-Really, RNC? Of all the reasons to get rid of Harry Reid, you’re going with this?
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday”, Steele condemned Reid for calling then-presidential candidate Barack Obama “light-skinned” and “with no Negro dialect” in private conversations during the campaign. The remarks, Steele stressed, were just as contemptuous as those made by former Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), who once praised Strom Thurmond’s segregationist presidential candidacy. And, as such, Reid (like Lott) should be forced to resign from his leadership post.
The follow-up question to Steele’s statement was obvious from the onset. The RNC Chairman, this past week, had been chastised by members of both parties for using the phrase “Honest Injun” to tout the Republican party’s platform. Combined with other gaffes, was this too grounds for resignation?
“No, absolutely not,” he said. “Why should I Chris [Wallace]? I’m pushing the ball. I’m raising the money. I’m winning elections. I have got the base fired up.”
“If [the comment] is [offensive] I apologize for it,” he added. “I wasn’t intending to say a racial slur at all. The reality is that’s not the same as what we were talking about before.”
Yes, this is clearly a a case of the pot calling the kettle…moving on.
Look, long time readers of this blog know that I have no love in my heart for Harry Reid. I would love nothing better than to see his sorry ass gone as Majority Leader. (Paging Chuck Schumer.) But this is weak tea.
The thing you have to remember about Harry Reid is that he’s old. He was born in 1939. When he was coming up, Negro was the polite term.
And seriously, compared to not reigning in the Democratic Caucus and sitting on Lieberman’s head during the Health Care debate? Potatoes so small, you’d need an electron microscope to see them.
And really, you guys think that “Negro Diction” is as bad as this…
Political controversy ensued following remarks Lott made on December 5, 2002 at the 100th birthday party of Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina. Thurmond ran for President of the United States in 1948 on the Dixiecrat (or States’ Rights) ticket. Lott said: “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.”
Thurmond had based his presidential campaign largely on an explicit racial segregationVoting Rights Act, voted against the continuation of the Civil Rights Act and opposed making Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
It’s not even comparing apples and oranges. It’s comparing apples and batteries.
-And as I said, I have no love for Harry Reid and would like to see him lose his seat. Having said that, his opponent seems unwilling to help.
EDIT: 8-5-10. DailyKosTV Embed didn’t survive the import to WordPress. Here’s the link to Sue Lowden blasting Harry Reid for calling President Bush a “Loser”.
Really, calling Bush a loser is disturbing? Gee, I guess me calling Bush the worst President in the last hundred years who almost turned the country into a economic hellscape must rank with Linda Blair deflowering herself with a crucifix in “The Exorcist”.
Come on, Nevada Dems. There must be someone you can primary against Reid this time around?
-Reason No. 28 I love Twitter.
@emmyrossum: College boys running shirtless on Wilshire in Westwood. Woah.
A minute later…
@drewathitfix: This just in: @emmyrossum drives off the road in Westwood, tells cops “It was worth it.”
Yes, I am easily amused. Moving on…
-Speaking of the McWeeny, from his Motion/Captured Blog today…
In a move that surprises absolutely no one who has been paying attention to recent developments, Sony has decided to simply reboot the “Spider-Man” franchise rather than continue to wrangle with Sam Raimi over creative choices on a “Spider-Man 4.”
On the plus side, now maybe Raimi can work on that sequel to “Drag Me to Hell” where Justin Long teams up with Bruce Campbell to get Allison Lohman out of Hell.