We’re only nine days into 2010 but I think we’ve already found the unbeatable candidate for “political apology of the year”:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) apologized today for referring to President Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect” in private conversations during the 2008 presidential campaign.
“I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words,” said Reid in a statement. “I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African Americans for my improper comments.”
Matthew Yglesias sums up my feelings: “Its good that Reid apologized, but at the same time you cant really apologize for being the sort of person whod be inclined to use the phrase negro dialect and its more the idea of Reid being that kind of person thats creepy here than anything else.