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December 09, 2002

Gore: Lott Made "Racist Statement"

On CNN's Inside Politics, Gore said "He should withdraw those statements or the US Senate should undertake a censure."

Note the contrast with Tom Daschle who is reported to say he believed Trent Lott did not mean to be racist.

If Kerry or Dean or Edwards does not step up on this one, I'll be voting for a big up arrow on Gore for President this week over at Kos's place. Where is the rest of the Dem leadership on this?

Posted by Nathan at December 9, 2002 04:56 PM

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Where are the rest of them? Worried about their careers. Gore seems to have realized that he's got one more shot - to run and beat Bush in '04[1].

If he fails, he'll be the Loser, and through. If he doesn't run (and if Bush wins in '04), Gore will be old history by '08. He'll have to contend with a new crop of governors for the nomination.

Everybody else is waiting to see what happens. They don't want to be a premature anti-bushite.
They can probably afford to wait until '08. They've got jobs to lose, careers to worry about.

Barry

[1] The nomination is Gore's to lose. Last poll I heard mention gave him almost as much support as the next several possibilities combined.

Posted by: Barry at December 9, 2002 08:08 PM

You miss the point, Barry. Gore could be running scared like all of the other Democrats. Instead, he stands up and calls a white sheet a white sheet. I have to agree with Nathan -- he has gone from bringing up the rear to being far in front of my personal choices.

Posted by: Leo Casey at December 10, 2002 02:45 PM

You miss the point, Barry. Gore could be running scared like all of the other Democrats. Instead, he stands up and calls a white sheet a white sheet. I have to agree with Nathan -- he has gone from bringing up the rear to being far in front of my personal choices.

Posted by: Leo Casey at December 10, 2002 02:45 PM

"Where is/was the Dem leadership on this one?" Probably in the same place Gore was in the aftermath of the 2000 election, when many were calling on the Vice President to address the Jim Crow era efforts to deny African Americans the vote in Florida: in hiding.

Posted by: Mark Rickling at December 10, 2002 02:55 PM

I filed this under "When life hands you lemonade, spill it on yourself".

Look, a lot of left bloggers think Lott's statement shows he is racist. A lot of righty bloggers think it shows he is stupid. There is a subtle difference there, I am convinced.

So how did Al play it, from the CNN story?

To say that the problems that we have in America today, some of them, stem from not electing a segregationist candidate for president ... is fundamentally racist," Gore said.

Asked if he believes Lott is a racist, Gore said, "Trent Lott made a statement that I think is a racist statement, yes. That's why I think he should withdraw those comments or I think the United States Senate should undertake a censure of those comments.

"It is not a small thing ... for one of the half dozen most prominent political leaders in America to say that our problems are caused by integration and that we should have had a segregationist candidate. That is divisive and it is divisive along racial lines. That's the definition of a racist comment," Gore said.

Uhh, it's not a trick question - do you think Lott is racist? Gore has worked with him for years, and ought to have an informed opinion. Telling us that this statement is racist is not at all the same.

As to the absence of the other Senators (both parties), when you strike at the king, kill the king. Lott may well survive this (DARN!), and will remember his friends, and foes.

Posted by: Tom Maguire at December 10, 2002 04:39 PM

Gore actually said on CNN that he "could not look into Lott's heart" and say whether HE was a racist; all he could say was that the statement was racist.

Given Lott's history hanging out with the racist Concerned Conservatives Citizens, I have less problem saying that Lott is clearly a racist, with this statement betraying his true beliefs. His usual mask of fake conservative piety on racial issues slipped and he revealed his true self.

Which does make him both racist and stupid.

Posted by: Nathan Newman at December 10, 2002 04:46 PM

OK, good for Al. Was that the same CNN interview, or has he done one since? [OK, I see by your recent post that more footage has been aired]. Are you wise as an owl becuase you are using your broadband powers to actually watch videoclips? I am fighting nuclear war with bows and arrows here.

Posted by: Tom Maguire at December 10, 2002 07:59 PM

Not watching videoclips but using the advanced technology of the almighty TIVO-- allowing me to pause a show while watching it live and transcribe comments quickly onto the Net.

All hail Tivo! :)

Posted by: Nathan Newman at December 11, 2002 09:19 AM

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