During the 2008 presidential primaries, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid privately supported Barack Obama using an indelicate racial term, according to a new book, "Game Change," by political reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. The authors recount, "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." Since the quote came out, Reid apologized, Obama accepted, and GOP Chairman Michael Steele called for Reid to resign. Will the political firestorm over this bit of gossip blow over or become a problem for Democrats?
- Tough Political 'Conundrum' For Dems NBC's Chuck Todd evaluates. "Reid's made his share of gaffes but good grief. Dems have a real conundrum re: Reid. If he were NOT maj leader, there would be whispers a la Dodd to push him into retirement. But since he's majority leader, a retirement now would leave a leadership void w/Senate Dems at a crucial time for legislating. Also, the Dem bench is not that strong in Nevada, no obvious stand-in for an open SEN seat like there was in CT."
- If He's Racist, Why'd He Support Obama? The Nation's Melissa Harris Lacewell is skeptical that Reid's word choice trumps his support of the African-American candidate. "Sorry. Having hard time getting worked up on Reid. My fave kinda racism is the one where the white guy supports the black guy for POTUS."