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Reid It And Weep

Harry Reid stepped in it when he belched up the following observation about then candidate Obama:

"He was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama -- a 'light-skinned' African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,' as he said privately."

"..unless he wanted to have one"?

What does that mean?

Does he believe Obama would slap on a heavy "Negro dialect" if he thought it was politically expedient? Reid may as well have said Michelle should put on a head rag and act like Aunt Mamie from "Holiday Inn" to get the black maid voting block.

This is what Reid says about a man he supports? I wonder what he says about those he dislikes.

4 billion miles of sewer pipe in the world, and this twit bubbles up in our country.

The hypocrisy of this is jaw-dropping. Though it goes without saying, if a Republican had said this about Obama during the election, or any other time, he/she would have been political mulch the minute it was spoken.

How could it have taken this long for a statement of such stupidity from a white senator to surface regarding his feelings about the first black president?

Especially when one considers how fairly media outlets treat the two parties.

Of course, all of us with at least 2 neurons left in our heads realizes democrats get a free pass for racially insensitive remarks.

Joe Biden, the lost Stooge, seemed to blubber up a biggie in January 2007 with the following comment about Barack Obama:

I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy ... I mean, that's a storybook, man.

Or:

"You cannot go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.... I'm not joking."

Oh, come on.. That's just Joe being Joe.

The disparity between the way the press treats Republicans who are dumb enough to utter silly racial statements like these and Democrats is incontrovertible. Only a Kos nut or a DUmmie would glaze over it.

And, apparently, Barack Obama.


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Hillary Clinton affects a s... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Hillary Clinton affects a southern accent when south of the Mason-Dixon... if Obama put on a"black" accent, at he's got more claim to it than she did.

Harry just wants an excuse ... (Below threshold)
914:

Harry just wants an excuse to bow ( sorry Barry ) out. He know's His bigotted byrd ass is history, so He chooses to take the cowards way out just like Dodd, Dornan etc.

He figure's his taxpayer supported land grabs will see him thru as he retires to his basement crypt..

Does he believe Obama wo... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Does he believe Obama would slap on a heavy "Negro dialect" if he thought it was politically expedient?

That is exactly what he means. If Al Gore can do it, Obama can do it better. Gore's guttural black preacher transformation was one of the most racist, condescending things I have ever seen. It is amazing what a liberal can get by with.

personally i could give a r... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

personally i could give a rats ass about the statement and the contents of it. What pisses me off royally is the double standard. it keeps rearing it's ugly head. This needs to keep being beat home until people understand that Republicans take a beating for the things that Democrats get away with.

"Does he believe Obama w... (Below threshold)
914:

"Does he believe Obama would slap on a heavy "Negro dialect" if he thought it was politically expedient?"

Barry would attend the church of a racist for 20 years if He thought it would help Him attain political nirvana.

Via Drudge..."CBS ... (Below threshold)
davidt:

Via Drudge...

"CBS '60 MINUTES IGNORES HARRY REID 'NEGRO' REVELATION DURING INTERVIEW WITH 'GAME CHANGE' BOOK AUTHORS... DEVELOPING..."

Anybody remember Kleagle an... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Anybody remember Kleagle and Exalted Cyklops Robert Byrd?

"I shall never fight in the armed forces with a Negro by my side... Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds."

-- Robert C. Byrd, in a letter to Sen. Theodore Bilbo (D-MS), 1944

It's only racism when Republicans do it. He's been a member of Congress since 1950 and has been Dean of the Senate since 2003.

Maybe Hugo Chavez is right. There IS a smell of sulfur in the air.

Michael Steele has called f... (Below threshold)
Kathy:

Michael Steele has called for Reid to step down. Interesting...

Like that's going to happen... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Like that's going to happen.

Reid will get his retirement notice this coming November along with several others that didn't have to common sense to read the writing on the political wall.

It is unfortunate that the ... (Below threshold)
Sam:

It is unfortunate that the double standards exist; had a Republican made this comment, Democrats would be fuming with unrelenting rage, demanding resignation.

This is what I truly believe. People of the Left are deep-seated racists. They like putting segments of the populace into stereotypical groups (i.e. believing that minorities think and want the same things from the government). It is very condescending. But what is astonishing is that most minorities (based on voting patterns) eat this garbage up. Then, once the Democratic leaders have their support, they project their racist inclinations onto conservatives.

If I was a Republican running, I would go into minority neighborhoods. I would give them a lesson in Democratic Party history. I would show them why Dems have nothing but contempt for minorities. They don't see individuals, but sheep who are easy to exploit and gain votes. And the simple question to ask these people is, what have the Dems done in the past four decades that has made your community better? What specific results can you show?

Leftists love saying and doing things for minorities, not because its some kind of noble virtue, but because psychologically it makes them feel better about themselves. Their whole political narrative is based on emotional decisions anyway.

Cleanup on Aisle 8 - A case... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Cleanup on Aisle 8 - A case of Spam exploded...

Woah.That was the ... (Below threshold)
Shawn:

Woah.

That was the funkiest can of spam I've come across so far.

The long and short of this ... (Below threshold)
914:

The long and short of this is that Harry Reid (D) NV. Is a true KKK accolyte and body double for pee wee's herman.

Americas first black presid... (Below threshold)
Flu-Bird:

Americas first black president is americas worse president in its entire history ecept for boosting gun sales and bring out the tea parties and allowing the conservative phoenix to rise

ha ha... (Below threshold)
914:

ha ha

I don't support Harry Reid ... (Below threshold)
jp2:

I don't support Harry Reid in any election, but I really don't find this "racist". Besides using an older and somewhat offensive word to identify African-Americans, he wasn't demeaning them in any way. He was saying that America is a racist country (it is - just read right-wing blogs) and that someone like Obama, with a mixed race background, is more electable. Not rocket science.

I know you busters want to make things seem even on which side has the racists, but you really do have to be able to process these kinds of things before jumping all in.

He said Obama needed to imp... (Below threshold)
914:

He said Obama needed to improve his negroe dialect to smite Mr. White and rise above his prediliction you frickin idiot jp2!!


It is not even steven on the KKK side bitch.. You own 'em.

So jp2, is this more or les... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

So jp2, is this more or less racist than giving polite praise to a former and appolgised segregationst on his birthday, decades after his presidential run and without any mention of race?

I'll answer that, Mr Wuzzy.... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

I'll answer that, Mr Wuzzy. Less.

On the one hand, we have Reid using un-PC language to praise Obama. On the other hand, we have Lott wishing that the Dixiecrats had won in 1948. Does anyone doubt that history would have been drastically different (worse) had that happened? Do you?

Reid's words (and Biden's, for that matter) were more along the lines of a clueless grampa saying something embarrassingly inappropriate. Lott's, on the other hand, were whispering a wish for an alternate history, one in which Jim Crow had been preserved.

Bruce, aside from the fact ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Bruce, aside from the fact that I never knew you had the psychic ability to read someone's mind and know what they were really wishing for, to answer your questions (you DID ask twice): yes, I doubt it, yes. More interestingly, now that we do have a black President are things better?

I wouldn't say Reid's comment was racist per se, but I would use the newly-coined term "racialist". He seemed to be surprised because Obama acted "white" and if he needed to he could act "black" (what that tells me is that Reid thinks that in order to be understood by other black people one might have to resort to ebonics). Not only that, but Reid's notion that America was too raaaacist to vote for a little darker skinned Obama says a lot too.

Interesting though how you employ creative softening words for one:"clueless grandpa". Oh come on, he's a harmless old man! And condemn another by leaving to the imagination how awful the country would be: "history", "drastically different", "(worse)" and asking twice! if anyone dare to doubt this.
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Shawn,

I love this: "4 billion miles of sewer pipe in the world, and this twit bubbles up in our country."

I'm using it and you can't stop me!

Oyster, well said. You also... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Oyster, well said. You also put ole Brucie in his place, which really isn't saying much. Yeah! Ann Coulter asked Sharpton if he was one of those negro talkers. Priceless. ww

Anybody remember Hillary Cl... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

Anybody remember Hillary Clinton making that jive campaign stump speech at a black church a few years ago?

Anybody remember Bill Clinton bragging that he was "America's first black president" a few years ago?

And Bruce, I do remember Trent Lott speech. Only a Kool-Aid drinker would conflate Lott's after dinner quip with racism. Before you trot out trash like "we have Lott wishing that the Dixiecrats had won in 1948", I suggest you go back and root around in the dusty old news stories and learn something. It didn't happen that way. He didn't "wish" anything of the sort, at least until the media and race baiters got hold of it and told us what Lott was REALLY thinking.

You have the selective hearing of a really bad waitress. You hear what you want to hear when it suits you.

Is 60 minutes still on TV? ... (Below threshold)
moseby:

Is 60 minutes still on TV? I thought they pulled that hunk of crap YEARS AGO!!

Bruce, you prove my point. ... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Bruce, you prove my point.
You can be of the belief that Reid made a tone deaf and bone-headed comment, but it's hard to reconcile that belief if you can condemn Lott's at the same time.

Reid is famous for calling ... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

Reid is famous for calling a spade a spade and he is only pointing out the obvious that Obama speaks many dialects, from Kenyan, to Uppity Negro to Ebonics.

Looks like I struck a nerve... (Below threshold)
Bruce Henry:

Looks like I struck a nerve. Sorry I had to go to work right after.

I admit I'm relying on memory here, but my recollection is that Lott was heard on an open mike, semi-whispering to someone next to him, "and we wouldn't have had all these problems all these years either." This was separately from him stating that Mississippi voted for Thurmond in 1948, which was indeed true. Of course, that might not have been the case had black people been allowed to vote in Mississippi in 1948!

Of course, whether my recollection is accurate, or whether Lott came right out and said those words in his birthday congratulations, Lott's message was clear: according to him, the US would have been better off with the Dixiecrats in power than with Harry Truman. If you, Oyster, think that is true, I must say I disagree wholeheartedly.

And Mr Bobdog, please. People tell us what others are "really thinking" all the time on Wizbang. Has Obama ever said he wants to ram a socialist agenda down our throats? Yet I see that written in every comment thread, and half the authors' posts, on this site. And ALL of Mr Mallow's pieces!

Now, if you guys think saying that Obama has "light skin" and "doesn't speak in Negro dialect" is equivalent to saying that the country would have been better off with Dixiecrat Thurmond in power, that's up to you. A guy was asked which was more racist, and since he didn't answer, I did, expressing my opinion. Glad the discussion was thereby stimulated.

But don't even start with the Reid/Imus comparison. That's REALLY bogus.




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