The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Wednesday, December 11, 2002
Lott - Congressional Black Caucus to the rescue!
You're in the street, you've leapt for a speeding bus that had already left - oh, half a century earlier - and fallen ignominiously on your ass.
What better distraction to cover your embarrassment than that the circus wagons should roll by, with the clowns putting on a show!
In this case, the Congressional Black Circus - Caucus. Twisting in the wind is apparently not a notion with which they appear to be familiar. The chance of a ten second soundbite is just too tempting.
The tone is set by Rep Elijah Cummings (D-MD), newly elected chairman. Apparently, he's taken Lott's counterfactual as a challenge to come up with an even more moronic statement of his own: a formidable task indeed! Has he succeeded?
These are the kinds of words that tear this nation apart
So he thinks Lott's planning a Civil War re-run? (This time, it's personal...) Or is he (Cummings) calling for a civil war? If not, how exactly are Lott's words to have this epoch-making effect? (I'm not sure that anything even Jefferson Davis (Lott's predecessor as Senator from Mississippi, of course - and a proud Democrat just like Cummings!) ever said tore so much as a county apart!)
The outgoing chairman (or head, according to AP), Rep Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) (no relation, I assume.....) apparently got an apology from Lott when she phoned him. Was she impressed?
We're not finished in this caucus.
Sez Ms Johnson!
Not seeing anything Lott need be shaking in his shoes about so far. And there's another smidgeon of good news.
Maxine Waters (D-CA) takes the opportunity to attack Tom Daschle! (He's not doing much shaking either, I suspect.)
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