12 December 2002
John Rosenberg is taking a proactive approach to the Trent Lott question, by writing his two Senators:
I grew up in Alabama under segregation. I abandoned the Democrats only when they abandoned their committment to colorblindness. I didn't switch parties to have the Senate Majority Leader of my new party endorse the 1948 Dixiecrats. A real apology might have attenuated my anger, somewhat, but Lott's tepid non-apology simply added fuel to the fire he lit.
I have supported and voted for you in the past, but if you vote for keeping Trent Lott as Majority Leader I will think long and hard before doing so again.
I don't think I'll have to go to this much trouble with my two Senators, since one of them (Ditzy Don Nickles) is probably even now angling for Lott's position. Posted at 7:51 AM to Political Science Fiction
My two Senators are another story. Warner is too busy always trying to look like a statesman to do much, and Allen seems to be having too much fun to get his hands dirty. Still haven't heard from Allen, or anything from Warner after his all-purpose "thanks for writing" auto-response email.
For what it's worth, I have just argued here that everything that's being held against Lott shouldn't be -- especially his support for Bob Jones against the IRS -- but that simply strengthens the argument that he should leave: his support will discredit even sensible things he says or supports.
Demonization, as practiced in America, is pretty much an all-or-nothing process; I figure by the end of this week someone will have Photoshopped up a shot of Lott leading a lynch mob in Tupelo.
Lott's remaining defenders will argue that it's all political, and it is, but now that the GOP is finally in a position to break up that unholy marriage between the Democratic Party and African-American "leaders" of the Jackson/Sharpton axis, they can't afford anyone with the slightest air of Jim Crow about him even if he'd been an effective advocate for the party otherwise, which Lott hasn't.