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Tuesday, December 24, 2002

Musings on the Conservative Mississippi Christian-I'm just about the last person to chime in on this last piece of verbiage from Trent Lott
There are people in Washington who have been trying to nail me for a long time. When you're from Mississippi and you're a conservative and you're a Christian, there are a lot of people that don't like that. I fell into their trap and so I have only myself to blame.
No, Trent, the fundi-bashers didn't do you in, you did yourself in. You played footsie with segregationists and true bigots for decades. Lott was caught playing politics, cozying up to the remnant of the Jim Crow days as part of a conservative coalition in Mississippi. Cozy up close enough and people will assume you partly agree with them. However, I think Lott had a germ of truth there, but he was playing the church card a bit shamelessly. There is a crop of people who will assume a white evangelical, especially a southern one, is at best a closet racist until proven otherwise. This allows them to tar any proposal with moral overtones with the insinuation of racism, driving away swing voters who might otherwise appreciate some honorable old-school values. However, it was more than the fundi-bashers who drove him out of office. The Strom Thurmond birthday party remark was simply the last straw that took Lott's cozy relationship with Mississippi's bigot bunch into the spotlight. It was a rather graceless exit.

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