Top Nevada Newspaper Slams Harry Reid for “Race Baiting”
Well, will wonders never cease. The largest newspaper in Nevada is slamming Harry Reid, the Senate Majority Leader and one of their very own Senators, saying he is a race baiter.
In an editorial entitled “Colorblind Harry Reid continues to divide,” that was posted at the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s website on Friday, they called Reid the “da Vinci of distraction.”
“The moment any scandal, policy failure or political defeat crashes down on him — and there have been plenty the past few years — the Senate majority leader unleashes outrageous rhetoric,” the editorial said, adding that Reid “has become especially fond of slinging race cards just to crank up the outrage.”
This came after Reid commented, in regards to the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, “The one thing we are going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determined by the virtues of five white men.”
Oops, there he went – pulled out that “race card” again! The problem is, only four of the justices that sided with Hobby Lobby are white. The fifth justice was Clarence Thomas, who is black.
Nope, the Review-Journal editorial ascertains that “Senator Reid’s slip was no accident.” They continue, “He believes racial and ethnic minorities are ideologically monolithic constituencies who are incapable of independent or — gasp! — right-of-center thinking.”
“In the majority leader’s mind, Mr. Thomas is not an African-American because the justice doesn’t blindly subscribe to liberal orthodoxy,” the paper said, before pointing out other examples of Reid’s attitude towards minorities.
An example they cited was, during his 2010 re-election campaign, the Senator said of Latino voters, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK? Do I need to say more?” This was the same year Republican Brian Sandoval, who is Hispanic, was running for governor.
The editorial points out, “Never mind that Sen. Reid himself, like the entire Senate Democratic leadership, is as white as an Irishman in a snowstorm.”
“Quit the race-baiting already, Sen. Reid,” the editorial ends with. “You’re clearly colorblind — in all the wrong ways.”
However, the paper did not go even further in unwrapping his racist views. In an excerpt of the book Game Change, by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, giving details of a private conversation with Reid, away from the cover of the public facade, Reid said he “believed the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
He apologized for those comments, two years later. Seriously? It took him two years to apologize? All-righty then. Wonder if anyone that wasn’t a Democrat made a statement like that… would they get a two year pass on an apology? I highly doubt it. As a matter of fact they could apologize immediately and it would probably still be a part of the news cycle two years later. Just saying.
Why is it, six years into the Presidency of Barack Obama, our first African American President and a Democrat, his party continues to pull out the race card? And, why do the Democrats continue to let Reid lead their party in the Senate? And, in an even bigger question, just how does this man continue to get re-elected?