Like every other day, there seems to be a bit of hypocrisy coming from the media.
Just yesterday, Col. Rob Maness, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and the entire mainstream press jumped all over Rep. Bill Cassidy for saying the Senate was “run like a plantation,” which is the same exact thing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said back in 2006. But, as you may have guessed it, the media did not care less when Clinton said it.
Cassidy made the statement while speaking about Reid and Obama’s strategy in Washington. Here’s what he said in full:
Reid “runs the Senate like a plantation,” Cassidy said. “So instead of the world’s greatest deliberative body, it is his personal, sort of, ‘It goes if I say it does, if not it stops.’ Senator Landrieu’s first vote for him to be re-elected means that every other wish for a pro-oil and gas jobs bill is dead. Reid will never allow a pro-oil and gas jobs bill.”
Now, here is a video as well as a transcript of the audio of Clinton’s remarks on MLK Day back in 2006, in which she said that the House of Representatives was being “run like a plantation.”
“When you look at the way the House of Representatives has been run,” said Clinton. “It has been run like a plantation — and you know what I’m talking about. It has been run so that nobody with a contrary point of view has had a chance to present legislation to make an argument to be heard.”
Essentially, Cassidy made the same point about the Senate as Clinton did, at the time, about the House.
The media and Sen. Harry Reid, unsurprisingly, acted very different when Clinton made the remark. Reid told the New York Times back in 2006 that “I didn’t listen to the speech, but no one can question her civil- and human-rights credentials. They’re the best.”
On the other hand, when Reid heard what Cassidy had said, he blasted the Louisiana conservative and compared him to Donald Sterling, saying this:
“Has he been taking lessons from Donald Sterling?” Mr. Reid asked reporters, referring to the former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who was banned for life from the National Basketball Association after audio recordings of Mr. Sterling’s racist comments were made public in April. “If there was ever a statement that deserved an apology this is it, big time,” Mr. Reid said.