The controversy over Trent Lott’s remarks last week has prompted me to blog (of all things) because although his outraged critics are now pointing to a prior offense in 1980 when he stated that a successful Strom national candidacy would have prevented plenty of problems, it seems to me that the 1980 incident is exculpatory. The remarks 22 years ago weren’t delivered at a Klan rally. Strom had just praised candidate Reagan for his views on smaller government, and the news report at the time made it clear that Lott’s endorsement of Strom
was in that context. It seems to me that the earlier endorsement of Strom’s support for the Reagan agenda answers the question I’ve had since last week’s statement – What on earth was Trent Lott thinking?