The Fairness of It All

Senate Majority leader Harry Reid is once again in hot water [article link]. In a soon to be released book, Reid stated in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." Obama is the nation's first African-American president. Of course, President Obama immediately accepted Sen. Reids apology. Reid said it "was a poor choice of words." Republicans, however, are pointing at the double standard when former Senator Lott of MS was forced to resign a week after he stated that perhaps it would have been a good thing if staunch segregationist Sen. Thurmond had won election back in 1948.

Now, read the words of then Senator Obama during this time frame when Sen. Lott made that statement; "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."

My question; why was it fair to call out Senator Lott back in 2002 for making a statement that is a "poor choice of words" as compared to DEMOCRATIC Sen. Harry Reid making an obvious racist remark about now President Obama in 2010? This is a clear double standard. If a Republican senator had made such a remark about President Obama, would the president be as forgiving as he is with Reid? I think not. Obama needs Reid for his healthcare boondoggle. If Reid steps down, Obamacare is finished and he knows it. But, more than that, Sen. Harry Reid is a Democrat. You are reading nothing in the New York Times demanding Reid's resignation. In fact, the MSM has made no such demand. And they won't. But, remember this the next time a Republican makes a statement that is a "poor choice of words" and watch the outcry from the predictable outlets in the media.


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