Trent Lott-free zone
: Like other blog sites, I’m taking a stand and declaring Hub Blog a Trent Lott-free zone, henceforth. I’m embarrassed I had a Trent item yesterday. There are Trent stories in the Globe and Herald this morning. They’re all over the damn Internet. Find ‘em yourself.
A reader from New Hampshire (yes, New Hampshire -- Hub Blog must be going global) responds
: A reader asks why I wouldn’t want to cover such an important national story. Answer: It’s not because it’s not a big issue (it is), but it’s because everyone else is mooing the same thing at the same time. But I will repeat this
: Conservatives have been in denial for a long time about this guy’s views on segregation. And now they're patting themselves on the back
. (Guess my attempt at at a Trent Lott-free zone has failed.)
Another reader responds -- 12-13-02
: Alan at Tufts says this is a ‘shining moment for conservatives’ because of the way they’ve responded to Trent Lott’s comments. My response: True, especially those conservatives within the blogosphere. But it’s tardy. Trent Lott has been saying, hinting and implying these exact same sentiments for years now -- decades, actually. I don’t have the links right now (I’ll try to get them), but Trent has been telling people for a while that the Republican Party has become, in his opinion, the party with the same ideals as Jefferson Davis. I’m not a Republican, but I do admire it and its history -- and I was very heartened to hear President Bush’s comments yesterday
. This is one of the most interesting lines: “And the founding ideals of our nation and, in fact, the founding ideals of the political party I represent was, and remains today, the equal dignity and equal rights of every American.” I don’t know if Bush specifically intended to rebut Trent’s ‘Jefferson Davis’ opinion, but the president did declare that the GOP is, in fact, the Party of Lincoln. If Lott continues to resist stepping down from his post, people should start asking what he meant by asserting the GOP is the party of Jefferson Davis, whose every ideal Lincoln opposed. Until he leaves (under pressure from Republicans and conservatives, ultimately), enough with the self-congratulations. (Link to Bush’s speech via JE
.) ... P.S. Did anyone else notice Pat Buchanan's defense of Trent Lott last night? Pat, who's another apologizer for Jeff Davis' cause, said something about Trent being subjected to one of the worst 'public lynchings' he's ever seen. What an ironic 'choice of words,' as they say.