Praising an Old Senator Who was a Segregationist Years Back is Wrong, Right?

Visions of Trent Lott giving praise at the birthday of Strom Thurmond are now being brought up since the comments made by Senator Harry Reid about Barack Obama  not having a “negro dialect” first was mentioned the other day. Liberals like to cite the 2004 birthday party of Strom Thermond and the ultimate resignation of Trent Lott as their support.

But somehow the Democrats have a memory problem. They seem to have forgotten that they have their own “Trent Lott” in the midst and that no demand for resignation was ever voiced.

Let’s see if the Democrats can remember the year 2004. Let’s set the scene. The occasion was the celebration of Senator Robert Bryd’s 17,000th vote and Senator Chris Dodd said:

“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,” Mr. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, said while praising Mr. Byrd last week on the occasion of the eight-term Democrat’s 17,000th Senate vote.

Mr. Dodd continued: “He 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.” Washington Times

Need I remind you that Robert Byrd had joined the Ku Klux Klan in 1942 and that he had also made a 14-hour filibuster speech in order to attempt to block the Civil Rights Act in 1964?

Where were the calls for Chris Dodd’s resignation? Where were the cries that Dodd was a racist? There were none!

Senator Trent Lott never should have been forced to resign in the first place. And I’m sure if the resignation of Lott never occurred, we wouldn’t be seeing the political backlash of it today.


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