Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Harry Reid comment

I suppose I'm old enough to know better, but I am still gobsmacked by the phony story about Harry Reid's Kinsley gaffe.

I'm relieved, however, to know that I am not alone.

Update: Here's an interesting take on the coverage of the whole matter.

Further update: Will S. sums it up.


  1. So Harry Reid who tried to block my proudly black Senator Roland Burris, a Burris who can't help but speak with distinctive southern Illinois twang, and an African American Roland Burris elected multiple times Illinois wide with white majorities...so this Reid can block my senator because Reid spoke some truth about racism in America? Burris should go, but Reid should stay.... I don't buy it.

  2. Ummm, Bill, I can't imagine what one has to do with the other.

  3. It reminded me of back in the beginning of the primaries, when Joe Biden said that Obama was eloquent, and people said that compliment was racist.

  4. The same comparison occurred to me, Joel.

  5. You don't think Reid deemed Burris a less successful candidate for reelection because of his dark skin and Centralia twang compared to a Lisa Madigan let's say? Reid humiliated Burris in a way I doubt he would have treated a white candidate despite the Blago stamp.

  6. Show me some evidence and I'll consider it, Bill. I think the whole taint around the Blago appt., not to mention Burris's flip-flopping answers in his testimony before the state legislature, were the operative factors. (We do follow Land of Lincoln political shenanigans up here in the DairyState.) Whether Reid played the whole matter shrewdly or not is another story. But assigning racial motivations to his actions is a stretch.


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