From Harry Reid's Senate Floor speech announcing his opposition to Roberts' confirmation:
"In another memo Judge Roberts spoke about a Hispanic group that President Reagan would soon address, and he suggested that the audience would be pleased to know that the Administration favored legal status for the 'illegal amigos' of the audience members. The use of the Spanish word 'amigos' in this memo is patronizing and offensive to a contemporary reader."
"I do not condemn Judge Roberts for using the word 'amigos' twenty years ago in a non-public memo, but I was stunned when at his confirmation hearing he could not bring himself to express regret for using the term, or recognize that it might cause offense."
If it was twenty years ago, no one would condemn Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid, or suggest that he was motivated by racism or insensitivity to Hispanic-Americans when he promised to vote "No" on the John Roberts Supreme Court confirmation; but surely, in this day and age, a leading Democrat elected official like Reid should know that "No" is Spanish for "No."
I was stunned that the Minority Leader of the United States Senate has refused to express regret, or even recognize that such a term might cause offense.
Reid -- who so far has expressed no remorse for his patronizing and offensive remarks -- owes an apology to all the amigos . . . pronto!