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Fallout From Harry Reid's Comments Continues As John McCain Chimes In

January 18, 2010 by  

Fallout from Harry Reid's comments continues as John McCain chimes in Scores of Republicans have called on Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s resignation for his racially insensitive comments, and blasted the Democrats when they came out in support of Reid. The latest prominent member to do so was none other than John McCain (R-Ariz.).

The 2008 Republican presidential candidate has said he was "stunned" at how differently the Democrats treated their leader caught in a similar controversy, while in 2002 they called for the resignation of the then majority leader Trent Lott who had publically praised a pro-segregation politician.

McCain told NBC’s Today show that he sees "a stunning double standard as far as the treatment of Senator Lott, who also made unfortunate and inopportune remarks, and the treatment of Harry Reid by the liberal left."

When asked by journalists about his view, Reid’s counterpart in the Senate, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), refused to comment, however.

The latest controversy began after a new book revealed that during the 2008 presidential campaign Reid described candidate Barack Obama as a "light-skinned" African-American "with no Negro dialect unless he wanted one."

Harry Reid has since expressed regret in a phone call to Obama and the president accepted the apology.

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  • Runninbear

    Reid is a racist and the remarks he spoke was the proof?and When it serves Obama/Soetoro then he will stay and when Reid comes up for relection we will see him go the way of the “DOO-doo BIRD?and Obama/Soetoro will drop him like he did jeremiah Wright and his own grandmother when they are no longer able to aid and abet his agenda.

  • http://Don'thaveone Sally

    So what is new??? We have always had a double standard.

  • Carl Williams

    Race is the least significant issue. I would rather slam a commie/nazi than a black man. OBAMA is a commie/nazi.

    • JeffH

      I agree. The liberals are quick to play the race card at any time. Double standard? Yes. The GOP is just shoving back.
      Dirty Harry is finished in politics in Nevada, and that suites me just fine

  • Marshabar

    I just got banned from a forum for saying it time for Barack Obama to get some of his thin light skin in the game by visiting the people of Haiti.

    I thought it was perfectly alright to refer to the color of people’s skin now?

    It is true I am not a Democrat. Is that the problem?

    I’m just trying to understand where we stand on this issue in this nation now?

    I myself am a light brown person but I usually spend much time and money darkening my skin by playing in the tropical sunshine. I rarely use any sort of dialect when speaking to various people.

    Am I supposed to? Just trying to figure out how we’re supposed to behave these days. Don’t want to be out of step with Washington.

    • JeffH

      I’d be willing to wager that you got kicked from MSNBC Newsvine. They hate conservatives on that site and also have a double standard.

  • jim

    When Joe Biden said Obama is a clean and articulate blackman, Joe got a vice presidency. Maybe Harry knows his chances of re-election are slim, so if he say something stupid and racist, he may get a cabinet post or an embasy assignment when he leaves the senate.

  • George

    I don’t care what Harry Reid said. If Obama and the African-American community can accept Reid’s apology, I sure can. Personally, I think the comment probably should not have been made, but I also think we take these kinds of comments way too seriously. We’ve let our PC culture take us way too far in the wrong direction in this country. It would be nice if we could become less sensitive over these comments, I think.

    I acknowledge that there is a double standard applied by liberals and the main stream media on matters like this. I don’t like it, don’t think it’s fair, but that’s just the way it is. Time and again, I see conservatives and Republicans punishing their representatives when they get out of line, while I see liberals and Democrats rewarding theirs. It shouldn’t be this way, but it is. Having said that, I think we’d be better off if we just get off this, and get back to the issues that matter to the American people. I can think of a lot of reasons to remove Harry Reid from his position as Senate Leader, but this just isn’t the right reason.

  • bargal

    Light skin/ dark skin doesn’t make a damn bit of difference. It’s those with the THIN SKIN that make this racial thing linger.

    • JeffH


  • Robert

    Reids’ time will come this November. Then he’ll be appointed to a high paying Obama czar role and get yet another government pension. Oh, the humanity of it all!

  • Jay Lindberg

    “light-skinned” African-American “with no Negro dialect unless he wanted one.”

    Sounds pretty damn accurate to me.

  • Dickie

    I don’t have to tell you, But reid has given so many lecture’s & speaches,He knows exactly what to say & how to say it. There is no such of a thing as just a slip of the tongue,With this weasell,He and pelosi is so arrogant,And brazen,They can call the American people stupid rednecks,Anti- Americans,And even come right out and say,If you did not take your bribe like Nelson did,It is your own fault,Knowing reid,pelosi,franks,muthar,Have broken the constitution,And that is why dodd,& the other demon’s,Have decited,Not to run,When the American People realize what they have done,They won’t end up in prison.Even call talk about Black people,In his little way as not to sound Raciest,Even though he is.Even do dirty deals,Out in the open,And don’t give a DAMN what,What people think.In his eyes he is untouchable And even his own state,With no jobs,Higher taxes,And even stole $5 Billon dollars,From their Seniors Medicare,He & pelosi don’t care,They have already said the people are stupid they don’t know what is good for them.

  • Norman F. Cates

    I was in the Officers Club in Camp Zama,Japan with another officer who was black. We got into a discussion about what his race should be called. He wanted to be called Black, but I argued that he wasn’t black, he was Brown. He said, “Do you call your self white?” When I said “Yes” he said, “You aren’t white, you are kind of Cream colored.” So I said, “OK black man, let’s eat.”
    Several years before that,(maybe twenty five or thirty) four of us young (Oh, how things have changed.) sailors went into a steak house in down town Boston, only to be stopped by the Maitre De who said he couldn’t seat us because one of us was a negro. The other three of us argued louder and louder, so that people stared at us. We finally told him that,if he didn’t seat us we would all run through the restaurant yelling that they hated sailors. He finally gave us a table in the back where we shocked the black waiter and had a good meal. When we went to pay we were told that our bill had been paid.
    I have never cared, since I was a small boy raised on a Mill hill in South Carolina, what someone looked like. If they were decent human beings, it was OK with me. And to this day the only color I question is liberal.

  • Jim H.



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