Saturday | December 14, 2002
What Lott stands for; "blackmailing" Bush
Everyone should pay a visit to the website of the Council of Conservative Citizens. These are the people whose values Lott applauds. And they have responded forcefully in his defense:
There's more. Lots more, but I couldn't stand to read any more of it.
And after you visit that CofCC site, remember once again that Senate Republicans plan on keeping him as their leader.
On that point -- I wrote the following on Thursday:
Say Lott is pushed out. In the past, disgraced leaders (like Livingston) have resigned their seats. Really, the humiliation of getting the heave-ho is better swallowed back home, than sitting amongst those who gave you the boot.Well, it looks like that's EXACTLY what's keeping Lott around. The Washington Post reports:
Yet, in a sign of the Lott camp's concerns, some allies are quietly suggesting to GOP senators that Lott might resign from the Senate if he is forced out as leader, a move that could jeopardize the party's one-seat majority. Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove (D) presumably would appoint a Democrat to replace Lott, they note. That would leave the Senate evenly split, enabling Democrats to regain the majority if they could persuade a moderate Republican to switch parties.Andrew Sullivan cites that same story and says "Rumors are swirling about an alleged threat from Trent Lott to resign from the Senate altogether if Bush pushed him out."
So there you have it. As I wrote yesterday, Lott has shown that he can say whatever he wants and get away with it. The rest of his party fears him and the people he represents. Even President Bush.
The damage has already been done. Now we just have to wait and see whether Republicans will do the right thing because it is the right thing, or whether they will place political expediency above principle.
I'm betting it will be the latter.
Update: Hey, Lott admitted Friday that the GOP was a party of racists. Check it out:
I want the Republican Party not to be hurt by this. I want us to find a way to reach out and build on mistakes that we have in the past, but commit ourselves to the future.This comes from the transcript of his Friday press conference. Note his use of "us", and "we", and "ourselves". It wasn't, "I screwed up, I don't want my mistake to reflect poorly on my party." He dragged his entire party into the muck with him. Jeez, and still they keep him around? Posted December 14, 2002 10:28 AM | Comments (119)