Obama is a “light-skinned” black man “with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one.”
And so it is that his much-loved closed doors have come back to bite Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) yet again. Spoken during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign and quoted in a new book about it (“Game Change,” by Time magazine reporter Mark Halperin and New York magazine writer John Heileman), these words reveal a great deal about old Grinch Harry’s mindset and attitude towards blacks; first, that skin color is something by which one judges others and somehow lighter skin means something and, second, that those blacks who are able to speak proper English are either a surprise or useful.
Both of these perspectives, judgement calls, if you will, are troubling. Particularly when uttered by someone who is now the majority leader in the United States Senate and a highly-visible member of that progressive liberal gang of bleeding hearts who tout that their efforts are always for “the common man” yet are the first to play the race card when confronted with common sense. They show us eyes that view the world through a lens of class and racism, both of which have no place in a country where “all men are created equal”. That old Harry sees Obama’s speaking ability as something that is controlled begs the question of just how much old Harry thinks it may be used to some advantage, thereby relegating a human to the status of an object.
Of course, everyone knows and (unfortunately) accepts that Democrats are collectively the lowest of scum-sucking douchebags so a Democrat making racist comments goes pretty much unnoticed by other Democrats. But when regular Americans took offense at old Grinch Harry’s remark, he apologized and His Transparency, in a show of maintaining some image of party unity or in obeyance to his self-perceived image of magnaminity, promptly accepted it.
But words once spoken can never be taken back.
And it is through spoken words that yet one more time the blatant hypocrisy of the Democrat double-standard comes bubbling up. Both old Grinch Harry and His Transparency went after Trent Lott back in 2002. President Walking Eagle himself had called for Lott’s resignation after Lott mentioned that in Thurmond’s 1948 presidential campaign, a campaign centered on opposition to integration, Mississippi was one of four states Thurmond carried and followed that up with, “We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years either.”
Then-Senator Obama stuck his nose up in the air:
“It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator (Thurmond) 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. 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.”
Even the Congressional Black Caucus released a statement at the time, calling for a “formal censure of Senator Lott’s racist remarks”. And after Lott resigned, old Grinch Harry went on the record about it this way:
“He had no alternative,” said Reid at the time claiming, “If you tell ethnic jokes in the backroom, it’s that much easier to say ethnic things publicly. I’ve always practiced how I play.”
Cue the flying pigs.