Monday, January 11, 2010

Which Side Is Racist Again?

I'm just wondering, 'cause I thought it was supposed to be us right-wing Bible-thumpin' bitter-clingers who were the racists, but that can't be correct according to these stories:

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama's race during the 2008 presidential bid and are quoted in a yet-to-be-released book about the campaign.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described 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.

Oh, and there's this, too:

Ben Smith reported on Bubba's racist remarks from the campaign trail.

I've finally gotten my hands on a copy of Game Change, in which John Heliemann and Mark Halperin report:

[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill [Clinton's] handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

Hot Air recaps Barack Obama's response:

Barack Obama really let Harry Reid have it for suggesting that Obama fakes "a Negro dialect" when it suits him politically:

"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," said Obama.

"The Democratic Party itself has to drive out Harry Reid. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party."

Oh, wait, I'm sorry — that's not what Obama said about Harry Reid. He said this in 2002 while in the Illinois state Senate, about Trent Lott when the then-Majority Leader toasted Strom Thurmond on his 100th birthday by saying that the country would have been better off if Thurmond had won his 1948 presidential bid


But surely the Congressional Black Caucus would take Reid to task, right?  Uh, not exactly:

I have had an opportunity to speak with Senator Reid and he apologized for his unfortunate remarks concerning the President and he understands the gravity of such remarks. There are too many issues like the economy, job creation and energy for these regrettable comments to distract us from the work that must be done on behalf of the American people.

[fingers stuck deeply into ears, incessantly chanting 'la-la-la-la-la...']

All this is happening on the Democrat side of the house, but we all know that Democrats can't possibly be racist.  Right...?

There's my two cents.

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