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Lott Must GO (NY POST Editorial)
NY Post ^ | 12-14-02 | NY Post Editors

Posted on 12/14/2002 10:40:58 AM PST by dogbyte12

Edited on 05/26/2004 5:10:42 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

December 14, 2002 -- Sen. Trent Lott still doesn't get it.

Yesterday he offered up yet another dose of contrition for the inanity he pronounced a week ago.

But it won't fly.

"I want to say this about my state," Lott said. "When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."


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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Mississippi; US: New York
KEYWORDS: aquanet; cheerleader; deadhorsealert; dunce; lott; shellac; toesuckersboy; vacant
NY Post is not exactly Pravda. The NY Post, National Review, Opinion Review, Bennett, Charen, Noonan, Krauthammer, and the list keeps growing.
1 posted on 12/14/2002 10:40:58 AM PST by dogbyte12
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To: dogbyte12
</center> Any predictions? I say... Thursday next week.
2 posted on 12/14/2002 10:41:38 AM PST by dogbyte12
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To: dogbyte12
Otherwise, the stain on Trent Lott will taint his party - and the country, too.




too funny!
3 posted on 12/14/2002 10:44:35 AM PST by f.Christian
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To: dogbyte12
The Post has it wrong. The moral hypocrisy of the Left is moving this forward. They said nothing when Clinton awarded Fulbright the Presidential Medal of Honor for crying out loud. To bestow that honor on an avowed racist was okay for a Democrat, I guess. You've probably seen my editorial printed in the Washington Times today, but I've reposted it below. (BTW, I sent it to other major media outlets, but they won't dare use it because it exposes their own hypocrisy).

While not a fan of Trent Lott, I feel compelled to respond to the selective outrage regarding his comments at Strom Thurmond’s 100th birthday. On May 5, 1993, the Washington Post quoted former President Clinton’s comments at an 88th birthday ceremony for former Arkansas Senator William Fulbright where Clinton bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom on the man he described as a “visionary humanitarian, a steadfast supporter of the values of education, and my mentor."

Of course, the man Clinton was praising was a rabid segregationist. In 1956, Fulbright was one of 19 senators who issued a statement entitled the "Southern Manifesto." This document condemned the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Its signers stated, among other things, that "We commend the motives of those States which have declared the intention to resist forced integration by any lawful means."

Fulbright later voted against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He voted against the 1965 Voting Rights Act. And he did so because he was a segregationist and believed in separating the races — in schools and other public places.

More recently, in October 2002, Clinton traveled to Arkansas to dedicate a 7 foot bronze statute to Fulbright, and still nothing from the press admonishing Clinton for honoring a racist.

I'm not making excuses for Trent Lott. He should have apologized for his insensitive comments, and he did. Nor am I making excuses for Strom Thurmond's past. I'm questioning the hypocrisy of selective moral outrage by the Left.

4 posted on 12/14/2002 10:45:24 AM PST by Peach
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To: dogbyte12
There is a contingent here at FR that wants to defend Lott come hell or high water, simply to deny the Dems a win. This is exactly what the Democrats did with Clinton. It's not just dishonest, it's childishly dishonest.
5 posted on 12/14/2002 10:49:31 AM PST by Grut
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To: dogbyte12
The New York Post Championed the likes of Bill Clinton for TEN long years from the time he was the sex driven governor of Arkansas! They held up the leader of this nation as a misunderstood “boyish” fellow. That rag has no creditability left and they know it!

Trent Lott should not resign over this blown out of portion remark that was NEVER meant the way it is being reported and tossed about by the pundits and others.

6 posted on 12/14/2002 10:50:49 AM PST by yoe
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To: dogbyte12
I love the NYPost and everything, but they also dumped Bush for McCain in the 2000 primaries.

Lott will have to go because too many people are against him AND because he was incredibly stupid to say what he said. I just think it is unfair to ruin the guy over a mistake.

7 posted on 12/14/2002 10:50:55 AM PST by RAT Patrol
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To: Peach; Torie
He should have apologized for his insensitive comments, and he did.

If that is exactly what he did, Lott wouldn't be in so much trouble. Let's review.

First he gets a PR flack to do a two sentence statement, that basically says to those who were offended... "go get Bent"
Then, when that doesn't work, he does his own written statement that basically says... "I am sorry you are an idiot who doesn't understand what I meant"
That didn't fly, so he went on Hannity and apologized half-heartedly.

What he should have done is what Torie suggested in another thread... quoting Torie:

That is why Lott needed to make a forceful speech that, after pondering it, he finally and all too tardily understands differently, and that that segregation and Jim Crow were evil, and why he thinks that regime was evil, and why he thinks Mississippi is so much better off now that it is gone, and how wrong he was to ever at any time to have supported it, and how much he admires the courage and self sacrifice of those who caused it to end, and that many of the votes and comments he made in the past he now wishes he could take back, because they conveyed precisely the opposite message.

Lott for some reason is unable to do that. He can not say that his views in the past were wrong. He says now... finally that segregation is wrong... but a thief can say stealing is wrong, but that is the easy part.

Lott genuinely needs to explain how he feels. What happened in the 60's when he was leading his frat against integration. How did he feel when the civil rights workers were murdered. How his position evolved. What made them evolve. I think the country would be very forgiving, if Trent Lott truly has repented, and he opens up his heart.

Fat chance on that happening though.

8 posted on 12/14/2002 10:52:15 AM PST by dogbyte12
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To: Grut
There is a contingent here at FR that wants to defend Lott come hell or high water, simply to deny the Dems a win. This is exactly what the Democrats did with Clinton. It's not just dishonest, it's childishly dishonest.

You are absolultely correct. Yes, the 'rats are piling on and their motives are not pure. That does not mean that we should automatically take the opposite side than the democrats on this issue. We should do the right thing, regardless of what the 'rats say or do or what their motives are.

9 posted on 12/14/2002 10:54:31 AM PST by alnick
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To: dogbyte12
I'm not excusing Lott. Don't like him, never did. But the hypocrisy of the entire matter is more than I can stand. Neither the DNC, Black Caucus nor the media jumped on Clinton when he awarded the Presidential Medal of Honor to Fulbright, an avowed racist and segregationist. Clinton called the man his mentor. And no one saw anything wrong with that picture?
10 posted on 12/14/2002 10:55:48 AM PST by Peach
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To: dogbyte12
I still say tomorrow.
11 posted on 12/14/2002 10:56:01 AM PST by BuddhaBoy
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To: Grut
There is a contingent here at FR that wants to defend Lott come hell or high water ...

You are so right. Lott was a poor leader before, and this debacle hurts him and all republicans. Frankly, I resent having to be put in a position to defend this guy. Of course its a Democratic double standard, of course the dems are the party of hate, fear, and personal destruction.

The only issue here, however, is what is best for the Country. What's best for the Country is a strong, unified, Conservative Republican Majority that is free to win the battle of ideas and principles without being forced to defend its idiots. Lott should have the class and foresight to step down from the leadership right now.

That FR mindset that wants to fight this to the death is wrong. Lott is not worth fighting for. We are the party of personal responsibility. Let Lott take responsibility for being an idiot. As for granting the dems a win, they don't want Lott out. Its much better to keep him as the face of the Senate Republicans. When Lott goes, we should put a younger, smarter, more conservative senator up to lead. Someone with a backbone and a sense of political savvy.

Unfortunately, this club of isolated fools in the Senate will put forward some other senior Senator who is completely out of touch. We should be thinking young, smart, vibrant, and unimpeachable in character -- and very conservative.

How about Frist or Santorium?

12 posted on 12/14/2002 11:04:28 AM PST by Iron Eagle
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To: dogbyte12
He needs to step down as Majority Leader. I have felt that way from the start. If he does not, his face WILL be the face of the Repbublican-led Senate. He must be asked to step down. His tepid apologies have not worked for me. He doesn't get it. He just doesn't. He was a weak leader before this happened - now he is just plain ineffective.
13 posted on 12/14/2002 11:06:30 AM PST by Wait4Truth
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To: dogbyte12
Why not let the Senators in his own party decide. It's two years till the next election, lots can happen. The FR over-reaction is astounding. So far it is mostly RINOS and neo-cons calling for Lott to resign. Lets ask the GOP base, the southern voter, what they think.
14 posted on 12/14/2002 11:07:42 AM PST by John Lenin
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To: Iron Eagle
My vote goes to Bill Frist. He would be a great Senate leader. Fox just reporting Lott still refuses to step down. What a fool.
15 posted on 12/14/2002 11:07:43 AM PST by Wait4Truth
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To: dogbyte12
Lott must go ! < /shouting!!)

I do not think it benefits GWB or the Republican Party to allow Lott to issue blackmail declarations and threats to resign from the Senate rather than give up Leadership. If GWB caves in, it sends the wrong message to the American people. The message it sends is that an over-the-hill twerp of questionable morals and proven bad judgment can dictate to the President of the United States. It also shows that a practicing moron from the deep, deep Old South can dictate terms to GWB.

There is also the issue of Lott still being subject to the old Clinton and Barney Frank blackmail plot they used to pressure Lott during the Impeachment Trial of the Traitor in Chief. What's a little blackmail among brothers sitting in the Senate? Blackmail is just how we do business in the United States Senate. ("Time to move on now, nothing to see here, this is all old news")

The corrution must stop! It is time the remove, expunge, and stamp out the mere possibilty of blackmail from the Senate forever.

GWB should tell Lott to blow it out his @ss, and let him resign. It is time to make a moral choice and to stand up with courage. To cave in to Lott now, is a choice to accept blackmail as legitimate. If GWB allows Lott to threaten him, and simply walk away, I will never support GWB again. Having worked very hard to get him elected two years ago, I will not only refuse to vote for him, I will work to have him defeated by supporting a minority party.

Now is the time for true leadership! Not a time for testing the wind to see which way it is blowing.

Sorry. That is just how I feel. Feel free to flame away.

16 posted on 12/14/2002 11:09:02 AM PST by ex-Texan
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To: Wait4Truth
Hey, it's energized the Sharpton run for the presidency, is this as bad as you think it is ?
17 posted on 12/14/2002 11:09:32 AM PST by John Lenin
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To: dogbyte12
Could it be that it took Lott so long because he's never been forced to truly confront the horror of the Jim Crow laws of his youth?

A curious challenge to a lifelong resident of Mississippi from someone almost assuredly not a Southerner at all.

I hope this is becoming abundantly clear to fellow Freepers; specifically the Southern Freepers:

This is no longer about Trent Lott. This is about the South!

This columnist just with a stroke of his keyboard declared that anyone who has the remotest hint of affection for the South as it historically existed is not fit to be in elected leadership in the United States.

Friends, the South is my home. Your home is like your family: you don't love it because it's objectively better, you love it simply because it's yours; warts and all!

All but the most fringe loonies among the chattering class know goddamned well Trent Lott is not in favor of lynching and reviving Jim Crow. The immorality of that aspect of our history is clear today to any decent person. We lived, we learned, and we moved on. But the legacy of that system is an intense and ongoing political rivalry between blacks and whites in the South.

Racial/cultural frictions between coexisting populations are an inexplicable and worldwide phenomenon. It's in our bones, it's what we do, have done, and will continue to do. Lott's careless comments are merely a reflection of that.

If Lott is unfit for the U.S. Senate, so is about two thirds of the white South. We are basically being told that any Southern white who doesn't spend the rest of his life agonizing over the sins of ages ago and hating himself over perfectly normal instincts, does not deserve representation in government.

That is what is at stake here. And I couldn't care less if every fairweather conservative in print or on cable TV calls for Lott's head, they're getting nothing but my middle finger!

18 posted on 12/14/2002 11:12:50 AM PST by winin2000
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To: ex-Texan
TL should have gone a LONGGGGGGG time ago. He is the most weak-kneed, spineless, gutless leader I have ever seen. The only person less qualified to be the Republican leader is Jumpin Jim!!
19 posted on 12/14/2002 11:13:17 AM PST by rightswarrior
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To: winin2000
This is not about the south, I am a born and bred southerner. This is about TL being a spineless leader LONG before this stuff happened. This is about a weak power hungry idiot that falls over and pees on himself like a puppy every time the Libs say Boo to him.
20 posted on 12/14/2002 11:18:23 AM PST by rightswarrior
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To: yoe
The New York Post Championed the likes of Bill Clinton for TEN long years from the time he was the sex driven governor of Arkansas! They held up the leader of this nation as a misunderstood “boyish” fellow. That rag has no creditability left and they know it!

You're not a regular reader of the Post, are you?

21 posted on 12/14/2002 11:20:36 AM PST by NYCVirago
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To: dogbyte12
Lott genuinely needs to explain how he feels. What happened in the 60's when he was leading his frat against integration. How did he feel when the civil rights workers were murdered. How his position evolved. What made them evolve. I think the country would be very forgiving, if Trent Lott truly has repented, and he opens up his heart.

Yeah, I guess you're right. That half-hour of piteous groveling yesterday, which included remaining stoic while one of Sharpton's goons heckled and peppered him with "When did you stop beating your wife"-type questions, AND his promise to submit himself to a full hour of hostility on BET, still isn't quite enough contrition and self-degradation.

Friend, I think I'm speaking for Lott if he was free to let his true feelings fly: KISS MY SOUTHERN ASS!!!

22 posted on 12/14/2002 11:22:01 AM PST by winin2000
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To: Peach
Thank you! Thank you! I have taken your post and sent it to all I know - as you say whether you like Lott or not, this hypocrisy from the left is just this side of being libelous! Enough for heaven's sake.
23 posted on 12/14/2002 11:23:16 AM PST by yoe
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To: John Lenin
I heard Sharpton on Fox! No doubt hillary will destroy Sharpton when the time is right. For now, he serves her purposes. The Republican Senators need to have a talk with Lott and tell him he needs to go as Majority Leader. There is no other way out of this. His apology yesterday shows that he still does not fully comprehend what is going on here. I would guess that some senators are asking to speak with President Bush behind the scenes. What he will say, I don't know. I can speak for nobody but myself and I say he needs to go. He did this to himself, IMO. I was very proud of the statement that President Bush made on Lott the other day. Very proud.
24 posted on 12/14/2002 11:24:30 AM PST by Wait4Truth
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To: dogbyte12
This is unconvincing to me. Lott stays, pimples and all.
25 posted on 12/14/2002 11:25:52 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Peach
> The Post has it wrong. The moral hypocrisy of the Left is moving this forward

Agree. Lott should go, but not for this ridiculous inanity. In this case, he is merely guilty of loose, unwise words. The real issue is his lack of leadership, especially in caving during the impeachment.
26 posted on 12/14/2002 11:25:59 AM PST by Paul_B
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To: yoe
You're welcome and thank you for your kind comments! We have to spread the word, because too many people only hear one side and don't understand just how biased the press is.
27 posted on 12/14/2002 11:26:03 AM PST by Peach
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To: Grut
Lott should have been gone long ago; but only for being so concilliatory toward democrats in the first place! He typifies my idea of a slippery, slimey, self-absorbed politician! If he really meant, what everybody seems to have inferred from his statements; he's doubly duplicitous and obsequious in apologising for having said them! I belive a man should say what he means and mean what he says. While segrgationist views may be unpopular in this Country today, they're not unlawful, or are they? Or, are the P.C. Police justifiably pursuing this man?
28 posted on 12/14/2002 11:26:12 AM PST by old school
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To: NYCVirago
Yikes!! I was thinking of the Times...even so Lott should not be railroaded in to resigning over this silly trumped spin from the left!
29 posted on 12/14/2002 11:27:12 AM PST by yoe
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To: yoe
> The New York Post Championed the likes of Bill Clinton for TEN long years from the time he was the sex driven governor of Arkansas! They held up the leader of this nation as a misunderstood “boyish” fellow. That rag has no creditability left and they know it!

You've got that dead wrong.
30 posted on 12/14/2002 11:28:28 AM PST by Paul_B
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To: rightswarrior
This is about TL being a spineless leader LONG before this stuff happened.

Geez Louise, you still don't get it, do you? Trent Lott is not being asked to resign for poor leadership; he is being asked to resign solely because of who he is!

Would you people quit nursing old grudges and think clearly here? We are more than an agenda, we're a people. And that, in this case, is being truer to "conservatism."

31 posted on 12/14/2002 11:29:24 AM PST by winin2000
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To: alnick
Yes, the 'rats are piling on and their motives are not pure.

Actually, the smart ones -- Daschle, Hillary, the NYT -- aren't piling on. They know that the chances are that Lott can blackmail the GOP out of showing him the door. And they know that would be God's gift to the Democrats, long term. Gotta learn to think long range, think strategically. Dubya does. Hitlery does. But we have quite a few people around here who think emotions are tools of cognition. They aren't. Look at the fundamentals. Think 2004, think 2008. Think about the future of the country. How is saving Trent Lott from his own stupidity good for the future of the country? I know, I know: what more harm can he do? That's what they said about Clinton, and look how that turned out.

32 posted on 12/14/2002 11:34:31 AM PST by The Great Satan
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To: winin2000
Your wrong, I DO get it. I dont care WHY!!!! I just care that he leaves, We get almost as much of a Liberal agenda forged ahead with Lott as we did with Dashle!!! Who cares why he goes just as long as he GOES!!!! GOOD RIDDANCE!!
33 posted on 12/14/2002 11:35:55 AM PST by rightswarrior
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To: The Great Satan
The dems aren't piling on as they could. you are absolutely correct. Landrieu just won Louisiana, the dems picked up the house seat there as well. Daschle had an issue to run with on Lott now, and he punted. He said Lott is a wonderful guy, I love him, yada yada yada.

Hillary has shut up. Bill Clinton has stayed quiet. I think the democrats want this to peter out. They actually themselves will stop bringing it up... until summer 2004. Every urban radio station then will get ads about Lott. The vote total will rise. The othe group to be targeted will be the Oprah watching soccer moms. They will hold the balance in 2004. Convince enough of them that Trent Lott=Icky... Voting republican = Voting for Trent Lott, and the dems will pick up the Senate at a minimum and darn near the house.

34 posted on 12/14/2002 11:41:20 AM PST by dogbyte12
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To: dogbyte12
I wrote a better speech for Lott after yesterday's cheerful little PR announcement about how Lott will go on black cable and pander away in an overcompensation attempt.

Here's how my dream Lott speech would have gone:

"I grew up in a different age. I took my early opinions from the people around me, my parents, my schoolteachers, etc., whom I had no reason as a youth not to respect as my elders. Even in college [re the effort to keep blacks out of his frat] I had not yet become enlightened to the true nature of man and equality.

"Thank goodness I have long changed my youthful views, and I have worked consistently in public service to try and make America better for all people. (Bla bla..)

"However, I feel that my comments, as thoughtless as they were, may have embarrassed my President, my fellow Senators and Congressmen and women, and my party. Therefore, not to allow my party to ever have to hear from their detractors that we are a party who tolerates even slightly bigoted views, I heretofore call for a new vote among Senate Republicans for Majority Leader. I beg forgiveness from the President, from my colleagues, and most of all from the American people, whom I respect deeply and whom I am so sorry to have wronged. Bless you all."

He may not have had the leadership but he would have been respected deeply as a man who had a pair and who had grown in life.

35 posted on 12/14/2002 11:48:40 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: The Great Satan
Lott will weather this storm. This is all about stealing an election over stupidity IMHO. And the pubbies are being led by nose over what should be a non-issue.

I've been trying to avoid these discussion thread because I thought Lott's stupid statement warranted little public play. I guess I was wrong, but for Lott to go now would be the worst thing in the world. The CBC thought police will have a field day and will look for their next victim....of course, it won't be KKKByrd.
36 posted on 12/14/2002 11:49:19 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: ex-Texan
I do not think it benefits GWB or the Republican Party to allow Lott to issue blackmail declarations and threats to resign from the Senate rather than give up Leadership. If GWB caves in, it sends the wrong message to the American people.

I agree. It says that we can't win on our ideas and merits. We need to cower behind a weak leader to hang on to a shred of power. WE ARE BETTER THAN THAT. We will get the Senate back the RIGHT way, people!!

37 posted on 12/14/2002 11:50:26 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Peach
This whole "scandal" has the signs of an all night bull session at the DNC headquarters with James Carville presiding: "What do we do now after the November defeat to regain the upper hand, to energize our base, to put the Mean-Spirited Party on defensive, so that even with the majorities in Congress, it is unable implement its agenda?"

No, it's not the hypocrisy of the Liberals that's at work here. This is something new: scrutinizing trite words that are usually allowed to go with the wind after being spoken at birthday parties and other such occasions. A thousand worse things have been said somewhere by politicians since Lott remarks happened. It's a manufactured scandal from the getgo, I maintain. There is really nothing to see here, never was, and I refuse to allow the media and the Left's propagandists to dictate my priorities and concerns.

Far worse things were said by the New Jersey poet laureate one LeRoi Jones and he won't resign either! Far worse and far more consequential, because they are in a "poem" (really an agitprop piece) that is being reprinted and is being taught to our children!

Like the Bolsheviks in 1917 the American Left has little support in the society. But like the Bolsheviks, they Left has mastered the machineries of power, so that it can flex its muscle, dictate policies, cultural trends, contents of national debates. The best thing for the opposing side including Senator Lott to have done would have been to dismiss and ridicule the stage acted outrage and expose the scandal manufacturing process itself! Instead, we consent to act in an absurdist play that is being directed by the extreme Left with the outcome pretty much controlled by it!

38 posted on 12/14/2002 11:52:45 AM PST by Revolting cat!
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To: winin2000
If Lott is unfit for the U.S. Senate, so is about two thirds of the white South. We are basically being told that any Southern white who doesn't spend the rest of his life agonizing over the sins of ages ago and hating himself over perfectly normal instincts, does not deserve representation in government.

Nonsense. Some of our best conservatives, morally and politically, come from the South. We as Republicans LOVE the South, of any color. You just can't open up your mouth, especially if you are in a position of leadership, especially in front of a MIKE ON TV, and say the kinds of things Lott said. No one can blame someone for the era in which he grew up. That's nonsense. It's what he does with his past TODAY that's important.

39 posted on 12/14/2002 11:54:13 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: rightswarrior
Who cares why he goes just as long as he GOES!!!!

That's what I was fishing for: your concession that you don't care a whit about doing what's right. It's all political expedience.

You may think bowing to the bellowings of that noxious, pompadoured walrus whose anti-Semitism rivals Mein Kampf and sacrificing one of our own on bogus charges of "racism" is okay, so long as you it gets you ANWR drilling and a tax cut. I don't.

40 posted on 12/14/2002 12:04:08 PM PST by winin2000
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To: Yaelle
It is what Lott is trying to do to GWB that is important. Also of significance, is what the Dims will do about Lott. They will turn Lott into a weapon aimed at Bush:

View Anti-Bush Video Using Lott as WMD

Lott is a arrogant puke that is being *blackmailed* by the Dims. 'Nuff said.

41 posted on 12/14/2002 12:32:27 PM PST by ex-Texan
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To: yoe
The NY Post has not championed Clinton for the past ten years. The rag has been pretty tough on Clinton and Gore as they should be.
42 posted on 12/14/2002 1:20:23 PM PST by NYDave
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To: dogbyte12
FBI files.
43 posted on 12/14/2002 1:39:32 PM PST by MonroeDNA
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To: Revolting cat!
Yes, you're right. The entire thing was ginned up by the DNC to be bigger than it really was. And the press played beautifully into their hands, didn't they.
44 posted on 12/14/2002 1:56:21 PM PST by Peach
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To: Peach
The sooner Lott steps down as Senate Leader, the better.
If he won't then damn it, he should be foribly removed!
45 posted on 12/14/2002 2:01:45 PM PST by joyful1
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To: The Great Satan
How is saving Trent Lott from his own stupidity good for the future of the country?

Well asked.




46 posted on 12/14/2002 2:08:16 PM PST by Sabertooth
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To: The Great Satan
No, it absolutely does not have to be that way. Lott does love Mississippi and this can be handled in a way that will help Mississippi. He can resign is post as ML and explain why he's doing it. He's doing it because he said something foolish and he should have known that republicans are held to a higher standard. Senator Byrd used the "N" word and apologized and was forgiven. Senator Kennedy was responsible for the death of a young woman and he apologized and was forgiven. Ex president Clinton praised Fullbright who was a rabid segregationist and never bothered to apologize. However, as a republican he should have realized that a mistake in speech would never be forgiven. He should say he was surprised that his heartfelt apology was rejected, but it obviously has been. Since that is the case, he is resigning as ML because he loves his party and because he does not want it painted as a racist party unfairly, has he has been painted as a racist unfairly. He could state that he is not resigning his senate seat because the good people of Mississippi have assured him that they are standing beside him because they know his record and they KNOW he is not a racist. He should then humbly leave the platform not taking any further questions.

When the new leader is elected, TL should be made chairman of the appropriations committee and it should be announced that one of the reasons he's being given this plum position is because he selflessly sacrificed a position of power after being UNFAIRLY painted as a racist. At every turn, it should be pointed out that TL was treated unfairly. TL should constantly speak of how he was asked NOT to step down, but that, for the good of the country, he felt he had to do this since his apology was not accepted.

He could end up looking like a hero, bring tons of bacon home to Miss., have everyone feeling ashamed for allowing a good man to be tainted, and make the dems look vicious and unforgiving, all the while pointing out the foibles of the democrat party leaders....like Byrd, Kennedy, and Clinton.

47 posted on 12/14/2002 2:22:14 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: dogbyte12
"Whether he's a racist or not is immaterial: So stunning a lack of judgment, so obtuse an understanding of the historical importance of the civil rights movement would disqualify any politician from as high an office as Senate majority leader."

Lott admits it's his head not his heart that's the problem. He doesn't have the judgement or the character to be the ML. The pubbies must take the high ground, knowing that the dems don't and won't. Goodness and truth will prevail...

48 posted on 12/14/2002 2:25:12 PM PST by Sunsong
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To: John Lenin
Lets ask the GOP base, the southern voter, what they think.

I am part of that base; I am also in the South.

He has to go. And today, after discovering that he said he would resign if they HOLD HIM RESPONSIBLE for a situation he and he alone created, I'm more positive he should go.

49 posted on 12/14/2002 2:27:00 PM PST by Howlin
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Lott suffered a psychotic episode. There's just no other explanation for his STRANGE remarks. Look for more of those episodes in the future. He can no longer serve effectively as Leader. There is no way!

50 posted on 12/14/2002 2:27:09 PM PST by Jackie
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