Friday, January 15, 2010

Talk about a one-day wonder

If It Looks Like A Duck, Walks Like A Duck and Talks Like A Duck...

In the world of politics, even the most innocuous of actions or statements will typically grow legs and linger for quite some time. When the incident concerns a figure such as Harry Reid and the comments that he has "apologized" for making, you would imagine a shelf-life that would rival that of honey.

The tragedy in Haiti has certainly shifted the focus to matters of much greater importance, but let's not forget the statement from the book Game Change written by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin:

"encouragement of Obama was unequivocal. He 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 said privately.  Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama's race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination."

It makes you wonder at the length political expediency will go to overshadow all else.

Cartoon courtesy of Robert Lang.

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