National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) said Monday that he does not expect Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to step down as a result of his racially insensitive comments, despite continuing pressure from Republicans to do so.
“I don’t expect Sen. Reid to resign,— Cornyn said Monday during an interview on MSNBC.
But Cornyn said he and other Republicans will continue to press Reid on the issue, arguing his decision to describe President Barack Obama as a “light skinned— black man who does not speak with a “Negro dialect— is part of a pattern of bad judgment and Democratic double standards.
“This is about double standards,— Cornyn said, noting that when former Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) found himself in a similar situation in 2002 for praising the late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.), Democrats demanded — and ultimately got — Lott’s resignation as leader.
Reid’s comments also raise “another question about Sen. Reid’s judgment it’s not just related to this racially insensitive comment. It’s about a series of bad decisions,— Cornyn said. Cornyn pointed to Reid’s decision to write the final Senate health care bill during closed-door meetings with a handful of Democrats and his apparent unwillingness to hold a public conference committee on the health care bill as part of that pattern.