No exceptions for Congress
The nation cannot be deprived of the opportunity for a frank and open discussion of issues relating to race, no matter how controversial. That's a policy that obviously must apply to members of Congress as well as to the press and public.
Neither the comment of Senator Lott, which cost him his post as Senate Majority Leader, nor that of Senator Reid, which threatens his, however, dealt with contemporary political issues.
Senator Lott's was a throwaway to a 100-year-old retiring senator that, ill-advised as it was, was not true, nor did it represent Senator Lott's actual views. It should not have cost him his position.
Senator Reid's comment, as inelegant and inadvisable as it was, was probably a correct description of election reality at the time. It is now almost two years in the past, and it should not affect Senator Reid's post.
Posted by: iH8dallas | January 14, 2010 8:45 PM
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