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Thursday, December 12, 2002

If The Amish Can Write Limericks...

...the Irish can take a hatchet to a Bob Dylan classic. If you remember "Blowing in the Wind", join in.

How many fool things can Trent Lott blurt out
Before we agree he is through?

And how many staffers must leak to the press
Before Lott can see what to do?

How many phone calls must Karl Rove receive
'bout another Red State turning Blue?

The answer my friend, is twisting in the wind
Trent Lott is twisting in the wind.

How many bloggers must put up a post
before the Times sees it's a scoop?

Hom many Dems must say "Trent Lott is toast",
'fore the Times says "Lott is in deep poop"?

Hom many times must Sully condemn
Until Lott is cut out of the loop?

The answer my friend, is twisting in the wind
Trent Lott is twisting in the wind.

Well, if you heard me sing it in the shower, you would know the meaning of fear. I sure wish Trent could hear it.

OK, for "Hardball" tonight with Chris Matthews, MSNBC is promoting an appearance by John McCain and Bob Kerrey to discuss Trent Lott. Both of these guys have been on the receiving end of media flaps, so their perspective will be interesting. McCain might, in fact, be crucial.

Bill O'Reilly was a call-in guest in "Imus in the Morning". I had video but no audio, but was told that Lott was discussed unfavorably.

UPDATE: Bush and Bennet join in.


President Bush sharply rebuked incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott for comments that some have called racist, saying any suggestion that segregation was acceptable is "offensive and it is wrong."

Bush's comments, delivered to an audience of charities in Philadelphia, came one day after Lott, a Mississippi Republican, said he would not give up his leadership post, despite the furor over his remarks.

"Recent comments by Sen. Lott do not reflect the spirit of our country," Bush said. "He has apologized and rightly so. Every day that our nation was segregated was a day our nation was unfaithful to our founding ideals."

The president did not call for Lott to step down...

Bennet, however, opened the door for Lott to leave:

On their face, the recent comments of Sen. Trent Lott are offensive, repugnant and inimical to what the Republican Party stands for," said William Bennett, a noted conservative author and education secretary during the Reagan administration.

"...If Senator Lott can provide a satisfactory explanation for his statement, this entire episode should be forgotten," Bennett said in a statement released Thursday. "If he cannot, he needs to step down as the Senate majority leader."

Since Lott spent Wednesday on the radio show circuit, one wonders what further explanation Bennet is looking for. With Bush out there, other Republicans have pretty good cover to take their shot. We will see.

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