Wednesday, December 11, 2002
A1 on Lott in Thursday's edition: Lott Apologizes Anew For 'Terrible' Remark
Senate Republican leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), under pressure from fellow Republicans, yesterday launched a new effort to quell a growing controversy over comments that implied support for past segregationist policies in the South, calling his words "terrible" and "insensitive" and asserting, "I don't accept those policies of the past at all."
Lott is far from stepping down if this is going on:
Most Republicans on Capitol Hill have withheld comment about Lott's remarks, offering neither condemnation nor support. But yesterday, two senior Republicans, Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), defended Lott and said it was time to end the criticism.
Stevens called the criticism an "overreaction" and said that "it's now time to move on." Specter said he was confident that Lott did not support Thurmond's segregationist platform, adding, "His comment was an inadvertent slip, and his apology should end the discussion."
Jack Kemp suggests a lengthy, abject crow-eating apology, I mean a major speech about race and racial reconciliation in the New South...