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Harry Reid Lobbies Against "Unelectable" African Americans

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who also served alongside former segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond (R-SC) and who presently caucuses with former Ku Klux Klan member Senator Robert Bird ( D-WV), did, according to ABC News object to the appointment of several African Americans by Governor Rod Blagoevich because they were unelectable.

One Republican, whose name is not Trent Lott, had this to say:

"Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, tees it off by saying: "For the last several weeks, Sen. Reid has led the charge to deny the people of Illinois a voice in choosing their next U.S. Senator in a special election. Now we learn that Sen. Reid also took the extraordinary step to lobby against two sitting U.S. Congressmen and the State Senate Majority Leader in Illinois, and instead told Gov. Blagojevich that he supported an appointment for an individual who recently lost a U.S. House election. The people of Illinois deserve a simple explanation from Senator Reid -- why does he believe these three Illinois officeholders are 'unelectable' to the U.S. Senate?"

Is Harry Reid a racist? According to the standards of his liberal brethren in academia, he must prove he isn't. Until so, we should assume he is. Or maybe he should resign his leadership position until he is proven innocent or after he has shown evidence of sensitivity training.


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Reid is also a Mormon, whic... (Below threshold)

Reid is also a Mormon, which as every good liberal knows, means he is not only a racist but a homophobic bigot as well.

I can't imagine Rev. Shakedown not standing up for his son and demanding action against Harry Reid. Really, I can't. After all, this is the era of Obama, and the Dems are in charge of Congress and the White House. Keeping Reid in charge of the Senate is not exactly essential to the survival of the Democratic party. Anyway, what exactly has he done for them that makes him indispensable?

On the other hand, feminists had no problem completely throwing away their credibility in order to continually defend Bill Clinton, even after it was embarrassingly obvious that he was a sexual predator and habitual abuser of women.

Liberals are not exactly a shining example of consistency when it comes to disciplining their own.

Dingy Harry needs to stay r... (Below threshold)

Dingy Harry needs to stay right where he is. He is helping the conservative cause by he and Pelosi being the face of liberal hypocrisy.

*BREAKING NEWS*Al ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:


Al Franken carves a backward "F" in ex-Senator Coleman's face.

Film at 11:00.

As someone at Ace's site co... (Below threshold)

As someone at Ace's site commented, Reid is treating Buriss as 3/5ths of a senator.

"Is Harry Reid a racist?"</... (Below threshold)
daniel rotter:

"Is Harry Reid a racist?"

No. Next question.

What I find interesting is ... (Below threshold)
Rose Hughes:

What I find interesting is that those criticizing Reid are also lobbying against his preferred candidates - two women, I believe.

If Reid's comments make him a bigot, don't their comments make them sexist?

And I especially loved this part:

....and instead told Gov. Blagojevich that he supported an appointment for an individual who recently lost a U.S. House election

Wasn't there another Illinois politician who lost a House, but was supported for a Senate run not so long ago? He seemed to do alright. Or is that action OK if the candidate is a man?

(Just pointing out the hypocrisy of the comments being made.)

Says the author of the post... (Below threshold)

Says the author of the post:

"Is Harry Reid a racist? According to the standards of his liberal brethren in academia, he must prove he isn't."

Not too gigantic a generalization Hugh?. Geez man you can do better than that.

"Is Harry Reid a racist?" T... (Below threshold)

"Is Harry Reid a racist?" The jury is still out on that one. IMHO, no, just a moron.

What he is doing is ignoring the constitution and its mandate that he has to seat the person appointed to that office by the governor. There was nothing illegal in Blagojevich's appointment but there is in Reid's denial of his being seated.

JFOThe whole point... (Below threshold)


The whole point of my post is to point a finger at the absurd broad generalizations that have become the gist of any Washington discussion concerning race.

I'm sick of reading and hearing from politicians about nothing but race(and gender and class). The Democrats need to throw that political bone in the trash once and for all. Poking fun at Harry Reid is my way of telling him where the trash can is.

Dingy Harry's doing what Di... (Below threshold)
wet willie:

Dingy Harry's doing what Dingy Harry almost always does - playing his narrow-minded, despicable partisan games at the expense of everything else, including the greater needs of the country. Race has nothing to do with it. He's a human spite fence and a partisan hack.

JFO, interesting to see you complaining about overgeneralization. Thanks for my morning snicker.

the problem with this blog ... (Below threshold)

the problem with this blog article is that the premise of presumed-racism-until-proven-innocent is yet another one of neocon-manufactured outrage

of course there are some people out there who may play race cards in support of obama, but they have always been far outside the mainstream. common neocons on the street should actually take note of and examine the fact that these kinds of sentiments are getting amplified from obscurity into some kind of national issue by their own side

the the whole "what goes around, comes around, and bites you in the ass" point being made here is an empty one

the the whole "what goes ar... (Below threshold)

the the whole "what goes around, comes around, and bites you in the ass" point being made here is an empty one.

Not quite as empty as your neocon, neocon neocon, blame neocon point.

arent neocons the ones scre... (Below threshold)

arent neocons the ones screeching about racism? doesnt seem like anyone else is

"arent neocons the ones scr... (Below threshold)

"arent neocons the ones screeching about racism?"

Yes, they are, but they are not conservatives. They are neo conartists.

I know Harry Reid is a defe... (Below threshold)

I know Harry Reid is a defeatist shill, I am not sure about he many other "hats" he wears. Racist could be the flavor of the month for him.

Haven't checked my score bo... (Below threshold)

Haven't checked my score board lately.
I am loving this fight over Obamalala's Senate seat. It could not have been written better by the liberals in Hollywood.

you "know" reid is defeatis... (Below threshold)

you "know" reid is defeatist.... how do you "know" that, i wonder?

Listen, this isn't my blog ... (Below threshold)
Dave Noble:

Listen, this isn't my blog and I don't expend the time and effort to compose posts. So, as Chip Monck said about the brown acid warning at Woodstock, "you can take that with however many grains of salt you want." Given that salting, IMHO, I detect a disturbing trend in "ironic" posts here at Wizbang. Irony and sarcasm have a worthy place on political blogs, but I don't think an entire post should be an exercise in irony or sarcasm.

Unelectable? Reid You corru... (Below threshold)

Unelectable? Reid You corrupt moron, they were selected not elected.

Wow! Another Obamalala cron... (Below threshold)

Wow! Another Obamalala crony bites the dust. I'll miss ol' Bill"the Clintons owe me" Richardson. Yeehaa.

peabody, you haven't been p... (Below threshold)

peabody, you haven't been paying attention.

Forget about taking a whip ... (Below threshold)

Forget about taking a whip to the demacratic jackass TAKE A CLUB INSTEAD

lamedusa - can you show me ... (Below threshold)

lamedusa - can you show me any evidence of mainstream race-baiting from dems? and i dont mean for example rev wright, who got pounded for being such a douche about race

Here is a fine compendium o... (Below threshold)

Here is a fine compendium of mainstream race-baiting dems.

Blagojevich should not make... (Below threshold)

Blagojevich should not make any senate selection because it would be tainted by his own scandal. It should be up to the voters to make a selection free of this dark shadow.

peabody, you were much bett... (Below threshold)

peabody, you were much better off ignoring me. I didn't even say I was sure about Reid's race-baiting, but that he was a defeatist. But if you insist on another example besides what HughS already posted, here ya go: http://www.alternet.org/election08/84150/

It doesn't surprise me you forgot she was running last year.

Paul Hooson, I am shocked I... (Below threshold)

Paul Hooson, I am shocked I tell you. First I agree with you, but alas he will not go away. Secondly, that has to be the shortest comment you ever posted. Way to go. Crisp, clean and concise. ww

Hooson:It should be up t... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Hooson:It should be up to the voters to make a selection free of this dark shadow.


Charges of racism were a one-way street for Dems; 'til recently. hoist/petard

lamedusa - ignoring you is ... (Below threshold)

lamedusa - ignoring you is the best use of everyones time here if you cant maintain a simple debate. how is reid a defeatist? any meaningful example will do. the article you posted is very poorly written and makes no valid points at all. if hillary was hinting at obamas past drug use etc, that isnt playing race cards, and even if it could have been construed that way it still misses the point: race has never been made into a core issue by those in support of obama. hillary was running against obama at the time

you shoot, you miss again lamedusa

peabody, your bowling buddi... (Below threshold)

peabody, your bowling buddies max and jmc aka "cheating man with a good life" are waiting for you. Time for you to do your own research. Ignorance is your pass-time, not everyone else's here, as if you are really an authority to suggest that. Or, you can hang out with this guy: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=174457365 The hand sign in the illustration on the right side of the page is more your crap of tea.

Well, those liberal academi... (Below threshold)

Well, those liberal academics could also sink their teeth into the fact that Harry Reid tried to cut legal U.S. immigration levels to 300,000 annually (less than half what they were) in 1994. (BTW: I support this initiative, and as I've said before, liberal causes and what they claim to believe in would benefit from this type of change - especially with regard to working people, African-Americans, and the environment... the latter of which was one of the factors why Reid proposed this, and why some principled liberals continue to do so today.)

It took Barbara Jordan and a Democrat in the White House for there to be a U.S. President who took a stand in favor of immigration reduction... Perhaps Obama will take some action on this issue.

Don't count on it, though.

As for this particular issue, one reason why those three individuals are deemed 'unelectable' is because they typify the entrenched Chicago Democrat machine. But another reason, in the mind of Leader Harry Reid, is in fact, the obvious.

If this were a Republican who said this, there would be a hue and cry. I hope that my fellow Illinoisans find out about this, not the first time that the Dems have done this, for a U.S. Senate vacancy. Perhaps that would spark some outrage, or at least some significant criticism of that party, here in this state.

Don't count on it, though.

And about Reid: Anyone who... (Below threshold)

And about Reid: Anyone who has heard his gnawing mantra, "The war is lost!" knows exactly who he's shillin' for. You have never been able to maintain a debate here that requires you to reason, and when you are actually made to think beyond your blog handle, you decide it's the other person who cannot engage. Again, pay attention: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/14/AR2008011403017.html?wpisrc=newsletter

And here is where I got that link:


lamedusa - the USA is prese... (Below threshold)

lamedusa - the USA is presently "cutting and running" now that the neocon administration can no longer milk the gravy train of war dollars. more specifically, they are "just declaring victory and going home" as many anti-war activists suggested we do long ago. but the criminally incompetent bu$h has bobby-trapped the entire middle-east theater so badly, that this is by no means an end to a situation that will continue to bleed america for decades to come

since you cant understand the first thing about politics, and i cant force you to actually debate things if you are incapable, empty accusations are really all you have, aint that right? yup! thats right, thats 100% right.....

they are "just dec... (Below threshold)
they are "just declaring victory and going home" as many anti-war activists suggested we do long ago.

Look, peabody. You obviously can't maintain a single train of thought, so I'll answer you with this. Reid was following a script for people that have no interest in laws or politics. No one ever declared "victory" just because they moved the public's attention to India, Pakistan, and the imminent U.S. dollar collapse. You are mistaking them with the "code pink" sideshow in Berkeley that left because the felt that pissing off enough people was a victory.

Look for the next "false flag" operation to occur in the above mentioned countries. You can go in with jmc's Amero bet as to what comes after the collapse. Btw, making a cop-out pronouncement such as "you don't know anything about politics" doesn't make you look sophisticated or help your argument.

Riding my bicycle is one of... (Below threshold)

Riding my bicycle is one of my favorite pass-times.

Hey Medusa, tell us again who really killed JFK?

max, thank you for proving ... (Below threshold)

max, thank you for proving my point. Who is "us"? You would be the only one here that still doesn't know, or won't admit to knowing.

Can you imagine if Reid was... (Below threshold)

Can you imagine if Reid was a Republican. You barely hear anything about this on the national scale.






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