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Washington (CNN) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid should give up his post following publication of remarks he made in 2008 about Barack Obama, Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele said Sunday.
"Racism and racist conversations have no place today in America," Steele told NBC's "Meet the Press." He accused Democrats of following a "double standard," and added that Reid had used "anachronistic language that harkens back to the 1950s and 60s, and it confirms to me a mind-set out of step with where America is."
But Gov. Tim Kaine of Virginia, chairman of the Democratic Party, said "the case is closed" following Reid's round of apologies for the remarks, which included a call to Obama. The comments "were in the context of praising the senator and acknowledging that the senator could be a great president, but they were still insensitive," Kaine told NBC. Asked whether Reid should resign, he responded, "Absolutely not," and added, "We're moving on."
Authors of the new book "Game Change" quote Reid, D-Nevada, as saying privately during the 2008 presidential campaign that Obama could be successful as a black candidate in part because of his "light-skinned" appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
The authors write that "Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama's race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination."
But while Steele, the GOP's first African-American chairman, went after Reid on Sunday, he was also on the defense over a remark he made last week that has been called racially offensive.
In an interview Monday with FOX News, Steele said the GOP platform "is one of the best political documents that's been written in the last 25 years, 'honest injun' on that."
Originally posted by Carseller4
Reid should absolutely NOT step down. He is a DEMOCRAT, and that gives him immunity from being considered a racist.
Only Republican Majority leaders are required to step down in situations like this. Remember Trent Lott?
Plus Harry Reid stepping down would deprive us from enjoying his upcoming 2010 re-election bid landslide defeat.
Originally posted by JMech
reply to post by Carseller4
Could'nt have said it better If old Harry does'nt resign somebody owes Mr. Lott an apology!
[edit on C: by JMech]
Originally posted by angrymomma
reply to post by tothetenthpower
Yes, their message has fallen on deaf ears. They don't really get any publicity unless it is negative and in some cases faked or misconstrued to the extreme. But there would be so much air time for them if something like this had come out of one their own's mouth. And it would be nothing but trashing them. All publicity is not good publicity, especially with todays MSM.