Politics

Republicans have waited a long time to hit a Democrat for racism, in Reid they have their chance

Mike Riggs Contributor

Nevada Senator Harry Reid’s recent gaffe isn’t the first time that Republicans have tried to recreate the Lott controversy and bring down a Democrat. In February 2005, then-Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean joked that Republicans couldn’t fill a room with non-white members “unless they invited the hotel staff in.” Mississippi Republicans sprang to action, sending their African-American leadership out to demand Dean’s resignation. “Ask the Democratic party do the same thing to Dean that Republicans and other Democrats did to Senator Lott,” said Charles Evers, an African-American GOP activist and veteran of the Civil Rights movement.

But a contrast between Lott and any other politician is hard to make.

Full story: Looking for Lott’s Revenge, GOP Aims at Reid Gaffe – Dave Weigel – The Washington Independent.