Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Krugman, typically, goes beyond the historical amnesia angle in the Lott-Thurmond saga [NYT]
Last week, at Strom Thurmond's 100th-birthday party, Mr. Lott recalled Mr. Thurmond's 1948 race for the presidency. "I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."

What, exactly, did Mr. Lott mean by "all these problems"? Mr. Thurmond ran a one-issue campaign: "We stand for the segregation of the races and the racial integrity of each race," declared his platform.

David Plotz skewered this shameful Thurmond-Helms nostalgia in 1997 [Slate]; Tapped has been all over Lott [though I did not note discussion of Sen. Byrd's similar past when he whipped out his Livy on the floor].


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