GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, McCain's ally, infamously vowed to National Council of La Raza leaders, "We're going to tell the bigots to shut up." Retired GOP-Senator-turned-lobbyist Trent Lott moaned about populist conservative talk radio being a "problem" that Washington Republicans had to "deal with."
Speaking of whom, what's old vacant Lott up to now? The Washington Post reported last week that he's "struggling" to adjust to life in the private sector. "I took the Metro for the first time," he told the paper. It's hard not having his own taxpayer-funded car and driver anymore. And this bozo bon mot: "I haven't paid for lunch in 30 years," he joked.
Memo to Beltway GOP: If you are looking to repair your image with your conservative base, this is not the kind of press you want. Makes for great cable TV greenroom small talk. Not so good for your beleaguered fundraising efforts. And not so helpful if you plan to convince voters in the general election that you are materially different from Snob-ama and his Democratic colleagues who traffic in contempt for the common man. It's going to take more than rhetorical Altoids to dispel the smell.