Today Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell apologized for racist remarks that were released to The Atlantic. He reportedly opined in 2008 that Democrat nominee Barack Obama would do very well because: "America is ready to elect its first African American President, especially one with light-skin and and no Negro dialect."
Upon learning about the 2008 statement, President Obama condemned it as "hurtful and divisive, especially in these trying times for our country." Several top Democrats and pundits have already called for McConnell's resignation. The Senior US Senator from Kentucky has apologized for his remarks, but made no indications yet regarding calls for his resignation.
...or at least that's how the story would go if it had been a Republican that made these remarks. Instead, it was a Democrat- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The President accepted his apology "without question," top Democrats have run to Harry's defense, and it remains to be seen whether this will end up with Reid's resignation as it most assuredly would had Republican Senator Mitch McConnell made the same remarks, and as it actually did when Trent Lott made troubling, racist remarks in 2002.
My bet is that Reid won't resign. So much for the Democrats' earnestness about fighting racism. This is just one more nail in the coffin of their credibility.
At the very least, we'll see if this new flap plus his abysmal poll numbers might be enough to force Harry Reid into retirement like his colleague Christopher Dodd and many other Democrats this year. Any predictions?
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