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  • liberal_weezy liberal_weezy Dec 10, 2002 8:29 PM Flag



    "Trent Lott did himself and the Republican party serious damage with an ill-judged remark at Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party on Thursday � and the damage is only growing."

    Because of the Paul O'Neill firing, the Iraqi document handover and Mary Landrieu's Senate victory, "the Lott story seems to have been left behind in the dust. And yet I cannot help thinking that this story is not over � that Republicans will hear Lott's words quoted at them again and again in the months to come.

    "I for one do not believe Trent Lott is a racist or a segregationist. My guess is that his speechwriter gave him note cards with a few jokes, and that when Lott finished reading them, he launched himself into what he probably intended to be nothing more than a big squirt of greasy flattery.

    "But that's not what came out of Lott's mouth. What came out of his mouth was the most emphatic repudiation of desegregation to be heard from a national political figure since George Wallace's first presidential campaign. Lott's words suggest that one of the three most powerful and visible Republicans in the nation privately thinks that desegregation, civil rights, and equal voting rights were all a big mistake.

    "These would be disgraceful thoughts to think, if Lott thought them. If Lott thought them, any Republican who accepted his leadership would share in the disgrace. So Lott needs to make it clear that he does not in fact think them. He owes his party, his state, his country, and his conscience something more � something much more � than a curt 'I am sorry if you were offended.' If he can't do that, Republicans need to make it clear that Lott no longer speaks for us."

    No wonder Frum was a good speechwriter for Bush.

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