As posted on ErrorandAngermanagement:
Recently we posted a piece entitled “double Standard” I would like to take a different view on the same set of events. In the book “Game Change” we can read of the opinion of one Harry Reid (D-Nev)
“Reid would claim that he was steadfastly neutral in the 2008 race; that he never chose sides between Barack (Obama) and Hillary (Clinton); that all he did was tell Obama that “he could be president,” that “the stars could align for him.” But at the time, in truth, his encouragement of Obama was unequivocal. He was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts 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 later put it privately.”
Now I am as dismayed by the political game and the hypocrisy of the NAACP, the Rev Al Sharpton and the congressional black caucus as you may be. We all know if those same comments were made by a person whose politics were seen as less in line with the objectives of each person/organization they would be tossing him out on his ear right now. I still feel that the fact remains that the comment by itself probably doesn’t require more then an apology which Sen. Reid has issued.
The politics of Gotcha-ism (as Sen. Ensign also of Nev. has called it) really needs to stop. The reality is that I am not convinced this poor choice of words meets a high enough standard for me to call Sen. Reid’s character into question. For all of us who thought Sen. Lott was treated unfairly we need to remember two wrongs do need equal a right.
IN many ways I am sad to see so many ranking republicans running to the nearest microphone to complain about Sen. Reid’s choice of words, when his politics cause me much greater concern. How about asking for his resignation over the huge national debt, or his poor domestic policy, those seem to me to be bigger issues than his characterization of our president. In all of this whirlwind we have lost sight of the bigger news, SEN. REID WAS ALREADY LOSING TO HIS MORE CONSERVATIVE CHALLANGERS BASED ON HIS CONSTITUANCYS DISAPROVAL OF HIS POLICY (polling at about 40% against all three possible challengers). In other words we were winning based on our message, and now we are no longer even talking about conservative values. I firmly believe that we are better off keeping our political arguments based in issues and the character of the individual. I am not sure I see these recent comments as much an issue of character as one of expediency and gotch-ism