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Harry Reid apologizes for dropping some non-politically correct Asian-themed jokes

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has apologized for making "politically incorrect" jokes earlier this week at an event hosted by the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce.

“My comments were in extremely poor taste and I apologize. Sometimes I say the wrong thing," Reid said Friday, according to Politico.

On Thursday, Reid told a predominately Asian-American audience at an event in Las Vegas: “I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are.”

He then quipped at the conclusion of his remarks: “One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.”

Reid's racially-themed cracks are particularly amusing considering he's the one spearheading the Senate's efforts to pressure the Washington Redskins football team into changing its controversial name.

Also, in today's age of instant outrage mobs, and at a time when Republican lawmakers are regularly forced into apology tours over supposedly insensitive remarks, it's always interesting to see who can and cannot get away with tongue-in-cheek racial humor. You cannot deny there's a very real double-standard at play.

Oh, one last thing: Stephen Colbert must be extremely jealous of Reid's apparent immunity from "PC" backlash.

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