In a C-Span interview this morning, Juan Williams was asked if the statement made by Harry Reid that referred to Barack Obama as “light-skinned” with “no Negro dialect” was at the same level of racism as Trent Lott’s 2002 comment “we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years” had segregationist Strom Thurmond been elected President.
Juan’s response seems to sum it up just fine:
“I don’t think Barack Obama would be in the White House if we had a segregationist country. That’s a major, major difference.”
You go, Juan!
… and they are both Independents who meet in the Democratic Caucus.
“The overwhelming majority of Americans want to be able to choose between a strong public option and a private insurance plan. Without that competition, there is very little in this bill that would keep health insurance premiums from escalating rapidly. This legislation cannot simply be a huge subsidy to private insurance companies that will get millions of new customers and be able to raise their rates as high as they want.”
-Bernie Sanders (I – VT)
“My only resort, and every other senator — and there will be others who feel exactly the way I do about the public option, if the public option is still in there — the only resort we have is to say no at the end to reporting the bill off the floor.”
– Joe Lieberman (I – CT)
So how do we get this aligned (or how do we get the 60th vote from someone other than Lieberman?)
“I am not the first president to take up this cause, but I am determined to be the last.”
– President Barack Obama
Most offensive quote of the night:
– hollered out by South Carolina Republican Representative Joe Wilson when Obama stated that illegal aliens would NOT be covered. This so offended John McCain that, according to Olbermann, he demanded that Wilson apologize.