By Andrew Grant-Thomas,
So, another political heavyweight – this time Nevada senator and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid – runs aground on the shoals of race. Here’s the money quote from the recently released book on the 2008 presidential campaign by Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin and New York Magazine’s John Heilemann:
“He (Reid) was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama – a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ as he later put it privately. Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama’s race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination.”
A few takes.