‘Race-baiting’ Harry Reid called out at home: The ‘da Vinci of distraction’ dreaming up outrage

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is getting hit hard by some of the people who know him the best.

In an editorial, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the largest newspaper in Reid’s home state of Nevada, raked the Democrat over the coals, dubbing him the “da Vinci of distraction” for his remarkable dishonesty when it comes to matters of race in American politics.

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“The moment any scandal, policy failure or political defeat crashes down on him — and there have been plenty the past few years — the Senate majority leader unleashes outrageous rhetoric that’s better suited for a sandbox than what once passed for the world’s greatest deliberative body,” the editorial states. “Worse, the Nevada Democrat has become especially fond of slinging race cards just to crank up the outrage.”

The paper’s editorial was prompted by Reid’s unhinged comments about the Supreme Court’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case that successfully challenged Obamacare’s demand that all companies, even those privately held, provide health insurance that covers birth control methods that contradict their owners’ religious beliefs.

The majority in the 5-4 decision was made up of Chief Justice John Roberts along with Justices Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and its author, Justice Samuel Alito.

Faking outrage for political gain, Reid declared: “The one thing we are going to do during this work period, sooner rather than later, is to ensure that women’s lives are not determined by virtue of five white men.”

The gender of the justices is as irrelevant as their race – but Reid was wrong in any case, on more than one level.

Here is how the Review Journal put it:

That Sen. Reid would inject race into criticism of a ruling with gender-based ramifications was bad enough. What made the comment far worse, however, was that it was completely false. Justice Clarence Thomas, who happens to be black, sided with the court’s majority in the Hobby Lobby case.

Sen. Reid’s slip was no accident. He believes racial and ethnic minorities are ideologically monolithic constituencies who are incapable of independent or — gasp! — right-of-center thinking. In the majority leader’s mind, Mr. Thomas is not an African-American because the justice doesn’t blindly subscribe to liberal orthodoxy …

Never mind that Sen. Reid himself, like the entire Senate Democratic leadership, is as white as an Irishman in a snowstorm …

We thought the 2008 election of Barack Obama as president was supposed to herald an age of post-racial politics. So much for hope and change. Quit the race-baiting already, Sen. Reid. You’re clearly colorblind — in all the wrong ways.

So much for hope and change indeed, when race-baiting Democrats are leading the charge.

H/T: Daily Caller

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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