Last week, it was Harry Reid telling his Senate colleagues to "sit down and shut up." Not so long ago, it was the Senate Majority Leader playing the part of Joe McCarthy by sliming Mitt Romney with slanderous, never-documented suggestions that the Republican presidential nominee was a tax evader. These are only a couple of recent examples of the Nevada senator's increasingly cranky querulousness.
Now it's Reid outrageously suggesting that President Obama's Republican critics disagree with him because he is black. Reid's blatant attempt to cultivate racial division came during a radio interview when he said he hopes Republican criticism of the president is "based on substance and not the fact that he's African-American."
Just as patriotism is said to be the last refuge of scoundrels, Reid's offensive remarks suggest the last refuge of Washington Democrats is playing the race card. Reid is not the first Washington Democrat to do so, but his latest comment certainly ranks among the most vile.
As Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said, "Our country deserves more from those in Washington. I hope Senator Reid will realize the offensive nature of his remarks and apologize to those who disagree with the President's policies because of one thing -- they are hurting hardworking American families."
Scott, the first African-American to represent South Carolina in the Senate since Reconstruction, is being too diplomatic. In the name of civility, it's time for Reid to retire and go home to Search Light, Nev.