The Bush administration shouldn't be afraid to file a brief defending race-neutral admissions in the Michigan affirmative action cases.Dec 30, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 16 • By TERRY EASTLAND
"Senator Trent Lott's lament that Strom Thurmond lost his segregationist campaign for the White House in 1948 . . . is already influencing an internal Bush administration debate on what approach to take on a major affirmative action case.
"Perhaps most striking, a senior administration official said today that Mr. Lott's statement of support for affirmative action . . . has complicated a developing debate within the administration over a coming Supreme Court case. . .
Dec 30, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 16 • By
The Democrats' Flag Fantasy
THE WAR ROOM LIVES! Within minutes of Trent Lott's statement that he was stepping down as majority leader, Democrats were repeating their headquarters-dictated talking points--make that talking point: The GOP is the party of the Old Confederacy.
Nancy Pelosi, top House Democrat, said: "The Republicans have repeatedly exploited the issue of race, as recently as the election in November in Georgia, where their successful campaigns for U.S. senator and governor centered on the Confederate flag."
A letter from John Conyers Jr.
From the December 19, 2002 Washington Post: It's time for GOP senators--and the president--to publicly answer a simple question: Should Trent Lott be the Republican leader in the Senate?5:00 AM, Dec 19, 2002 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Had we but world enough, and time,
This coyness, lady, were no crime. . .
But at my back I always hear
Time's winged chariot hurrying near. . .
And your quaint honour turn to dust,
And into ashes all my lust.
--Andrew Marvell, "To His Coy Mistress"
IN THE MATTER OF TRENT LOTT, time's winged chariot has surely arrived. Now's the time for his Republican colleagues, and the president, to "roll all [their] strength . . .
Why conservatives are the most eager to dump Trent Lott as Senate majority leader.2:45 PM, Dec 18, 2002 • By NOEMIE EMERY
ANY DAY NOW, the Democrats may come to regret deeply the moment the Trent Lott disturbance caught media fire. It is now a great mess for the Republican party, but one that has the potential to turn into a great opportunity, and one the party should eagerly seize. It is a chance for the GOP to clean up its act and its household, haul tons of old rubbish out of the attic, and banish some shopworn old ghosts.
From William Lloyd Garrison to Trent Lott. (From the June 7, 1999 issue of The Weekly Standard.)11:00 PM, Dec 16, 2002 • By ALVIN S. FELZENBERG
All on Fire
William Lloyd Garrison and the Abolition of Slavery
St. Martin's, 707 pp., $32.50
IN 1984, in Biloxi, Mississippi, deep in the heart of the old Confederacy, the future Senate majority leader Trent Lott declared that "the spirit of Jefferson Davis" now lives in the Republican party.
It's a mystery quite how the party of Abraham Lincoln, born in the moral outrage of the great northern abolitionists, could become in the minds of some of its most visible modern leaders the party of Davis. To some, Davis's legacy may seem one of support for states' rights.
Trent Lott hit the airwaves of BET last night in yet another pathetic attempt to explain himself. It didn't work.11:00 PM, Dec 16, 2002 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
SOMEONE PLEASE STOP HIM. The damage from Trent Lott's offensive comments 12 days ago could hardly be clearer. His support among Senate Republicans is crumbling. Even fellow GOP leaders, his strongest backers, have begun to consider ways to oust the majority leader and allow him to save face.
But judging from his remarks on Black Entertainment Television Monday night, the first stop of his Repent with Trent tour, Lott is as clueless as ever.
Trent Lott apologizes, over and over.Dec 23, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 15 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
AFTER A WEEK of confusion, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott held a press conference Friday in an attempt to clarify his position on segregation. "Segregation is a stain on our nation's soul," said Lott. "Let me be clear: Segregation and racism are immoral."
Stop for a moment and think about that. Almost half a century after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Brown v.
From the Dec. 9, 2002 Dallas Morning News: The law plainly tilts against the University of Michigan's race-conscious admissions policy.11:00 PM, Dec 10, 2002 • By TERRY EASTLAND
UPON LEARNING that the Supreme Court had accepted the big affirmative action cases involving her campus, University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman said about the only thing that she could, which was that "we are looking forward to presenting our cases." Ms. Coleman's--and Michigan's--problem is the law, and the law tilts pretty plainly against the school's race-conscious admissions policies.
Before the court are lawsuits challenging the policies used by the undergraduate and law schools.
Our author, "just your average white girl," sees if she has what it takes to get into the University of Michigan.11:00 PM, Dec 10, 2002 • By BETH HENARY
A GROUP OF STUDENTS at the University of Michigan have devised a tool that might have saved me several hours of nail-biting, and perhaps hundreds of dollars in application fees, had it existed for my school of choice when I applied to college. The staff of the Michigan Review, a conservative campus biweekly newspaper, has dedicated a section of its website to explaining the university's point system for undergraduate admissions.
Trent Lott's comments might hurt the Republican party's efforts to defend the Declaration's principles of true equality before the law.11:00 PM, Dec 9, 2002 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
"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," said former Vice President Al Gore on CNN's "Inside Politics" yesterday. "That is divisive and it is divisive along racial lines."
Gore was referring to Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott's tribute late last week to Strom Thurmond, who ran for president as a segregationist Dixiecrat in 1948. And Gore, who knows a thing or two about "being divisive along racial lines," is right.
"Uncle Tom's Cabin" after a century and a half.Dec 16, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 14 • By ALGIS VALIUNAS
THE CLOSE OF 2002 brings with it the close of the 150th anniversary of the publication of "Uncle Tom's Cabin." But you would hardly have known it from America's premier journals and magazines, which showed little interest in giving "Uncle Tom's Cabin" its due in the course of the year. No other book before or since has had so dramatic an effect on American consciousness--or American history--as Harriet Beecher Stowe's epoch-making novel.
A bad idea whose time has come . . . again and again and again.Dec 2, 2002, Vol. 8, No. 12 • By HEATHER MAC DONALD
THE COUNTRY IS ON THE BRINK OF WAR, it faces the likelihood of another terrorist attack, and the New York Times is worried that Americans are not paying enough attention to race and gender.
There she goes again: Mary Berry is up to her old tricks.11:00 PM, Nov 21, 2002 • By BETH HENARY
EARLIER THIS WEEK, four commissioners of the United States Commission on Civil Rights vehemently objected to a draft of a report made public by their own agency. The commissioners, Abigail Thernstrom, Jennifer Braceras, Peter Kirsanow, and Russell Redenbaugh, said they were not consulted in the writing process and that they disagreed with the report's findings. The document, "Beyond Percentage Plans: The Challenge of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education," was produced by commission staff and is available at www.usccr.gov.
Bill Moyers, Dick Armey, Texas, Oregon, and more.11:00 PM, Nov 17, 2002 • By
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Beth Henary's Things Go Right in Texas does a great job of capturing what happened here in Texas during the 2002 election. As for that "latent Democratic base" of voters, I think they may be in more trouble than just having lost all the state wide races, and control of the legislature.
In the Lone Star State Republicans won 16 state-wide elections and now control all 29 state-wide offices. Are Texas Democrats doomed?11:00 PM, Nov 6, 2002 • By BETH HENARY
TUESDAY NIGHT, the Texas GOP delivered for former governor George W. Bush--in grand fashion. Besides holding the governor's mansion and the Senate seat vacated by retiring senator Phil Gramm, the party refused to concede any statewide office to a Democrat, leaving the Democrats' representation at the highest levels of Texas government at zero.
Republicans didn't just beat their opponents; they pummeled them. With 90 percent of precincts reporting, Governor Rick Perry and U.S. senator-elect John Cornyn led their opponents Tony Sanchez and Ron Kirk by 18 and 12 points, respectively.