The White House is about to make another big gesture demonstrating its support for Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader under fire for remarks he made about President Obama’s race.
In February, Mr. Obama will head to Nevada to appear with Mr. Reid, who is facing a tough reelection battle there, aides said today.
The decision by the president to fly to Nevada for the majority leader comes as the Reid operation has made an all-out effort to rally Democrats and African-Americans around Mr. Reid, and to head off a crisis that
has grown amid crucial health care negotiations and his own campaign. Several Republican officials – including the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele – called on Mr. Reid to resign.
Mr. Reid made clear he would not.
In an interview for a new book, Mr. Reid said that Mr. Obama would be able to become the first African-American president, because he was “light-skinned” and because he did not speak with a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Mr. Reid’s aides said he thought he was in a private conversation when he made the remarks to John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, for their book, “Game Change.”
Obama is such a great campaigner. I'm sure his appearance on Reid's behalf in Nevada will put the Senate Majority Leader over the top. Just ask Martha Coakley.