Hypocrisy over Harry

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What if it had been Sarah Palin who referred to Barack Obama as an acceptable "light-skinned" black with "no Negro dialect"? Would they be blushing to salvage her or rushing to savage her?

Regardless of your political leanings, you know the answer. You know the truth - because it's right in front of you.

Indeed, CBS's 60 Minutes Sunday featured the authors of the book Game Change - which contained that explosive quote from Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - but the show totally ignored the scandal. Instead, host Anderson Cooper, on loan from CNN, went out of his way to explore Sarah Palin's shortcomings during the 2008 campaign.

Moreover, while the media excoriated and eventually brought down former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott for his praise of Strom Thurmond on his 100th birthday, they're rushing to excuse Harry Reid. ABC's George Stephanopoulos - a former top Bill Clinton aide - argued that the revelation was somehow unfair to Reid - it was said in private, after all.

Wow. You have to really go out of your way to get to that point.

This double standard is no surprise, of course. Democrats are forgiven all manner of outrage. The Democratic Party's dean in the Senate, Robert Byrd of West Virginia, was once a KKK organizer; the Grand Dragon urged him to get into politics. Yet, he's been allowed to serve the Senate and loot the Treasury since 1958.

President Obama instantly forgave Reid. Yet, a Sen. Barack Obama said a few years ago that the Republican Party "has to drive out Trent Lott." No double standard there.

In Reid's case, it's probably best he remain in office for now and be seen for what he is - and then be tossed out on his stump by voters in November. Polls show growing anger in Nevada toward Reid - who once astoundingly declared that his country had lost the war in Iraq while troops were on the ground there - and he's trailing every one of three possible opponents.

But if he survives this outrage, please, let's drop all the pretense and acknowledge the elephant in the room: Liberal Democrats are simply treated differently than conservative Republicans.

Consider: Also in the Game Change book, Bill Clinton is quoted as saying about Obama, "A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee."

How long will racism be tolerated in the Democratic Party?

While it's being tolerated and excused away, let's at least acknowledge the hypocrites for what they are. Stephanopoulos repeatedly insinuated that Reid was a victim because he made the racist remarks "in a private conversation he thought was off the record." Isn't racism racism in public or private, George?

Oh, wait. Reid's a fellow Democrat.

What's a little racism among friends?

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 01/12/10 - 04:56 am
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Seems that there is a double

Seems that there is a double standard but Blacks are not fooled and the only people who care are 'conservatives.' When will you all get that it is NOT about race? Race is just one of the many tools used to keep the lower and middle classes fighting amongst themselves so the rich can keep going to the bank unopposed. The Rich MUST keep us fighting over race, God, politics, tribe, football team, NASCAR driver, you name it. And while you are arguing with each other, they are picking both of our pockets. Don't buy into this non-sense, keep your eyes on the ball here. It is NOT about race, it is about POWER, because power and money are never far apart. Control of congress is about control of the budget and spending. 3 Trillion is a lot of money and it buys a lot of power. Ahving one of 435 votes to control that much money makes our congress one of the most rich and powerful people that are alive today. That is too much power and it is all bought with the dollars they stole from our pockets while we fought over race, God, and everything else. We had better open our eyes and see before it is too late.

concernednative
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concernednative 01/12/10 - 05:00 am
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I noticed you didn't put the

I noticed you didn't put the Reid quote in the article. He was giving his opinion on why Obama was accepted. I have often told my friends if Obama looked like Wesley Snipes or the guy from the movie Green Mile he wouldn't even have made it to senator. But, the bottom line is Trent Lott was expressing his own inner feeling and Reid was trying to give an analysis. And more importantly like Obama said look at Reid actions he has fallen on the right side on every civil rights issue.

stadry
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stadry 01/12/10 - 05:48 am
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just my opinion but the more

just my opinion but the more interesting part of this story's the reporters/authors had this information yrs ago but, for whatever reason(s), withheld reporting/publishing while ANY derogatory comments by sarah palin were immediately shared w/anyone who'd listen,,, could this be another reason ' journalist's ethics ' is fast becoming an oxymoron ? who says ' fair & balanced ' is the watchword of the news biz ?

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/12/10 - 06:23 am
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The whining about racial

The whining about racial comments of any kind is so middle school. The Trent Lott controversy was totally created by the left wing interpretation and the Repubs fell on their backs. When Imus uses rap language to joke about blacks, the whining begins and Imus falls on his back. Ross Perot said "you people" , the whining began, the Perot supporters fell on their backs. The left and the lamestream press has the right idea, call the stupid comments meaningless and ignore the criticism, because the stupid middle school whining is meaningless and should be ignored. Political correctness is a weapon to be used against all enemies of the left wing movement.

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Riverman1 01/12/10 - 07:39 am
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The racist part of Reid's

The racist part of Reid's statement is his implication that being a dark skinned black is detrimental. From what I've seen conservatives accept all blacks readily into their party politics, few as they may be.

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Riverman1 01/12/10 - 07:43 am
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By the way, remember Dave

By the way, remember Dave Barbee and the Boardman's/Deke throwing him under the bus for making nonracist factual statements about the racial politics of Augusta?

grouse
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grouse 01/12/10 - 08:40 am
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Reid was stupid to say
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Reid was stupid to say anything candid to reporters, but if looks don't matter, ask Dukakis or even Palin. If Obama looked like Willie Horton, he would have had a harder time of it. Lott, by praising Thurmond's segregationist (at the time he was running for President) stance, repudiated several generations of civil rights progress in this nation. No one but the Republicans could have forced Lott to resign.

cparker
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cparker 01/12/10 - 08:48 am
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This is hypocrisy!! Harry

This is hypocrisy!! Harry Reid should resign. I have always felt people in politics are the world best hypocrits... Conservatives truly can care less these comments hurt black people. They listen to Rush Limbaugh and many political cartoonist make the exact same comments in national papers everyday. Regardless to who says it, thinks it, writes it, or draws it... Its still wrong!! Racism hurts everyone. Although Conservatives want political mileage out of this incident, shouldn't it matter to all of us that hidden racism is a problem? I know white folks on this site feel anytime I discuss this subject I am the bigot and not the racist fools that actually made the statement. The truth is simple, RACE matters more than we are willing to admit... My grandmother once said she wanted me to get a college education, but remain cautious because for many white folks you will always be a negro!! Read the comments and many people poke at blacks eveyday on this very site because they are obsessed with racial hatred. Harry Reid being a Democrat means nothing. Democrats should demand he resign!! Immorality has no race, no gender, and no address!!

john
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john 01/12/10 - 08:49 am
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only democrats get "context"

only democrats get "context"

john
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john 01/12/10 - 08:58 am
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I agree with Brad on this.

I agree with Brad on this. the being offended constantly about race is such a distraction and often times a fabrication. Its exhausting. and cparker, you continue to make grand assumptions about other people. lets say harry was trying to be objective and analytical. its just like marketing a product. racism has a huge component of intent of the speaker, not so much the sensitive toes of the listener. Im sorry you were raised like that. Its telling. Hopefully the next couple of generations will end the nonsense. and btw I think harry should go for a multitude of reasons, im not taking his back on this.

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HughDonnet 01/12/10 - 09:04 am
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cparker, as long as you

cparker, as long as you refuse to assimilate into the MAJORITY culture and continue to prance around town in your "Superfly" sweatshirt throwing up the barrier to all you meet, you are correct. You will always be treated like the 2nd or 3rd class shine culture you are part of. If you want to be treated as "just a man", act like one and drop your load of chips.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 01/12/10 - 09:15 am
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If Harry Reid was a

If Harry Reid was a Republican, his head would have been called for Sunday night. The only thing that would be happening now is that they would be planning his farewell party. But since he is a poor old Democrat, his comments certainly could not have been racist. He was just expressing an opinion. I have a solution for the Democrat party, since they all seem to be in favor of a socalistic style of government, where all their constituents are mind numb robots who depend on the government for their morning instructions, why don't we send them all to Russia, where they would all be welcome. Then we could get this country back on track.

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Chillen 01/12/10 - 09:29 am
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I'm afraid this is going to

I'm afraid this is going to be the final nail in the coffin for Harry Reid. He was already on his way out and probably wouldn't have been re-elected anyway. The health care debacle was the beginning of the end for him.

FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 01/12/10 - 09:35 am
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People are not fooled. Harry

People are not fooled. Harry Reid supports civil rights and his voting record backs this up; Trent Lott has opposed almost every bill which offers support to any minority group. Also, Trent Lott was speaking in support of Strom Thurmond, an avowed racist and segregationist.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/12/10 - 09:42 am
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Harry Reid will get his in

Harry Reid will get his in November. I don't think the Republicans should over play this. It will only backfire. They know the deal, and complaining about it isn't going to make the situation change.

HughDonnet
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HughDonnet 01/12/10 - 09:43 am
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Trent Lott is no longer in

Trent Lott is no longer in power. Dingy Harry is, this discussion is about him. Once again a lame deflection attempt by the liberal mindset of ALWAYS blaming somebody else for their problems/unhappiness in life. It's a culture that has now taken over and is dominating a political party. This is why I'm not worried about this Obama (PBUH) in American history. As long as the loony left refuses to accept ANY responsibility for their actions, they, and their supporters, are doomed to long-term failure and will be relegated to the back-burner on Capitol Hill where they so rightfully belong.

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NANF 01/12/10 - 09:52 am
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Who are " THEY " ? Just

Who are " THEY " ? Just people that need attention and have to start a row. If the media would ignore the trash and push something GOOD for a change maybe the constant " pick-a-part " world we live in would settle down. Yes, I know, lotza luck.

cparker
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cparker 01/12/10 - 09:59 am
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john.... I am sure Harry Reid

john.... I am sure Harry Reid could have been articulate without the negro dialect clause. Get real!!

willienelson
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willienelson 01/12/10 - 10:05 am
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People, slow down. How is

People, slow down. How is calling someone a light skinned black racist? Is the use of the word negro the problem? I am certainly no fan of Harry Reid but....how many folks really think he is a racist? I think for many 70 year olds the word negro is more comfortable than African American. I agree that the Dems would crucify any conservative or Republican who said the same thing. That part is correct, But here is the real question. Do any of you think the Democrat party will ever be even remotely relevant after their support for the Obama administration? Many of their progressive goals are being exposed to the light of day and the American people are not happy. The blame shall fall where it belongs. The Republicans are in danger as well if they support this snake oil salesman. Fortunately on many bills the vote is entirely one sided.

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slippery 25 01/12/10 - 10:06 am
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Harry is been in Congress to

Harry is been in Congress to long. Perfect example why we need term limits.

cparker
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cparker 01/12/10 - 10:13 am
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HughDonnett.... Everyone

HughDonnett.... Everyone wants to be treated as a man, but you would have to be blind to suggest that my assertions about race are unfounded. I just read the story about three young men stealing guns and selling them in south Augusta. Many of the readers choose to make racist comments about their afro-centric names rather than the seriousness of their behavior. My point is still the same. Race matters more than we want to admit. I am not directing this at whites. I know blacks that still want to make white folks their oppressors and not the fact that they dropped out of school or refused to go to college to increase their earning potential. I have my eyes wide opened. Race is a primary consideration for far to many that want the rest of us to believe race doesn't matter at all. A hypocrit is a hypocrit to me. Harry Reid is no different to me than Rush Limbaugh.

HughDonnet
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HughDonnet 01/12/10 - 10:20 am
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Of course race matters, I

Of course race matters, I don't think I've ever even hinted that it doesn't. My beef is with the blacks who keep rekindling the divide in contrition to the wishes and words of Rev Dr King. As y'all as folks like you INSIST and DEMAND to be identified as an "African-American" rather than just plain "American" you are going backwards. Any hope of forward progress is abandoned right at that point. That is all I'm trying to say.

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dani 01/12/10 - 10:20 am
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How do we know if Reid is

How do we know if Reid is racist. His state of Nevada has a black population of something like 9%. It's do as I say, not as I do, it appears.

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corgimom 01/12/10 - 10:26 am
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cparker, well, when people

cparker, well, when people say things like "It is genocide, what black males are doing to themselves, it is genocide that these black males are putting themselves in prison, it is destroying black society by all these black males committing these crimes, blacks are killing blacks and it's horrifying, your response is?

dashiel
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dashiel 01/12/10 - 10:34 am
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This new book isn't even in

This new book isn't even in bookstores yet, but the marketing of it makes me suspicious. It fires into both camps, implying that Harry Reid is a racist and that Sarah Palin is a blithering fool. If sensationalism is the only way "respectable" journalists can sell books these days, it's good for the economy. I've already saved $25.00 without the bother of cutting out a coupon.

americafirst
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americafirst 01/12/10 - 10:38 am
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I don't think Reid should

I don't think Reid should resign over this, although I pray he gets defeated in November. This does illustrate the double standard though. Democrats don't care if you make racist statments, or are a former Grand Wizard of the KKK (Byrd), or smoke crack cocaine (Berry), or get caught with bribe money in your freezer (Jefferson). "If you vote our way, you are okay."

HughDonnet
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HughDonnet 01/12/10 - 10:41 am
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dashiel - Capitalism at it's

dashiel - Capitalism at it's finest! I hope you enjoyed watching the Avatar movie too. Sure, it's a dirty-laundry book, however, in all the blathering he has done since the pre-release leaks were made public, Dingy Harry has NEVER denied he made those statements. Focus on the issue at hand and drop the lame-liberal deflection attempts.

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sjgraci 01/12/10 - 10:41 am
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Yeah chronicle it's the same

Yeah chronicle it's the same thing. Funny how you failed to mention what Lott said, "that the Country would have been better off electing Thurmond" referring to his racist platform. Thurmond was a racist running on "states rights" and segregation. Truman, who he thankfully and rightfully lost to, began the first steps of "civil rights" in this country when he desegregated the military. Reid on the other hand was advocating for and supporting a black President. Yeah, Reid's a racist just like Thurmond. Give it up.

HughDonnet
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HughDonnet 01/12/10 - 10:47 am
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sigraci, Yet another

sigraci, Yet another lame-liberal left deflection attempt. I'm glad I didn't know you were such a pantie-waist when we hung out at Lynx games. Pathetic. This is about Harry Reid, Lott is gone.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/12/10 - 10:50 am
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Looks like somebody will sell

Looks like somebody will sell a lot of books...& who will be laughing all the way to the bank..

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