Let's lay all our cards on the table here - a Democrat can say something 'racially questionable' and be absolved, and a Republican will be burned at the stake. This is common knowledge, common practice, and is generally an unfair double standard. The GOP needs to accept it and MOVE ON.
Playing the race card works well when you're a Democrat - because the leadership of the minority group in question (and I use the term leadership loosely) is in bed with the Dems, can slam the party of the 'other' race for being 'un-them', and should you yourself make a blatantly racist comment you get the pass because the leadership 'know that in his heart he really didn't mean it'...
As a Republican it is much harder to play said card, namely for the reason unfolding before us. He makes the statement, the black leadership gives him the pass, and they move on... meanwhile we are left yelling 'Ohh, Ooh, but he's really a racist', and 'if we said it you would be all over us!'
What is going to happen is that the GOP and FoxNews are going to look ridiculous as they try and create a scandal in a community that could care less if Reid came out and dropped an N-bomb... he has the backing of the leadership, and will most likely be flanked by black leaders for the remainder of his re-election campaign. The scandal blowback will divert attention away from the TRILLION other reasons NOT to re-elect Reid, and the SOB will be re-elected as part of an anti-racist / anti-GOP revival.
The story broke, it was a drop in the racial bucket, and the Dems out-circled the wagons of the GOP and FoxNews. Any further headline about the issue is merely going to seem like childish "but... but... but..." arguments.
Get the election out of the gutter. Stop the attempted scandal mudslinging. Let's do something novel in 2010 - let's beat the pants of the socialist elite on Merit alone!
We have the right on our side for 2010... let's not muddy the waters with non-scandals.