New book on presidetial election. GAME CHANGE

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    Jan 11, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
    Should reid resign or stay in office? He fessed up to his comments which is more than what some have done. Is his honesty now worth a second chance? If there's any hope to unite this country for ANY cause do we need to be constantly whip lashed backward for every step forward.

    Reid apologizes for “no Negro dialect” comment about Barack Obama from 2008 election
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued an apology today over private remarks reported in a new book in which he described Barack Obama during the presidential election as a black candidate who would benefit from his "light-skinned" appearance and speaking patterns "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

    His comments were referenced in the upcoming book about the 2008 presidential election out Tuesday titled, “Game Change” by journalists Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

    "I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments."I was a proud and enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama during the campaign and have worked as hard as I can to advance President Obama's legislative agenda, “ he said in the statement.

    Today Reid also got a dose of bad news from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The paper has a new poll where the Senate majority leader hits a new low. The senator is facing re-election in November. The poll quickly triggered speculation that Reid would pull a “Dodd,” or drop out of a race after facing losing a re-election bid. Reid quickly dismissed the rumors that he would not consider dropping out.

    If Reid were to lose, it would be the second time in recent years that a Democratic majority leader failed to get re-elected. In 2004, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle lost his re-election bid in South Dakota. Prior to that, the feat of unseating a majority leader hadn't happened since 1952, when Arizona Republican Barry Goldwater beat Senate Majority Leader Ernest McFarland, D-Ariz.
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    Jan 11, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    No I don't think Reid should resign or be forced out over his statement. I do agree that his statements are innapropriate. However, if you take his statements in context and in light of reality with the voting public, much of which are racially biased, his statements are factual. In the south and for those around the country who are prejudiced against black folk, a lighter black person who is articulate and free of perceived typical 'dialect', would definately be more acceptable to them. While it shouldn't be that way, because blacks are just the same as whites or any other race, we are all human beings of the same qualities, and abilites. But reality and what should be are two different matters, here in the US racial prejudice is still a large facter in peoples perceptions of a persons qualifications. Republicans are doing their best to make this non issue a comparitive issue and a double standard, when compared to Trent Lott being forced out, when he verbally suggested that a known segregationist back in the 40's should have been voted in as president and that if he had America would have been better off with less problems. The latter statement is far and away much more prejudicial against blacks, and the implications of both statements are on one hand miniscule and on the other major.