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January 11th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

Is Sen. Harry Reid's political career over?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

His days in politics may be numbered.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - hugely unpopular at home in Nevada - is being skewered on the national stage for controversial comments he made about then candidate-Obama.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

In the new book "Game Change" - Reid is quoted as saying Obama could succeed as a black candidate in part because of his light-skinned appearance... and speaking without a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

Reid has since gone on an apology tour - saying he's sorry to anyone who would listen: the president, plus several top African-American political figures... including members of congress, the head of the NAACP, civil rights leaders, etc.

President Obama accepted the apology "without question"... and top Democrats are defending Reid. No doubt they'd like the whole thing to just go away so the country can focus on issues like health care - instead of the party's own issues.

But several Republicans are calling on Reid to step down from his leadership position in the senate. They're comparing his comments to ones that cost former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott his LEADERSHIP job.

Meanwhile - Reid is facing an uphill battle just to keep his job as senator. A new poll shows only one-third of Nevada voters have a favorable opinion of him... 52-percent have a negative view of the four-term senator. And - that poll was taken before these comments surfaced.

Reid says he deeply regrets his "poor choice of words"... points to the work he's done for blacks... and insists he has no plans to step down.

Here’s my question to you: Is Sen. Harry Reid's political career over?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Brian from Las Vegas writes:
As a Nevadan, I can tell you the climate here is that Harry Reid's newly revealed poor choice of words is yet another issue in a long list of issues that will cost Harry Reid his senate seat. While Nevadans were once proud that the senator worked his way up as the majority leader, he has since ignored his home state and instead entrenched himself in partisan politics instead of solutions. That will be his ultimate demise.

Vince from Waterford, Pennsylvania writes:
Harry Reid is a jackass for many reasons, this is not one of them. In this case he simply spoke the politically incorrect truth, and we're all aghast. Barack Obama would not have received as much of the "white vote" if he was "darker", had "blacker features" or spoke with a "negro accent". Unfortunately, if he was "blacker," some white voters would have been turned off. That is the truth, ugly as it might be. Is this right? Hell no! But in our society, it is true. Yes, it's politically incorrect, and God forbid if a politician speaks a non-PC truth.

Don from Mobile, Alabama writes:
He seemed to be in trouble in his home state prior to the dustup over his comments about candidate Obama. The hypocritical, racist GOP conservative base smells blood in the water. They are, of course, using this incident to further their goal of regaining that seat for themselves. Why is anyone surprised? It is called politics.

Carol writes:
Why are you making such a big deal about this? What he said is true. I am a light-skinned African-American. People tell me I sound like a white girl. People have been saying this to me since the 1980s! Who cares?

Bob from Thousand Oaks, California writes:
Mr. Reid made an unfortunate mistake. He has apologized and his apology his been accepted by the President. Having been in public service for 40 years, I know how hard it is to always say the right thing, and when you blow it you hope people can put it in context and forgive you.


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soundoff (165 Responses)
  1. Tina Tx

    Not unless he is out voted come Nov. He only said what most white folks think. Yes he should have kept his opinions to himself since we are not a politically correct society. Sad when we cannot voice our opinions without being criticized. There are many white people who have never been around a person of color and we all use stereotypes.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  2. Joanne B

    No, Reid's career is not over today, however it will be over in Nov 2009. He's involved in bribery, etc in the Healthcare bill, and the obscene way that bill was put together is apparent to almost all Americans who care......we are listening now. We are about fed up as well.
    Joanne B
    MN

    January 11, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  3. Simonsays, Orlando

    It should be. Trent Lott got thrown out for the same kind of comment. The Dems can't be hypocrits about racial slurs. Lott gotb thrown out, so should Reid.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  4. Terry, Chandler AZ

    He, dispite his comments on Mr. Obama, will not be re-elected. He should resign his position as Senate majority leader. In not doing so he is making our party look bad. Yep, stick him with a fork.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  5. Jack Carlson

    Absolutely Reid is done...he's a hyporcrite...but then should that surprise us of most of the clowns in Congress.
    Jack C
    WA

    January 11, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  6. John from Alabama

    Jack: Senator Reid's political career will not be over until he loses his bid for re-election in 2010. Republicans in Reno, Nevada will celebrate on the day Harry loses. What about you, Jack?

    January 11, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  7. Don in Mobile Ala.

    He seemed to be in trouble in his home state prior to the dustup over his comments about candidate Obama.The hypocritical, racist GOP conservative base smells blood in the water. They are ,of course, using this incident to further their goal of regaining that seat for themselves.Why is anyone surprised? It is called politics.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  8. Emden (Deep in the Heart of Hurst Texas)

    No

    These politicans have become more adept at

    damage control especially regarding

    racism/bigotry

    January 11, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  9. hank

    It is in Nevada so I would guess Washington also

    January 11, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  10. Cate Malone Omaha, NE

    It's ridiculous to end a career over a stupid, ill thought comment. Was is a stupid thing to say? Yes, and nobody knows that more than Sen. Reid, but to end a career? No.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  11. Joyce Grissom, Marshall, TX

    NO.NO.NO. OF COURSE NOT. IT'S NOT IN VAIN. Truth does not necessarily mean consequences. If that were the case, Michael Steele should have included all the GOP's comments in his book. Maybe they will use this criteria to ask Steele to step down too. Does Steele have a double standard with his party of NO. NO.NO.NO. Truth or Consequences?

    January 11, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  12. RJ, Michigan

    I think we have more important issues to cover in the news or discuss.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  13. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    Must be a slow news day, Jack. If it is over, it's not because of some inane comment made in praise of the President. Let's remember, the other guy, Lott, was praising segregation. Big difference.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  14. Rocky

    Yup – stick a fork in him; he's done.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  15. Kay, Chicago

    Is John Ensign's political career over? Seems to me what he did was much more serious, and he's still in office.

    This is just more Republican political games. They just want to whittle down the Democratic majority in whatever petty way they can.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  16. MarKel Houston

    Senator Reid is not a dynamic personality, but his performance during the past year indicates to me that he is a skilled negotiator. The big question I have is "how much did he give away to get what he got?" If his accomplishments are touted by the left, he will continue. If the right takes control of his message, he's a goner.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  17. Maria

    It's really time for Reid to go away. Give him kudos for his years of service (he must have done something worthwhile?) and have him step down, and perhaps not even run in Nevada (or anywhere) again.

    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    January 11, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  18. Anne -- Sulphur, LA

    It would be very sad if it was. He was only articulating what exists in our society. Now he's being pilloried for saying that Obama was a candidate that white voters could feel comfortable with too. This is a tempest in a teapot.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  19. Joey in Florida

    I hope Harry hangs on for another term. He really cares about the people of this country and he just wants what is best for us, even if we don't know it yet.

    January 11, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  20. Jimmy from Houston, TX

    Yes, if there is any justice in the world. Reid is out there buying votes with Tax payer dollars for a health care plan we don't want. How is it even legal to buy a vote? Anyone who votes for this man, deserves what they get.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  21. tom graham

    Probably.But not because of this. I think the general public is tired of our representatives buying and selling votes. Harry will receive the salesmanship award from the liberal left & democratic party but not the voters.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  22. Jack Sweeney

    I get so tired of these people in Washington worried about the political correct thing to say or do. If they would put as much effort into getting this country back on its feet as they do worrying about their dam parties, The Chinese would not own us today. They could care less about the people they represent and more about themselves. It all ME ME, ME, ME.

    Jack Sweeney

    January 11, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  23. Brian Smith PhD

    Reid was over the minute the $8 billion rail project to Las Vegas surfaced. Here Vegas was likely the hardest big city hit by the housing foreclosure fiasco, and yet Reid wanted to build a choo-choo. Reid should have spent the $8 billion on saving peoples homes, not providing transportation for between Disneyland and Vegas. Kiss Reid good bye.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  24. Ed North Carolina

    I guess when you are represented by Virginia Foxx you become hardened to stupid statements by elected officials. I really don't think it is a big deal at all, but ultimately it's up to the voters of Nevada isn't it?

    January 11, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  25. Kent

    His political career was over even before his racial comments were made public. His leadership in the senate and the support he is getting from the democrats, especially the black caucus, is a disgrace to the people of this country. He may have supported civil rights issues over the years, but sometimes your hidden beliefs come out that expose your real beliefs.
    If this would have been George Bush saying these racial comments, the democrats and especially the black caucus, Rev. Al, and Rev. Jackson would be picketing the Republican headquarters demanding George Bush's head. He needs to step down now, resign and get a job dealing blackjack.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  26. JENNA

    Is Sen. Harry Reid's political career over?

    The fact that the Grand Obstructionist Party is trying to compare Harry Reid to Trent Lott is laughable, pure entertainment. How soon they forget that they, the GOP, wanted Lott out. The Democrats are standing firmly behind Reid.

    So NO, Harry Reid's political career is not over, bruised, but not over.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    January 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  27. Brian - Trinidad

    It should be.At the very least,Senator Reid should have the basic wisdom to accept that he cannot continue as senate majority leader given these revelations.I know,many have done worse and not have to leave politics,and Obama has dismissed it as a nothing,and the other side did worse without consequences, blah blah blah, but this is just not reflective of the standard of conduct that this country deserves and expects from its leaders,especially since the history-making election of a black President.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
  28. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Jack–
    Reid's mistake was saying publicly what many other politicians privately thought. It makes all his critics hypocrites, but his opinion about Obama's racial characteristics should have been kept to himself unless he was prepared to be honest about what he said–and it appears he's going to apologize instead. If this were the only strike against Reid, I think he'd be fine, but he's been hurting himself politically for years. This may just finish him as Democratic leader of the Senate.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  29. frankie

    No his career is not and should not be over. Black and white people in America need to learn to take each other's words at face value and answer each other's words at face value. If you don't believe this, look at poor Michael Steele, what a tough job he as to get anyone of any race or party to take anything he says at face value. We all need to be having plenty of these discussions.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  30. Eugene, Myers Flat, CA

    Hi Jack,

    If Senate Majority Leader Reid were a republican, his political career would be way over, for making such insensitive and racist remarks. Sadly, there's a double standard in this country and the lame stream media promotes it. Reid the hypocrite was happy to led the attack against former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, when he made a similar comment and demanded his resignation. We've had it with these idiodic incumbant and it's time to clean house. We're still waiting to hear Wolf sing Jack.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
  31. stacy st.augustine, fl

    Senator Reid should be thanked for all the work that he is doing on health care. As far as his comment in the book goes it's true. If the President was darker and came out saying "yo america wazzup" he wouldn't be President that's for sure. Making a big deal out of this comment is as stupid as making a big deal out of the lipstick on a pig comment. Jobs, health care, wars that should be the news for today. Leave Reid alone to work. The voters in Nevada will settle this.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  32. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    No Jack, he's Democrat. Had he been a Republican, there would be calls for his head. The double standard definitely applies. If he's out of a job, it will because the voters finally get smart in Nevada, not because of his comments.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  33. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    Oh yes. This pairing of Pelosi and Reid needs to be broken up. I think he is a disgrace to his own party and to this country. He meant those words he spoke about Obama and now is ashamed to admit to them. He's selling Americans short on the present health care plan and even his own contstituents want him out. So long Harry! Goodbye and good riddence.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  34. Janne from NC

    Not unless the media holds Reid to the same standard they hold all republicans. Let’s face it, if any republican had made that same statement they would have been run out of Washington the first day. I think this is just another example of the hypocrisy in Washington that we are all tired of.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  35. Mr. D

    Reid is history. Not necessarily because of his Obama remark but his association with Pelosi and company. Harry has thrown the dice and lost-just like many of his constituents in Nevada. Maybe he can get a job as a conductor on the light rail between Las Vegas and L.A.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  36. Alex in Seattle

    There is no reason to crucify the guy for an accurate appraisal of Obama's political chances. It may not have been PC, but Harry Reid has done more for minorities than the conservatives screaming for his blood.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  37. Dennis North Carolina

    if Reid loses his job than the news media should go broke and the republican party should be labeled the racial party of the united states. there is a difference in a racial statement and a statement that has a racial meaning.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  38. Jennifer - Winnipeg

    Jack, when someone, such as yourself or Harry Reid, writes a book, are there not editors that go over everything as you turn the chapters in? It could be that an editor working with Mr. Reid did mention to him that his words regarding Mr. Obama were 'a poor choice', and that Mr. Reid insisted that they remain in the book. If that is the case, then most certainly his career should be over. If that wasn't the scenario, then he should still lose his job and, might I suggest, get a new editor.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  39. Patricia in Korea

    If Republicans practiced what they are demanding from Reid right now, there would be very few to raise the hue and cry for his resignation. He said something stupid, then apologized. It seems to be pretty commonplace in Washington.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  40. Will from San Jose, CA

    Reid's political career should be over for his incompetent leadership of the Senate. He had a super-majority and tossed it all away in an attempt to get the token support of one Rebpublican Senator who still didn't vote for the bill. That's a much better reason to toss him then one dumb comment.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  41. Jim

    Jack,

    Just when you think Republicans couldn't sink to a lower level of hypocrisy, they prove you wrong. Reid wasn't being a racist, as they well know. He was simply observing the obvious fact that there is enough of an undercurrent of racism still left in America to make it harder for a darker-skinned or more heavily accented African American candidate to win white votes in a national race.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    January 11, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  42. Lynn, Columbia, Mo.

    Looks like it, but then I thought Bush's was too in 2004. I guess it depends on the voters.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  43. Michael Roepke - Dallas, TX

    Jack, I was there in 2008 when everyone was saying what Reid admits to. And by everyone, I include Jesse Jackson's assertion that Sen. Obama wasn't black enough.
    Now we have A decision to make. Do we want honest politicians who cannot serve a 6 year term without saying something controversial or do we politicians who prevaricate to make themselves look better.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  44. donna Pennsburg,PA

    Well Jack–I was a voting Republican for 30 years and finally got tired of their silly, childish behavior. Now that I'm a Democrat and recognize that the whole of Congress has no idea how to act like adults I've come to the conclusion that none of them are worth the positions they hold or the salaries they make. Enough finger-pointing and throwing sand in each others eyes. Try working for the American people for a change.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  45. Gail, Plano,Texas

    Only time will tell, Jack. Open mouth and insert foot. Just because Harry Reid is the Senate majority leader does not mean that he is savvy, socially. At least he did not use the "N" word. He is part of that generation that is still steeped in racial issues. But why write a book like this? Just to make a buck? I would not spend one red cent on trash like this.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  46. Tom

    The polls certenly look bad for the senator, but comparing what he said to what goofey Trent Lott said is at the very least a stretch. This new brand of conservitives don't have an ideoligy they have a mental illness.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  47. Ed from California

    No, Harry Reid coming from a gambling state. He was giving the odds of Barrack Obama the candidate, chance of winning the Presidency. Obama, as we all know, was running in White America. Since Barrack Obama won, look at all the garbage that was started by the disgruntled opposition....the Republicans. Tea parties, the jokes, their total disrespect of the man in the White House. I would hope that Senator Reid wouldn't loose his job for voicing his political opinion of a candidate. Nevada is crazy, if they kick Harry out. Nevada will have no voice.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  48. Joe Hanson

    Senator Harry Reid's political career won't be over until the President is ready to throw him under the bus.

    Until then he remains a member in good standing of the party that brought us slavery, segregation, jim crow laws and the KKK.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  49. Missy M

    Yes, but his career should have been over years ago. Let's end this tradition of career politicians and start demanding two terms per elected official (like we do with the president). Like most other career politicians, Sen. Reid has lost complete touch with his constituents - even worse, he doesn't care.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  50. Hubert Bertrand Oberlin La.

    I don't care for (REID) but I think the media ALWAYS run things in the ground, I know it's news, But the media make money from making little things bigger and blow it out of proportion. Glad you're back JACK> we miss you when you're not there.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  51. Scott from Dallas

    The careers of all moderates are over. This is the age of partisanship. Get on one boat or the other or you get to swim.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  52. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    I live in Nevada and although it's true the polls here are not favorable to Senator Reid, there really isn't a Republican that has better numbers either.

    I think he will survive next November because the voters here are NOT going to trade the Seante Majority Leader for a newly elected "bottom feeder" Republican replacement. that Senate seniority is just TOO important.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  53. Kris in Ohio

    Considering how close his comments were to Bill Clinton's during the primaries, who was pilloried by everyone for them, I would hope so. But given the nature of the media beast I doubt it.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  54. David, Tampa, Fl

    I would think that depends on what happens between now and November. If the economy improves and unemployment has bottomed out or gone down, over the Republicans dead boddies, he might not be done for yet. Health care may be the final hurrah or nail depending on the content of the bill but I think he is on his way out, not however, over dumb language and cat-calls from the idiots across the aisle.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  55. Marvin

    Why should his career be over for stating the obvious? Just because his remarks are racial doesn't make him a racist. I am an African-American and I believe what he said was true, if Barack wasn't able to speak articulately like someone like lil Wayne, and was perhaps as dark as Wesley Snipes than that may have hindered his chances.

    His comments speak of a deeper issue about racial indentity in this country, if asked what is the face of America, how many people wouldn't respond "white"? So any candiate that speaks and looks as close to the majority will be favorable to the majority of people in this country.

    Even though this is supposed to be a multi-ethnic country.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  56. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    I don't care for Reid myself but it's the Nevada voters who have to decide. It would be fooling for him to leave office cause a gang of republicans want him to, they have their own house that needs a lot of cleaning first. Kind of like, the pot calling the kettle ...you know.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  57. Jim Green, TX, www.Inclusivism.org

    Jack, in a word, NO....Senator Reid was doing a bit of reverse engineering and thinking out loud [when he should have kept his mouth shut] re why whites in America voted for Obama...Trent Lott, on the other hand, was suggesting that America would have been better off under racism—and it was the Republicans who asked Lott to step down.....the two statements have nothing in common....but isn't it interesting that this flap would come up just as Reid tries to Sheppard healthcare reform through the Senate......?

    January 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  58. cy

    It's not over because of today's silly media fueled sideshow. If the corporate hacks in the mainstream media make the Health Bill look like a bad deal for the American people he will suffer for that. However, there is still time to fix the bill and it remains to be seen if the corporate lackeys at places like CNN will sensationalize what people don't like about the finished bill. If the President signs a good bill that withstands the usual media stupidity then Sen. Reid has nothing to worry about. cy arlington,va

    January 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  59. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I think Senator Reid political life was going to end in the upcoming election anyway. His racial statements that he used during the presidential race will only help seal his faith. The republicans are using this for political hay. Which any politician would and should do. As far as bringing up Senator Lott, the republicans at that time were looking for a reason to replace him anyhow. His stupid remarks gave it to them. That is the only reason they did fight to keep him as their leader.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:50 pm |
  60. Cliff Glass - Rego Park, NY

    Jack,

    Our founding fathers never intended public service as a lifetime tenure, This is a lesson that needs to taught to all members of Congress.
    Perhaps 2010 can be the start of a renewed public effort for term limits – 12 years and you're out – how does that work as a slogan ?

    January 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  61. Forrest Nichols

    Democrats and the CBC risk losing respect in this decision to quickly dismiss Harry Reid's comments. These groups have historically touted being on the forefront of calling for quick and decisive punishment for those that use insensitive language towards minority groups. If they want America to continue to to give them respect in this arena, then they need to follow the same patterns as in previous situations and not play politics. Not calling for some type of disipline towards Mr. Reid will do harm to their respect and thus the cause of racial equality (a bigger picture than a protection on one Senator).

    January 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  62. Karen, Idaho Falls

    Hi Jack,

    I really hope Senator Reid is able to keep his job. His comments, while unfortunate, are accurate. President Obama would never have been the presidential candidate is he hadn't been light skinned, educated, and esthetically appealing to the voters. That said, Senator Reid has worked very hard, (under a lot of criticism) to push forth the Health Care Bill–fulfilling his job as majority leader. That is all that counts.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  63. Moe dallas tx

    Old Senators never die, they just lobby away..

    January 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  64. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,I do think Senator Reid will be voted out of office,not because of the insensitive remarks he made,but because of his double dealing backroom deals he has made with certain democrats to get their vote for the health care scam.We can only hope Pelosi goes with him!

    January 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  65. Joe CE

    Harry should be dumped for incompentence not bthe Obama remark.

    January 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  66. Michael Roepke - Dallas, TX

    Someday I hope we can say that a Black Senator is articulate without others assuming it is racist

    In 1959 there was a lot of discussion about whether the Irish/Catholic Sen. Kennedy could win the presidency. And while there was certainly racial and religious bigotry, most people who asked that question were not bigots. We will never enter a post-racial society until mentioning the Afro-American dialect is as acceptable as mentioning an Irish brogue or that after 8 years of George Bush someone mentions that the Democratic candidate is an articulate Black Senator and we see it as a racial slur. President Obama not only speaks well, he speaks heads and shoulders better than most Senators..

    January 11, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  67. Steve

    No, nor should it be. Sen. Reid offered an apology and it was accepted. What's next? A congressional hearing? The Republican's (Sen. McCann) are once again being disagreeable for the sake of disagreeing. And this from a party who put up a VP candidate who couldn't get VP Biden's last name correct in a debate!
    Steve
    Schenectady NY

    January 11, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  68. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    I'm a democrat and his career should have been over long ago, he is another one that is all talk and no action, he has let the
    Republicans get their way again, the health care reform is just a piece of junk that is only going to make the insurance and members of congress wealthy, what a damn joke and what is sad is that a lot of Americans think these worthless jerks are doing something good for them. The people are taking a supreme royal screwing again and congress is just getting richer and richer..

    January 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  69. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Whatever happens to him will not be as a result of his comment about Obama. He complimented him with words he's obviously comfortable with. And although he put it ignorantly, the sentiment was sincere.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  70. Jeff McGovern

    Jack,
    Sen. Harry Reid's political career should be over. You would be hard pressed to convince me that a four-term senator chose his words poorly. Any Politician who has been in office as long as Reid, knows exactly what to say and when to say it. This was no Freudian slip. Americans should wake up just because the President is African-American does not mean racism in this country no longer exists.

    Jeff
    NYC

    January 11, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  71. katiec Pekin, IL

    It's hard to say. If the Democrats come up with an acceptable Health Care Reform his popularity will increase.
    With the republicans usual making a mountain out of a mole hill, and the media constantly headlining them, regardless of the truth, facts, it is going to be a hard road for any Democrat.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  72. anthony.....Glassboro, NJ

    The only problem Reid did was crush the Republican Party in the last election and end up with a bull's eye on his back. By relentlessly portraying him as an ogre and incompetent, the GOP will have their pound of flesh. Lies reverberate much louder than facts. The gullible electorate will fall right into their trap and we'll have another do-nothing senator in Congress.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  73. Karl from SF, CA

    Harry Reid was probably a goner without this coming up, but it doesn’t help. Trent Lott was extolling the virtues of a hypocrite as a person of the people that had fathered a child by a black woman and run for President as a segregationist. A whole lot of difference in my book.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  74. janie

    Reid and Pelosi are so contentious, constantly personalize all debates with Republicans, act petty and unprofessioanl toward anyone who disagrees with them, and generally block all progress in Congress......It is time for them both to be replaced as leaders in Congress. It is so unfortunate that Ted Kennedy is no longer there to negociate as a professional congressperson., and sadder still that these two hacks never learned from his successful model of Change by listening to everyone and "meeting in the center".
    Janie, Springfield MA

    January 11, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  75. Darren

    He wasn't going to survive another election but the Republican's demanding him to step down is one, a diversion from their lack of solutions and leadership and two, if they were to somhow to get him to step down it would surely mean defeat for the health care bill.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  76. Joe

    I think that the voters of Nevada will descide this question.

    However, I think that it is the career of honesty and public discourse is over.

    What Senetor Reid said is true, but we American are unable to talk about race, its history, and it's present legacy.

    To make matters worse, politicians take an impolictic statement like Senetor Reid and use it for their situation better, but to better not the general of the country.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  77. Jerry, Toronto. Canada

    Who cares, Jack. The problem is not what he said (even though he was right by the way). The problem is that no real work is being done and that's why his position is in question.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  78. Liberal wingnut

    Reid's career was over prior to the reemergence of his Obama comments.

    Who supports his policies besides Pelosi? no one

    January 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  79. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    this is typical democrat double-standards. A GOP member makes an off-color comment and loses his job because he is a racist. A Dem, with an important role of ramming through healthcare nobody wants, makes an equally insensistive remark and it's ok because h's sorry. What a joke.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  80. Allen L Wenger

    No and what poor choice of words? President Obama is light skinned and speaks like a white man because he was raised by a white mother and white grandparents. President Obama and Harry Reid have about the same cultural background.

    Mountain Home ID

    January 11, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  81. Sharon in Texas

    Yes!

    January 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  82. Sean B, Oak Park, CA

    His career was over long before this.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  83. Mark D.

    This is such a joke. Jack- when I was in college a roommate of mine (African American) told me, "You know, when I'm up here in New Hampshire, I speak in this manner. And when I'm down in The City with my homies, I be speakin' like dis. It's all about playing to your crowd."

    So what Harry Reid said was not inflammatory or racist. It was pure and simple observation, and an accurate one. The Repugnants need to look more closely at their white robes before they start playing the race card.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  84. J W

    Who cares if one Senator's career is over. A larger concern is the use of the word Negro, a legitimate English word describing a race of humans, and the word dialect, a valid three syllable word. When those two words are put together, seems sensitive people get their feelings hurt. As long as this is the case there will never ever be a useful conversation about race.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  85. michaeljwjr

    Of course it's not over. What he said was not politically correct but it was absolutely correct. It wasn't racists at all, he was merely pointing out the fact that Obama knows how to match his crowd. Nothing sinister, nothing racist, simply stating a gift the potential President has to reach all the People of America.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  86. brendan m

    why is is when a black politician makes a racial comment we cay it's embarrassing and when a white politician makes a racial comment we demand resignation, didn't we call for equality?

    January 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  87. jim

    Harry reid's political career should have been over a long time ago. How he was elected to 4 terms in the Senate is an example of voter apathy and special interest vote-buying.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  88. tortor des moines iowa

    Sen. Harry Reid's political career should not be over and will not be over we all make mistake.If he has apologized then we should forget about it.what he said is not a recisit comment but a true thing..He was suppose to chose his words.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  89. Carol Gladden

    Why CNN making such a big deal about this? What he said is true. I am a lightskinned African-American. People tell me I sound like a white girl. People have been saying this to me since the 1980's! Who cares?

    January 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  90. John, Fort Collins, CO

    Using the name "Harry Reid" and the term "political career" in the same sentence is now an oxymoron. His fate is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  91. altondrew

    Jack:

    Mr. Reid's career is over but not because of the remarks. Unfortunately all the "race entrepreneurs" like Prof. Michael Eric Dyson are looking forward to turning a statement on political strategy into another stupid race debate. Blacks and whites made the same assessment about then-Senator Obama when he ran. Its just that Reid's statements ended up in a book. Big deal. Homeless people are freezing outside and this is what the press talks about.

    Alton Drew
    Atlanta

    January 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  92. Joy

    The people who spent however many hours going back TWO YEARS!!! to make this an issue need to:
    1. get a life
    2. work to do something positive to improve the situation rather than nit-pick.
    Enough already!! all of the way around!!!

    January 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  93. rick in northern california

    What did he say that wasn't true? The President IS light skinned, and DOES talk without the black dialect although I am sure he can talk like a "brother" if he chooses to. This is just more junk from the Republicans to try and take attention away from the real issues we need to deal with like health care and the economy. Of course their token black member has to speak out about it. You want to complain about something complain about the Republicans not having any black members to speak of. The only reason Richard Steele is there was so they could say they embrace the black community. Now that is racists.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  94. Susan Hart-Medvin

    I would like to know how Rev. Al Sharpton would describe it other than "Negro dialect", or updated to politically correct, "African American dialect". Even Oprah herself stated she speaks differently with her close friends. Michael Eric Dyson and Donna Brazile (please run for President some day) hit the nail on the head. The issue was not Harry Reid's verbage, but the fact that lighter people are still more accepted. I do agree with Harry Reid that it would have been a tougher hill for Obama to climb had he had the "typical" black features as Michael Eric Dyson says.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  95. comprof

    Reid not only failed his constituents but the majority of American voters who he has refused to listen to and even make fun of. He should be removed.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  96. Karl bell

    Hey Jack
    can all the reps and seators careers be over oh how wonderful that would be
    Karl SC

    January 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  97. Chris Wagner

    Are the Republicans becoming PC??? Guess that cold weather finally made it to DC.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  98. james in Idaho

    Jack, my opinion is, not at all; not if the people in his state are intelligent to get past the rhetoric anyway.

    The fact is, the only people really upset about this are republicans. They know he [Reid] was specifically talking about their numbers, when he commented on the advantage of Barack Obama having a white mother and speaking without a trace of ebonics, because the people who would feel most ill at east about a black president are in the republican camp.

    Quite frankly, the people who are upset, like Michael Steel, are the ones who wish he was in their group. Reid was just pointing out the truth that Barack Obama is the candidate the republicans could only dream of having, and that hurts Michael Steel's feelings because it only puts in to glaring emphasis the fact that he, as a black man, is not the republicans first choice as the conservative answer to Barack Obama.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  99. Marie (Portland,Oregon)

    The only reason GOP calling for Reid to step down is because they know how important his role has been on healthcare. Without him...think healthcare reform would be dead in the water and they know it. GOP like sharks can smell a drop of blood in the water.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  100. rebecca kremp

    Absolutely Sen. Reid should step down. His comments were TRUE, but they were offensive. Pres. Obama turns his accent and his affect off and on like a faucet depending on his audience. However, Sen. Reid should not be spared the same fate as Trent Lott....hmmm.......let's see, liberal press? elite double standard? You decide.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  101. Vincent Reno, NV

    I really enjoy seeing all the hoopla over Senator Reid. I mean you look at our other derelict Senator Ensign from Nevada, who has been preaching to us Nevadans about family rights and then goes out has an affair, lies to us about it, does not think he needs to address the questions whether he broke any laws in an alledged cover up. You have the Republican Congressman from South Carolina who calls the President a liar on national TV and is treated like a hero and where are the calls from the Republicans for him to resign. You have the Republican Congressman from Georgia comparing President Obama to Hitler, but yet there is deafness from the Republican side calling for these men to resign. So Mr Steele, Please don't go on national TV and ask for someone to resign when your party is full of such hypocrits.
    As for Senator Reid there is a need for change in Nevada and I will be exploring all option in the next two election cycles. As I think both men are an embarrasment to the great state of Nevada.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  102. Jose

    Jack,
    I'm a republican Hispanic from NJ. I don't think Senator Harry Reid's career is over just because of a comment like that. His record does not show that he's racist. He apologized to the president and that's what counts!

    January 11, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  103. Jay Fields

    Let me explain something to you all. Pres.Obama speaks just like me and most of the blacks I have known in my 49 years. Don't act as if all white people speak with proper english diction. Read this one sir.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  104. Erin

    I am an African-American and I was not offended by Senator Reid's remarks so why should the Republicans be. We understand what he was trying to say, plus he said what a whole lot of people were thinking. The Republicans should get a grip and stop being the party with no ideas but so quick to jump on any bandwagon to make the Democrats look bad. We are all in this together.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  105. Martine

    I personally accept his apology to the POTUS as sincere. His record speaks for him.

    Comments made in a personal conservation. Trenton Lott's comments made during a public speech.

    Everybody makes racist comments amongst people that they feel comfortable talking with about it. If they deny it, they are lying. I say racist things everyday within the comfort of my home. But I would never act out my racism on another person. I'm being honest.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  106. Barbara Roberts

    The man made a statement of fact, using scientifically correct terminology. Whatever euphemism we are currently using for black Americans, they are, in fact negroid by race. The fact that this statement is getting so much buzz is exactly the reason we cannot have a discussion about race in this country. If anybody states an opinion, he is automatically tagged a racist.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  107. Conor in Chicago

    His career won't be over, he'll just have to move to Utah or Texas to run for Senate there.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  108. Viola

    Senator Reid said what most of the people thought and said. I said the same thing when Pres Obama was running. 1) That he was raised by his white parents so he speaks like them 2) He was too young when the civil right marching was going on so he does not have a history like J>Jackson and others which some people dislike

    January 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  109. Bigmo

    Jack,
    Sen. Reid career would end by what he's not doin other then what he said, i'm a Dem. and i support the party for what they do and what they say and i truly believe that he's not a Sen. Lott

    January 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  110. arcelia cannon

    Senator Harry Reid's career is not over! The republicansshould put the effort in calling Senator Reids ouster into correcting the Health Reform, creating jobs,credit card high rates,banking fees, morgtage reform the list goes on and on.The senator is not a racist get over it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  111. Gloria

    When are you people going to stop running your country by"Crisis Management" There is a embarrassing feeling about how you are reacting to everything.
    How many thought they would never see a black president in their lifetime? Even the blacks couldn,t believe it.

    1Reid stated a fact and that,s all.

    He should not step down.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  112. comprof

    I am sick of this double standard by the news media – Democrats vs. Republicans – and I am a Democrat. Reed and most of news media should go. They are both only interested in their own bias agendas instead of what is best for the American people.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  113. kc ratner

    P-L-E-A-S-E-. All politicians live and die by the sword. How can he be believed to be sincere after what he said. He needs to fall on his. For the good of the country and how our system shouldwork.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  114. Angela Tacoma Washington

    No It is not Over! I am black and Harry Reid said what every black person has known most of their lives. Only the Republicans want this to be an issue.. but why didn't they correct their negative comments about Obama when they were throwing stones?We need our President to do just what he is doing,discussing unemployment, health care and the economy, Regarding,Michael Steel my father always said a "hit dog will holla"

    January 11, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  115. Ashi

    Reid's comments in his book manifest something which Americans talk about in the privacy of their own home, but hold to strict confidence in public. Because of our socio-race taboo, his comments stick out like a sore thumb; they present a true opinion shared, but not openly expressed, by many Americans.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  116. Nancy, Tennessee

    Senator Harry Reid showed racial prejudice with the statements that he made. He should resign. President Obama was very gracious to accept his apology, but the American people and the people of the state of Nevada may not be as gracious. If he doesn't resign, he'll have an uphill climb when trying to get re-elected.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  117. Marty

    It was over before this Jack, due to his inability to do his job running the Senate, which by the way needs to be dissolved ,but that i'll save for another time

    January 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  118. jan carson

    leave REID ALONE. his remarks were not mean–not untrue, and it we uswede to have freedom of speech.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  119. Toni from OK

    No, it is called using politics by the GOP. The GOP has twisted the context of what was meant. and they know it and they are hoping it will stick. We have way more important issues to deal with left over that this Administration had to deal with.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  120. Karen from Henderson, NV

    Jack,
    No one believes that Harry Reid is a racist, and most people forgive him for his comments. My only worry is that he is pushing 71, and as an ex-boxer, he's becoming a little punchy with his comments. Obama is coming to Vegas in February to try to bail Harry out, but it remains to be seen if he and Reid will be able to roll over us again.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  121. Dave from Lodi

    Jack,
    The election is almost a year away. I think early poll numbers are questionable. Reed's poll numbers will be higher when the campaign season starts. The people of Nevada will benefit more from a senator in the majority than the alternative. The people of Nevada understand that.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  122. Noel - Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Reid made his comment based on his racial understanding of his country. Wrong or right, I dont think it was intended as derogatory.
    So this whole discussion is just political hype.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  123. Richard Mahoney

    The whole argument is ludicrous. It is a political fact that the light color of Obama's complexion and his elocution contributed to his desirability.

    To compare a realistic observation with a comment that endorsed Strum Thurmond’s affinity for slavery is unconscionable. Personally I am disgusted with the Republican obsession with criticizing Obama and the democrats.

    Reid’s popularity in Nevada is beyond my scope of knowledge.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  124. Robert Kearney

    No and let me first state that I am a black man in America. People of color in this country have always had to live by double standards. People of color have always been a threat to someone of a lighter complexion in this country. The one reason Harry Reid will not be voted out of office is because he made a statement about a black man that many people who look like Sen. Reid feel as well. Racism is alive in America and we are still scared to address it.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  125. prettygirl

    God,
    I hope Senator Harry Reid's political career is not coming to an end. He has done so much for this Country. We need more honest Harrys in the Senate rather than some of those lying dishonest bigots.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  126. Mark, Worcester MA

    No, unfortunately. That would be the right thing to do, and well... we can't have that now can we?

    January 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  127. Laura

    Is his political career over? Have you even paid attention to what other politicians have gotten away with? This is small potatoes.
    Laura

    January 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  128. Patrice

    Only if Dick Cheney's is. Spare me the moral outrage of the GOP!

    January 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  129. Gordo, NJ

    The list Republicans and conservative pundits who are puffing indignantly about Reid's remarks, is almost exclusively made up of the same people who oppose help to inner cities, jobs creation, affirmative action, hate-crime legislation, low-income education assistance, judicial reform, and almost every aspect of support for public education. Why should anyone listen to them now?

    January 11, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  130. Gwen in Atlanta

    I can only hope Reid's days are over. He's an embarrassment to his party and to this country.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  131. Jeff Crocket in New Britain, CT

    Harry is useless and over!!!

    January 11, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  132. Sherri-Illinois

    He's in a tough Senatorial race but thats it. His remark about Barack Obama is much ado about nothing! Just the Media trying to ignite a fire under the Democrats & Republicans for fun!

    January 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  133. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Jack,

    I sure hope not but then again I do not know enough about what he is facing for midterm election...would be nice to know!

    January 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  134. Rick Medina,OH

    Jack,

    Sen. Reid is 'toast.' The best thing he can do for Democrats is step aside, and NOT recommend a successor.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  135. Paul Porter

    I love American politics. Sen Reid says what, in one sense, is essentially a compliment about the president. It's not so much what he said but the fact you don't say things like that. The "real" racists are all the conservatives and others taking the call from Rush Limbaugh and are working hard to make sure his presidency fails.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  136. Coco Valet

    He should be... Our Senators should be held to a higher standard... Remember Jimmy the Greek and Don Imus, they lost their jobs... Why should Reid be treated any different???

    January 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  137. Jerry

    Jack, I think he is done. What doe's his remarks mean to the Darker African American's that do have African American speaking language that they don't have a chance to be President because they look that way and speak different? Thats not a very nice thing to imply, Plus the fact that he like's to do backroom deals, and these were backroom conversations, talking behind people's backs, also implying that this is the standard and that applies to all blacks and thats what he doe's behind closed doors. I think he should resign. Jerry/ Iowa

    January 11, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  138. erma griffin

    Let he that has never made a negative or mis-stated word cast the first vote.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  139. becky in tipton, indiana

    These comments amaze me. All these people are active on the
    internet, yet, they all mime propaganda on one side or the other.
    Both bills, reporting of daily action on the Health Reform Bill at
    nutral sites is available where you can read and decide things for
    yourself. If you are a Ameican first, with a open mind, called a
    Independent, then you think for yourself and find out the truth not
    listen to media or lobbyist commercials.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  140. Mike

    Jack,

    Stick a fork in Harry Reid he's done along with most Democrats not so much for his remarks but the heath care scam. I voted democrat all my life, but that will end this year!

    Mike

    January 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  141. John Johnson

    Jack,
    As a black woman that grew up doing your error,I am very aware
    of the term you used,"CLOSET RACIST".I'm also disgusted at this not only being news,but that the Republicans would compare it with
    Trent Lotts statement and the mere fact they are claiming to have
    so much concern for what someone says about the President.
    With all the deeming and ugly things they have either said or allowed
    to be said,I WISH PEOPLE WITH A THINK TANK WOULD PUT ALL
    THESE HYPOCRITES OUT OF OFFICE,MAYBE THAT WILL SOLVE
    THE RACE PROBLEM AND MANY OTHERS.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  142. Homeless D

    Probably not. Politicians can get away with the most astonishing things!

    However, in this day an dage where EVERY word uttered can be showing up on Facebook within a matter of seconds, it worries me that politicians are not smart enough to realize that. Do we really want to be "led" by such morons?

    January 11, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  143. DeeDee

    Why should any Democrat listen to one word from the Republicans? The fact that they cannot tell the difference between what Senator Reid said and what Trent Lott said proves my point. Senator Lott glorified a time in our history when there open and sanctioned segregation and persecution of people of color. Senator Reid was simply saying then Sen. Obama had a chance because he's bi-racial. Sure he could have used a better choice of words. I'm African American and I accept his apology as sincere. His record speaks for itself.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  144. Ashley/ Summerville, Georgia

    I am not mad at Sen. Reid. The truth is, he only said out loud what a lot of folks said in private; and that included some black people too. Why do you think that there are so many black leaders willing to forgive him. It is for sure, part of how President Obama was elected. He was black enough for some of us black folks, and white enough for some of the white folks,and smart enough for the rest of the folks. Jack, this fact speaks to our deeply ingrained race issues in this country. So let's just keep it real, and leave the man alone.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  145. Brad in Memphis

    I'm a Democrat and we can't get rid of Reid fast enough. I don't care if he was a boxer in some previous life, he's weak now. I think he and Pelosi have no clue how to lead, and I'll be overjoyed if they are replaced by someone who understands power politics.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  146. Alex

    Mr. Reid was not stating his own opinion about why he thinks Obama "has a chance of winning the elections" he was rather talking about how the nation in general's going to view Obama and it is very much according to the mentality of his generation. I do not think that Mr. Reid is racist . It is ironic that some of those who criticize him are the ones who always try to appeal to racists.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  147. Rus in St. Paul, MN

    It's not over yet, but it wouldn't surprise me if they're already planning the going away party (paid for by taxpayer money of course).

    January 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  148. Mark F

    Using the term 'Negro' (in any context) in the 21st century? His anachronisitc vocabulary reflects his old, worn out politics, Time to go.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  149. Katja in Florida

    We can only hope!! Can he take Pelosi with him?

    January 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  150. honestjohn in Vermont

    Although I don't live in Nevada I don't really care much for Reid either. But I did not think his Obama remarks to be a lie or inaccurate and that is rare for a politician. Now some may find his words offensive, but I am afraid he only spoke the truth and maybe for the first time.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  151. Willow, Iowa

    I don't think this should hurt him. Who was it that said in the primaries "Obama is clean and dresses well." I would think that would be a worse insinuation. The GOP has said things bordering on treason and total racism, and nobody has even censured them. Reid is an older guy, and that's how they have talked for their entire life. I work in a nursing home and you should hear some of the names elderly people use, and they don't know that its not acceptable anymore.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  152. Jim, Novato CA

    So much ado about nothing! Karen from Idaho Falls is correct. Reid was making a political appraisal, not a racist remark, based on his understanding of the prejudices of the American public.
    I'm not so sure that the blackness of Obama's skin would have made much difference, but certainly his campaign never would have come close to success if he were not highly articulate. Anyone who would claim otherwise is not in touch with reality.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  153. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    If Harry Reid can predict who will go to the Super Bowl and win it certainly would give his political career a boost.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  154. Scott

    In today’s politically motivated society, maintaining power has become more important than doing what’s right. For Democrats, it is much more important to maintain unity and power than to reprimand Senator Reid for his racially disparaging remarks against an African-American presidential candidate. The forces of power know that if Senator Reid were to step down, Health Care and a host of other Democratic initiatives would be lost.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  155. King

    It is ironic that Republicans are more upset about Reid's comments than the members of the black community. Am I missing something here? Since when are the Republicans the defenders of civil rights for blacks, women, immigrants, or gay/lesbians? As a black man, I forgive Senator Reid for his poor choice of words. Please don't compare his record to those of Trent Lott and other bigots.

    Let the voters of Nevada decide if his career as a politician is over. The Republican leaders need to "chill."

    King

    January 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  156. Sabrino Majok

    Yes, it will be over come November.

    Edmonton/Canada

    January 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  157. Terry

    As an African American male, I along with other Americans completely agree with what Senator Reid stated. Has he spoken an untruth? If this becomes an issue, maybe the next time he should get a black comedian to say the same thing, which will be received as very hilarious!

    Terry
    Enterprise AL.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  158. EugeneWiese

    He may be voted out of office. To me he is an unknown quantity.I'll go with Obama on Reid's future.I do not like to see the Democratic party lose votes and power.AT this moment in time I'd hate to see a conservative congress and/or president. Gene

    January 11, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  159. Mary, Detroit

    No. Sen. Reid’s career is not over. His comment about the president is on target from a cultural perspective. As usual, the media as over-reacted to the response by RNC Chair Michael Steele for him to resign. He has no business suggesting that anyone should resign based on his party’s record – especially Tea Partiers - for the promotion of racism. The media has blown Reid’s comment out of proportion rather than deal with racial issues head on. If they understood the black culture and his history in the context of Reid’s statement, they would understand that it does not constitute racism. Instead, it serves as a blend of history and culture that affect the perception of race.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  160. kishawn in houston

    It may be but not because of his comments. As an african-american I am not offened cause I have said the same thing many times, just not in those exact words.. I do believe he needs to catch up with more racially sensitive language used by this generation... It was a gaffe made in a positive nature, but a gaffe none the less....

    January 11, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  161. john .... marlton nj

    It has been for about a year

    January 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  162. Jason Lennerth

    If George W Bush can get elected for another term I'd say anything is possible. Maybe I should've said for one term since the first election should have gone to Gore. Can someone remind what the relevance is of the electoral college today?

    January 11, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  163. J

    No. Not yet.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  164. Kevin

    I think the perception by a lot of people is that the president is more white than black. His ethnicity is not necessarily his personality, real or perceived.

    January 11, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  165. terry

    Harry's political days may be over , but unfortunatley look at the harm he's already done. The only thing about the statement about Barak Obama is again ,if a conservative had made the same statement, they would have been cursed,crucified, and ran out of politics.

    January 11, 2010 at 6:01 pm |