"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."
That was Trent Lott in 2002.
"You know, if we had elected [Strom Thurmond] 30 years ago, we wouldn't be in the mess we are today."
That was Trent Lott in 1980, at a campaign rally for Ronald Reagan in Jackson, MS, spoken after a speech by Thurmond.
As my high school band director used to say "Once is a mistake. Twice is a habit." Let us hear no more about poor word choices.
By the way, according to that NYT article President Bush has "confidence in [Lott] as the Republican leader, unquestionably." Just so you know.
NYT link via Josh Marshall.Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 11, 2002 to Scandalized! | TrackBack