WHAT DOUBLE STANDARD?
Posted by Andrew Roman on January 11, 2010
It isn’t as if he hasn’t put his foot in his mouth so many times that he assuredly suffers from athlete’s gum.
It isn’t as if conservatives cannot set their watches to the next asinine comment Harry Reid will make.
No, I don’t think Harry Reid is any more or less racist than your average, garden-variety, race-obsessed modern liberal. His comments, published in a new book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin called Game Change – private comments when they were uttered, incidentally – in which Reid referred to then-Senator Barack Obama as “a light skinned” black man “with no Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one” may have been ill-phrased and a “poor choice of words,” as Reid himself admitted over the weekend, but that isn’t the real issue here. (Isn’t President Obama’s mother white?)
People can choose to waste their time pretending to be outraged over the word “negro,” if they choose – and maybe some are. My grandfather used the word “colored” until the day he died, and he was one of the least racist people I ever knew. I truly don’t believe Reid is a racist – not in the white-hooded sense of the word. He may be a grandiose political joke in almost every sense of the word, but he’s not a cross-burning racist. His uneven talcum powder voice, scraggly mannerism and inability to speak rationally about anything is already enough to warrant his plummeting poll numbers. This latest boner only throws a few cherries onto an already monstrous sundae of idiocy and ineptitude.
The fact is, almost all Democrats are obsessed with race. Why should this be any sort of revelation? The outrage really should exist in how liberals are constantly portrayed as being race-blind when they clearly aren’t. No one brings up race, filters things through the prism of race, or creates policies based on race like liberals.
It isn’t even close.
The real issue is how this Reid thing is being handled by the mainstream media. The in-your-face double standard being applied here is as obvious as a nipple at a belly-button convention. Harry Reid is being given every pass in the world – and then some. Democrats from every nook and cranny of the political muffin are coming out in defense of this wretched little rube with offerings of forgiveness – something that would never have been afforded any Republican had one said anything remotely resembling Reid’s comments.
Outraged liberals are nowhere to be found.
Where are the Democrat calls for his removal from the Senate?
Where is the NAACP?
Where is Maureen Dowd? Is there a man-hating vacation retreat somewhere that she has yet to return from? Maybe she doesn’t have the ability to see dead people, but what about that amazing talent of hers to hear the word “boy” after political commentary? (Maybe it only works when Republicans speak).
I wonder … Does the name Trent Lott ring a bell?
Even the contemptible race-baiter Al Sharpton let Reid slide, saying:
While there is no question that Senator Reid did not select the best word choice in this instance, these comments should not distract America from its continued focus on securing healthcare or creating jobs for its people. Nor should they detract from the unquestionable leadership role Senator Reid has played on these issues or in the area of civil rights. Senator Reid’s door has always been open on hearing from the civil rights community on these issues and I look forward to continue to work with Senator Reid wherever possible to improve the lives of Americans everywhere.
More disturbing than the mainstream media’s default position to snuggle up close to Democrats in peril is their even more mystifying reflex to call upon the always-disgusting and morally reprehensible Al Sharpton whenever something “black” makes the news. If someone somewhere says anything that could even be perceived to be disparaging to people with melanin-rich skin, all eyes in the mainstream media instinctively turn to the race hustler, Al Sharpton – the arbiter of all things “black” (or “negro,” for those who speak Reid) – to see what he thinks.
Next to trying to figure out why Keanu Reeves is a movie star, there is nothing more perplexing.
That this whole thing is America’s lead story is, perhaps, more pitiful than anything else.