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Why Does Obama Get to Absolve Reid?
Commentary Magazine ^ | January 9, 2010 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 01/10/2010 5:18:37 AM PST by Scanian

Harry Reid’s egregiously inappropriate comment from the 2008 campaign that Obama is ”a light-skinned” African-American who “lacked a Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” is causing quite a stir. But let’s be clear: had any Republican said it, he or she would be chased from office by Monday. But Harry Reid is no Trent Lott and the standards are different for Democrats. (John McCormack points out that even Obama had a different standard in 2002.) In this case, Obama is trying to snuff out the controversy, declaring:

"Harry Reid called me today and apologized for an unfortunate comment reported today. I accepted Harry’s apology without question because I’ve known him for years, I’ve seen the passionate leadership he’s shown on issues of social justice and I know what’s in his heart. As far as I am concerned, the book is closed."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: apology; doublestandard; lott; race; slurs
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1 posted on 01/10/2010 5:18:39 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian
Why Does Obama Get to Absolve Reid?

Because he is the MESSiah...the "WON" we have been waiting for. Case closed.

2 posted on 01/10/2010 5:22:14 AM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: Just A Nobody

It wasn’t said with a Southern accent...that changes everything.

;^)


3 posted on 01/10/2010 5:23:37 AM PST by homegroan (ZQczar...happily addicted to the Refresh Button.....)
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To: Just A Nobody
But Harry Reid is no Trent Lott and the standards are different for Democrats.

Only because the republicans allow it!

4 posted on 01/10/2010 5:23:43 AM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: Scanian

The msm decides.


5 posted on 01/10/2010 5:23:43 AM PST by Carley (OBAMA IS A MALEVOLENT FORCE IN THE WORLD)
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To: Scanian
“...Obama is ”a light-skinned” African-American who “lacked a Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one”

Sounds about right to me, unless by “African-American” Reid was implying Obama was born in Kenya, ...even then there maybe some truth...

6 posted on 01/10/2010 5:25:07 AM PST by BilLies
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To: homegroan
You are probably right. ;*)

And another thing.....

I accepted Harry’s apology without question because I’ve known him for years

5 years is now a long time?

7 posted on 01/10/2010 5:26:55 AM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: Scanian

The media template is simple. Republicans are known to be white racists, so if a Republican said it the intent was malice. Democrats on the other hand are tolerant and compassionate people so there could never possibly me malice in their intent, even the times when they say “stupid” things like this. Democrats are thus exempt from criticism.

Expect the Just Brothers to make some token noise. It will be mild and it will fade very quickly. By Wednesday the incident will be forgotten.


8 posted on 01/10/2010 5:28:39 AM PST by libh8er
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To: Scanian

Because,

the Dems usually circle the wagons with the person of question on the inside;

the Pubbies usually circle the wagon the person of question on the outside.


9 posted on 01/10/2010 5:29:45 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: libh8er

Just Brothers = Justice Brothers (Jesse & Al)


10 posted on 01/10/2010 5:30:14 AM PST by libh8er
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To: Scanian

That is a stupid question. Reid said something nasty about then Senator Obama so of course he gets to accept the apology or not. President Obama has forgiven Reid (and some people say Obama is not Christian....:)


11 posted on 01/10/2010 5:30:18 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: homegroan

Remember Hillary’s attempted ‘accent’ when she was in Selma (IIRC).

And her ‘plantation’ remark, which was spoken with that same fake accent.


12 posted on 01/10/2010 5:31:35 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: Just A Nobody
I heard on Fox News just this morning that the problem with Republicans is they wait and wait to apologize. The Dems get that apology done immediately which changes the story. Makes sense actually. Trent Lott waited until the story was a disaster and bigger than it needed to be to apologize. That is the difference between Republicans and Democrats.
13 posted on 01/10/2010 5:32:24 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator

In Newspeak, saying that which is true is “nasty” and requires apology and forgiveness.


14 posted on 01/10/2010 5:34:58 AM PST by Walrus (My congressman is toast in 2010 --- how about yours?)
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To: Scanian

Other than his use of the politically incorrect word “Negro”, what Reid said was true.


15 posted on 01/10/2010 5:35:38 AM PST by Fresh Wind ("...a whip of political correctness strangles their voice"-Vaclav Klaus on GW skeptics)
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To: Scanian
Liberals are racists. A dark skinned black man is not acceptable. They see Obama as one of their own.

Look at how Clarence Thomas was treated by the liberals. I think his oratory skills are much better than Obama’s. His voice is a rich baritone and he has something to say when he speaks. Obama delivers empty speeches and the liberals can't get enough.

Reid needs to find forgiveness with dark skinned blacks with more pronounced dialects, not Obama. He was basically saying Obama was more acceptable than other black men.

16 posted on 01/10/2010 5:38:35 AM PST by FR_addict
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To: Scanian
Why Does Obama Get to Absolve Reid?

Because if Ole Dingy gets booted to the curb by the citizens of Nevada Obamacare goes down the tubes.

DUH!

17 posted on 01/10/2010 5:39:27 AM PST by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: Scanian

At least Biden thought he was clean.


18 posted on 01/10/2010 5:42:09 AM PST by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Scanian

The liberal defense of reid’s comments and obama’s hypocrisy will be that any one that speaks out against this is just putting politics before country.


19 posted on 01/10/2010 5:43:03 AM PST by new cruelty (Now with improved Hispanic Accent and Kung Fu Grip, new for 2010!)
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To: Scanian

20 posted on 01/10/2010 5:44:49 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: libh8er

JustUs Brothers. Nobody else is qualified


21 posted on 01/10/2010 5:47:51 AM PST by mazda77 (Rubio for US Senate - West FL22nd - Dockery for Gov.)
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To: Scanian

I think the “forgive & forget” stance from Obama is for public consumption only. I think he’s maneuvering behind the scenes. This is a payback. Reid is sinking in the polls, becoming more unpopular, and probably unelectable in NV. Didn’t he barely get re-elected last time? They’re feeding Reid to the fishes in order to support someone they feel is more electable. Obama is disappointed in Reid’s leadership (dictatorship) skills. I don’t believe for one minute that Obama has forgiven or forgotten.


22 posted on 01/10/2010 5:55:38 AM PST by TennesseeGirl
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To: Scanian

Where is sharpton, jesse jackson, the black caucii??? They ought to cut Reid’s nuts off!


23 posted on 01/10/2010 5:57:42 AM PST by biggredd1
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To: napscoordinator; TomGuy
Trent Lott waited until the story was a disaster and bigger than it needed to be to apologize.

The "story" should have never been a story to begin with and NO apology was necessary. It was a comment made at a private affair to an old friend. Why the hell should he apologize. I'm sure Jesse Helms did not require an apology.

Actually, TomGuy has the correct answer in post #9.

24 posted on 01/10/2010 5:58:47 AM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: biggredd1
BUMP!
25 posted on 01/10/2010 5:59:43 AM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: libh8er
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26 posted on 01/10/2010 6:02:13 AM PST by Jackknife (Chuck Norris grinds his coffee with his teeth, and boils his water with his rage)
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To: napscoordinator

reid made his comments in 2008. Lott’s comments were reported on right away and he apologized within a week. The difference is, not many were willing to forgive Lott. Seems the media plays a part in this, too.


27 posted on 01/10/2010 6:02:31 AM PST by new cruelty (Now with improved Hispanic Dialect and Kung Fu Grip, new for 2010!)
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To: Scanian

“I want to cut his nuts off.” Jesse Jackson


28 posted on 01/10/2010 6:03:27 AM PST by Gator113 (Obama is America's First Failed Black Pres-dent..... "Fruit of Kaboom Bomber" was the 3rd attack.)
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To: Gator113

it’s easy. nobama is a racist (see 20 yr attendance at rev swright’s “church”). reid is a racist (see his comments). birds of a feather...


29 posted on 01/10/2010 6:05:41 AM PST by hal ogen
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To: homegroan

Did you see what ole Harry said? It's here on this page of the book.

30 posted on 01/10/2010 6:10:14 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: Scanian

Doesn’t matter a bit. Reid is still the nastiest person in Washington DC.


31 posted on 01/10/2010 6:13:20 AM PST by ShandaLear (Obamacare: Redistribution of Health)
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To: Scanian

Well, because he’s like that ...”unless he wanted to have one” part to go away real quick.


32 posted on 01/10/2010 6:17:36 AM PST by John W
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To: John W

Which, it already has in news reports from his most ardent msm supporters.


33 posted on 01/10/2010 6:18:30 AM PST by John W
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To: Scanian

What’s funny is that Reid is apologizing profusely for the one TRUE thing I have ever heard him say!


34 posted on 01/10/2010 6:19:50 AM PST by Liberty Ship ("Lord, make me fast and accurate.")
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To: Scanian

According to Dirty Harry’s former mouthpiece who was just on FNC, he was merely being “inarticulate”, so let’s just get off the guy’s back, OK?


35 posted on 01/10/2010 6:23:25 AM PST by clintonh8r (Proud member of America's "cadre of prickly conservatives.")
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To: napscoordinator
Reid said something nasty about then Senator Obama...

Actually, Reid was complimenting Obama--"light skin," "no dialect unless he wants one," and in doing so said something "nasty" about all dark-skinned with dialects African-Americans.

36 posted on 01/10/2010 6:24:16 AM PST by lonestar (Obama and his czars have turned Bush's "mess" into a national crisis!)
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To: Scanian

LOL...evil racist! Off with his head...Trent Lott the guy out of office...oh yeah, he’s a democRat...never mind.


37 posted on 01/10/2010 6:25:22 AM PST by ArchAngel1983 (Arch Angel- on guard)
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To: Scanian
because he's the head negro in charge? or is that head 1/2 negro in charge???
38 posted on 01/10/2010 6:41:53 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: napscoordinator

Given the template and narrative that are followed the timing of an apology are irrelevant. If you are on the right side of the aisle and say anything that may be construed as politically incorrect the media will make sure that you are toast.


39 posted on 01/10/2010 6:42:01 AM PST by CheneyClone
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To: Just A Nobody
Ooooops!

I'm sure Jesse Helms STROM THURMOND did not require an apology

40 posted on 01/10/2010 6:43:19 AM PST by Just A Nobody ( (Better Dead than RED! NEVER AGAIN...Support our Troops! Beware the ENEMEDIA))
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To: libh8er
Just Brothers = Justice Brothers (Jesse & Al)

I always took it to be a play on words, as the "'just us'" brothers".

41 posted on 01/10/2010 7:20:19 AM PST by Christian4Bush (2010 is here. In 296 days, we Vote the B**tards Out. Then, we finish the job in 2012.)
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To: All

“Why Does Obama Get to Absolve Reid?”

Because if you say something about me behind my back that offends me, you’d better believe that I’m not going to care about others absolving you. You come and talk to me, the guy you wronged.


42 posted on 01/10/2010 7:48:41 AM PST by heysean
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To: Scanian

Because Democrats by definition are not racists so they have absolute immunity from any lapses in political correct speech.

Witness the absolution give to former Ku Klux Klan leader Robert Byrd for his “white nigger” remark.

(Conservatives even have a fear of repeating what the Dems say lest we be labeled racists. As I wrote the above I actually wondered if the FR mods will ban or limit me for simply quoting a racial remark from a Democrat.)

It’s more than a political double standard among the elite intellegentsia who control the media propaganda machine, it’s simply their religious conviction that the left can do no wrong.


43 posted on 01/10/2010 7:59:47 AM PST by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: Scanian

What Obama said: “...he apologized for an unfortunate comment reported today...”.

What Obama meant: “...he apologized for a comment unfortunately reported today...”.


44 posted on 01/10/2010 8:03:37 AM PST by dmzTahoe
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To: Scanian

Doesn’t matter to Obama one bit that Ried is a nasty old elite minded overcompensating closet racist. He will use him to take down the country and take everyones freedom. Most of his agenda never was about race in the first place. Commies are just like that....they are users.


45 posted on 01/10/2010 8:12:34 AM PST by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......?)
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To: CheneyClone

Actually I just heard on TV that not one Democratic Senator called for Trent Lott’s expulsion. Is that true. I tried to remember back years ago and can’t think of any Democrats doing that but can’t fully remember. I know that the Republicans threw him under the bus that is for sure.


46 posted on 01/10/2010 8:14:19 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Just A Nobody

Unprecedented, isn’t it?

Yet he sat in a “church” for 20 years and didn’t hear a thing, y’all.


47 posted on 01/10/2010 8:15:00 AM PST by homegroan (ZQczar...happily addicted to the Refresh Button.....)
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To: Scanian
Obama is ”a light-skinned” African-American who “lacked a Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one” is causing quite a stir.

Would someone (seriously) explain why this is supposed to be an insult? I honestly don't understand a lot of the things that are considered racist.

48 posted on 01/10/2010 8:17:21 AM PST by gitmo (FR vs DU: n4mage vs DUmage)
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To: TomGuy

OMG-the horror of Hillary just never ends!

I remember that...wish I didn’t, but I do.

Amazing what they get away with vs. the rest of us.


49 posted on 01/10/2010 8:17:54 AM PST by homegroan (ZQczar...happily addicted to the Refresh Button.....)
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To: Scanian
"Because I Won!"


50 posted on 01/10/2010 8:26:54 AM PST by TexasCajun
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