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January 10, 2010

REID SCRAMBLES AFTER 'NEGRO' COMMENTS.... The irony is, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was trying to demonstrate support.

While officially neutral in the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, Reid was actively involved in encouraging Barack Obama to run and arguing that Americans would be willing to support an African-American candidate. In their new book, "Game Change," Time's Mark Halperin and New York magazine's John Heilemann report that Reid was "wowed" by Obama's skills 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."

Yesterday, the soon-to-be-published remarks sent the Majority Leader scrambling.

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) apologized Saturday for referring to President Obama in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign as "light-skinned" and as having "no Negro dialect."

"I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words," Reid said in a statement. "I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans, for my improper comments."

Obama said in a statement that Reid called him about the matter on Saturday afternoon. "I accepted Harry's apology without question because I've known him for years, I've seen the passionate leadership he's shown on issues of social justice and I know what's in his heart," Obama said. "As far as I am concerned, the book is closed."

Reid also reached out directly to a variety of leaders from the African-American community, and the initial reports suggest the senator's apologies were well received. Al Sharpton, for example, called the comments "unfortunate," but emphasized the "unquestionable leadership role" Reid has played on a variety of issues, including civil rights. Sharpton added, "Senator Reid's door has always been open on hearing from the civil rights community on these issues and I look forward to continue to work with Senator Reid wherever possible to improve the lives of Americans everywhere."

And it's that context that keeps me from pouncing. Reid's comments clearly warranted an apology, but his record and credibility on racial issues helps mitigate his genuinely dumb choice of words. I don't think Reid is a racist -- if anything, his comments seem to be an assessment of white people and their voting attitudes, not black people -- but the fact that his race-related rhetoric is decades out of date is discouraging, to put it mildly.

I noticed, meanwhile, that both the Washington Post report and the New York Times's piece referenced Trent Lott's infamous 2002 remarks as a point of reference. I found Reid's comments disappointing, but there's really no comparison here. Not only is there the larger context to consider -- Lott had a history of disturbing racial issues -- but Lott specifically said the U.S. would not have had "all the problems" if it had elected a segregationist president in 1948.

The two simply aren't comparable.

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It's the equivalent of the Colorado balloon story. Vacuous, unimportant, and it will likely fill cable news for days.

Also, just like with Byrd's former KKK membership, there's now another "fact" the dittoheads will use to prove all Democrats are racist.

Posted by: Rathskeller on January 10, 2010 at 8:11 AM | PERMALINK

Ol' Harry may be many things. But a racsist ain't one of 'em.
Why was this even a major story? Because it's easy to cover and write about, that's why.
Much easier than investigating (ugh, work) the horrors of the past decade and the people who manipulated this country into the situation we're in now.
Can we move on now?

Posted by: c u n d gulag on January 10, 2010 at 8:13 AM | PERMALINK

Really? How could this not be a story? This is language we expect from southern Republicans, not the Senate majority leader. It's embarrassing.

Posted by: Matt on January 10, 2010 at 8:43 AM | PERMALINK

This is similar to the "Articulate negro..." comment made by some other pol a few years ago ( was it Biden or Kerry?). 'Moving on now' is not an answer to this idiocy. At any rate, don't these people THINK before they say such stoopid things? For God's sake they are U.S. Senators...not high school or college jocks. For sure, more ammo and out of context confirmation of "liberal' bias / racism/hypocrisy, and not just for the right wing noise machine, but the people I have to deal with on a daily basis, trying to talk sense and debate with...thanks Harry, carry on.

Posted by: Benmerc on January 10, 2010 at 8:54 AM | PERMALINK

This is ridiculous. Its not "language we expect from southern republicans..." The use of the word "negro" by a man of a certain age is not, de facto, racist. And it was said privately--in support of Obama's candidacy and as a pretty shrewd comment on the social issues surrounding residual racism in America's white population. This is more than a tempest in a teacup its a deliberate attempt to sow dissension within the democratic party at the highest levels. Its nothing but the return of "the democrats are the real racists....because they have a plan to fix racism..." theme that the Republicans have been running on for years. Mentioning or discussing race in this country is not racist--pretending that race doesn't exist, and doesn't affect the voters, is totally disingenuous.


Posted by: aimai on January 10, 2010 at 8:58 AM | PERMALINK

Michael Steele takes the opportunity to fan the flames on Meet the Press, however, saying Reid should step down today, "or if I retire him in November..."
What an enormous ego of Chairman Steele.

Posted by: Repulicans will feast on this on January 10, 2010 at 9:08 AM | PERMALINK

Clinton's "He'd have been getting us coffee a few years ago" comment that he made to Teddy Kennedy is equally, if not more offensive, than what Reid said. I wonder why that's not getting any play.

Posted by: Jay on January 10, 2010 at 9:08 AM | PERMALINK

To Matt:

Senator Reid is 70. His language is not politically correct now, but when he was young it was. There are a lot of people of his generation who don't believe in racism and who support civil rights, etc. who were raised with certain words and prejudices they can't completely erase. Who doesn't have a grandmother or uncle who believes in equality for all but who has some ingrained stereotypes or unfortunate labels about/for people of color? There is a difference between racism/bigotry and Reid's blunder. Biden made a simliar one during the campaign, if you recall.

Sometimes I have a slip of the tongue and call Native Americans "Indians." Becuase that's what I was raised to call them, and because it comes off the tongue more naturally. Does that make me racist?

Also, I'm finding as I get older, I inadvertently revert to old language/terminology I learned as a kid, despite knowing/using the politically correct term. I am a special education teacher. I have used the term "Developmentally Disabled" for years, yet every once in awhile I find these days that I get caught up on that phrase (can't locate it), so will say "Mentally Retarded." Does that make me bigoted against my students who I've worked with devotedly and tirelessly for twenty years?

Could not Reid have had a similar brain blip and substituted Negro for African-American?

And "Negro" is not the same as "Nigger" which is what racist southerners use.

Get serious.

Reid apologized for it, he's always been an avid and reliable supporter of Obama's, he wanted Obama to win, let's move on.

Posted by: Elizabeth on January 10, 2010 at 9:08 AM | PERMALINK

This is one of those media storms that arises when someone tells the truth awkwardly. Racism has diminished but not disappeared. Many white Americans who do not think of themselves as racially prejudiced would not have voted someone who spoke with an identifialble African-American accent, or for an individual who was very dark.

Posted by: Colin Laney on January 10, 2010 at 9:15 AM | PERMALINK

A 70 year-old man, speaking in private, uses the word "negro" while making an otherwise accurate assessment of the impact of Obama's personal look and style on white racial attitudes.

What's all the fuss about?

Posted by: Midland on January 10, 2010 at 9:18 AM | PERMALINK

You know, this is a terrific example of the real underlying problem of racism. It truly demonstrates why racism is real, and why it is still a viable, nasty force in the early 21st Century.

Reid grew up when these words & these ideas were so much a part of the fabric of life that he probably took no notice of them. They lie dormant, mostly, after being chased into a dark corner of the mind by one's reason and superior understanding.

But it's important to realize that they are only dormant, not dead. At those moments when one's better judgment isn't as vigilant as it should be, these attitudes will slip their chain and come out. Just hope there isn't an audience around when it happens.

People are complex things. The mind has all sorts of nooks and crannies where things hide.

I'm not that much younger than Reid, and I know that, sometimes, stuff comes out that shouldn't. Every once in a while these suppressed thoughts bite when I get careless. And if a liberal like me carries this stuff around, how much more baggage like this are other, less liberal, people toting?

Yes, racism lives. This is why politically correct speech is so necessary. Otherwise, the ideas are perpetuated. Even if Rush means it "as a joke."

Posted by: Gus Halberg on January 10, 2010 at 9:36 AM | PERMALINK

This will allow MC Steele to hang on to his job for a little while longer. Who else can the Republicans use to wax indignant, Alan Keyes? So except for being good news for that one Republican, this is a nothing story.

Posted by: hells littlest angel on January 10, 2010 at 9:48 AM | PERMALINK

This is a non story.

Negro is not derogatory, he said it in private, and that's what blacks were called for many ,many years. Would "colored" have been an improvement?

Obama likely would NOT have gotten anywhere were he not well-spoken and light skinned. That is just the truth.

Posted by: clem on January 10, 2010 at 9:49 AM | PERMALINK

This will allow MC Steele to hang on to his job for a little while longer.-hells littlest angel

Good point. If I didn't know better, I'd say this was all just a clever ruse to make sure the GOPers not only keep the incompetent Steele as figure head of the RNC, but keep them from stripping his powers there as well. But then I remember this is the Democrats we're talking about, and it's likely to be just a dumb luck bi-product of an otherwise stupid comment.

Posted by: tempered optimism on January 10, 2010 at 10:03 AM | PERMALINK

The comment was made in private, where a speaker is free to express true thoughts. Perhaps Reid is not "consciously" racist which is even more unfortunate. That way of thinking and speaking is institutionalized in a large part of the white population of middle aged and older. Reid is a national figure who has enormous power. His well established psyche is certainly unchangeable at 70 years old and it informs his conversation and behavior in both obvious and subtle ways. As President Obama might say, "it's a teaching moment", but no less distasteful than if it were uttered by a Southern Republican.

Posted by: DTR on January 10, 2010 at 10:11 AM | PERMALINK

I found AUDIO on YouTube:

Posted by: Cuffy Meigs on January 10, 2010 at 10:18 AM | PERMALINK

I'm not that much younger than Reid, and I know that, sometimes, stuff comes out that shouldn't.

Gus, I'm twenty years youngers than Reid, and you are just the man I'm looking for to explain this for me. What did Reid do or say that was racist? When did "negro" become a racist expletive in private, non-hostile context?

Posted by: Midland on January 10, 2010 at 10:18 AM | PERMALINK

This is not just about the word "negro" being politically correct at this point in time or in another time...it is about the ignorant references made by what are supposed to be the progressive and intelligent end of the American political spectrum...If all Reid had said was: " Americans are now ready for a Negro or African American president..." you would have a legitimate argument. But, that is not what he said, he had to further nuance it (What, Harry has a PHD in social science now?) with the additional statement about the candidate Obama being 'light skinned' and dialect articulate... therefore palatable to 'white America'. Both of these references are unnecessary and offensive, and were very STUPID things to say, and once outed for the gaff, Reid now is doing the right thing by his very public apology. These people should know better, that they do not or choose to not moderate their rhetoric is alarming, to let them off the hook so readily is also alarming.

Posted by: Benmerc on January 10, 2010 at 10:22 AM | PERMALINK

Are you kidding...the only reason he's let off the hook is because he has a D next to his name. What a hypocrite.

Posted by: dude on January 10, 2010 at 10:45 AM | PERMALINK

PS...I have to also mention I do not think Reid is 'racist' in any obvious or traditional form, just out of touch with times and people, yet should still be aware of what his words project, even in 'private'...as far as I can see, that shows one's true colors, so to speak...and Harry's come out 'stupid'.

Also, to group all of white America together is a further insult. As a teen and young adult, I remember listening to MLK, when he was alive, and then recordings of many of his talks. King, being darker then Obama, but as articulate, he was still cultural reference relied much in his roots as a southern black minister. I had no problems with King, his persona or his message, I would have voted for him back in 1968, had he been running, rather then assassinated, and I old enough to vote. This country needs to grow the fuck up...and soon.

Posted by: Benmerc on January 10, 2010 at 10:47 AM | PERMALINK

Only by the other "D's" Dude...they know people like you will take the whole piece out of context, using words like 'hypocrite' Which Reid is not, the people defending him fall more into that category. Reid needs to think and act smarter, after all he is a US Senator, leader of the progressive end of American politics. These are issues those on the right historically get off the hook by the MSM on a daily basis, something I doubt I would be able debate with you.

Posted by: Benmerc on January 10, 2010 at 10:57 AM | PERMALINK

I am in agreement with the commenters who say this isn't a big deal. Rachel had Melissa Harris Lacewell (pardon if I got her name wrong) on her show Friday in regards to "Negro" being on this list of race on the census. She explained that for many older Americans that word is how they identify themselves, in fact it is used proudly for many (ie Negro League baseball, civil rights, etc. I'd have to look at the transcript for her examples).

As for the gist of the comments (light skinned, well spoken), he was just stating the truth IMO.

Posted by: Hmmmm on January 10, 2010 at 11:10 AM | PERMALINK

This is another excuse for Republicans to point a finger and say "thou too," as though Reid's use of an old fashioned word that is no longer considered polite is the equivalent of parading around with a giant sign representing Obama as a witch-doctor or a gang-banger.

Does this really even the score for racist crudity with the likes of Glenn Beck "Obama has a deep-seated hatred of white culture"? No, but we'll hear people endlessly claimng that it does.

Posted by: T-Rex on January 10, 2010 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

"as for the gist of the comments (light skinned, well spoken), he was just stating the truth IMO." - Hmmmm

My point continues to be, these kind of remarks are counter productive, and if one is to refer to America's racial psyche in such a way, at least pre qualify it with an "unfortunately" because, if you do not differentiate, then one is qualifying the subtle racism or ignorance this country really, really needs to get past...As I stated, Reid did the correct thing, the only thing he could do, he did apologize, admitting that his statements do not help forward motion with race relations in this country...and part of his job as a liberal, or progressive is to try and move society forward...mostly by example, thank you.Certainly it is not the end of the world, but for Christ's sake, let recognize poorly stated counter productive assumptions.

Posted by: Benmerc on January 10, 2010 at 11:49 AM | PERMALINK

as a westerner who is a generation younger than reid, i can see where his antiquated attitude might come from. there were no african americans in parts of the west 50 years ago. i didn't know a single african american until i went to college. i'm from rural colorado. for harry reid in nevada the demographic landscape was even more homogenous -- white, white and white -- with a few remaining native americans.

he's also been tucked safely away in congress for decades. he is not a racist -- but an older white guy who is clearly out-of-touch with a whole group of americans. i sent a copy of the nytimes version of this story to my boyfriend, a 60 year old black man with a very white, very queens accent. wrote that he'd really confuse poor harry! he'll get a good laugh out of it.

i very much agree that clinton's remarks were the true racist ones revealed here. "serving us coffee"? charming, bill.

Posted by: nelson on January 10, 2010 at 12:07 PM | PERMALINK

I can't figure if you guys are totally missing the boat or just being dishonest.

It's not the fact that Reid said the word 'negro'. That isn't, as many said, a racist term. It's how people of a certain age spoke a couple of decades ago, prior to the more PC term, 'African-American'.

It's what Reid said in addition to that: he said Obama's benefit is that he's a 'light skinned' black man who can choose to 'use a Negro dialect' whenever he wants, if he so chooses.

Posted by: Jim on January 10, 2010 at 12:14 PM | PERMALINK

Oh for christ's sake, even clinton's words weren't definitively racist. The "serving us coffee" line was clearly a reference to the fact that the Clintons, like a lot of older politicians, didn't feel that Obama had served much time in the Senate or paid his dues politically. On the republican side of the aisle there is always a deference paid to the notion of a "next in line" for a political slot--go back and look at what was said about Dole and McCain both by their supporters. Hierarchy and Seniority are the basis for the way that many politicians see the "next slot" being filled. Clinton made the same point publicly--the "getting us coffee" thing is the same as saying "Obama needs to wait his turn and do the menial tasks associated with Junior senators for a while before he runs for president."

Clinton has a very good history with african americans and with civil rights. In fact, the one time he was actually overheard, during his own campaign, lashing out at jesse Jackson (who was rumored to be dumping clinton at a key moment) he was miked up and overheard to say "well! that's very disappointing!" The problem with the private statements of public white figures on race isn't that it demonstrates that they are closet racists, its that it turns out that lifetimes of honest public work to counteract some of the baneful effects of racism can be thrown out of the window for the sake of a false equivalence between left and right. The whole fucking policy of the modern republican party is to screw over non white and poor people--and they do it very nakedly. Can we get back to grappling with that reality?


Posted by: aimai on January 10, 2010 at 12:26 PM | PERMALINK

I'm 15 years younger than Reid and when I was a kid Negro was the polite word for a black person. Then it seemed to change every week to the point where a famous Playboy cartoon of the period had a white man asking a black man at a party, "So, what are you people calling yourselves these days?"

In a Broadway musical I saw at The Edison Theater created by blacks and starring an all black cast one of the jokes was, "When I was in grade school some kid called me black and I punched him in the mouth. When I was in high school some kid called me a negro and I punched him in the mouth." Same premise. The audience roared.

Racism has been disappearing from the American scene and good riddance in a way that seems slow but is actually quite rapid in historic terms. (When I was a kid Jim Crow was still very much in force down south.) In order to pull it off, political calculations such as Reid's are a necessary evil. Decrying him as racist when he was instrumental in encouraging Obama to run and break the presidental color line in the first place only reveals the dogged political stupidity of our PC would-be intellectual betters who are so much fun to listen to.

Posted by: Hieronymus Braintree on January 10, 2010 at 12:34 PM | PERMALINK

The attacks on Reid are silly at best, cynically exploitive at worst. Reid's comment wasn't racist; it was about racism. It was about white people and their attitudes, not about black people at all. He was saying that whites still today tend to look more favorably on a black man if he "talks white" and is light-skinned. That may be unfortunate, but it is almost surely true. How can a realistic evaluation of white attitudes be racist?

Posted by: Tony Greco on January 10, 2010 at 12:58 PM | PERMALINK

There is nothing wrong with the word Negro. Martin Luther King identified himself as a negro. Millions of African Americans of a certain age still use the term. Its kind of sad with all of the problems this country has we are discussing something this idiotic.

Posted by: aline on January 10, 2010 at 1:31 PM | PERMALINK

How many politicians, media figures, and others during the campaign commented publicly that Obama was like Tiger Woods (before his troubles, mind you) or Oprah, meaning "a black person white people don't find threatening"? I never heard anyone excoriated for expressing that thought, which got expressed a lot and as noted, in public. And it's the exact same thought as expressed by Reid in his private comments, though for some reason his choice of words for some mystifying reason are considered inartful even though they spell out exactly the same idea.

Is the underlying idea there "racist"? No, it's truthful. There are a lot of white people in this country who do feel threatened by black people. While their fears are no doubt underpinned by racism, just acknowledging the status quo is not in and of itself "racist".

Much ado about nothing.

Posted by: Jennifer on January 10, 2010 at 2:16 PM | PERMALINK

In 40 years, when I'm seventy, and African-American is no longer an acceptable term, and I happen to say African American, I imagine some idiots will consider me a racist.

Posted by: steve s on January 10, 2010 at 2:19 PM | PERMALINK

Tony Greco, @ 12:58,

I think it's *because* Reid's statement was true, that the Repubs are now feeling so self-righteous. They, *as whites*, are offended that Reid suspected the white population of being racist -- consciously or not -- and reacting badly to a dark-skinned and "with an accent" black, while a light skinned/no jive one might be more acceptable to them.

I still remember the ho-hah about Obama's saying that people were bitter and turned to guns and God because of it. The following uproar was so great at least in part because it was true.

Posted by: exlibra on January 10, 2010 at 2:21 PM | PERMALINK

Is RNC Chairman Michael Steele stepping down after making the offensive "Honest Injun" racist comment on the Sean Hannity show, which was not some obscure statement he made in a private conversation but instead on *cable television????*

I have not heard an acknowledgement by Steele of his grevious slight, nor an apology to Native Americans for this terribly racist remark.

Step down, Mr. Steele.


Posted by: bruhaha on January 10, 2010 at 2:50 PM | PERMALINK

Reid committed a gaffe, that is, he said something that was true but politically incorrect. The fact is most white Americans are biased against African Americans who use what linguists call Black English Venacular or simply Black English (see J. L Dillard's book by that name).

The term negro, which was once preferred by African Americans, is what set off the firestorm. Words have power and Reid (from the whitest state) was careless and/or clueless about how he handled it.

Posted by: Devildog on January 10, 2010 at 3:26 PM | PERMALINK

In 40 years, when I'm seventy, and African-American is no longer an acceptable term, and I happen to say African American, I imagine some idiots will consider me a racist.
Posted by: steve s

I guess you haven't heard. According to Glen Beck African-American is not an acceptable term now.

Posted by: aline on January 10, 2010 at 4:02 PM | PERMALINK

This whole Reid debacle is completely insane, and the fact that conservative talking heads are "incensed" that Reid made a poorly worded, yet true, commentary about the nature of race and leadership in the US is beyond comprehension. And I don't even know what Steele was thinking this morning after letting slip from his lips on national television "honest injun" -- dude, do you even know the history of your country?

As a light-skinned, well-educated, King's-English-speaking-when-white-folks-are-around person of African descent, I would be remiss in denying the fact that I am more palatable to polite white society than Biggie Smalls. I can't tell you the times when a white person has said to me as a compliment, "why I don't think of you as a black person," full-well understanding that their opinion of blacks had been shaped by images of welfare queens and drug dealers. I don't fight that fight anymore because it is exhausting and detracts from looking at a person's deeds and life experiences. For the bulk of Reid's life, blacks were identified as colored or negro -- I wouldn't jump down the throat of Dorothy West (the last surviving writer of the Harlem Renaissance until her death in 1998) when she used those terms in discussing her life, so I'm not going to start now just because someone is head of the Senate.

Also, I am exceedingly tired of the meme that the term negro (and, by extension, colored) is derogatory, just because of the mistaken belief that the Spanish negro is the derivative of the American term nigger (nigger actually derived from the Dutch). Perhaps if the media did a better job of educating the public instead of wallowing in miscellany that has no bearing on the direction of our nation, it wouldn't be field day for conservative bloviators high on their own hypocrisy.

Posted by: rmfouche on January 10, 2010 at 7:11 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, it looks like Reid was talking about other people's prejudices, not his own - since his comments were about whether Obama "could win" the election. So Reid was implying, there wouldn't be as much voter prejudice given Obama being lighter and more ivy-league. That's more like saying, "I don't think a Jew/atheist etc. could get elected yet in America" etc. Considering what polls showed, Reid may have been right to think a more distinct black man would have trouble getting elected - and even if wrong, it would be "the voters" that really deserved an apology most. Griping by conservatives over an alleged "double standard" is bunk.

As for e.g. Robert Byrd being in the KKK, Byrd did not continue to support such attitudes and could say, distinct from Trent Lott, that his attitudes were "in the past" although I don't think he would be an appropriate Majority Leader either.

Posted by: neil b on January 10, 2010 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

Reid committed a gaffe, that is, he said something that was true but politically incorrect. The fact is most white Americans are biased against African Americans who use what linguists call Black English Vernacular or simply Black English.

Of course white Americans are more prejudiced against blacks who speak with traditional neighborhood or regional accents. The black Chicagoans I used to work with referred to this as the difference between an "Uptown" and "Downtown" accent, and one of them made it more likely for an African-American to get a white-collar or management job.

WHO is saying it is "politically incorrect" to state this obvious truth?

Posted by: Midland on January 10, 2010 at 7:43 PM | PERMALINK

I guess we can make up for centuries of genocide, slavery, discrimination and poverty by getting the vapors over some words. Way to go, America.

Posted by: inkadu on January 10, 2010 at 9:11 PM | PERMALINK

What most Americans don't know is that there are some AAs who prefer the cultural descriptor, Negro. It is usually used by older AAs and some of us who live in rural areas. I use the AA descriptor when I'm asked to identify myself. Among those of us in the AA community, the term Negro is considered to be neither racist nor is it considered to be a form of racism because some of us do use the term to refer to ourselves. IMHO, this is only a big issue to those who want to use it for that purpose.

Posted by: majii on January 10, 2010 at 9:13 PM | PERMALINK

What a issue. Sen. Mr. Reid commented using some poor choice of words and apologized for it. Still now it is in discussion, I think we to spend more time for it.

Posted by: DrKeithCurrie on January 11, 2010 at 7:42 AM | PERMALINK

I feel Senator Reid was using language that he felt was respectful and polite. The language of his younger years that would have been derogatory was colored, neggra and the big cahunna "nigger". I feel that he was only stating the facts. I reference Rev. Jessie Jackson's candidacy. White America was not ready. Believe it or not most Black Americans were not ready. You can take this from a black person who has been called by my "color" by "my people" as much as by my name. I also experienced the reverse by white people who walked by me looking for the person in charge. I waited for them to come back to me when they found out I was the one.

Posted by: Joyce on January 13, 2010 at 1:11 AM | PERMALINK

Comparing Harry Reid's political evaluation statement about the good chances of President Obama to win as the first black President (using an old non racist term cause of his age and they were all positives) to Trent Lott's wishing for a racist president like Strom Thurmond (who was a pillar of racism in the U.S.) is like comparing purity to sin. Republicans are ignorant racists trying to get back to screwing the country like they did for the last 8 yrs.... any way they can. But they can't have my Country back, my Country wants progress!
A foreign word to the Republican party.
My Dad is 93 and has been a Ohio Republican all his life. He can't stand the immorality and hypocrisy in the Republican Party today. He changed parties last year
and voted for Obama. He said he will never vote Republican again.

Posted by: nickwolf on January 13, 2010 at 4:26 AM | PERMALINK
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