Made in Texas by Michael Lind
GOOD REPUBLICAN soldier that he is, Trent Lott finally fell on his sword, but the Lott affair it- self will not be dispatched so neat- ly. In the course of a few short weeks in December, the then- majority leader of the Senate man- aged to suggest that his party was both sympathetic to the Jim-Crow South of 1948 and deeply mistaken in its resistance to affirmative ac- tion, a policy that the Mississippian, interviewed in full contrition mode, now declared himself to support “across the board.” How much this episode will damage the political and moral standing of the GOP remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: it has presented a windfall to Michael Lind, whose new book, a polemic against “the Southern takeover of American politics,” could not have been more perfectly timed.
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