To use an appropriate gambling analogy, Senate Majority Leader upped the ante today when he not only refused to apologize for equating opponents of “health care reform” with opponents of abolition, integration, and women’s suffrage — he actually stood by the remarks.
“At pivotal points in American history, the tactics of distortion and delay have certainly been present,” Reid said. “They’ve certainly been used to stop progress. That’s what we’re talking about here. That’s what’s happening here. It’s very clear. That’s the point I made — no more, no less. Anyone who willingly distorts my comments is only proving my point.”
There’s no distortion going on here. Reid explicitly equated Republicans with those who opposed abolition, integration, and women’s suffrage. Meanwhile, Republicans were the ones who abolished slavery, secured women’s suffrage, and favored integration. It was Reid’s own party in the south that seceded from the Union and caused the Civil War to preserve slavery. It was Reid’s party that prevented women’s suffrage from becoming a constitutional amendment when it was first introduced by a Republican in 1878. And it was Reid’s party that fought racial integration.
But more importantly, this tale is not over. It was Reid and Senate Democrats who elected West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd, an ex-Klansman, the president pro tempore of the Senate. They placed a man known to have been a member of America’s most infamous white supremacist terrorist organization third in line to succeed America’s first black president. That’s not a distortion, Sen. Reid. That’s what we in the — oh, how should I put this? — reality-based community like to call a fact.
Well, don’t you know about the Byrd? Well, everybody knows that the Byrd is the word!
Chairman Steele wants Senate Democrats to strip Reid of his leadership position if he doesn’t apologize. Washington Sen. Patty Murray, the Democratic Conference Secretary, has made it clear that they have no more intention of doing that than of stripping Robert Byrd of his leadership position for once belonging to a racist hate group. But if Senate Democrats won’t strip Reid of his leadership position, then Nevada voters — who oppose health care reform and therefore must be racists — can and should do it. They should elect Danny Tarkanian to the U.S. Senate.