Senator Harry Reid and Identity Politics

When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) sees Republican opposition to Obama administration policies, he “hopes” it’s not based in racism.

Believe it or not, it is possible to hold a divergent opinion in good faith. Sometimes, Sen. Reid, a cigar is just a cigar.

South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, a Republican, called on the [Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid] to apologize after saying during a radio interview on Friday that he hopes Republican opposition to Obama is “based on substance and not the fact that he’s African-American.” (Source.)

In their coverage of Scott’s comments, TheHill.com graces us with this little chestnut:

Scott, who replaced former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) in January, is the only African-American member of the Senate Republican Conference. [Emphasis added.]

How’s that again? Scott is the only African American in the Senate, Republican or Democrat.

TheHill’s article also documents Democratic opposition to Obama administration energy policies. We, as good Republicans and loyal opponents, should presume that the opposition from Southern and energy state Democrats is based on substance, not racism:

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) last month grilled Obama during a private meeting over his administration’s protracted consideration of the [Keystone XL] pipeline, arguing that it has support from a strong majority of the Senate. …

In March, 17 Senate Democrats voted for an amendment sponsored by Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) endorsing the pipeline.

Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) and Landrieu, who all face tough elections next year, voted for the measure, which passed by a margin of 62 to 37. …

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) in June said Obama had “declared a war on coal” and called his regulatory agenda “not reasonable.”

Sen. Reid, the gulf between the economic policies of the two parties is wider than it has been in recent history. One need not presume racism, or bad faith for that matter, in the Republicans’ opposition to the Redistributionist-in-Chief. Physician, heal thyself.

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