TOP BLACK DEMOCRAT: NOTHING WRONG WITH USING WORD NEGRO
LET'S BE HONEST & CALL A SPADE A SPADE
THIS WHOLE BROUHAHA over Harry Reid's private remarks to Ted Kennedy (recorded in the new book Game Change) about Barack Obama's "negro dialect" is such a ridiculous non-issue that I am hard-pressed to understand how so many conservative thinkers I normally respect--Ed Morrissey and Liz Cheney--- can be swept away in such ridiculous moral grand-standing. I say this even though I think Harry Reid should be run outta Washington on a fast-rail. He ranks among the worst politicians of our and all time. Nevertheless he needs to go for dozens of other reasons and not for this remark. It was really a veiled compliment, even if could be considered a bit condescending. Is there a law against that?
Let me make myself clear: I do not think Reid's remark was racist. I do not think he should be excoriated by the right for his honest opinion/ perception or for using the word 'Negro' for heaven sake! I do not think Reid was being mean spirited; he was talking about Obama's electability. from his white political perspective. And while the left's understandable defense of Reid points out the absurd double standard of assessing political correctness along party lines (recalling Trent Lott's Strom Thurmond moment and resignation in 2007 only partially because of that, as well as Obama's mean remarks beforehand), it also illustrates that two politically insane wrongs don't make a right.
I am firmly on the side of George Will (and George Stephanopoulos) in his Sunday exchange with Liz Cheney. To wit:
WILL: I don't think there's a scintilla of racism in what Harry Reid said. At long last, Harry Reid has said something that no one can disagree with, and he gets in trouble for it.
CHENEY: George, give me a break. I mean, talking about the color of the president's skin...
WILL: Did he get it wrong?
CHENEY: ... and the candidate's...
WILL: Did he say anything false?
CHENEY: ... it's -- these are clearly racist comments, George.
WILL: Oh, my, no.
Oh, my no is right. This is political moralism and self-righteous finger pointing at its worst. Liz---well meaning as I know she is attempting to be--- is just digging herself and us further into the grave of political correctness. And I for one am not having it. No cigar to Ed and Liz on this one.