April 1, 2016

FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Harry Reid’s History Of Racially-Charged Remarks

Under fire for a fellow Democrat’s claim that Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid tried to keep him out of a House race because of his Muslim faith, Reid and his team promptly turned the umbrage machine up to 11.

Congressional candidate Jesse Sbiah is claiming Reid told him “a Muslim cannot win this race,” during a closed-door August meeting. Reid’s camp, in response, called Sbiah a “liar.”

While Sbiah and Reid’s competing stories are a case of he said, he said, preeminent Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston explained why Reid’s faux outrage rings hollow:

As Ralston points out: “Could Reid have said something so inartful, so indelicate about his faith in his conversation with Sbaih? The man who has a gaffe catalog thicker than ‘War and Peace’ will have a hard time getting people to believe he’s not capable of saying it.

Why, oh why, would anyone believe Reid would make a racially-charged remark about someone’s religion? Just two of the entries from Reid’s “gaffe catalogue” may provide a clue.

Take, for example, the explosive comments Reid made about then-Senator Barack Obama that were reported in Mark Halperin and John Heilman’s post-2008 presidential campaign dossier “Game Change,” forcing Reid to apologize:

Or Reid’s disastrous Asian Chamber of Commerce speech, where an America Rising tracker recorded Reid saying Asian Americans have convinced “a lot of us” (“us” presumably meaning “white people”) that they are smarter, and ending with the memorable line, “One problem I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight” when someone with the last name Wong was introduced:

Why indeed.