Harry Reid, the “open-mouth-insert-foot” Senate Majority leader from Nevada – did it again. In a yet-to-be-released book about the 2008 campaign, Reid described in private then-Sen. Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” The not-too-proper and racist sounding statement by Reid was included the new book “Game Change,” by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.
Reid quickly came-out with the usual politician “Cover Your Butt” apology first to President Obama and then to everyone else. He said he was sorry “for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments”.
Its almost criminal – for a Senator to make the amount of public mistakes that Reid has recently made. Here’s just a few more (of the many) gaffes that Dingy Harry has made in public:
- On the Iraq war: “This war is lost.” (April 2007)
With the gradual draw-down of troops and the decrease in U.S. casualties in the past two years, Reid wouldn’t be making that comment today.
- On the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy: “I think it’s going to help us.” (August 2009)
Reid probably meant that Kennedy’s death would inspire Democrats to finish the job on health care. But the phrasing was stupid and Republicans accused the Democrats of politicizing Kennedy’s death.
- On President George W. Bush: “I think this guy is a loser.” (May 2005)
Well he was reminded later that he’d called the president a “loser,” Reid volunteered that he’d also called him “a liar.” He apologized for the first line — but not for the second.
- To a Las Vegas Review-Journal executive: “I hope you go out of business.” (August 2009)
Given the state of the newspaper industry — and the high unemployment rate in Las Vegas — this wasn’t received very well by local citizens. Reid’s office said he was just joking and Harry responded: “Sometimes, my humor doesn’t go over well”.
- On town hall protesters and agitators: “Evil-mongers.” (August 2009)
Reid admitted in a later interview that “I maybe could have been less descriptive.” But the comment pointed to a larger problem among some Democrats: that they were not in touch with real Americans.
- On Capitol tourists (December 2008):
“You can always tell when it is summertime because you can smell the visitors. The visitors stand out in the high humidity, heat, and they sweat.” Maybe if you’d get your nose out of the air you wouldn’t smell the pits of “Joe average American”.