Monday, January 11, 2010

Imagine If a Republican Had Said It

Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Saturday for what he called "a poor choice of words." What were the words? And why was Reid apologizing?

In their new book Game Change, about the 2008 Presidential campaign, Time magazine reporter Mark Halperin and New York magazine writer John Heileman quote Harry Reid as calling Barack Obama a "light-skinned" black man "with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one."

While you would imagine a white politician would be driven from office, tarred and feathered, and drawn and quartered when exposed publicly for making such a remark, Reid seems to be okay because a) he's a Democrat; and b) Obama "accepted Reid's apology" (on behalf, presumably, of any and all other black people who might be offended.)

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