When a white police officer in Cambridge, Mass. responded to a call at Henry Gates’ house and arrested the Harvard Professor, President Obama said that the arrest appeared to be racially motivated before he knew any of the facts. Obama then said the situation presented a great opportunity to have some high-profile dialog on race relations, so he invited Officer Crowley and Professor Gates to the White House for a now-infamous “beer summit.”

When the Majority Leader of the United States Senate suggested that blacks only make viable political candidates if they look and speak white enough, President Obama said it “makes absolutely no sense” to make a big deal out of it.

What gives? No beer summit for Harry? Isn’t this another great opportunity for useful dialog on race?

It’s almost like the Democrats just want this terrific opportunity for dialog on race to go away — it’s so unlike them.


4 Responses to “Why No ‘Beer Summit’ With Harry Reid?”

  1. Joyanna Adams on January 12th, 2010 4:54 pm

    Well gee…the morning TV shows are just full up right now for good old Harry to take a position…maybe Whoopi will go back into movies.

    Everyone is jumping ship, might as well get some "racial" stir up out of it. Never waste a good moment as they say.

    By the way, love the new commments stuff!

  2. Doug on January 12th, 2010 6:12 pm

    Thanks! I hope the comments thing works for everybody. I just wish I could have imported all the old Haloscan comments… there were a several thousand of them.

  3. Nanny on January 12th, 2010 11:08 pm

    You mean we have lost Nick's Bush Derangement Syndrome/Blame Bush comments forever? Damn – he will just have to start over I guess. After all, I just read where the libs are going to run their 2010 campaigns on – guess what? It's all Bush's fault!

    That whole "blame the previous administration" really worked out for John Cherry here in Michigan didn't it? As it turns out no one remembers who Engler was but they sure know who the hell Two Penny Jenny is!

  4. Tom Degan on January 13th, 2010 10:58 am

    For the Republicans to now claim a newly-found racial sensitivity is quite amusing to say the least. If that is the case, why the hell did they choose the dumbest black guy they could possibly find to chair the RNC? Racial sensitivity? Please.

    Harry Reid will survive this little snafu he's gotten into – but just barely. As the numbers stand, he is not likely to be reelected this November. He should step aside with dignity and allow his party to nominate someone with a better chance of winning on Election Day. Maybe he will do the right thing – who knows?. In spite of everything he strikes me as essentially a decent guy. He should just go back to Nevada to a dignified retirement and bask in the glow of his career as a public servant – or go to work as a lobbyist for the gambling industry – anything. He just needs to realize that his number is up.

    Reid's comments, while inarticulate, hardly constitute the fuss that is currently being made. All it really amounts to is the GOP's Kvetch Du Jour. They have so little credibility left that it really is quite touching watching them stoop to these non-issues. It is total desperation on their part. Today it is Harry Reid's harmless gaffe; tomorrow it will be something equally stupid and irrelevant. Just you wait and see.


    Tom Degan
    Goshen, NY

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