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A Man Out of Time [The Landrieu-Lott political nexus]
MSNBC ^ | Sunday, December 15, 2002 | By Jon Meacham

Posted on 12/15/2002 11:45:56 AM PST by JohnHuang2

Edited on 12/15/2002 3:37:52 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Dec. 23 issue — It was just a quick stop, at a store on a campaign trip through the Northeast more than a dozen years ago. Trent Lott, then a Mississippi congressman about to make his move for the Senate, was visiting a state for a Republican candidate. Continues.

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The Landrieu-Lott political nexus

What Lott and Landrieu share in common and why the Democrats' latest race-baiting gambit can only backfire.

Democrats have figured out a way to overcome the natural Republican advantage in the South, says the post-Louisiana election, 'Happy-Days-Are-Here-Again' 'Conventional Wisdom'.

The 'massive', 'landslide' run-off victory by incumbent Democrat Senator Mary Landrieu against GOP challenger Suzanne Haik Terrell, 52-48%, is 'proof' -- PROOF! -- says CNN and (add the rest of the Ivory Tower media establishment here) that November 5 was a fluke -- a one-day-wonder that likely will never -- EVER! -- "happen" again. Republicans, says prominent Democrat fundraiser, Dan 'Bubba-Is-As-Honest-As-They-Come-And-Lott-Is-A-Racist' Rather, just got 'lucky' one black Tuesday five weeks ago.

Ah, but watch out, O GOP: The 'overwhelming' Landrieu 'triumph' December 7 shows that, far from door-nail-dead, the Party of Nancy Pelosi and 'Barbra' Streisand is staging a stunning comeback, roaring back to life with a vengeance, says the Washington Post.

Hip-hip, Hurray! Hip-hip, Hurray!

Every where you look (no matter where), Democrats are gloating, celebrating, dancing, doing cartwheels.

Judy Woodruff wears a big, fat smile again; Peter 'Voters-Were-Just-Throwing-A-Childish-Temper-Tantrum' Jennings sports a 'We Won Louisiana -- and Lott Must Resign!' button on the set.

Gee, the only thing I see missing here is a full-tilt, Wellstone "funeral" victory rally in Washington, complete with ticker-tape parade and balloon drop and Lott burned in effigy, but at the rate they're going, Democrats may just go for it.

Psychologically, I guess you can say the poor Dems have slipped into a sorta weird, post-November 5 state of denial -- yet again.

After the November GOP sweep, for about oh, say, a couple of weeks, we kept hearing a din of media-Dem excuses for why, despite the worst economy since Stone Age, Democrats got hosed; it was because, oh gee, we just couldn't get 'our message' across to voters, you see. Big Bad Bully Rush wouldn't let us! FOXNEWS gagged us! Oh, and the evil Washington Times was in on the scheme, too! (Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket!)

November 5 was a con-job -- the culmination of some dark, 'right-wing' plot -- hatched in the White House by diabolical mastermind Karl Rove -- to keep that wonderful Democrat 'message' from reaching voters.

We Wuz Robbed - yet again!

Behind the Daschle 'Rush-Limbaugh-Is-A-Threat-To-Human-Civilization', and the Al Gore 'zeitgeist' mumbo-jumbo, lay a not so subtile, if clumsy, push to rationalize -- explain away -- the Democrats' devastating, Election-Day waterloo.

Politically, it was the psychological equivalent of some strange relapse into 'Bush-Is-Illigitimate' fantasy-mode.

Had it not been for the Bush-stacked, "right wing" Rehnquist Court, Ice-Tea Al would be sitting in the White House today, don'tcha know!

That's how Dems 'rationalized' -- attempted to de-legitimatize -- Bush's triumph two years ago. (Interestingly, if, as Dems claim, Gore did win Florida, then this nefarious 'plot' to cheat Al Gore is bigger and broader than we thought. Who else was 'in on it'? Why, USA Today, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and CNN, that's who! Their recount of Florida ballots in the months after Gore 'conceded' showed that 'illegitimate' Bush not only won, but would win by even bigger margins using the Gore 'dimpled-chad' standard statewide. Man, what a right wing plot!)

And, for weeks after November 5, the 'We-Wuz-Robbed' Democrats were at it again, only this time, rather than SCOTUS, the focus of Dem-excuse-making was this "right-wing" media cabal 'out there', 'talking up' Saddam and war and terrorism, rather than Social Security.

Gee, it's as if atomic weapons in the hands of terrorists somehow had greater importance than adding prescription drug benefits to Medicare! Or the Augusta National Gulf Club "crisis". Or the Winona Ryder "crisis".

Then, oh, say, a couple of weeks ago, Dems switched from denial to outright clinical depression.

The enormity of their defeat began, albeit gradually, to sink in.

So depressed was the media, they wrote Landrieu's campaign obituary weeks before the run-off.

'Oh, what's the use?', they cried. 'Landrieu's a goner -- this is the South, all hope is lost!'

In the media 'expectations game', in other words, Sen. Landrieu had lost already, Republicans scored yet another icing-on-the-cake Senate seat, strengthening their majority overall and perhaps on Senate committees.

The pundits even cast Landrieu as the 'underdog' -- even though polls taken after Election-Day, when she failed to reach the 50% required to win, showed the 46-year old incumbent, daughter of former New Orleans Mayor Moon Landrieu, far ahead of her much-less well-known GOP challenger. One poll, in fact, had Landrieu enjoying double-digit advantage over the 48-year old Terrell, a former attorney and current state Elections Commissioner.

Hmmmm...famous Landrieu name, big poll lead, Democrat state, plenty of campaign moola, incumbency -- gee, some 'underdog', eh?

The real 'underdog', media malarkey aside, was Suzanne Terrell, who was hoping to make Louisiana history by becoming the first Republican to win a U.S. Senate seat in 130 years -- a Republican woman to boot.

On Election-Day, as a twist-of-fate GOP tide swept the rest of the nation, Terrell got only 27% of the vote from her fractured party. Republican Gov. Mike 'My-way-or-no-way' Foster, even after his choice went down in defeat, refused to endorse the GOP standard bearer, even mulling backing Landrieu. He came around eventually, but so grudging was his tepid 'endorsement', it actually ended up hurting Terrell's chances.

Yet, despite it all, Landrieu's once formidable double-digit lead all but evaporated. In a Mason-Dixon match-up before the President's visit December 3, Landrieu still led, but just barely -- 48%-43%.

A Mason-Dixon taken the day after Bush's visit had Terrell up, 49%-46%, though statistically well within the poll's margin of error. By Friday, however, the 'Bush bounce' had faded after a report of a U.S.-Mexico sugar trade deal, vehemently denied by the White House, dominated election coverage in the run-up to Dec. 7. The announcement of high-level Cabinet resignations December 6, moreover, didn't help matters much, either. (Outgoing Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neil reportedly leaked his resignation letter to the press 3 days early.)

The local media pounded Terrell, the Landrieu campaign pounded Terrell, hour after hour, day after day -- there was no let up.

Several observations:

-- Landrieu, reiterating, was no 'underdog'; the media expectations game, by hook or crook, had it backwards.

-- Landrieu was touted by the media as a very conservative Democrat, a powerful and close ally of President George W. Bush. Landrieu votes with the President almost all the time, voters were told both in the media and in Landrieu campaign ads.

-- Landrieu, given incumbency, a famous name, high job approval ratings, huge campaign warchest, little known rival, GOP divisions, no serious party challenge, favorable image (60% positive), heavily Democrat state (57% Dem) should have walked away with this election, cleaning Terrell's clock by 10% percentage points minimum, not the 52%-48% squeaker.

-- Reaching 51%, by my math, is a heck of a lot easier from 46% (what Landrieu got November 5) than from 27% (what Terrell got November 5).

-- It's hard to nationalize a local contest -- which is what Landrieu-Terrell amounted to -- in the absence of a, well, national election. GOP control of the Senate was a November 5 fait accompli, Homeland Security had already passed the Senate. With diminished stakes, Landrieu-Terrell turned to issues closer to home.

-- The November GOP sweep would not have been possible, all things being equal, under Louisiana's quirky system. which lumps primary and general elections together.

To illustrate, take Missouri and Georgia, where GOP Senate challengers knocked off incumbents (What Terrell tried to pull off in Louisiana). Would the Georgia and Missouri GOP nominees, given Terrell's constraints, i.e., little name ID and only four weeks to mend fences after a devisive primary, successfully have rallied the troops, boost name recognition to levels competitive (many voters still didn't know who Terrell was), overcome a double-digit deficit in the polls -- all in time to win?

Fat chance. Missouri's Jean Carnahan and Georgia's Max Cleland would face far better odds under Louisiana's system, and likely would have won reelection. Georgia GOP Sen.-elect Saxby Chambliss would be looking for work -- dittos Sen.-elect Jim Talent of Missouri.

I repeat: The November GOP sweep would not have been possible, all things being equal, under Louisiana's bizarre election system. Winning the primary is only the first step; 'healing the wounds', uniting the party, rallying the troops, raising money and name recognition and settling on a winning campaign theme usually take months, not weeks. Ousting a popular incumbent -- and Landrieu was popular -- is no easy feat. It demands patience and hard work, but, above all, time.

Momentum, sans time to exploit it, is of little use. That was upstart Terrell's problem.

Next to McCain-Feingold, the Louisiana system is the best incumbent protection racket going.

For Republicans, the good news out of Louisiana is that Democrats and their media pals in the Beltway are gleaning all the wrong lessons from the Landrieu-Terrell showdown. They're back in denial -- November 5 never really happened, you see -- mis-underestimating Bush, frothing at the mouth, back on the attack (See Lott). Er, Democrat alternative vision for the country? They still have none (the Party's torn by bitter feuds -- loony left versus moderates versus conservatives) and Party leaders can't speak publically ('Better-Red-Than-Dead' Pelosi is too far left, while Tommy 'America-Is-Losing-The-War-On-Terror' Daschle, in losing the Senate, stands completely discredited).

Attacking a President carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders, moreover, is never good form -- as 'strategy, attacking a leader who projects strength, vision, direction galore is stupid beyond absurdity -- and self-defeating.

It's why Democrat fortunes are crumbling worse than Arafat headquarters in Ramallah. If there were such a thing as bankruptcy Court in politics, Democrats would be filing Chapter 11.

Another long-term dilemma for Democrats (highlighted in Landrieu-Terrell): The Party's wholesale reliance on minority voters. Dems couldn't win without it, given the Party's abysmally poor showing among white voters. This will backfire -- big time -- come 2004, presidential elections. There are reports that former Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile, in a push to increase minority influence over the Party's nominating process, will field black local 'favored sons' in key primaries in '04. Throw in Al Sharpton's expected challenge, and you've got the recipe for mucho problemos for Democrats in '04. Indeed, so worried was CNN, they openly blasted the plan as "disastrous", warning Brazile Monday on Inside Politics to call it off, or face certain GOP victory. To Sharpton, it's a ploy to keep him from winning southern primaries.

So what's the November 5th bottom line? What really happened -- what was the message? Pundits and analysts will be chewing it over for years to come, but here's my For-What-It's-Worth: November 5, more than just a banner night for Republicans, was a watershed.

But it goes deeper than that.

November 5 was nothing short of President Bush's re-election. That's right -- his RE-ELECTION. It was voters, by way of the ballot, sending the media and the Democrats, who've repeatedly questioned Bush's legitimacy, a powerful message: Bush, whether you like it or not, is our President, we elected him, and if there was any lingering doubt, then let our vote tonight finally lay that doubt to rest.

November 5 was a chance for voters to do November 2000 over again. Bush may not have been on the ballot a month ago, yet, for voters, he was.

Who can forget how the President, days after the towers collapsed, famously stood atop the rubble of Ground Zero, grabbed a bull-horn and, with these immortal words, vowed justice: "I can hear you, the rest of the world hears you, and the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon!"

That's the moment Bush 'became' President, says the media.

Wrong: America, last time I checked, already had a President on 9/11 -- George W. Bush. In America, you see, Presidents become Presidents, not when Chris Matthews and his media ilk say so, but per the constitution, the day that man or woman takes the oath. In Bush's case, the day was Saturday, January 20, 2001 -- not 9/11, not after. End of story.

Speaking of oaths, here's my intrepid prediction: The post-Landrieu Democrat euphoria will soon give way to all-out depression in January. That's when a bigger GOP House majority gets sworn in and Tom Daschle goes back to being feet-of-clay Minority "Leader". His Party faces even steeper odds in '04 with 10 Dem Senate seats up for grabs in states Bush won in '00.

*Reality*, like lies, has this funny way of catching up with people, now doesn't it?

Speaking of reality checks, there is, for Republicans, one major caveat, I'm afraid: Trent Lott.

(But, before I go on, I've got some B r e a k i n g - N e w s just in: U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, calling Lott's remarks at Sen. Thurmond's recent birthday party "shocking" and "appalling", says apologies aren't enough and called on Lott to resign).

Now, for the caveat. No, Lott's comments, the center of the current Washington media firestorm, aren't the problem. Heck, he's apologized again and again already, and that, in my opinion, should be the end of the matter. Besides, what career politician in Washington hasn't, over the course of that career, slipped and said something he or she later regretted saying? Few would pass that No-Verbal-Gaff purity test.

(Oops, more B r e a k i n g - N e w s just in: Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe, calling Lott's birthday comments "racist" and "chilling", tonight said apologies aren't enough and called on Lott to resign).

No, Lott's problems, sorry to say, are only beginning. If you think there's a 'Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Racist-Lott-Has-Got-To-Go!' media lynch-mob loose now, man, O man, you ain't seen the half of it yet. Just wait till the press gets wind of what you're about to lay eyes on. I picked it up serendipity while surfing the internet this morning. (I find it astonishing that the 'Scratch-A-White-Man-And-Underneath-You'll-Find-A-Klansman' media has yet to pick up on it).

(Sorry, must interupt again with more B r e a k i n g - N e w s to report: The European Union (E.U.), in a joint statement issued moments ago, said apologies from Lott aren't enough and called on him to resign).

Back to what I unearthed this morning.

First, it turns out that Sen. Lott, several decades ago, said some pretty racially incendiary stuff. You're probably thinking 1980, when foot-in-mouth Lott, at a rally in Jackson, Miss., made similar remarks that have landed him in hot water 22 years later, i.e., that the country would be better off today had it elected Thurmond president when he ran in 1948 as a third-party Dixiecrat on a segregationist platform.

(Sorry, another interruption -- more B r e a k i n g - N e w s just in: The 'Blacks-Only, Whites-And-Jews-Stay-Out!' Congressional Black Caucus says apologies from Lott aren't enough and called on Bush to extradite the Mississippi Republican to the Hague where he faces fresh indictment on several counts for verbal hate crimes).

Okay, where was I? Oh, I remember: The Lott remarks I refer to go back even further, impossible to defend as merely "poorly chosen" words or "mistakes of the head, not of the heart," (Lott's explanation on the Sean Hannity radio show Wednesday) and they're lengthy, so I'll quote them here directly (this is a letter from Lott to a late Mississipi Senator in which he vowed never to serve in an integrated military):

"Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds."

(More B r e a k i n g - N e w s just in: Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, calling Lott's birthday remarks "stunning" and "horrifying", "a chilling example of GOP intolerance," says apologies aren't enough and called on Lott to resign. Al Sharpton, visiting in Baghdad, praised Saddam's statement as "bold" and "courageous").

But it gets worse still -- far worse. (Hope you're sitting down).

(My apologies, but more B r e a k i n g - N e w s just in: In a joint statement this morning, Osama bin Laden and Louis Farrakhan, calling Lott's birthday remarks "intolerant" and "reprehensible", brushed off his latest apology and called on Lott to resign).

Now here's the absolute stunner: Sen. Trent Lott was a former member of the Klu Klux Klan! Bet you didn't know this, eh? Well, I confess, neither did I. Again, I find it amazing this smoking gun has, given the feeding frenzy, so far slipped under the 'Gotcha!' media radar.

Some of the harrowing details:

Sen. Lott, more than just a run-of-the-mill KKKer, was an active recruiter, charging $10 per sign up, according to Graham Smith, author of When Jim Crow Met John Bull, who unearthed the letter.

Lott also wrote the following: "The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here" as well as "in every state in the Union."

In light of all this, Sen. Lott, I believe, should do the right thing and step down as Senate Majority Leader. To do otherwise would send exactly the wrong message that Republicans tolerate throw-back, knuckle-dragging racists a la Lott in the ranks.

Oops, hold on a sec...no, not more Breaking News -- I just need to fact-check something real quick...be right back...

Oh no! I did it again! Please, dear readers, please forgive me, but I'm afraid I've made another boo-boo -- a real major-league-ger.

Folks, that KKK stuff wasn't Sen. Lott's biographical background at all -- it was Sen. Robert Byrd's! Byrd, not Lott, was the Klansman. Sheesh! Should have been more careful...silly me.

Well, at any rate, on this 'Mr. Lott, When-Exactly-Did-You-Stop-Lynching-Blacks?' news conference Friday, I offer my two cents:

Wrong move, Lott. Very wrong move. You could, in an instant, put this whole brouhaha to rest. There's one -- and only one -- way, though.

How? Piece of cake: Take to the floor of the Senate tomorrow and renounce your membership in the Republican Party, announce your intention to cross over and join Bobby Byrd (D-KKK) and the Democrats and, as the ultimate act of "penance" for past sins, pledge your vote for Tommy Daschle as Senate leader.

Those 3 simple steps would mean the end of the Lott "crisis" because, as everyone knows, being a Democrat means never having to say you're sorry -- no matter what you do, no matter what you did, no matter what you say, no matter what you think.

Washington's lib-PC-fascist-media-lynch-mob sets the standards, you see, and being a Republican is, well, a crime in itself -- a hate crime, no less. Want "cleansing" -- "moral redemption"? Want past sins forgiven? Join the Democrat Party.

Think I'm kidding, right? Well, you're wrong. The Democrats=Good, Republicans=Evil fixation is exactly how liberals/Democrats see the world. Ask yourself: Why does a filthy, dirty, sheet-donning racist troglodyte like Robert Byrd get a pass in the media, Hollywood, academia, while Republicans get crucified for verbal gaffs?

Answer: Because this has nothing to do with race, this has nothing to do with segregation, this has nothing to do with civil rights. There's only one bottom line here, baby, and that bottom is: Political power. Democrats are hungry, they want power, and are willing to do whatever it takes -- character assassination, racial McCarthyism, you name it -- to get it.

If, to reiterate, we learn anything from November 5, it's how much the black vote means to Democrat survival in a post-9/11 world, with the country turning increasingly conservative and a President whose name is synonymous with security. That's what the 'Trent Lott-Supports-Black-Lynching-And-Segregation' uproar is all about: Tar all Republicans with the Klu Klux Klan brush, ergo, slow the Democrat meltdown post-November 5, slam the brakes on GOP inroads into minority communities.

That's the Landrieu-Lott political nexus: Race -- how Democrats, unable to broaden their party's appeal, will race-bait or face oblivion as a party. Ginning up the black vote is, now more than ever, a staple of political survival for struggling Democrats. Black turnout saved Landrieu's seat, though barely. Making Lott the center of controversy, Democrats are convinced, crimps Republican momentum and buys the Dems time to regroup, plan their next move, and potentially set the stage for a comeback in '04.

Only one thing wrong with this thinking: It's a 'Operation-Was-A-Complete-Success-But-The-Patient-Died' strategy. Black turnout saved Landrieu, yes, but in Missouri and Georgia, huge black turnout was little help to Democrats. Dittos South Carolina and bellwether Florida, where Republicans cleaned house. Again, hate to belabor the point, but Louisiana's *lump-primary-and-general-election-together* incumbent protection racket is why Terrell fell short, though she came surprisingly close. The Dem fixation with Lott is, moreover, a metaphor for a deeply divided party -- a party out of step, out of ideas, searching for new bogeymen, unable to compete in the arena of ideas or offer constructive solutions. Democrats, in making Lott the be-all and end-all focus of their agenda, are basically saying, 'look, we don't have anything positive nor compellingly new to offer, but voters, listen up! Republicans are evil demons with pitchforks, eat puppies for breakfast, eat children for lunch, hate women, hate blacks -- oh, and can't wait to kill Grandma....'

Unable to debate ideas on the merits, Democrats rely solely on the Ad-Hominem attack -- a flawed strategy and a clear signal of a party in decline.

Another reason why, this time, race-baiting comes-a-cropper: George W. Bush, the compassionate conservative whose growing Latino appeal scares the bejeebers out of Democrats. The former Texas Governor won over 50% of the Latino vote and more than a third of the black vote during his '98 reelection campaign.

Given Bush's winning ways and enormous cross-party appeal, Democrats worry over '04, and it's small wonder.

Now, a word on Lott's remarks. Sure, I agree they were stupid, but let me ask you this: Suppose KKK Byrd offered, word-for-word, the same remarks, would the press go thermonuclear? Would the media lynch-mob demand blood and guts? Heck, would we even be discussing it still?

Well, we don't need to speculate.

Recall the media's reaction to Byrd's recent use of the N-word on national television? A collective yawn.

The Congressional Black Caucus? Silence.

John Kerry? Gee, what N-word?

Teddy Kennedy? Oh, we all make mistakes, it's not like he drowned a woman or somethin'. Besides, we all have skeletons in our trunk, er, closet -- get a grip!

Tom Daschle? Uh, what Byrd remarks?

All-Lott-All-The-Time CNN? Oh, C'mon, that's just Bobby Byrd -- no big deal. The good ol' boy said he was tired, so why make a federal case of a slip-of-the-tongue?

All-Lott-All-The-Time-MSNBC? Not a peep, and on and on.

Mention Byrd's KKK roots, and liberals will tell you, 'Oh, get real, he's only human, that's all in the past -- forgive and forget.' Mention Lott's fraternity vote 42 years ago, and the same hypocrites throw a conniption. 'Ah-ha! See? I told you he's racist! Resign! Resign!'

So, because KKK Byrd is a Dem, we let bygones be bygones, ignore the stains of his ugly past. Trent Lott? He's a Republican, right? Well, then, off with his head -- now! No apologies acceptable!

The Byrd issue isn't 'They-All-Do-It-So-Leave-Lott-Alone' warroom dodge, either. Robert Byrd was, for 12 years, Senate Majority Leader. Senate Democrats, including some of the hypocrites calling for Lott to resign, picked KKK Byrd -- this was their leader for 12 years. Having known Byrd's ignominious history as a Klansman, their vote to elevate him as their moral compass is a moral indictment of the Democrat Party.

It's also an indictment of the 'See-No-Dem-Evil, Hear-No-Dem-Evil' media -- they, too, knew of Byrd's past, yet hypocritically stood silent.

Memo to Dems/media: Hurling stones from your glass houses isn't very bright. Get busy and clean up your own act -- then lecture us..

I repeat: The Dems' momentary Lott/Landrieu euphoria dissipates come January as Republicans, 229 in the House and 51 in the Senate, charge up Capitol Hill. Will be fun to watch.

I am, by the way, as Latino as they come, and proud of it -- so spare me the 'You're-Just-A-Racist-Angry-White-Male' crapola.

Anyway, that's...

My two cents...
"JohnHuang2"



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Missed ya all, big time, though.

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1 posted on 12/15/2002 11:45:56 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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Glad to have you back, John, and I see I'm just in time to catch your 2 cents. Great Piece once again. You've been missed.
2 posted on 12/15/2002 11:56:41 AM PST by Diver Dave
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To: JohnHuang2; madfly; KQQL
Good to see you back
3 posted on 12/15/2002 11:59:41 AM PST by Fish out of Water
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I'm happy about Louisiana because DEMS are happy about Louisiana. They missed a few salient facts in the analysis. Please, cheer with the democrats. They just don't get it. They can forget the whole southern thing. Just ask the dems in Georgia. Time for the old Rah Rah thing. GO DEMS!!
4 posted on 12/15/2002 12:19:15 PM PST by putupjob
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Wow! That was a long one JH2. But right on the money.

Too bad you weren't here first hand, to see the public behavior of so called conservatives, on this ultimate conservative website. I'm sure you've either done some checking already, or will be doing so shortly. I'll tell you, it hasn't been a pretty sight, this last week. Frankly, I've been appalled at the willingness of self professed conservatives and rank and file Republicans, to join in the condemnation chorus calling for Lott's head. It's been truly sickening.

Many of us wanted Lott to step down after the Jeffords fiasco last year and many of us still would like a new GOP leader to be chosen. But under the circumstances, with the all the race baiting coming from the left, every true blue conservative Republican should be challenging these trumped up charges that have been fabricated against Trent Lott. Conservatives shouldn't be turning tail and running from this fight. Rather we all should be standing against the excesses of, hysterical rhetoric and extreme political correctness, based on some fear factor.

Many Republicans fought long and hard to retake the Senate and give PresBush a GOP controlled Congress. Now there are so many folks willing to give it up and hand that control back to the Daschle and Company. The political world has been turned upside down in the last week and I fear, it will be a while before things get back on the right track.

I'm hopeful and optimistic about the future for the GOP, just disgusted with the spineless behavior of a significant portion of conservatives and Republicans alike.

God help, the Grand Old Party!

5 posted on 12/15/2002 12:46:20 PM PST by Reagan Man
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Thanks for the warm welcome, amigo. Missed y'all, too. Great to be back!
6 posted on 12/15/2002 2:24:58 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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Thanks, friend
7 posted on 12/15/2002 2:25:17 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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Re: #4 -- Bull's-eye.
8 posted on 12/15/2002 2:25:54 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Reagan Man
Thanks for the warm welcome back, amigo. Your points are right on, couldn't agree with you more. A quick check of the word spinelessness in the dictionary has *Republican* as the first definition.
9 posted on 12/15/2002 2:28:36 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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Thought you could get rid of me that easy, eh? Well, no such luck ;^)

My puter problems were far more complicated than I thought, so I decided to do a complete system upgrade. Works like a charm now. Great to be back!

10 posted on 12/15/2002 2:33:59 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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" Great to be back!"

Great to have you back. Feliz Navidad!!

11 posted on 12/15/2002 2:42:09 PM PST by Wild Irish Rogue
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Hey John. Welcome back. Man, you've been missed.
12 posted on 12/15/2002 2:42:13 PM PST by Aeronaut
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Good to have ya back, dude!!

"Mac-Auliffe!!!!"
(To be sung to Hank Williams, Jr.'s version of his daddy's song, "KAW-LIGA!!")

McAuliffe is a two-bit minion grovellin' fer RAT's Whores!!
He sold his Soul to Ol' Slick Willie...sold Chi-Coms OUR Guns of War!!
MAC-AULIFFE!! OOOOOOOOOHHH!! Grinnin' there as if Right doesn't know...
FReepers demand answers...Truth's gonna flow!!

T-Mac always wore his pin-striped suits and pissed good folks off a lot...
That Traitor stole from Union folks and smoked way too much pot!!
MAC-AULIFFE!!! OOOOOOOHHH!!! Too corrupt to ever do what's Right...
Because yer heart is stained from constant lyin'!!

(CHORUS)
IN-DICT McAuliffe...Equal Justice demands this!!
CON-VICT McAuliffe...'Tis in Prison he shall live!!
Is it any wonder that Slick's face is red...
McAuliffe, yer Party's good as dead!!

McAuliffe is a lowly minion...Sheeple just don't care!!
Punk's fate is fixed to the Clinton Traitor but RAT-Voters ain't aware!!
MAC-AULIFFE!!! OOOOOOOOOOHHH!! In yer trial evidence'll grow...
Right'll make sure, then, Let Sheeple Know.

Then one day that Winnick shyster bought Slick Willie's maid
And loved Terry 'cuz T-Mac's gay...but Ol' Slick saved his A!!
MAC-AULIFFE!! OOOOOOOOOHHH!! Punk stole from Winnick's Global Crossing...
Slick wishes Terry's still his ButtBoyDream!!

(CHORUS)
IN-DICT MAC-AULIFFE!! Equal Justice demands this!!
CON-VICT MAC-AULIFFE!! In a prison cell he shall live!!
Is it any wonder that Left's face is red...
MAC-AULIFFE...RAT Party's good as dead!!!

Mudboy Slim

BTW...Slick and T-Mac sittin' in a tree...K-I-S-S-I-N-G!!
First comes the Trial, then comes Jail...
Then young Chelsea MUD shall disparage!!

13 posted on 12/15/2002 2:44:24 PM PST by Mudboy Slim
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To: JohnHuang2
Welcome back, awaiting your 2 cents on Algores not running!
14 posted on 12/15/2002 2:44:50 PM PST by cardinal4
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To: JohnHuang2
We missed you too John, and again, your two cents worth is worth it's weight in gold.

If we're all very, very quiet for the next couple of hours it looks like Gore just handed us a BIG, HUGE gift. His announcement just knocked this whole thing off the front page. :o)

15 posted on 12/15/2002 2:47:39 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: Reagan Man
"I'm hopeful and optimistic about the future for the GOP, just disgusted with the spineless behavior of a significant portion of conservatives and Republicans alike."

Here, here. Also, another reason why Republicans do not do as well as they can in elections is because Republicans and conservative/libertarians enjoy battling each other instead of the common enemy, liberalism/socialism/communism/fascism.
16 posted on 12/15/2002 3:16:16 PM PST by Sparta
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To: JohnHuang2
"Next to McCain-Feingold, the Louisiana system is the best incumbent protection racket going."

That what our election system was designed to do. It was created by Governor Murphy Foster(the creator of segregation, man who won Plessy v. Ferguson, and grandfather of current governor Mike Foster) to destroy the old Populist Party and to make sure the Republican Party never became a political force in Louisiana.

17 posted on 12/15/2002 3:21:33 PM PST by Sparta
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To: JohnHuang2
I'd recognize your bang-up writing anywhere whether you signed it or not! A really good one!
18 posted on 12/15/2002 3:34:02 PM PST by Carolinamom
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To: JohnHuang2
Bingo!
19 posted on 12/15/2002 3:37:17 PM PST by F-117A
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To: JohnHuang2
And ... we're glad to have you back, John!!
20 posted on 12/15/2002 3:44:34 PM PST by CyberAnt
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To: JohnHuang2
xlnt
21 posted on 12/15/2002 5:10:24 PM PST by prognostigaator
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To: JohnHuang2
Oh, I am so glad to have you back! I missed your essays!

New system? Yay!

Now, tiptoe carefully around the site while the hand grenades are being thrown! LOL!

22 posted on 12/15/2002 5:23:38 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: JohnHuang2
I'm sorry your words ended. Your Two Cents were so good this time that I almost pinged MurrayMom.

Next time your not on-line without an announcement, give me a call. We missed you.

(Didn't we do a notification program a few years ago? E-mail addresses and phone numbers? I thought you had a list).

5.56mm

23 posted on 12/15/2002 5:41:27 PM PST by M Kehoe
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To: JohnHuang2
You gave us a lot more than 2 cents this time, John. You have a blockbuster! Welcome back, your thoughts and words have been missed.
24 posted on 12/15/2002 5:45:37 PM PST by maica
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To: JohnHuang2
I have to say you had me going there for a minute until you checked your facts. I wish I would have read this earlier. Would have saved a few hours of frustration.

Glad you're back with your 2 cents.
25 posted on 12/15/2002 5:46:34 PM PST by swheats
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To: JohnHuang2
It seems according to that Newsweek article you posted, that a Mississippian is not allowed to even discuss race. I am sure that for anyone from the south, their first trip to Boston would provide a shock at the relative uniformity of skin color in any public area. I believe that the population of Boston is only about 5% black. It may have even been less than that when he visited there many years ago.
26 posted on 12/15/2002 5:54:26 PM PST by maica
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To: JohnHuang2
I did miss you and your many services to FR, and am very happy to hear about your computer upgrade. Hallelujah!!!!!
27 posted on 12/15/2002 6:39:56 PM PST by GretchenEE
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To: JohnHuang2
Thank you so very much for this excellent analysis! Hugs!!!
28 posted on 12/15/2002 8:27:13 PM PST by Alamo-Girl
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To: JohnHuang2
Thank you for the ping, John! :) Glad to see your computer is doing ok! :)
29 posted on 12/15/2002 8:45:12 PM PST by MistyCA
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To: JohnHuang2
LOL! I just caught that out of the corner of my eye and couldn't agree with you more! thanks for the observation! :)
30 posted on 12/15/2002 8:46:22 PM PST by MistyCA
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To: JohnHuang2
Hey, good to see you John.

Great article thanks. I love this part:

Sen. Lott, more than just a run-of-the-mill KKKer, was an active recruiter, charging $10 per sign up, according to Graham Smith, author of When Jim Crow Met John Bull, who unearthed the letter. Lott also wrote the following: "The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here" as well as "in every state in the Union."

In light of all this, Sen. Lott, I believe, should do the right thing and step down as Senate Majority Leader. To do otherwise would send exactly the wrong message that Republicans tolerate throw-back, knuckle-dragging racists a la Lott in the ranks.

Folks, that KKK stuff wasn't Sen. Lott's biographical background at all -- it was Sen. Robert Byrd's! Byrd, not Lott, was the Klansman. Sheesh! Should have been more careful...silly me.

It never ceases to amaze me the double standard and hypocrisy of the media, the Democrats and sad to say some conservatives who are jumping on this much ado about nothing race-baiting statement.

31 posted on 12/15/2002 8:48:59 PM PST by Victoria Delsoul
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To: JohnHuang2
Congratulations on your new computer.

Well, at any rate, on this 'Mr. Lott, When-Exactly-Did-You-Stop-Lynching-Blacks?' news conference Friday, I offer my two cents:

Great piece JohnHuang2. It made me think of this David Horowitz piece.

***…….There is a superficial sense, of course, in which we were civil rights and peace activists-and that is certainly the way I would have described myself at the time, particularly if I were speaking to a non-left audience. It is certainly the way Mrs. Clinton and my former comrades in the left refer to themselves and their pasts in similar contexts today. But they are lying. (And when they defend racial preferences now-a principle they denounced as "racist" then-even they must know it).

The first truth about leftist missionaries, about believing progressives, is that they are liars. But they are not liars in the ordinary way, which is to say by choice. They are liars by necessity-often without even realizing that they are. Because they also lie to themselves. It is the political lie that gives their cause its life.

Why, for example, if you were one of them, would you tell the truth? If you were serious about your role in humanity's vanguard, if you had the knowledge (which others did not), that you were certain would lead them to a better world, why would you tell them a truth that they could not "understand" and that would hold them back?*** Excerpted from Hillary Clinton and the Racial Left - David Horowitz

32 posted on 12/16/2002 12:21:08 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: JohnHuang2
Glad to have you back, JH2 !!

Gee, the only thing I see missing here is a full-tilt, Wellstone "funeral" victory rally in Washington, complete with ticker-tape parade and balloon drop and Lott burned in effigy, but at the rate they're going, Democrats may just go for it.



33 posted on 12/16/2002 12:44:57 AM PST by MeekOneGOP
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To: JohnHuang2
"Answer: Because this has nothing to do with race, this has nothing to do with segregation, this has nothing to do with civil rights. There's only one bottom line here, baby, and that bottom is: Political power. Democrats are hungry, they want power, and are willing to do whatever it takes -- character assassination, racial McCarthyism, you name it -- to get it."

WOW! This is GREAT!

Boy, you came back to FR with a vengeance! I've really missed you and your $.02! Good to see ya'! ;o)

34 posted on 12/16/2002 9:27:24 AM PST by dixiechick2000
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To: Wild Irish Rogue
Feliz Navidad backatya, my friend =^)
35 posted on 12/16/2002 11:01:09 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Aeronaut
Thanks, my friend -- great to be back =^)
36 posted on 12/16/2002 11:01:38 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Mudboy Slim
Que pasa, mi hermano? hehehe
37 posted on 12/16/2002 11:02:24 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: cardinal4
Thank you very much, my friend
38 posted on 12/16/2002 11:03:46 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: McGavin999
Thank you, thank you, friend. Missed y'all, major league =^)
39 posted on 12/16/2002 11:05:03 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Sparta
Exactly.
40 posted on 12/16/2002 11:05:25 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Carolinamom
Thanks! =^)
41 posted on 12/16/2002 11:05:47 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: F-117A
Thanks, friend
42 posted on 12/16/2002 11:05:58 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: CyberAnt
Why, thank you =^)
43 posted on 12/16/2002 11:06:11 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: prognostigaator
Thanks for bumping, friend.
44 posted on 12/16/2002 11:06:34 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: Miss Marple
Now, tiptoe carefully around the site while the hand grenades are being thrown!

LOL! ;^) Thanks for the explosive welcome, my friend..haha! hehe!

45 posted on 12/16/2002 11:07:23 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: M Kehoe
Why, thank you very much, friend.
46 posted on 12/16/2002 11:08:11 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: maica
Thank you, my friend. Feels g-r-e-a-t to be back, finally =^)
47 posted on 12/16/2002 11:09:36 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: swheats
I have to say you had me going there for a minute until you checked your facts.

hehehe =^)

Thanks for the welcome back, friend

48 posted on 12/16/2002 11:10:32 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: maica
Re: #26 -- right on the money, my friend.
49 posted on 12/16/2002 11:12:50 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: GretchenEE
Why, thank you, thank you, my friend.
50 posted on 12/16/2002 11:13:13 PM PST by JohnHuang2
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