Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) admitted Monday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is unlikely to resign due to racially insensitive comments he made about President Barack Obama in 2008.
Cornyn, who is chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), joined other Republicans in calling for Reid's ouster but conceded that the possibility of it happening is farfecthed.
"Frankly, I don't expect Senator Reid to resign," he said on MSNBC.
Reid has come under fire from the right after it was reported that made racially insensitive remarks about Obama during the campaign.
Mark Halperin and John Heliemann write in their new book, "Game Change," that Reid said he thought Obama could win because, while black, he was "light-skinned" and lacked a "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."
Republicans have pointed to former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's (R-Miss.) decision to leave his leadership post in 2002 after he said he praised the late Sen. Strom Thurmond's (R-S.C.) 1948 segregationist presidential campaign.
"What this is about is his hypocrisy and hypocrisy of folks on the other side when Trent Lott said something that was far more innocuous than the racially tinged comments that Senator Reid made," Cornyn said.
Reid apologized to the president this weekend. Obama accepted the apology. A spokesman for Reid has said that the senator will not resign.
The Nevada senator's remarks became public after he experienced a bad week of campaign news. A Las Vegas Review-Journal poll released last week showed Reid with a 52 percent disapproval rating.
Cornyn attacked Reid's record as majority leader as well as his racial comment in rebuking his reelection bid.
"I think fundamentally what this does is raises questions about Senator Reid's judgment," he said.