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Sunday, December 08, 2002

Flood The Zone

Glenn Reynolds is sitting on top of the Trent Lott situation like an 800 pound gorilla. Well, an 800 pound blogger, anyway. It appears that across the political spectrum, the blogosphere is united in wanting Lott out as Majority Leader. This should be as pure a test of the power of the blogosphere as we have seen - Trent Lott needs to be feeling a lot more heat for this than he is currently.

How did the Sunday talk show react to this? It was a very busy news weekend, as Pundit Watch reminds us, but Lott was discussed:

Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss, was roundly criticized for his praise of Strom Thurmond’s 1948 Dixiecrat Presidential campaign. It was host Mark Shields’ “Outrage of the Week” on Capital Gang, David Broder of the Washington Post, on Meet the Press, said it wasn’t the first time Lott had expressed such sentiments, and political writer Joe Klein, also on Meet the Press, called it “outrageous.” Only Bob Novak defended Lott. It was a mistake, said Novak, but Lott had “winged it” at a birthday party.

The Louisiana Senate race and the Lott comments led to a Meet the Press discussion of race in politics. Broder said “Race remains a factor in our national life and it’s decisive in the South.” William Safire said monolitic allegiance to the Democratic Party was bad for African Americans.

The Big Media watch resumes Monday.

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