Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Saturday for making racially insensitive remarks about Barack Obama during the presidential campaign.I'm sure Harry Reid did truly believe that Barack Obama could win the presidency in '08. Yet it wouldn't take a genius to figure out that what Harry meant by "Negro dialect" was 'Ebonics' (or any other form of ghetto slang the Blacks tend to utter), which if Obama was caught using could serve as a detriment on the campaign trail. Then too, white liberals in their quest to make the "first black President" a reality, certainly plotted around staying away from the subject of race altogether (much less keeping the likes of racial ambulance-chasers like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson as far away from Barry as possible). That said this latest drama only confirms that Harry Reid is even more of an idiot than we already thought. Guess too that notion of living in a 'post-racial' America now isn't quite as pure as white liberals like to present it.
Journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann reported the remarks in their new book "Game Change," which is scheduled to be in bookstores Tuesday.
The authors quote Reid as saying privately that Obama, as a black candidate, could be successful thanks, in part, to his "light-skinned" appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
"He [Reid] was wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that 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,' " Halperin and Heilemann say.
"Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama's race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination," they write.
In a statement to CNN, Reid said, "I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words."
"I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments.
"I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance President Obama's legislative agenda," the senator from Nevada said.