- The Washington Times - Friday, January 15, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Republicans are making a big deal of what Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said about race. Republicans claim there is a double standard, that people are a lot more forgiving when a Democrat makes a racist-sounding comment than when Republicans do the same.

I don’t have a problem with the double standard. Republicans have worked hard to disenfranchise blacks, while Democrats have worked hard to empower blacks. Mr. Reid has a strong record on which to fall back. So if an old Democrat uses the word “Negro,” it doesn’t matter as much.

I am amused, however, because the bigger a deal the Republicans make of Mr. Reid’s comments, the less likely it is that they are going to be able to get rid of their incompetent party leader, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael S. Steele. Democrats look forward to taking on the Republicans this year with Mr. Steele in charge.

MARC PERKEL

Gilroy, Calif.

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