John McCain Chimes in on Harry Reid "Negro Dialect" Comments

In case anyone's been living on the moon for the past week, the latest scandal rocking the U.S. Senate these days involves racial comments made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and "the maverick's" not sittin' this one out.

John McCain went on NBC's Today this morning and offered his two cents on the scandal.

To recap: In a new book about the 2008 presidential campaign, Game Change, by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, the authors report that Reid found Barack Obama to be the perfect black candidate because of his "light skin" and lack of a "negro dialect."

On Sunday, Arizona's junior senator, Jon Kyl, called for Reid to resign over the comments citing the treatment of former Senator Trent Lott, who was forced to resign over racial comments he made about segregationist Senator Strom Thurmond.

McCain didn't exactly call for Reid's head, but mentions the tough re-election campaign Reid has ahead of him.

"That's up to Sen. Reid and the voters of the state of Nevada,'' McCain says, adding: "I didn't know those kind of words were still in an American lexicon."

Apparently, John McCain has never heard a Lil Wayne song.

McCain -- like Kyl -- cites his old Senate pal Trent Lott in his analysis of Reid's comments.

"I must comment on the stunning double standard as far as the treatment of Senator [Trent] Lott, who also made unfortunate and inopportune remarks, and the treatment of Harry Reid by the liberal left," he says. 

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