Saturday, January 9, 2010

More Trouble for Harry

In light of my last post, this is what you would have to call Harry Reid's "no good very bad day."  Chris Cillizza reports revelations from the Mark Halperin and John Heileman's book "Game Change" show Harry Reid making  some rather stupid racially-charged remarks about Barack Obama in private conversation.  From The Atlantic:

encouragement of Obama was unequivocal. He was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama -- a "light-skinned" African American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one," as he said privately.  Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama's race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination.
Reid has apologized according to Cillizza's report:
 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect" in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign.

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

 Of course if you're a Democrat an apology is all that is necessary when you make stupid racial comments.  Democrats just don't have those game changing "Makaka" moments that destroy the political careers of Republicans.  Democrats get a pass because they are all for giving the African American community more welfare instead of jobs.  I guess that is offset by the top notch educational system the Democrats and their union bosses have developed for the inner city schools frequently attended by African American youth.
The lesson to be learned here is if you are going to say really stupid things about African Americans either don't get caught or have a big D after your name.

Cillizza concludes:
It's unclear whether the near-certain controversy his remarks about Obama will cause might force Reid to reassess his re-election plans.
 There would be no "near-certain" if Reid were a Republican, controversy would be certain-certain as would the subsequent reassessment of re-election plans.  If this is in the news by mid week perhaps Reid makes plans for his unexpected retirement, I am not holding my breath.

More on this at Memeorandum


  1. what a moron. and if he gets re-elected again this year, people are much dumber than i thought.

  2. Hi
    Thanks for commenting. Reid is definitely a moron and I have real doubts he can pull it off in November.


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