The Voice Behind the Sheet


When Trent Lott praised Strom Thurmond at Thurmond’s 100th birthday, bloggers from the left and right (but especially the left) went nuts. Lott, if you’ll remember (and if not, buy Hugh Hewitt’s new book) said that Thurmond should have been elected President back in the day. Of course, Thurmond ran as a segregationist.

I will not hold my breath for the left to be outraged, but I think, given Lott’s remarks and the response thereto, we should all be outraged that the Senate Democrats are letting Senator Robert Byrd take a lead in obstructing Rice’s nomination. After all, Senator Byrd is a former member of the Ku Klux Klan and has never fully disavowed his membership. Byrd was no passive member of the KKK, he was Kleagle — a recruiter of new members. It was only a few years ago that he used the “n” word on national television.

Surely the Democrats are better than that. Even if Byrd wants to oppose Rice, surely the Democrats do not want his face behind the hood. Where is the outrage?

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  • It’s about time that Republicans take the gloves off with Byrd and expose him for the hypocrite he is. Show his racism for what it still is by flat-out stating that his blockade of Rice’s nomination is simply a “reincarnation” of the John C. Calhoun wing of the Democrat party.

    At least when George Wallace repented of his segregationism, he made it public and backed it up by his actions. Byrd has done no such thing. He has merely stood in the background of a party that claims to stand for racial equality as it continues to enslave those in the inner-cities of this nation through an education system no better than any undeveloped nation.

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