By now you all know about Harry Reid’s racist comments about then Senator Barack Obama; now RNC Chairman Michael Steele says Harry Reid needs to step down. Steele says that Reid should suffer the same fate as that of former Republican Senator Trent Lott. Back in 2002 Lott raised a ruckus by stating that if the United States had voted for Strom Thurmond [a segregationist] that it wouldn’t face all of these problems.

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If you’ll remember, Lott was forced out of his position in the Senate, the same position that Reid now holds. But that was then and this is now, Michael Steele. Harry Reid is a democrat; all of their perceived sins are forgiven them. As Beth posted earlier, Reid quickly apologized and Barack Obama forgave him with no questions asked. The President said the book on the incident was closed. From Bloomberg:

“I’ve seen the passionate leadership he’s shown on issues of social justice and I know what’s in his heart,” Obama said yesterday. “As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.”

The democrats didn’t allow Trent Lott’s book to be closed until the Senator was humiliated and forced out of his leadership position and permanently labeled a racist. We know that Michael Steele asking Harry Reid to step aside is what he should do, but it’s essentially the equivalent of asking a question you know the answer to. Reid isn’t going anywhere. Until November that is.

Michael Steele was on Fox News Sunday where he said that a double standard was being applied; democrats can say racist remarks and then beg forgiveness with accolades being thrown their way about how much social justice work they’ve done over the years. Republicans who say such things are immediately labeled racist and ostracized from the party.

Not only was it Michael Steele, Harry Reid should go according to Jon Kyl of Arizona. Kyl said that Harry Reid should be treated no different than the former Senator from Mississippi. As for Reid, he has no intention of stepping down. He’d prefer to have his clock cleaned the old fashioned way at the ballot box in November. A recent poll has him down by 10 points with huge negatives.