If Lott is to be replaced, the reason should be his newly acquired conflict of interest with his party's ideals. And on the off chance they remove him for that, Republicans should make clear their reason – lest their action be misconstrued as an admission of party-wide racism.
Hollywood studios tend to release about three types of movies at this time of year: family films for the kids, expensive action epics and the annual pile of poses for the Academy Awards. Somewhere in the mix is something for everyone.
It is no secret that the Saudi government supports terror. Fifteen of the 19 Sept. 11 hijackers were Saudi nationals. Saudis most likely funded the attacks, at least in part, and the wife of the Saudi ambassador to the United States allegedly funneled money to the Sept. 11 terrorists.
OK, OK, you all want my reasoned reflections on the Hon. Trent Lott, R.I.P. That is perfectly understandable. I am, after all, one of the country's few nationally syndicated African-American columnists of the conservative persuasion, along with Tom Sowell and Walter Williams.
During Sen. Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday celebration, Sen. Trent Lott casually remarked that the country would have been better off if Thurmond had won his third-party bid for the presidency in 1948. Just one thing: Thurmond ran as a segregationist.
Last week, there was a minor tempest in a teapot in Republican circles. A group of tax-cutters led by Steve Moore of the Club for Growth tried to torpedo the appointment of former Goldman Sachs executive Stephen Friedman as director of the White House's National Economic Council.
Since Sen. Trent Lott achieved the anatomical triumph of shoving his foot in his mouth while his head was already in an unlit nether region, there have been hundreds of editorials, TV testimonials and newspaper articles asserting that Republicans use doublespeak to simultaneously appeal to racists and the public.
To the poetic minded, Sen. Trent Lott's accidental outing as a terminal good ol' boy on the 100th birthday of Strom Thurmond, the South's eldest member of that particular and peculiar club, had the assuaging effect of a perfectly rhymed couplet.
Sen. Trent Lott, reeling from poor strategic handling of an unanticipated crisis, on Thursday afternoon sustained a potentially mortal cut from George W. Bush. Lott's inner circle was stunned, not by the president's harsh criticism, but by what was not said.