Steyn nails it, as usual:
One understands the realities of power. You can talk about how light-skinned and clean the Negro is and that's perfectly okay as long as you support the President's policies or (as Mr Obama put it in his acceptance of Reid's apology) "social justice". But, if you go along to a town hall meeting and say you oppose the health care bill because you're very concerned at what you hear about waiting times for MRIs in Canada, you're obviously a knuckledragging racist who's itching to string that uppity Negro from the nearest tree.
Teabaggers are racist "straight up", but Harry Reid ...
Remember when Obama said this:
I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus," Obama told ABC News, "but I would also say that there's nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude."
h/t: Pillage Idiot who has a handy-dandy flow chart for figuring when offense has been made.
I've read that what Reid said wan't really that offensive, because he was complimenting Teh One. For being "light-skinned" and not speaking in "negro dialect."
Dan Riehl's got a bit to say about that.
Obama accepts apology, praises Reid on “social justice”
Social justice? Fair enough. Now, as applied to education policy, what is it exactly that Democrats have been telling generations of blacks in mostly urban schools? See, they've been telling them, hey, it doesn't matter, you needn't embrace strict standards of English, or speech. That's simply an oppressive old white man's thing. You should just go on and express yourselves as you please, man. Drops those consonants, misuse, or misplace those verbs, it all good! But then what happens once they graduate?
But all this is irrelevant, and Reid is going no where, the "D" next to his name insures that. Because everyone, Obama, Sharpton, and the Congressional Black Caucus have all forgiven Harry.
The bigger pictures is that the RACISM charge is used as a cudgel to beat Republicans/non-leftists whether it is deserved or not. Any whiff, and the charge is trotted out. Against Rush, Bill Bennett, Trent Lott, Don Imus (I'm not defending him), George Allen, Tea"baggers", me ... it is the left's FAVORITE tool. Truth and intent doesn't matter.
The next time you asswipes attempt to use it? I'm going to fucking laugh and laugh.
Update: K-Lo posts this caution:
Republicans need to be somewhat careful in their glee to pillory Reid over this — both from a "lowering the bar" perspective (It will be a Republican who next gets "caught" so why build a bigger case in advance) and also from a voter backlash in Nevada perspective
Republicans will be "caught" no matter what, and a bigger case will AWAYS be made. Pillorying Reid is a win/win.
But, I could care less if Dems boot 'em. He's your tool.