If you recall, Lott was paying tribute in 2002 to retiring Sen. Strom Thrumond on his 100th birthday, recalling how Mississippi voted for Thrumond on his 1948 run as a Dixiecrat for President, and that "we wouldn't have had all these problems" if he'd been elected. A firestorm ensued, due to Thrumond's role as a segregationist Democrat during that time. He later became a Republican and renounced his past, even hiring the first black as a Senate aide. Lott, who would have become Senate Majority Leader, stepped down after apologizing repeatedly.
But several today are claiming there is no comparison to Reid and Lott, thus, no double standard.
Oh really? Two years after Lott's comments, a Democrat Senator made a similar tribute to another Democrat Senator on the floor of the Senate.
"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," said Democrat Senator Chris Dodd, on the occasion of Sen. Robert "Sheets" Byrd (D-KKK) casting is 17,000th vote as a senator. Dodd also said that Byrd, "would have been right at the founding of this country. He would have been in the leadership crafting this Constitution. He would have been right during the great conflict of Civil War in this nation."
He was inspired to run for office as the result of a Klan leader who told him, "The country needs young men like you in the leadership of the nation."
After leaving the Klan, Byrd was sympathetic to the organization, writing a letter in the late 1940's stating, “The Klan is needed today as never before and I am anxious to see its rebirth here in West Virginia. It is necessary that the order be promoted immediately and in every state in the Union. Will you please inform me as to the possibilities of rebuilding the Klan realm of W. Va.” He also opposed integration of the US military, stating he'd, "never submit to fight beneath that banner with a Negro by my side. Rather I should die a thousand times, and see Old Glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again, than to see this beloved land of ours become degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds."
Dodd's tribute to Byrd also came three years after this interview in which Byrd said:
“There are white niggers. I’ve seen a lot of white niggers in my time. I’m going to use that word. We just need to work together to make our country a better country, and I’d just as soon quit talking about it so much.”Like Byrd, and Reid, all Dodd had to do was issue an apology and all was forgiven.
The same goes with the dumbest Vice President in US History, Joe Biden, who also referred to Obama as "clean and articulate." He apologizes and becomes Vice President.
Is it no coincidence that, while Obama and members of the racist organization known as the Congressional Black Caucus demanded Lott's head, they've all forgiven "Dingy" Harry. So has the once great organization known as the NAACP, but their hypocrisy is glaring. The NAACP stood by the phony rape accuser at Duke University, as well as Michael Vick. And how can we forget the attacks by these liberal race baiters on Rush Limbaugh? Rush recently lost the chance to own the St. Louis Rams in part to phony racist quotes made up by liberals and attributed to him.
So is there a double standard? You betcha! It's a glaring one.