Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) defended Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Sunday, saying there was no need for him to step aside.
“First of all, all of us are imperfect,” Feinstein said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “Clearly, this was a mistake. Clearly, the leader misspoke and he’s also apologized. … The president has accepted the apology and it would seem to me the matter should be closed.”
Feinstein said she did not see Reid resigned from his leadership post, as former Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) was forced to do in 2002 after making racially insensitive remarks.
Michael Steele weighs in, too:
GOP Chairman Michael Steele, in appearances on two Sunday news programs, compared Reid’s predicament with the circumstances that led Senate Republican leader Trent Lott to step down from that post in 2002. Lott had spoken favorably of the 1948 segregationist presidential campaign of Strom Thurmond, and in spite of apologies for those remarks at Thurmond’s 100th birthday, Lott was forced out as leader.
“There is this standard where the Democrats feel that they can say these things and they can apologize when it comes from the mouths of their own. But if it comes from anyone else, it’s racism,” said Steele, who is black. “It’s either racist or it’s not. And it’s inappropriate, absolutely.”