The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Monday, December 09, 2002
Trent Lott Dixiecrat affair a West Wing episode?
Look at what we've got: white-hot moral indignation, a great deal of scurrying about - and nothing making any political sense whatsoever! Aaron Sorkin is scripting this, mark my word.....
Fortunately, the roman fleuve into which the saga is developing is captured in the archives of Instapundit. The volume of material is impressive. Some of the content has wit.
But none of it (that I have seen - E&OE!) seems the least bit grounded in political reality. None, that I could see, addresses the basic point: on November 13, the Senate Republican party confirmed Trent Lott in office as the Majority Leader for the 108th Congress. That's 25 days ago, by my reckoning.
How on God's earth can GOP senators now get rid of the guy for a remark on a piece of 54 year old history at a birthday party ? And not come off as greater chumps than their fantasist leader.....
Is there even a recall mechanism for Majority Leader? (I can't see the guy jumping.) Who is going to take the initiative to bring down the leader he elected less than a month ago? Wouldn't such a guy do lasting harm to his own career?
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