Out of all the press that Trent Lott has generated over the past week, there’s a condemnation in the letters to the editor section of the Philadelphia Enquirer today that stands out, insofar as it was written by Theodore A. McKee, a sitting judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. It’s a pretty ardent piece, recalling much of the legacy of Strom Thurmond and the effort that went into overcoming the hatred. Granted, Lott has done quite a bit over the past week to attempt to place his Strom Thurmond comments in some sort of context; I find myself in the (rare) position of agreeing with Mike Wasylik in thinking that Lott may be more of an idiot than a racist. Unfortunately for him, though, that idiocy demonstrated a remarkably thick amnesia about Thurmond’s past, and it very well may get him canned.


The only hope is for these racist idiots to hang themselves, and Lott is doing a brilliant job of it. I’m enjoying the spectacle very, very much.

• Posted by: L. Markoff on Dec 18, 2002, 3:22 PM

As the scandal unfolded, my thoughts evolved. Yes, I still think Lott is a greater idiot than he is a racist, but I now think that he’s got substantial helpings of both traits.

Stepping aside - even in the face of the inevitable - is the only act of his I’m aware of that could be considered worthwhile.

• Posted by: Mike on Dec 24, 2002, 12:08 PM
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