Submitted By Todd on January 10th at 10:17am
heavyweight he is.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued an apology today over private remarks reported in a new book in which he described Barack Obama during the presidential election as a black candidate who would benefit from his "light-skinned" appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." His comments were referenced in the upcoming book about the 2008 presidential election out Tuesday titled, “Game Change” by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.The Dems - always dancing on the race nerve of America.
Reid has a long history of making verbal gaffes that he's had to dial back or explain away. "There's dozens over the years," Nevada GOP Senate candidate Sue Lowden said of Reid's eyebrow-raising remarks of the past. Lowden cited better known remarks by Reid, such as:Doug Wilder is a liberal Democrat and also a black man. Apparently, he doesn't get the talking point memos, as virtually everyone who would be pouncing were Reid a Republican chooses to embrace the Majority Leader's unique idea of diversity.
Among some of his finer moments, Reid also declared to the Reno Gazette-Journal in September that Sen. Ted Kennedy's death "is going to help" Democrats pass health care. Last summer, he told a Fox News reporter to "turn up your hearing aid" at a press conference. "He called our former president a loser in a high school classroom here in Nevada," Lowden said, referring to a civics class discussion a few months after George W. Bush's second inauguration.
- His summertime comparison of a lack of health insurance coverage to slavery;
- His April 2007 conclusion that the war in Iraq was lost;
- His description of tea partiers as "evil-mongers"; and
- His pleasure that the Capitol Visitors Center meant he wouldn't have to "smell the tourists" filling up the Capitol in the summertime.
The nation’s first elected African-American governor said on Sunday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) should apologize to the entire country for his comments about President Barack Obama’s skin color. “The Reid apology should be to the totality of the American people,” said Doug Wilder, former Virginia governor, on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “The unfortunate thing is that one snippet … illustrates the need for more open discussion about race.”Didn't race in American get put behind us as an issue with the election of Obama, just as concerns over how we are viewed by the rest of the world were cured?