WASHINGTON aEU" Republicans on Sunday accused Democrats of a double standard by accepting Sen. Harry ReidaEU(tm)s apology for racial remarks about Barack Obama instead of demanding ReidaEU(tm)s ouster as majority leader.
In a private conversation reported in a new book, Reid described Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign as a aEUoelight-skinnedaEU African-American aEUoewith no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.aEU
Reid, D-Nev., apologized to Obama on Saturday, and the president issued a statement accepting the apology and saying the matter was closed.
GOP Chairman Michael Steele, in appearances on two news programs, compared ReidaEU(tm)s predicament with the circumstances that led Senate Republican leader Trent Lott to step down from that post in 2002. Lott had spoken favorably of the 1948 segregationist presidential campaign of Strom Thurmond, and in spite of apologies for those remarks at ThurmondaEU(tm)s 100th birthday, Lott was forced out as leader.
aEUoeThere is this standard where the Democrats feel that they can say these things and they can apologize when it comes from the mouths of their own,aEU he said. aEUoeBut if it comes from anyone else, itaEU(tm)s racism.aEU