light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.
Reid has since apologized. Obama has since accepted his apology but there is now a growing controversy surrounding this statement, the apology, and the acceptance. There should be one. Here's what then State Senator Barack Obama said about Trent Lott in 2002.
Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D-13th), who hosted WVON's Cliff Kelley Show, challenged the Republican Party to repudiate Lott's remarks and to call for his resignation as senate leader.
"It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do," said Obama.
He said: "The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party."
Of course, when Trent Lott suggested that the country would have been better off if then Segregationist Strom Thurmond would have won the presidency, at a birthday party for Thurmond, he was run out of the leadership.
Democrats, like Al Sharpton, are now claiming that the two comments are not comparable. Of course, they're comparable. They're roughly as insensitive as the other. The only difference is that one was said by a Democrat and the other by a Republican.
You see we have this image that Democrats care more about minorities so when one says something this insensitive, it is seen as out of the ordinary. When Trent Lott said it, it, in the minds of the MSM, merely reaffirmed that Lott was a racist. Reid's comments are seen as an aberration while Lott's merely verify his behavior.
Now, Michael Steele is calling for Harry Reid to resign.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., should step down because of racial comments about U.S. President Barack Obama, a Republican leader said Sunday.
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, when asked on "Fox News Sunday" if Reid should resign as majority leader because of comments made in 2008 regarding then-candidate Obama, responded, "I think he should."
I don't think that Harry Reid should resign but I also didn't think that Trent Lott should have resigned. In a situation, one long press conference dedicated to nothing but the subject is the sort of punishment that a politician should receive. At such a press conference, you should be able to tell if this was a slip of the tongue or if said politician meant it.
What is clear is that this has turned into a growing scandal at the worst time. Harry Reid will need all the strength he can get to keep his coalition together. He would have needed to run a perfect campaign to get reelected. It's now assured he's losing in 2010.