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View Poll Results: Should Senator Harry Reid step down for his racist comments about Obama?
Yes - If a Republican had said it the Democrats would call for his head. 75 78.13%
No - Because a Democrat said it, it's okay to let it go. 21 21.88%
Voters: 96. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-11-2010, 02:16 PM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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It was only 2 months ago that he called people racist for not wanting a government takeover of health care. He deserves no mercy and is the worst kind of hypocrite projecting his own prejudices on others in an attempt for total power. Just sayin'

17 for he should go 1 for he shouldn't.
This nation isn't going to "get over" the race issue until polticians ON BOTH SIDES stop using it to their advantage. Unfortunately, politicians don't represent their constituents but rather use them.

Reid is gone in Nov anyway. His days are numbered.
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:28 PM
 
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I'm not sure what he said is patently racist. It is a common misconception that Obama won the election based on something extra-political. Even if Senator Reid could of said it in PC rhetoric, his insinuating that Obama could talk like a Negro if he wanted to was the stupidest thing I ever heard. Anyone can "talk like a Negro" if they want to. Many White Rap artist do for money.
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:29 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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This is much ado about nothing and nothing but transparent partisan hypocrisy. You've got hacks like Hannity building his show around it, of course, calling the remarks outrageous, and calling for Reid's head. Pure disingenuous hypocrisy since Hannity has no doubt privately made a thousand similar comments over the years - so have lots of others.

There was nothing outrageous about what Reid said, so I wish fellow conservatives wouldn't embarrass themselves by jumping all over this because the likes of Rush and Hannity did and by saying (as Hannity did) that it was far worse than anything Trent Lott said.

Just because Democrats would attack any Republican saying it doesn't make it right and doesn't mean we conservatives have to come down to their level. It will hurt us in the long run. There are plenty of far more legitimate reasons for attacking Reid and other liberals.
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:31 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Perhaps you should refrain from rewriting history on CD.

There were several Civil Rights Acts, but the big one, under LBJ, would never have passed without Republican help. Democrats filibustered the Civil Rights Act for 54 days, including Sen Robert KKK. Byrd who gave a 14 hour speech as part of the filibuster (the president of his local NAACP said of Byrd -"The one-man talkathon staged by Sen. Byrd for 14 hours last night and this morning indicates the extent to which a mind warped with hate and prejudice will go — even in the hallowed halls of Congress.")

Don't ever forget - without Republican help - Democrats would have killed the Civil Rights Act.
It's not quite that cut and dried.

Civil Rights Act of 1964 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The original House version:

Southern Democrats: 7-87 (7%-93%)
Southern Republicans: 0-10 (0%-100%)
Northern Democrats: 145-9 (94%-6%)
Northern Republicans: 138-24 (85%-15%)

The Senate version:

Southern Democrats: 1-20 (5%-95%) (only Senator Ralph Yarborough of Texas voted in favor)
Southern Republicans: 0-1 (0%-100%) (this was Senator John Tower of Texas)
Northern Democrats: 45-1 (98%-2%) (only Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia opposed the measure)
Northern Republicans: 27-5 (84%-16%) (Senators Barry Goldwater of Arizona, Bourke Hickenlooper of Iowa, Edwin L. Mechem of New Mexico, Milward L. Simpson of Wyoming, and Norris H. Cotton of New Hampshire opposed the measure)

Plus more that I didn't copy out of copyright concerns, but you can look at the link yourself. It was very much a northern/southern thing, especially with the Dems.

Then there's this:

Southern strategy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

From now on, the Republicans are never going to get more than 10 to 20 percent of the Negro vote and they don't need any more than that... but Republicans would be shortsighted if they weakened enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. The more Negroes who register as Democrats in the South, the sooner the Negrophobe whites will quit the Democrats and become Republicans.

Your friends,

The Nixon Adminstration
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Reading, PA
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The questions in the poll are loaded. Must have learned the polling technique from Fox News or Glenn Beck.....

Anyway.....one of these days the Right is going to have to learn the difference between being racist and mentioning race. Every time someone says something about race is not an indication of racism.

Any person -- whilte or black -- who attempts to deny the truth in what Reid said is being disingenuous, at best, flat out lying or rabble-rousing at worse. Saying it doesn't make Reid or anyone racists; it's a statement of fact.

That leaves only the word "Negro" to deal with. He's 70. The word "Negro" was the most acceptable and honorable term for blacks until the late 1960's when Reid would have been in his late 20's. Up until then, calling someone "black" was considered rude. "African-American" wasn't used then. Some people simply never got over the change. Perhaps Reid is one. At no time was "Negro" or "colored" a slur, derogatory or racists. They just became old fashioned and, from what I'm hearing, the victims of some etymology revisionist history.
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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- If a Democrat had said it the Republicans would call for his head.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31300.html
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Republican leaders on Sunday called on Harry Reid to step down as Senate majority leader, after the Nevada Democrat apologized for calling Barack Obama as a "light-skinned" African-American who lacked a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories...#ixzz0cLNiWnQm

-Because a Republican said it, it's okay to let it go.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avBF8oBS1pI
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:04 PM
 
Location: NY
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It's not quite that cut and dried.
Sure it is. Without Republican help, Democrats would have kept filibustering the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Byrd is still alive...he'd probably still be yapping.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Reading, PA
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Sure it is. Without Republican help, Democrats would have kept filibustering the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Byrd is still alive...he'd probably still be yapping.
Well, yeah....the racist Dixiecrats who were Democrat in name only because Lincoln was a Republican. They were always Republican in every way but name. Once the Democratic president signed the Civil Rights Act, they all changed their registration to Republican and transfered their racist anger to the Democrats.

Byrd is one of the few who didn't switch to the Republican Party. His philosophy always matched that of the Democrats so he stayed and changed.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:22 PM
 
Location: NY
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Well, yeah....the racist Dixiecrats who were Democrat in name only because Lincoln was a Republican. They were always Republican in every way but name. Once the Democratic president signed the Civil Rights Act, they all changed their registration to Republican and transfered their racist anger to the Democrats.

Byrd is one of the few who didn't switch to the Republican Party. His philosophy always matched that of the Democrats so he stayed and changed.
I love these kinds of comments. They were always Republican in every way but name. You saintly Dems just can't swallow the fact that the Democrats tried to sabotage the Civil Rights Act. And what do you do, you blame them for acting like Republicans! What does that mean? Republicans saved the Civil Rights Act, not Democrats.

Actually I blame Dems for acting like Dems, that's how come you folks end up with nincompoops like Harry Reid making the kinds of comments he did. It's just so typical.
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:09 PM
 
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I have never seen anyone here on CD called a racist b/c they do not support Obama's policies. Not once.

The Repubs did not have much to do with the Civil Rights movement of the 60s, that is when Nixon devised his "southern strategy".

Since your mind is blown, perhaps you should refrain from CD.
Perhaps you should brush up on your history.

Republicans were instrumental in enacting the Civil Rights Act. Those who voted against it? Senator Byrd and Senator Gore, Al Gore's father.
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