Monday, January 11, 2010

Reid, Obama, and Democrat Double Standards

Other the weekend Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got in hot water for racially tinged comments from 2008 about Obama’s skin color and lack of a “Negro dialect.” Democrat politicos are immediately forgiving him, even Al Sharpton of all people.

Can you imagine what their response would be if it were a Republican majority leader? Well, we don’t have to.

During a 2002 100th birthday party for Senator Strom Thurmond, then Majority Leader Lott made some light hearted laudatory remarks that were twisted into an endorsement of segregation. Lott neither mentioned nor endorsed segregation. Nevertheless he was crucified for his remarks. And none other than Barack Obama joined in:

“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 (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do,” said Obama.

He said: “The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party.”

And Harry Reid also said Lott should have resigned as Majority Leader. And that is not the only time he has engaged in racial posturing.

Now I do not think Reid should resign (although I pray for his defeat in this year’s elections). And I do not think Republicans should engage in the same sort of race-baiting that Democrats love.

Nevertheless, Democrat double standards surrounding Reid’s remarks are disgusting, to say the least.

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