"[Democratic National Chairman Tim] Kaine pointed out that while Reid should not have chosen that term, he was using it to say 'positive things about [Obama's] candidacy and why his candidacy was strong.'" - POLITICO article, via Yahoo! News
Let me get this straight: The DNC Chairman says that everything's OK because Harry Reid's statements about Obama being a "light-skinned" African-American without a "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one" were emphasizing the positive aspects of his campaign.
"Kaine also said that after securing a 60th vote for the president's health care bill, Reid has more than enough political capital with the White House.
'I don’t think this will affect Senator Reid’s leadership at all,' Kaine said. 'He’s done some very heavy lifting for us.'" - POLITICO article, via Yahoo! News
This is closer to the truth. They don't care what he does, as long as he rams through the legislation they want.