The Dodd remarks have received no press other than Fox News, Roll Call, and the Washington Times, which, given the belated media response to the Lott comments, is surprising. Well, maybe it isn’t- that (D) at the end of an elected official’s name really can serve as a remarable shield.
What is surprising, however, is that I have not seen one liberal blogger comment on the affaiir, which leads me to pose this question:
If a liberal congrssman yells N—-R in the woods, would Atrios and Josh Marshall hear it?
Let’s do a quick rundown. Lott’s remarks about former Kluxer and separatist Presidential candidate Strom Thurmond:
“I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.”
“It has often been said that the man and the moment come together. I do not think it is an exaggeration at all to say to my friend from West Virginia that he would have been a great senator at any moment. Some were right for the time. Robert C. Byrd, in my view, would have been right at any time,” said Senator Christopher Dodd, D-Conn.
I guess someone will have to explain the nuance and show me how these remarks are appreciably different.
Oh, and not that I am counting, but Mr. Talking Points penned not one, not two, but TWENTY-FIVE (25) pieces about the Lott affair (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25). Oh, and btw, those 25 pieces were written in an eight day period. To be honest, after 16 December 2002, I quit counting Marshall’s bloviating.
Fair and balanced, indeed. For extra giggles, here is a fun quote for you to chew on:
“If a Democratic leader had made [Lott’s] statements, we would have to call for his stepping aside, without any question whatsoever.” – Senator Chris Dodd, (D-CT)
Fair and balanced.
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