January 12th, 2010
11:55 AM ET

GOP should want Harry Reid to hang in

mg src="http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/11/gal.reidsad0111.gi.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="585" height="382" />

John Feehery
Special to CNN

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is in hot water for some comments he made to reporters in a new book called "Game Change." In the book, Reid said, Barack Obama had a chance of winning because he was both "light-skinned" and didn't speak with a "Negro dialect."

Some Republicans have called for Reid to step down.

I, for one, think Reid should stay on as leader of the Senate Democrats. He should stick around to face the voters in November.

While I understand why some of my fellow Republicans would want Reid to resign, I think he represents well the current plight of the congressional Democrats.

Reid's comments reflect the views of a man who is stuck in the past. Such language may have been completely acceptable in 1955 but is now completely unacceptable.

Keep Reading...

Filed under: Harry Reid • John Feehery • Raw Politics
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. The Fightmaster

    The truth of the matter is that Reid's comments were not against blacks. I think it was other way around. Whites are the ones who should be mad for being considered as predudiced who only voted for Obama because he didn't look or speak like typical blacks.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  2. greg

    i dont think what reid said was racist, but i think it shows the misunderstanding between blacks andwhites,these are the thingsthat cause anger and bitter words . untill we resolve these things racisism wins,we all lose

    January 12, 2010 at 12:23 pm |
  3. Elizabeth Frances Gray Eubanks

    Harry Reid's comment is only racist, to a racist...I am African American, and understand his language as "speaking the truth" pertaining to the acceptance of White Americans towards Blacks...and only a racist would be offended by this "Truth".
    Also, I believe "relationship" makes a difference in factoring the tone of his comment...he is not an enemy of the President, rather a "friend"...if you weighed the comments against those spoken from others in the past, pertaining to race...the relationship to him of those who said them, the results speak for themselves...it is awful that the Republican party is soooooo petty...and what is more disturbing, is other minorities who feed into this unnecessary hype.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
  4. Lampe

    I just wonder, If Mr. Reid, would have made the same comment in a room full of Black Democrats? If he wouldn't have made it in front of them, then he shouldn't have made it behind their backs.

    January 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm |