Video: Steele calls for Reid’s resignation as Majority Leader

posted at 11:26 am on January 10, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

To borrow a phrase from my esteemed partner in blogging: Second look at Michael Steele?

Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele Sunday called on Majority Leader Harry Reid to step down as majority leader, becoming the first high-profile Republican to make such a call after the Nevada senator apologized for his assessment of Barack Obama as a “light-skinned” African-American who lacked a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”

“The reality of it is this, there is this standard where Democrats feel they can say these things and apologize as long as it comes from one of their own,” Steele said on “Fox News Sunday,” equating Reid’s comments with the racially charged ones that led to the outster of Former Republican Leader Trent Lott. “And if it comes from somebody else, it’s racism.”

“Remember this is a leader who only a few weeks ago was using the context of slavery to talk about health care,” said Steele, the first African American head of the RNC. “It’s an old mindset when you are using language in 2008 that harkens back to the 1950s.”

Whether or not Harry Reid resigns as majority leader is almost immaterial at this point, except inside the Beltway. The rush to forgive Reid by Barack Obama, Al Sharpton, and Eleanor Holmes Norton (the DC Representative) was designed to carry Reid past this controversy in the first few days. Reid has much bigger problems in Nevada, where even the forgiveness of Steven Horsford, the African-American state Senate Majority Leader, came with a big caveat of “disappointment,” as Politico reports:

Nevada Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford (D), a key African-American figure in Reid’s home state, also said he would accept the apology, although he was “disappointed” with the comments.

“While I am disappointed in Senator Reid’s comment and choice of words, I accept his apology,” Horsford said. “I have known Senator Reid for many years and he has consistently been supportive of advancing the interests of the African American community as he has for all Nevadans and all Americans.”

That’s the sound of Reid losing the rest of the Democrats in Nevada. He’s toast, and he may wind up getting pushed out the way Chris Dodd did, regardless of his desire to fight to the closing bell in November.

All of this “forgiveness” makes it very clear that Democrats have applied a double standard to Reid, compared to their outrageous outrage over Trent Lott’s stupid remarks in 2002. They claim that Reid’s comments aren’t as bad as endorsing a segregationist candidate fifty-four years after the fact, but that misses a couple of key points. First, Lott — while certainly foolish for not considering the implications of his birthday-party toast to Strom Thurmond — didn’t endorse segregation in his remarks. Reid talked about the tone of Obama’s skin color, and assumed that Obama would be a great candidate because he’d be able to fake what Reid considers a “Negro dialect.” Reid’s statement was much more explicit than Lott’s, and its antecedent falls more along the lines of Al Campanis — who got hounded out of baseball for one really stupid (and obviously racist) remark about the buoyancy of African-Americans despite his track record of helping minorities succeed in his sport.

That brings us back to Michael Steele. The Republicans have a high-profile spokesman who can point out that hypocrisy in the national media and has the undeniable authenticity and access to do so. Regardless of whether he wrote his book with or without permission from the RNC — which is a minor issue in the long run — the GOP is fortunate to have Steele in position to make the Democratic dishonesty on race apparent.


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We’ll see how much credibility Steele has when somebody in GOP slips up. Then we can see how these statements of Steele’s affect his cred. Deal?

Metro on January 10, 2010 at 12:50 PM

lol, you and every other R need to man up. Republicans will always be called “the real racists” even without proof. They went so far as to start a whisper campaign of fake Rush quotes to torpedo his opportunity to invest in a football team for crying out loud. The double standard will never go away until and unless you fight back and force liberals to live by their own rules. It will certainly never happen if you tuck your tail and run from every chance to point out the hypocrisy of liberals.

Mord on January 10, 2010 at 1:01 PM

ted c- if the same standard should apply, doesn’t that mean that we’re comparing apples and apples here? Therefore, if you disagreed with the Lott fiasco then you would have to disagree with this as well.

Reid is doing a fine job of screwing up any chance of his reelection without this thing. Why sacrifice the principle for a few cheap thrills?

Metro on January 10, 2010 at 1:02 PM

While I personally think Reid should be thrown under all of the buses departing the Sacramento Greyhound terminal in the next 24 hours, I really think victo-blacks and race pimps should get over themselves and this nonsense. I mean really, light-skinned and negro dialect?

Puh-leez!

(O-o-o-o-h, I am gonna get it for this!)

VoyskaPVO on January 10, 2010 at 1:06 PM

The double standard will never go away…

Mord on January 10, 2010 at 1:01 PM

You had me. But then you went into some “Mississippi Burning” romantic absurdity and lost me.

We aren’t Gene Hackman, bro.

And for the record, I’m not a Republican.

Metro on January 10, 2010 at 1:08 PM

And for the record, I’m not a Republican.

Metro on January 10, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Shocker of the day!

Mord on January 10, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Shocker of the day!

Mord on January 10, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Hey, I’ll vote GOP on occasion. But I’m not guzzlin’ the Kool Aid.

Metro on January 10, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Don’t let that cracka off the hook Steele!

Hog Wild on January 10, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Second look at Michael Steele?

No second look at Steele for me. It wasn’t but a couple of months ago that he made a statement that white Republicans were afraid of him because he is black. I am sick of the race pandering sh!t from either side.

farright on January 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Pertaining to both Reid and Pelosi,wondering why their own Party does not resent them enough to clamor for their removal. Those 2 have done more to damage the members and image of their own Party than anyone in recent history. Both have forced members into untenable positions and in some cases, resignations and defections.Yet they sail on. If the Dems were smart,they would start by removing these and putting in some with good sense and practical political skills instead of these prima donnas.

jeanie on January 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Do I really want Reid replaced as Majority Leader RIGHT NOW?? No. This guy is the gift that keeps on giving and, if he makes it to November, he’ll be voted out of office. The last thing I want to see right now is the Dims righting their ship in an election year.

joejm65 on January 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM

The funniest thing to me about the entire Reid incident is that he was confirming that Obama would “sell well” as the DNC nominee and, of course he was right. Maybe Reid needs to replace Kaine.

Hilarious!

Texas Gal on January 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Second look at Michael Steele?

Here ya go. . . Steele stood up Dana Loesh on her radio show. So after the show she “interviewed” his book jacket on ustream.

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/3844084

mad saint jack on January 10, 2010 at 1:15 PM

Mord on January 10, 2010 at 1:01 PM

The problem is that when you complain about how they don’t meet this standard, you are giving them the power to SET the standard… you are saying you know play by their rules.

This is a tacit admission, from the Chairman of the GOP, that Politicly Correct Race Identity Politics, is the standard.

Its an admission that even a FACTUALY CORRECT statement (Barry is light skinned, and he is well spoken) which somone can SPIN into a Race attack, is now the standard by which ALL will be judged.

Romeo13 on January 10, 2010 at 1:16 PM

In other news, Dogs call for all Cats to drown themselves.

Aint gonna happen.

Since when do the Dems give a flying F what the RNC calls for?

swash_plate on January 10, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Hey, I’ll vote GOP on occasion. But I’m not guzzlin’ the Kool Aid.

Metro on January 10, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Steele fan either. He has said alot of goofy stuff. I just think it’s good to throw crap like this back in their faces on live TV.

Mord on January 10, 2010 at 1:18 PM

light-skinned and negro dialect?

Puh-leez!

(O-o-o-o-h, I am gonna get it for this!)

VoyskaPVO on January 10, 2010 at 1:06 PM

Get it for this? No, just a comment.
Before the Democrats made Reid’s comments public and then accepted the apology, I don’t recall anyone talking about it. It was them that thought Reid’s comments were racists and needed to be addressed. They own it.

Electrongod on January 10, 2010 at 1:18 PM

AcronisF on January 10, 2010 at 12:47 PM

+1000

scalleywag on January 10, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Metro on January 10, 2010

As crazy as it sounds your argument towards Steele seems to be that he should be quiet until he screws up and ruins his credibility.

I think you are crazy.

CWforFreedom on January 10, 2010 at 1:22 PM

Reid wins the Robert Byrd award. “Byrds of a feather”.

Johan Klaus on January 10, 2010 at 1:24 PM

These comments of his are not only racist, they show just how out of touch Reid is with the American people. I don’t know anyone who has even used the word “negro” in the past 3 or 4 decades. We have respect for our fellow citizens, apparently he does not. I don’t care if he goes because I don’t think he has any chance at all of being reelected, especially after this. He should have been out a long, long time ago because he’s a useless idiot.

scalleywag on January 10, 2010 at 1:29 PM

(My apologies to useless idiots.)

scalleywag on January 10, 2010 at 1:30 PM

This is a tacit admission, from the Chairman of the GOP, that Politicly Correct Race Identity Politics, is the standard.

Its an admission that even a FACTUALY CORRECT statement (Barry is light skinned, and he is well spoken) which somone can SPIN into a Race attack, is now the standard by which ALL will be judged.

Romeo13 on January 10, 2010 at 1:16 PM

That is the standard…where have you been?

“Political Correctness” is the disease. The “racist” charge for comments like these is the symptom. We have to deal with the environment we live in or change it. I don’t think we can change it anytime soon unless we fight back.

Mord on January 10, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Reid wins the Robert Byrd award. “Byrds of a feather”.

Johan Klaus on January 10, 2010 at 1:24 PM

You almost got the quote of the year award. Almost. Let me try to fix that:

Democrats win the Robert Byrd award. “Byrds of a feather”.

antisocial on January 10, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Isn’t Reid the one who said “in the summer when its gets hot, you can smell the tourists”? Didn’t Biden say Obama was “clean and articulate.”? Didn’t Reid say on the floor of the Senate,”the war is lost”? Didn’t Murtha call Marines murderers that were later found innocent? These hypocrites go on and on without any accountability because they are experts in racial hatred and class envy with those uneducated enough to always swallow their swill.

volsense on January 10, 2010 at 1:35 PM

“Political Correctness” is the disease. The “racist” charge for comments like these is the symptom. We have to deal with the environment we live in or change it. I don’t think we can change it anytime soon unless we fight back.

Mord on January 10, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Sooo… you fight it by agreeing with it? By doing it yourself?

Intersting strategy.

Romeo13 on January 10, 2010 at 1:37 PM

I love these race pimps jumping up defending and accepting Reid’s apology–an apology only made when he got caught. If you were to call each them a Negro to their face they would treat it as the N word.

patrick neid on January 10, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Romeo13 on January 10, 2010 at 1:37 PM

I prefer to think of it as highlighting the absurdity of it all and using it against them at the same time. It’s a two-fer. Sorta like using your opponent’s stupidity against them. It would be far more noble to point out the mistakes while declining to stoop to that level, I know. How has that been working out so far?

Mord on January 10, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Reid should stay, better for us…

echosyst on January 10, 2010 at 1:47 PM

Its an admission that even a FACTUALY CORRECT statement (Barry is light skinned, and he is well spoken) which somone can SPIN into a Race attack, is now the standard by which ALL will be judged.

Romeo13 on January 10, 2010 at 1:16 PM

You make a good argument, although I don’t agree with it, then you say this (above).

First, you neglected to mention the “when he wants to” and “negro” parts of what Reid said, which are the salacious bits. Second, people can recite facts that expose underlying racism, just as Stormfronters love to recite facts that expose their underlying anti-semetism.

If I were being considered for the position of US Ambassador to the UK, and I remarked during a dinner party that the Queen has a backside of remarkable proportions, that would end my consideration for any position higher than dog catcher (no offense intended toward dog catchers or other domestic animal regulatory enforcement engineers).

Truth is not an absolute defense in social or political contexts. You have a right to speak your mind for the time being. You do not have a right to be elected or appointed.

Immolate on January 10, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Mord on January 10, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Then what you do is say somthing like… oh…

“Well, I know you are looking for the Race Baiting answer from a Black Man… but we in the GOP do not suscribe to identity politics…

However, if we WERE to use the typical Democrat standards they constantly try to apply to the GOP, then he would, of course, have to resign”

Win/Win… you take a shot at both identity politics, and the hypocracy of the Dems…

He did not do that.

Romeo13 on January 10, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Does “what up” qualify as “negro dialect?”

farright on January 10, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Regardless of opinions about Steele, I see this as a bright spot. Direct call out on the double standard. Good for him.

JusDreamin on January 10, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Does “what up” qualify as “negro dialect?”

farright on January 10, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Would “Shout out”?

Romeo13 on January 10, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Anybody check Sarah’s facebook page to see if Steele borrowed his talking points from her?

fossten on January 10, 2010 at 2:09 PM

The double-standard of the democrats is shocking. They try to label Rush as a racist for remarks he never said; yet they all can’t wait to defend Harry Reid for remarks he actually made.

Is there not one single Democrat that will stand up and call for Harry Reid to step down?

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

you take a shot at both identity politics, and the hypocracy of the Dems…

He did not do that.

Romeo13 on January 10, 2010 at 1:49 PM

You get it.

Saltysam on January 10, 2010 at 2:10 PM

The nuance here, on both sides, is quite interesting. The devil is in the details, and libs ignore details while also nitpicking them, depending on the moment. And, fearing details, the RNC rushes to play the Dem game of yes-you-did/no-I-didn’t.

The way we got to the current state of affairs is because of liberals. They have driven, in many ways but most because of the MSM, that any comment about some minority is automatically some form of bigotry. Usually, if a statement comes from the Dems’ political opponents (which includes Independents who vote Republican), it’s some kind of sin. But if a Dem or other lib says the same thing, it was a ‘slip of the tongue’.

I’m willing to bet Lott didn’t have segregation in mind when he praised old Strom. The Leftist MSM made it into that, so maybe Lott’s words weren’t quite so ‘stupid’ as even Repubs want to claim so often. Repubs play the DEM game, running in fear.

Whenever a confirmed KKK type runs on a ballot, claiming to be Republican, the Party as a whole distances from him. He gets no RNC campaign funds or any real support from the membership.

Dems, on the other hand, keep cluckers like Byrd in their ranks. Why is that, if Dems are so against segregation and the politics of racial division?

Using the Dem standard, Reid needs to step down. Since the libs all claim moral superiority, and have the MSM touting their view, then Reid messed up. He has to go, really.

And for the ‘Pubs who nitpick here, please quit nitpicking. Steele called it right, and has the Left playing defense for once. If you make concession on marginalia, you’ll keep losing even your own valid points. That’s what the Left wants: you to get so caught up in the flimsiest of details you’ll give them a win.

Liam on January 10, 2010 at 2:11 PM

sn’t Reid the one who said “in the summer when its gets hot, you can smell the tourists”?

volsense on January 10, 2010 at 1:35 PM

You’re right, he’s an arrogant little weasel who doesn’t have any right to represent the American people.

scalleywag on January 10, 2010 at 2:16 PM

…the GOP is fortunate to have Steele in position to make the Democratic dishonesty on race apparent.

… because he’s black, you mean.

And it comes down to that? The only reason to keep him at this point is because he’s black and a) a white guy couldn’t make Dem dishonesty on race apparent I guess, and b) because firing him would look bad from a race perspective?

Pitiful.

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Is there not one single Democrat that will stand up and call for Harry Reid to step down?
TN Mom on January 10, 2010 at 2:10 PM

I doubt there is.

scalleywag on January 10, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:18 PM

This is the situation the MSM, for sake of the Dem Party, has created. It’s not right, and it’s all a mess.

But that’s the reality of America’s current politics.

And, no, Steele isn’t being ‘used’.

Liam on January 10, 2010 at 2:22 PM

Unlike some folks, I don’t give a damn what race Steele is, and give it no consideration regarding how he ought to be treated, for better or for worse. His race didn’t matter when he was selected as party head, and it doesn’t matter now.

On it’s merits he’s saying some good things here, and in other ways he’s a disaster for the GOP. You don’t have to add race to the equation to make those determinations, and you don’t have to be black for these comments he’s made about Reid to be meaningful.

Weighing and balancing his race into everything he does, whether he deserves to remain as party head or not, etc – that’s something the left does, not the right.

Knock it off.

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:23 PM

… because he’s black, you mean.

And it comes down to that? The only reason to keep him at this point is because he’s black and a) a white guy couldn’t make Dem dishonesty on race apparent I guess, and b) because firing him would look bad from a race perspective?

Pitiful.

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:18 PM

I don’t think that’s it at all, I think it’s because someone from the GOP put their foot down and called the left on Reid’s pitiful comment. He shouldn’t have gotten a pass from the president. He shouldn’t have gotten a pass period. If word got out that you said something like that about your African American boss, do you think for a moment that you would still have a job? Yet these elected officials are never held responsible.

scalleywag on January 10, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Isn’t Reid the one who said “in the summer when its gets hot, you can smell the tourists”?

volsense on January 10, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Yep.

From the same party that will not require their Senators and Reps to be subject top the same health care rules that they want to dictate to the rest of us.

Saltysam on January 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM

a white guy couldn’t make Dem dishonesty on race apparent

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Further, to answer you directly: No.

The MSM wouldn’t allow it, in all its ways of doing that.

Liam on January 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM

never held responsible accountable.

scalleywag on January 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM

But that’s the reality of America’s current politics.

Liam on January 10, 2010 at 2:22 PM

So you want to continue to let the left and the MSM dictate the terms of the debate? You want to continue to play their game, by their rules? You think they’ve set that up so that conservatives can win, playing their game, their rules?

Maybe we should consider refusing to play their game; not only strategically, but because it’s the right thing to do. Just a thought.

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Isn’t Reid the one who said “in the summer when its gets hot, you can smell the tourists”?

volsense on January 10, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Yea, and he never should have gotten a pass for that comment either. He’s an arrogant feckless rump who should have been tossed to the curb after repeatedly insulting the Americans he is supposed to represent. Despicable.

scalleywag on January 10, 2010 at 2:26 PM

I don’t think that’s it at all, I think it’s because someone from the GOP put their foot down and called the left on Reid’s pitiful comment. He shouldn’t have gotten a pass from the president. He shouldn’t have gotten a pass period. If word got out that you said something like that about your African American boss, do you think for a moment that you would still have a job? Yet these elected officials are never held responsible.

scalleywag on January 10, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Plenty of people from the GOP and ‘the right’ have done so. The point Ed’s obviously making here is that it matters more from Steele because he’s black.

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:28 PM

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Not by a long shot!

What we have is what we’re stuck with for the moment. We need a major sea change, to be sure. I’m sick of the Left having total say and control, but that’s the situation we’re presently in.

Things change, and we need a big one right now. I hunger for it.

Liam on January 10, 2010 at 2:29 PM

… and I disagree (sorry, ended too soon).

The left and the MSM don’t give a damn that Steele is black anyway. Like Thomas, Rice, and other conservative blacks – he isn’t really ‘black’ in their eyes anyway.

If you think it gains one ounce of credibility with the left and the MSM that Steele is saying it and it carries more weight because he’s black, well – you’re delusional.

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:29 PM

…it matters more from Steele because he’s black.

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:28 PM

In a way, it does matter. It shoots down the Left’s endless contention the GOP is racist.

Now, from the lib perspective, Steele can be called a ‘token’. But, remember, too, the Left will call him an Uncle Tom.

The Left set up these things and conditions, not us.

Liam on January 10, 2010 at 2:32 PM

If you think it gains one ounce of credibility with the left and the MSM that Steele is saying it and it carries more weight because he’s black, well – you’re delusional.

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:29 PM

The idea isn’t to defeat the Left directly, but to motivate those in the ‘middle’.

Liam on January 10, 2010 at 2:34 PM

Liam on January 10, 2010 at 2:32 PM

Please stop quoting my words so that it looks like I’m saying the opposite of what I said.

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:35 PM

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:35 PM

I’m not twisting your words. I’m trying to have a discussion, where it seems we both agree on the same matters.

Liam on January 10, 2010 at 2:37 PM

By half-quoting my sentence, you clearly (if unintentionally) changed the meaning of what I said.

I said that Ed was apparently suggesting that it matters more coming from Steele because he’s black. The way you parsed/quoted it made it look like I was suggesting such a thing – the absolute opposite of my argument.

Again, we’re not going to agree here, and that’s fine. You’re suggesting that we have to play the race game by the race rules set by by the left and the MSM in order not to beat the left, but to influence the middle.

I’m suggesting it’s a fools errand to think you’re going to get the fair shake you think you’re going to get in that scenario, and that ‘the middle’ isn’t going to see it anyway. The left/MSM aren’t going to convey Steele’s comments in a way that will resonate with the left *or* the middle.

The only people that are going to hear about this for the most part will hear about it on conservative media, from conservative sources, where Steele’s race isn’t going to be a factor anyway.

But in the meantime, because we insist on playing by their rules, we’re willing to handcuff ourselves to someone based on the color of his skin, even though he’s given us plenty of reasons to get rid of him on the merits of his actions.

That, to me, is not a good position for conservatives to willingly place themselves in, no matter how much the left/MSM would do it themselves, or how much they would like us to.

Midas on January 10, 2010 at 2:46 PM

As crazy as it sounds your argument towards Steele seems to be that he should be quiet until he screws up and ruins his credibility.

I think you are crazy.

CWforFreedom on January 10, 2010 at 1:22 PM

I have no idea what you just said. Can you rephrase it?

Metro on January 10, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Regardless of opinions about Steele, I see this as a bright spot. Direct call out on the double standard. Good for him.

JusDreamin on January 10, 2010 at 1:57 PM

Yes, but call out the double standard without calling for Reid’s resignation. The head of the RNC is now channelling Al Sharpton and every other race hustler out there.

Me = not down wit dis

Metro on January 10, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Reid can’t deliver the Senate on healthcare, so he gets thrown under the bus.

What else is new in Chicago?

percysunshine on January 10, 2010 at 3:13 PM

I won’t wallow in it, but I will briefly enjoy the petard hoisting. I don’t expect Reid, as a Democrat, to resign or face a penalty. But there’s certainly nothing wrong with making him uncomfortable – and off message – for a few days.

I can appreciate what Michael Steele has said. Being in a leadership position, it was appropriate for him to give a response. Even if it is a pro forma call for resignation, at least it puts Demcrats and the media (birm) on notice that they don’t get a free pass just because they are on the “right side” of the issues.

azkag on January 10, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Why is he apologizing to Barry, Jesse, and Al? Its the Americans he insulted by implying that they are racists he needs to apologize to.

agmartin on January 10, 2010 at 3:18 PM

You just couldnt write this sh*t. Who needs reality TV? America’s Corporate Office is in shambles. Loaded with FRAUD, WASTE and ABUSE.

OSUBuciz1 on January 10, 2010 at 4:27 PM

Yes, but call out the double standard without calling for Reid’s resignation. The head of the RNC is now channelling Al Sharpton and every other race hustler out there.

Metro on January 10, 2010 at 2:57 PM

What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

The results of the so-called race hustlers have been exceptional. Can you see anyone they’ve pointed the finger at not leaving or having their careers horribly scarred?

Reid has tried this himself, and three fingers are obviously now pointing back.

There’s a word that describes how I feel — oh yes, schadenfreude. As scripture doesn’t say: “Rejoice when your enemy falleth, and let thine heart be glad when he stumbleth”

unclesmrgol on January 10, 2010 at 4:30 PM

So explain to me again, now, why is George Allen toast but Harry Reid is not?

DubiousD on January 10, 2010 at 4:38 PM

What is good for the goose is good for the gander.

The results of the so-called race hustlers have been exceptional. Can you see anyone they’ve pointed the finger at not leaving or having their careers horribly scarred?

Reid has tried this himself, and three fingers are obviously now pointing back.

There’s a word that describes how I feel — oh yes, schadenfreude. As scripture doesn’t say: “Rejoice when your enemy falleth, and let thine heart be glad when he stumbleth”

unclesmrgol on January 10, 2010 at 4:30 PM

By pointing the finger at Reid the left then has an easy way out. If the right says nothing cover becomes scarce. We could then all sit back and watch the comedy. But no, it’s now just a partisan pissing match, which works in Reid’s and the Democrats’ favor.

It’s garbage like this that causes impressionable minds to conclude there’s no real difference between the two major parties. If that’s the goal, this is the right approach.

but, if something MUST be said, the smart play would have been for Steele to say: “Harry Reid, as an American citizen with full and undeniable First Amendment rights, should be able to say anything he wants, no matter how racist people feel it may be. In fact, on sheer principle we should protect this kind of speech more than regular, non-hateful speech. The Republican Party supports an individual’s right to say whatever he or she wants. We are sympathetic to the racist history of the slave-owning Democratic Party and its ongoing effort to emancipate itself from its racist past. Reid’s comment is just a symptom of this larger trend of racial reconciliation that the GOP supports. We hope that one day, speech like this can be fully eradicated from American politics. God Bless Harry Reid and God Bless America.”

You wanna talk about throwing them a curveball. I’d be standing up and applauding at home if I heard that.

THAT would be shoving it back in their faces.

Metro on January 10, 2010 at 4:56 PM

So explain to me again, now, why is George Allen toast but Harry Reid is not?

DubiousD on January 10, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Because George Allen is a Republican and Harry Reid is a Democrat.

Simple as that.

tatersalad on January 10, 2010 at 4:59 PM

This has got the Dems all wee wee’d up!

JaqobJackson on January 10, 2010 at 5:15 PM

Andrea Mitchell just reported this on NBC Evening news. Looked like she smelled $hit the whole time.

OmahaConservative on January 10, 2010 at 6:42 PM

Reid should resign, as should have Biden for his constant stream of remarks against the Indian community.

Idiots.

madmonkphotog on January 10, 2010 at 7:48 PM

I think Steele is right to point out the fact that the Senate Majority Leader thinks of black people as Negroes, is not a personal matter between him and the particular person he was addressing. And also right to point out that people offended by that have some clout in the GOP.

Chris_Balsz on January 10, 2010 at 7:50 PM

Democratic dishonesty on race apparent.

Is there anybody on HotAir that is surprised at Reid, Clinton, Biden etc.?

Blacksmith8 on January 10, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Is there not one single Democrat that will stand up and call for Harry Reid to step down?

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

Um, no.

Mr. Arrogant on January 10, 2010 at 9:02 PM

What Michael is trying to do is turn attention away from the fact that he should be evicted from his position as well.

Reid is a racist and Michael said the majority of his base are racists. Both need to get reacquainted with being “under-employed.”

JABB on January 11, 2010 at 1:29 AM

Steele speaks true.

Exactly.

Sherman1864 on January 11, 2010 at 5:38 AM

The stain is on the dems/illiberals, not Steele.

Stainless.

Sherman1864 on January 11, 2010 at 5:39 AM

The double-standard of the democrats is shocking. They try to label Rush as a racist for remarks he never said; yet they all can’t wait to defend Harry Reid for remarks he actually made.

Is there not one single Democrat that will stand up and call for Harry Reid to step down?

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

No and the reason being is because they use it as a crutch everywhere. Remember the Howard Dean incident year ago about the servents at the hotel. The DemonRats will never admit to accepting the sheer facts of so many in their own party being racist. In doing so they turn this outwardly toward all who disagree with them every chance they get.
Furthermore, when you’ve lost the argument of liberalism vs free market, you need to insult your opponents as racists.

larvcom on January 11, 2010 at 8:57 AM

Steele’s performance on Fox News Sunday was disgusting. The only saving grace was that his hypocrisy in trying to dodge Chris’s questions was overshadowed by the slightly more obvious hypocrisy of Kaine trying to defend Reid.

“I won this and this and this election, I’ve done this and this and this to help the party…”

Jeez!

Vatican Watcher on January 11, 2010 at 10:48 AM

Well if Steele is Chairman and he’s only good because there is a question about Race (Reids’ comments) then is Steele valuable to the GOP for what purpose?……

…..I think we know the answer to that one.

PappyD61 on January 11, 2010 at 1:13 PM

Reid under the bus is all RAHM…..

….If they can get rid of another guaranteed November loss and get a Fresh/clean/articulate Lib all the better for the Dems.

How many more “revelations” will come out on Dems before November (hint: look at the state polls and see who is beyond hope).

PappyD61 on January 11, 2010 at 1:16 PM

In May 2007, the rev-rend al Sharpton said, (among other slurs about Mitt Romney & Mormons) “What is bigoted about asking . . . about a denomination based on racism?” Well, rev-rend al Sharpton, Harry Reid is a Mormon also, and according to your viewpoint – Harry Reid & all Mormons are Raaaaacists!
Dem hypocrisy – there’s nothing new under the sun!

bmac727 on January 11, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Um….Obama was called “clean and ARTICULATE” by the VERY MAN that “handles” him from the office down the street—-none other than Dem operative, Plugs Biden.

NO self respecting Black American that I know would DARE be “handled” like a trophy, simply so that when the whole “Pet of the Left” gig was up he could be set with MULTI MILLIONS in speaker fees.

My black buddies hate his guts for being the Left’s “House boy”—THEIR words.

Obama and his screeching harpie wife are whores. He lost his right to complain about what his handlers call him LOoooong ago.

****standing by for the RINOs who run these threads lately to have at****

seejanemom on January 11, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Harry Reid will be mean, vicious and brutal in his re-election campaign says Bob Beckel, Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. Hmmmmm…

Philly on January 11, 2010 at 9:58 PM

Whoa! Sean Hannity shocker! He was offered services from all the Bunny Ranch brothel “ladies” and says he declined because of his values. Beckel backed up his moral claim. That was awkward and Hannity couldn’t believe he disclosed that tidbit on national TV. I don’t either. Wow.

Philly on January 11, 2010 at 10:00 PM

I haven’t read all the comments but has anyone pointed out the following.

First, somehow this racism isn’t as bad as some others have done in the past. Huh, racism is racism.

Second, if someone was truly a racist they wouldn’t vote for a person of color no matter how light their skin was or how well they spoke. This was as much an insult to non blacks that voted for Obama as it was to blacks.

Can we please kill political correctness now?

New Patriot on January 12, 2010 at 9:44 AM

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