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Should Reid Resign?

For those of you living in a politics-free cave, a liberal Democrat is finally feeling some heat over some pretty racially stupid things he said.

During the last presidential campaign, Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) in private described then Senator Barack Obama as “light-skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” When word of the comments had made the usual rounds, Reid then issued an apology, saying  “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.”

Considering the leftist vilification of former Senator Trent Lott for his comments at the 100th birthday party of former segregationist Strom Thurmond, you’d think they would come out en force against the statements by Reid, right? Well, not exactly. Some have had no comment, some have dismissed Reid’s statements, and others like Bob Beckel have defended him…

Let me just make this point: what Trent Lott said was a racist statement. When you said in the opening, Martha, that this was a comparable racial statement, it is not comparable at all! What Lott said was that he thought we should support Strom Thurmond when he was a segregationist running for President. Harry Reid used the word in a positive sense. It was a bad choice of words, but I mean the two of those make no connection between themselves.

Here are Lott’s comments, from December 5th, 2002…

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 the years, either.

Then Senator Lott received considerable criticism for his remarks and was effectively forced to resign his post as Senate Republican leader.

First, Lott does not have a history of being a racist unlike some other members of Congress, most notably West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, who was once a high ranking member of the Ku Klux Klan. Second, considering Lott’s lack of bigotry in his past, it seems hard to me to construe what he said as supporting the segregationist policies of then presidential candidate Strom Thurmond.

Were Lott’s comments stupid? Yes, I think that argument could be made. I don’t think I’d be running around saying that I was proud to have voted for a known segregationist. Anyway, if we are to hold to the same standard the Democrats wanted applied to Lott back in 2002, it follows that Reid SHOULD resign. That being said, I don’t think Lott should have had to resign over his comment and neither should Reid over his. The best thing for the country would be to quit playing politics and quit using the racism card at any and every opportunity. It’s lost all its meaning.


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