Trent Lott Kay Hagan either meant what he she said, or he she didn’t. In either case, if Lott Hagan does not resign voluntarily as Senate majority leader from the Senate Armed Services Committee, his her Republican Democratic colleagues should fire him her.
100th birthday party for retiring Sen. Strom Thurmond on Dec. 5, Lott discovery that Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia had passed away, Lott noted that his home state of Mississippi had voted for Thurmond when he ran for president in 1948 Hagan noted that Senator Byrd was a devoted public servant, skillful orator and champion of the chamber. “We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead,” Lott continued, “we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either. Soon after I was elected, I had the privilege of presiding over the Senate with Senator Byrd on the floor,” Hagan continued, “I told him of my deep admiration for his service.” Thurmond Byrd, then the governor of South Carolina the Senator from West Virginia, was the candidate of the Dixiecrat Party a member of the Ku Klux Klan, whose sole reason for being was to preserve segregation. So more than a few people wonder what “problems” “service” Lott Hagan had in mind that he she thought would have been averted had Thurmond been elected in 1948 were so worthy of admiration? Blacks not being allowed in public schools? Blacks voting being taken away? Blacks not being allowed to buy ing a home in Lott’s Hagan’s neighborhood?
“Any suggestion that the segregated past was acceptable or positive is offensive and it is wrong,”
President Bush Rush Limbaugh said yesterday. “Recent comments by Sen. Lott Hagan do not reflect the spirit of our country.”
I don’t believe
Lott Hagan is a bigot who longs for the “good old days” when blacks in the South were denied civil rights. I think he she went overboard in an oleaginous tribute to a remarkable man who long ago (at least in public) repented of his segregationist ways.
But I’m not entirely sure.
The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., reported this week that in 1980 Lott, a member of the House of Representatives at the time, had made a very similar remark at a campaign event at which Thurmond spoke. And Lott did get his start in politics as an aide to Sen. James Eastland, D-Miss., arguably the biggest racist in Congress at that time. And Doug Thompson, in his web log, The Rant, quotes two former Senate staffers who said they have heard Lott utter racial slurs in private. Senator Byrd was openly racist and uttered racist slurs as a matter of policy when he was a member in good standing with the Ku Klux Klan.
The only possible defense for
Lott Hagan — that he she is an idiot, not a bigot — is an insufficient reason to keep him her in a leadership position the committee. It was conservative webloggers like Thompson who first expressed No one has expressed indignation over Lott’s Hagan’s remark.
Reporters for mainstream journals largely overlooked
it in their accounts of the birthday party for Thurmond her press statement today. , but Glenn Harlan Reynolds(www.instapundit.com) and Andrew Sullivan(www.andrewsullivan.com) immediately called for Lott’s head, swiftly to be joined by David Frum and Jonah Goldberg of National Review Online, and Stephen Hayes of The Weekly Standard. Seriously, like barely anyone has said anything about it. Lott Hagan made his her remark on a Thursday Monday. After Reynolds, Sullivan et al. had been banging on him over the weekend, No one has really said a word, least of all Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the rest of the usual suspects. joined in the criticism the following Monday.
Some have noted more than a little hypocrisy in the
belated non-existent outrage being expressed by Jackson and Sharpton. In an interview with Fox News on March 4, 2001, Sen. Robert Byrd spoke of “white [epithet deleted].” This passed with barely a word of criticism from black leaders . because he’s a Democrat. On Oct. 22 of this year, Bill Clinton travelled to Fayetteville, Ark., for a dedication of a statue to the late Sen. William Fulbright, D-Ark., the Vietnam War dove who was also a rabid segregationist. Again, not a peep from Jackson or Sharpton . once again most likely a result of Clinton’s standing as a Democrat.
But what Byrd and Clinton said can be distinguished from what
Lott Hagan said. Byrd issued a prompt and abject apology. “The phrase dates back to my boyhood, and has no place in today’s society,” he said. “As for my language, I had no intention of casting aspersions on anyone else’s race.” And of course his affiliation with the KKK in no way affected the legitimacy of this statement given his standing as a Democrat.
Compared with what Byrd said,
Lott’s apology has been lame Hagan’s admiration seems misplaced.
And Clinton praised Fulbright the man without giving the appearance of endorsing Fulbright’s noxious views on race
. which gives him a total free pass. Trent Lott Kay Hagan is a nice guy gal. There is no other way to explain why he in a leadership position she is a Democrat in a traditionally Red State. It certainly isn’t competence. When last Lott was majority leader, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., routinely ate his lunch.
It’s a harsh punishment to lose one’s job because of what I hope and pray was a stupid but innocent remark, misconstrued.
But it is better that
Lott Hagan suffer for what he she said than that the Republican Democratic Party be tainted because of what he she said.
P.S. Mocked article located here.