December 10, 2002
A Whole Lott of Stupidity, Part 2: After his sickening proclamation that America would have avoided a lot of problems had Strom Thurmond's segregationist platform triumphed in 1948, Trent Lott tried to shelter himself from the subsequent political fallout with a tiny umbrella in the form of a pathetically inadequate semi-apology:
A poor choice of words conveyed to some the impression that I embraced the discarded policies of the past. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by my statement.
Let's dissect this apology.
Discarded policies of the past? What an offensively trivial characterization of something so evil. The gold standard is a discarded policy of the past; racial segregation was an overt assault on liberty itself.
Then he limits his apology to those who were "offended" by his comments. By doing this, Lott demonstrates that he has no grasp of the far-reaching political damage wrought by his asinine remarks.
Not to be redundant, but the GOP needs a new Senate leader before the new Congress convenes next month.
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