Imagine for a moment the Senate was currently controlled by Republicans, and the white male majority leader advised Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich not to pick a black candidate to fill president-elect Barack Obama's vacated seat instead pressuring the governor to choose between two white candidates, do you think this would get some media attention?
Probably every hour on the hour until the white majority leader was forced to apology and conceivably resign, right?
Well, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday who Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) told Blagojevich he did and didn't support concerning Obama's replacement, and irrespective of their qualifications, there was a clear racial divide in his preferences:
Days before Gov. Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, top Senate Democrat Harry Reid made it clear who he didn’t want in the post: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones.
Rather, Reid called Blagojevich to argue he appoint either state Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Sources say the Senate majority leader pushed against Jackson and Davis — both democratic congressmen from Illinois — and against Jones — the Illinois Senate president who is the political godfather of President-elect Barack Obama — because he did not believe the three men were electable. He feared losing the seat to a Republican in a future election.
Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero confirmed that Reid (D-Nev.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) — the new chief of the Senate Democratic political operation — each called Blagojevich’s campaign office separately Dec. 3. Sources believe that at least portions of the phone conversations are on tape.
As can be plainly seen from the pictures above, the three candidates Reid was opposed to -- apparently because he felt they were unelectable and could lose this seat in 2010!!! -- are black. Below are pictures of the candidates Reid pressured Blago to choose between:
Coincidentally, Reid has also expressed his opposition to Blago's choice of Roland Burris:
If all four candidates a white Republican Senate Majority Leader opposed were black, and the two he or she supported were white, would this catch the eye of press members?
Maybe we should ask Trent Lott?
Also for the record, although the Sun-Times reported this news concerning Reid, it didn't mention this seemingly obvious racial component. Will anyone else?