The book Game Change focuses mainly on the Clintons and the 2008 presidential election. But Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) is in the crosshairs of the book as well. The book’s authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann describe a moment during the 2008 election where Reid referred to then candidate Obama as a light-skinned African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted one.”
Today, speaking from Apex, Nevada, Reid said the following:
“I've apologized to the president and said to everyone within the sound of my voice that I could have used a better choice of words. I'll continue to do my work for the African-American community ... I'm not going to dwell on this anymore. As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.”
But as far as the American people are concerned, the book is not closed. This isn’t something that is just going to go away and the Senator needs to realize this. In fact, it is going to hound him for much of the rest of this year, threatening to undermine his efforts to pass the senate’s health care bill through to the president’s desk. It might also affect his re-election bid later this year.
The standard is a simple one: make a racially offensive comment, lose your job. It happened to Trent Lott in 2002 and it happened to Don Imus in 2006. The only difference between Lott and Imus is that Imus is a private citizen and not a public servant but the repercussions for the comments made by both men were equal: they both lost their jobs. Therefore, the repercussions for Reid’s comment should be of the same severity.
Appearing on Fox News’ Geraldo at Large on Sunday, Al Sharpton had the unmitigated gall to dismiss Reid’s comments saying that there was no way anyone could compare Reid’s comments to Lott’s. Citing Lott’s comment made at the 100th birthday celebration of Senator Strom Thurmond in which Lott said, “If you [Thurmond] had been elected president, we wouldn’t be in this situation.” Sharpton derided Lott’s comments as commensurate with advocating segregation and he did everything he could to ensure that Don Imus was forced off the air from his radio show but he had no problem with Reid’s comments which in reality were far more offensive toward blacks than what Lott said. Interestingly enough, even after Imus met with the Rutgers women’s basketball team and apologized for his comments, Sharpton was relentless in his effort to have Imus removed. The basketball team forgave Imus. Obama forgave Reid. Oh, the sweet hypocrisy.
The simple truth is that Sharpton, the black caucus, and Eric Holder have all come out in support of Reid citing his alleged work on civil rights as their main reason why they don’t believe Reid should leave the senate.
But precedent demands otherwise.
If we as a nation are going to show intolerance for such infractions as steroid use among baseball players and feel the need to strip record holders of their titles for such infractions, then the same standard needs to be applied to public figures who issue racially insensitive statements. The liberal left has set the standard under the heading of Political Correctness”. They stood up and demanded that people have the right to be free of racial insensitivity and began seeking ways to undermine and remove from the public those who cross the PC line. Yet now when it is one of their own who is being measured by the standard set by the left, the left rushes in like water filling a sinking ship to say, “Oh no, that’s not what we meant.”
The truth is that what they meant was that Political Correctness applies only to those who support the right. Political Correctness applies only to those with whom the left disagrees. It is in this way that the left seeks to rid America of the political right and to secure for themselves an uncontested socialist regime within the United States where everyone has the right to everyone else’s stuff by virtue of theft and redistribution versus hard work and sweat equity.
There should be no tolerance of double-standard of any kind. If the left believes that Trent Lott’s comments were out of line and warranted drumming him out of the senate, then Harry Reid’s comments were also out of line and they warrant drumming him out of the senate.
So far, the only reason Reid is getting a pass is because Al Sharpton and the black caucus see Harry Reid as the means to getting socialized health care implemented in America and to them, getting rid of Harry Reid would be like killing the Golden Goose. They saw to what levels Harry Reid would stoop to secure Democrat votes that were not certain – shady deals and bribery among them.
Harry Reid has a history of shooting off his mouth and saying stupid things – like the time he declared the war in Iraq “lost” and the time he called George W. Bush a “loser”. But those were okay because they were directed at one of the most vilified presidents in history. In fact, it seems that when Reid did call Bush a “loser”, he immediately ran to the White House seeking forgiveness from Bush and yet there were no calls from the majority Republicans for Reid to leave the senate.
It should also be pointed out that it was Republicans – including President Bush – who finally pressured Trent Lott into resigning – so much for the idea that Republicans are racially insensitive. But don’t forget, the left was on the Oust Lott band wagon – even driving it most of the way so don’t break your arms patting yourselves on the back you leftist liberals.
Reid’s apology to Obama isn’t enough. For someone who claims to have stood on the side of civil rights, Harry Reid’s comment tells a much different story. They tell a story of someone who believes that because he is a liberal he can say things like this and get away with it. He should not be allowed to get away with it. If America is to be a nation where all people are judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character, then Harry Reid needs to resign not only as senate majority leader but resign from the senate as well. Harry Reid has spat in the face of all who have ever stood on the front lines of the civil rights movement all while saying he was in favor of civil rights. He has tarnished his name and is no longer entitled to associate himself with that effort.
Harry Reid must resign.