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Sen. Reid’s remarks: light-skinned with no Negro dialect

Negro dialect?  Really Senator Harry Reid?  Just because you mean well doesn’t mean your comments were not racially insensitive.  If you’re dark-skinned with a negro dialect…guess you’ll never be elected.  Bright=right, huh?

Democrats continue to close ranks behind Sen. Reid after the book “Game Change” revealed that he made comments suggesting that Barack Obama could become the first African-American president because he was “light-skinned” and because he did not speak with a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”  Reid has apologized, but the right is milking this situation for all it’s worth and calling for him to step down.

In this situation I feel that what is said has been said and there is no good excuse.  There is a lot wrong with Reid’s remarks.  Blacks shouldn’t give him a pass, and Democrats shouldn’t either.  He shouldn’t the spokesperson for the Dems, anymore than Trent Lott should be the spokesperson for Republicans.  If he going to see any real repercussions? Perhaps when he’s up for re-election.

We should hold politicians to a higher standard and sometimes you don’t get a second chance after you put your foot in your mouth.  Joe Biden is the exception to that rule, the Dems can’t afford to have more than one loud mouth who doesn’t think before he speaks.  That’s what the Republicans and Fox news are for.

The NY Times makes some great points:

Supporters of Mr. Reid said the Reid and Lott situations were also different because of what they say is Mr. Reid’s unimpeachable record on civil rights. They mentioned Mr. Reid’s support from black leaders across the country as well as his efforts to integrate the Las Vegas strip and Nevada’s gambling industry. Mr. Lott’s record was more mixed, and included, among things, his previous opposition to making the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday and his vote against the Voting Right Act as a member of Congress.

“They are not in the least bit comparable,” said Lani Guinier, the Harvard Law School professor whose nomination as assistant attorney general for civil rights in 1993 was pummeled by conservative groups and eventually withdrawn by President Bill Clinton.

Mr. Lott’s remarks, Ms. Guinier said, seemed to be expressing nostalgia for the segregationist platform of Mr. Thurmond’s 1948 presidential campaign, while Mr. Reid comments seemed to be addressing “an unfortunate truth about the present.” That truth, she said, is that Mr. Obama would have had a more difficult time getting elected if his skin were darker and if he spoke in a dialect more identifiable as “black.”

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Palin should step down…Biden should shut-up!

I’ve never noticed Vice-Presidential nominees so much in the past, but the two in the 2008 election are really worrisome. I think Biden was the smart, responsible choice for Obama (sorry Hillary supporters) because of what he adds to the ticket. He, however, seems to keep his foot in his mouth. Sarah Palin, on the other hand, seemed more like a stunt to pull Hillary voters, that has terribly backfired. Based on current interviews, what other reason could there have been? In her defense, she wasn’t vetted properly, didn’t think this opportunity would come this soon, and was thus not prepared. If she were, maybe she would have held her own much better and it would make sense why John McCain chose her. My advice, Biden shut-up and Palin step-down… See the below article. (There are rumors that Biden may step down…but we’ll wait that craziness out for now).

Palin Problem
She’s out of her league.

By Kathleen Parker

If at one time women were considered heretical for swimming upstream against feminist orthodoxy, they now face condemnation for swimming downstream — away from Sarah Palin.

To express reservations about her qualifications to be vice president — and possibly president — is to risk being labeled anti-woman.

Or, as I am guilty of charging her early critics, supporting only a certain kind of woman.

Some of the passionately feminist critics of Palin who attacked her personally deserved some of the backlash they received. But circumstances have changed since Palin was introduced as just a hockey mom with lipstick — what a difference a financial crisis makes — and a more complicated picture has emerged.

As we’ve seen and heard more from John McCain’s running mate, it is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn’t know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion.

Yes, she recently met and turned several heads of state as the United Nations General Assembly convened in New York. She was gracious, charming and disarming. Men swooned. Pakistan’s president wanted to hug her. (Perhaps Osama bin Laden is dying to meet her?)

And, yes, she has common sense, something we value. And she’s had executive experience as a mayor and a governor, though of relatively small constituencies (about 6,000 and 680,000, respectively).

Finally, Palin’s narrative is fun, inspiring and all-American in that frontier way we seem to admire. When Palin first emerged as John McCain’s running mate, I confess I was delighted. She was the antithesis and nemesis of the hirsute, Birkenstock-wearing sisterhood — a refreshing feminist of a different order who personified the modern successful working mother. Continue reading

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Obama’s Historic Speech Tonight, Star-studded lineup

Millions of people can’t wait for this historic event!!! I’m so excited that it’s the anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” during the March on Washington. The speech is enough for me, but I hear tell there will be some entertainment.

Colorado jam-rock group Yonder Mountain String Band is scheduled to play sometime before the opening gavel at about 3 p.m. MDT. Academy Award winning actress and “American Idol” finalist Jennifer Hudson is slated to sing the national anthem.

Between 5 and 6 p.m. MDT, will.i.am — member of the hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas — will perform, accompanied by John Legend on piano, the official schedule shows. Singer Sheryl Crow is also scheduled for that hour. Then, between 6 and 7 p.m. MDT, soul legend Stevie Wonder will perform. Between 7 and 8 p.m., singer Michael McDonald is on the bill.

As for the surprise, rumors have been circulating for days that rocker Bruce Springsteen — who has endorsed Obama — would perform Thursday night shortly before or after the candidate’s speech. Continue reading

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