Cornyn, Steele Call on Reid to Resign as Senate Leader After Obama 'Negro' Comment I can't stand Senator Ried and would be happy if he would resign along with about 90% or more of the rest of the Senate and House. However, I think too much is being made of his comments just like many others before him in recent times. What he said is a true and accurate observation. Obama is "light-skinned" and has "no Negro dialect" when compared to many other politicians of his race. It is not racist to make that observation or to state it. It would be similar to saying a person was a "fair-skinned Swede" with a "slight Swedish accent". So what? I do think we've become much too sensitive to the words because of the perceived topic. On the other hand, this same crew racked Senator Lott over the coals back in 2002 for similar infractions of the new ban on any speech that remotely includes any comments that might be offensive to any group as determined by that group's particular political needs of the moment. The double standard is obvious and the triple standard is even more obvious when compared to comments of some black political leaders. The ban has gone too far! So, as much as like to be rid of Ried, I don't think this is a justifiable cause because it just further firms up a policy that will trap even the best and most careful of speakers and writers. Instead I'd like to see him run off for his support of so much ridiculous legislation. I don't think it does the Republicans any long term credit when they demand Sen. Reid's resignation over this. It'll just make their own actions more hypocritical in the future. They should leave it alone and demand the same of themselves.