Monday, January 11, 2010

The "Racist Reid" Flap

Oh come on!

I don't even know what he said.  I really don't care either.  I would like my side to be above tossing out the race card every time someone says something that might possibly have a double-meaning that could possibly be construed under just the right light (usually artificial) as "racist", or even makes an attempt at humor.  I mean, we're different in some ways.  Sometimes it's funny.  Big deal.

If and only if this is being used to point out the double standard ... I'd be behind it.  But let's make it clear that's what we're doing here.

Update: Apparently what we're hearing in the headlines and what the way the press is portraying Michael Steele's comments is (surprise!) wrong.

What he said was that if Trent Lott is the standard, then Harry Reid should resign.   He didn't call for Reid's resignation at all.

I'm good with that.


mkfreeberg said...

Yeah, that's pretty much how I saw it. The double standard is odious, for many of us if we say the rest of it is offensive to us then we come off looking like we're the double-standard types and everyone else is perfectly logical and innocent.

I think the proper reaction to show to this, is a quizzical look like you'd find on that Gramophone doggie, with an honest, innocent "So what exactly changed since 2002?" That is, in response to Dianne Feinstein and everyone else who thinks Reid should get away with it.

Cylar said...

If Dianne Feinstein thinks Reid should be off the hook, then put me down for saying he ought to wind up on death row. Whatever she thinks, put me down for the exact opposite.