At the gym yesterday, it seemed that half the time I looked up at CNN (and this over a period of an hour and a half), they were discussing Harry Reid’s comments about the hue of the president’s skin. I have to say I was surprised at how much attention this remark has been getting, with Democrats going into overdrive to do what his Nevada constituents show no intention of doing, saving his political career.
In so doing, they’re revealing just what kind of politicians they are–the very kind that Barack Obama ran against last fall. They’re using this as another chance to bash Republicans, accusing them of insensitivity on matters of race or some such. They might come across as more sincere if they just left it as a party leader who regretted his poor choice of words. But, they just can’t control themselves. Attacking Republicans is what they do. I mean, heck, so obsessed are they with Sarah Palin that a Democratic operative goes into overdrive when Sarah Palin says nothing about a particular Senate race.
Personally, I think Reid will survive this, but the whole hullabaloo will serve to further damaging the Democratic Party “brand” as it again exposes the sheer hypocrisy of the left-wing rush to brand Republicans racist. I grant there’s much merit to the contention that what Harry Reid said was far less damning that what Trent Lott said, but no one call tell me with a straight face that if a Republican politician had said such a thing, particularly one who had once faulted the intelligence of an African-American Supreme Court Justice, he would have been spared the wrath of the race-conscious media.
I predict the furor will die down in a couple of days, with Reid keeping his job, but with his reputation–and that of his party–further tarnished. Not so much because of these remarks, but because of his party’s manner in handling them.