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Trent Agonistes


He’s still not shutting up! Here’s Sen. Lott whining about his enemies, and playing the regional bigotry/political bigotry/religious bigotry trifecta: “‘There are some people in Washington who have been trying to nail me for a long time,’ Lott said. ‘When you’re from Mississippi and you’re a conservative and you’re a Christian, there are a lot of people that don’t like that. I fell into their trap and so I have only myself to blame.’” Notice what he did here: blamed the presumed prejudice of others by using a phony bit of phrasing to blame himself. He’s playing to the home folks here, by making himself out to be a scapegoat for being just like them. I mean, really, does he imagine that there were sinister cabals of leftists skulking around saying things like, “Good heavens, man, this Lott is not only from Mississippi, he’s conservative, and a Christian to boot! We must find some way to trip him up, before he destroys us all!”? I do find that “and you’re a Christian” business interesting, though. What could he mean by that? Teddy Kennedy professes Christianity; so does Jesse Jackson. Presumably they’re off the list. So who does this leave? Secular humanists? Jews? Surely Lott’s little tirade has nothing to do with the fact that some Jewish conservative pundits — Goldberg, Kristol, Brooks, Krauthammer, et alia — were among those most eloquently urging his departure from the Majority Leader’s office. I honestly don’t think he means that, but then again, I have no idea what the hell he means. By this time next week, he’ll be davening in Williamsburg with the black hats and growing out sidecurls by way of apology. Someone please shut him up now, before he digs himself and the GOP in a hole any deeper.