Clear as Fog
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Lotts of Trouble
So it turns out that Trent Lott made almost the same remarks about Strom Thurmond in the past that he made at Strom's 100th birthday party. My soon-to-be former senator doesn't see a problem. But other aspects of Lott's history on race are shady.
In 1997, I wrote a column about a group to which Lott had spoken: "Make no mistake about the St. Louis-based Council of Conservative Citizens: this is an organization that proudly promulgates racist views. The CofCC likes to dress up its message in sophisticated language and hold its conferences in fancy hotels, but its core ideology would be in the mainstream at a Klan rally. Even the name would seem to be a deliberate echo of the segregationist Citizens Councils of the '50s and '60s."