010 at 12:53 PM

Has Obama found a way to blame this on Bush?
ConservativeTony on January 10, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Clearly this falls into the Racism category of excuses for Obama screwups and opposition.

A Republican saying this clearly shows this to be true………

…… Oh! Wait a minute, one of our elite national socialist democrats that said it…..

Never mind…..

Okay, you were right in the first place – at the end of the day, it’ll have to be Bush’s fault.

Insert witty screen name here on January 10, 2010 at 1:07 PM

“I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”

RightWinged on January 10, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Bill “Cup of Coffee” Clinton also made a “storybook” remark about O’bama, as I recall.

Del Dolemonte on January 10, 2010 at 1:20 PM

I look forward to continue to work with Senator Reid wherever possible to improve the lives of Americans everywhere- Al Sharpton

Al Sharpton thinks calling black people “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect” will improve the lives of Americans?? The inconvenient truth is that when Democrats make out-right racist remarks, they get a pass.

TN Mom on January 10, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) in 2002 agreed with former Sen. Trent Lott’s (R-Miss.) decision to resign his leadership role after Lott made what some felt were racist remarks at former Sen. Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday party.

“He had no alternative,” said Reid at the time claiming, “If you tell ethnic jokes in the backroom, it’s that much easier to say ethnic things publicly. I’ve always practiced how I play.”

As liberal media members work overtime to spin racist comments Reid made about presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008, it’s going to be very interesting to see how many recall Lott’s resignation or

what Reid said about the incident.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/01/09/sen-reid-trent-lotts-resignation-2002-he-had-no-alternative#ixzz0cEt512Cc

ted c on January 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Cambridge police acted “stupidly” prior to any knowledge of the facts. Harry Reid clearly did and was offered forgiveness, in spite of the facts.

Race Card—not played?

ted c on January 10, 2010 at 2:27 PM

When Trent Lott made a foolish statement at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party about his presidential run on a segregation tick, the media outcry forced Lott to resign his leadership position.

Actually Lott’s own racism is what forced Lott to resign.

“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.”

Obama is exactly right here. Lott’s comments were reprehensible. There should have been severe rebuke by the party at the time and I recall being unsatisfied with the response. There is no room for someone like Lott in a party that recognized the leadership and talents of people like Rice and Powell and the courage they showed in their positions during one of the most frightening times in our nation’s history.

As for Reid, the man should be sent back to Nevada for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that he appears to be content to draft legislation in the dark of night behind closed doors.

tartan on January 10, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Liberal politics is such a shallow con trick. The people who buy into…who actually BELIEVE all that shit…remind me of people who believe that wrestling is for real.

uptight on January 10, 2010 at 3:52 PM

Eric Shawn forgot the memorable Harry Reid chestnut about the new Capitol Visitor Center preventing the smell of the unwashed from wafting toward the anointed lawmakers on hot summer days.

Philly on January 10, 2010 at 11:36 AM

It’s why I still call the man ‘Hairy Smelly’.

RD on January 10, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Over at the DU there are comments along this line:

“Harry Reid was just being racially insensitive with his comment while Lott was being a racist.”

How in the Hell you slice and dice the original comments and divine the difference between the two is beyond me.

Wait, maybe it’s not. Reid’s a Donk which mean he’s immune to racism charges……

JoeinTX on January 10, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Oh, they support racially insensitivity now?

Chris_Balsz on January 10, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Over at the DU there are comments along this line:

“Harry Reid was just being racially insensitive with his comment while Lott was being a racist.”

JoeinTX on January 10, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Remember that Moral relativism is one of the basic tools of National Socialism – it doesn’t matter what Leftists say or do. It doesn’t matter if they are true racists.

To the Left, what is important is to them is the “The greater good” – IF that just happens to coincide with National Socialist Democrats being in complete control, then so be it.

Insert witty screen name here on January 10, 2010 at 5:11 PM

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