Harry Reid’s clumsy, off-the-record remarks about Barack Obama.
Republicans won’t let it rest. They insist it’s no different from Trent Lott. If Trent Lott had to resign because of his comments, they say, then Harry Reid should have to resign also.
Nonsense. The two aren’t even close.
Anybody with half a brain can see: There’s a big difference between Trent Lott and Harry Reid. Lott said we’d all be better off if arch-segregationist Strom Thurmond had defeated Harry Truman in 1948, and presumably taken us back to segregated schools and swimming pools. Reid encouraged Barack Obama to run for president, campaigned for him, and has been his chief water carrier in the Senate since Obama got to the White House.
In other words, one was supporting a black man for president; the other was supporting a white supremacis
How can anybody compare the two?
There’s one other difference, of course. President Obama immediately accepted Harry Reid’s apology and vowed to move on.
But, to this day, President George W. Bush has never uttered one word of forgiveness for Trent Lott. Why not? Because he knew what Lott said was so repulsive.
George Bush knows that what Trent Lott said was so much worse than anything Harry Reid said – and so should every other Republican.
That’s my parting shot for today.