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Old 12-22-2002, 05:27 PM   #81
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If you can separate his comment from his past, then go for it. I can't separate what people say from what they believe. You'll have to school me in that skill someday. Or not.
I would certainly like to learn the skill of looking into a man's heart and be able to tell him what he believes.

What triggered this whole incident was a casual comment. Any calls for his removal prior to the comment (based on his past and beliefs) were deafeningly silent.
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diamond, see emboldened phrases above for instances of political game-playing. [/B]
these words are dread's opinion-his interprtation..

welcome to polictical game playing -seems to b a necessary evil in our age of Mass Media .
HOWEVER- Mr Pubster-

I judge a man by his actions more than words.
gw has-
-built a culturally diverse cabinet.
-publically denounced trent's stupid statement.
-privately asked to have him removed.
-demonstrated racially senisitivty and compassionate conservativism since taking office-
a) by acknowledging Muslims
b) by ackknoweldging other cultures during the Holidays
c) by listening to a rock star who used to blast his father on stage and then said he agrees w the rock star on certain issues
d) refuses to crucify Trent more than necessary
e) will say that Trent is a moron but not a true bigot.

Its time for u Democrats to find some "real" "genuine" compassion and
find some "real" issues..

is GW guilty of polictal gamemanship?
sure
is he indeed a compassionate man and broad thinker?
yes

Welcome to the modern age.
The land of sound bites sensationalism and screaming liberals.

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Old 12-22-2002, 07:49 PM   #83
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Fine. I'm cynical about your response and I do not agree with some of the underlying premises you have put forth, but at least you answered succinctly and articulately here -- in contrast to earlier posts in this thread where you were all over the place in your defense of Lott (e.g., you desperately tried to shift the onus for Lott's transgressions over to Clinton).

That said, if there is truth in what you say about Bush's strategy with respect to his private and public airings on Lott, then my opinion of Bush is that he is a schemer and that he doesn't stand on moral ground -- he's just looking to capture popular opinion and (in the next election) the popular vote.

When are we going to get a president with some backbone?
Ummmm...No was not desperate. If you want to interpret it that way that is fine. I think I have said a number of times I am not trying deflect or raise smoke screens on this issue. I cannot help your interpretation of it. Diamond sums it up though....Hypocracy. Lott committed no crime, Clinton did.

As to the truth behind my statement, I can only report what I read and my interpretation of it. As for Mr. Bush being a schemer......

President Bush did not start off looking to be so right in the last election. He was pushed there by McCain. He was realing from the loss in NH and had to turn somewhere. If you recall, he visited Bob Jones and the Newsweek article also pointed out that someone (not associated with the Bush campain) was raising questions about McCains "black daughter", whom he and his wife adopted. All things that I am sure BUsh would like to not have to do next time around if he is indeed courting the center.

The President is a shrewd politician.

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To clarify my earlier post to Dreadsox where I stated:

"you desperately tried to shift the onus for Lott's transgressions over to Clinton"

I should have said:

"In effect and/or in a roundabout sort of way, you desperately tried to shift the onus for Lott's transgressions over to Clinton."
Nope

But you can think that if you want to.
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"Newsweek has a great article on the situation. I read it last night after all the posting. It basically leaves me with the impression that Bush wants to court the center more in the next election. Something he will be able to do since he is not going to be challenged for the nomination so he does not have to court the extreme right as he did in the last election after losing New Hampshire.

Politically, Bush's handlers are very very smart. In public last week he blasted Lott and in private, he had his people work hard to remove Lott behind the scenes. This removed the issue from the hands of the Democrat, and made him look like he was promoting his agenda of compassionate conservatism.

THis week he will publicly go on the record as saying he does not think Lott should have stepped down and that Lott is not a bigot. Even though behind the scenes he had him removed. It is in Bush's best interests to have Lott removed so that the party is not perceived as the party of bigotry in the next election. It is also in his best interests to have his hands clean from the removal so that he does not lose the support of the right.

By doing this he has just made the republican party stronger. He has his own man as majority leader and will now be able to put forward a more compassionate conservative adjenda."


diamond, see emboldened phrases above for instances of political game-playing.
These are my words....and I think they emphasize the way a politician works. Especially a skilled one.

No different than the way any politician, no matter what party works.

If you think of Kennedy for a moment. The general public had no idea that the President cut a deal with the USSR to have the missles removed from Cuba. Kennedy was perfectly happy letting the public think it was his blockade that did the trick. Not that he told the USSR that he would remove the missles the US had in Turkey.

Brilliant political gamesmanship. Set himself up nicely for the next election had he made it.



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these words are dread's opinion-his interprtation..
True, but I like the way dread read between the lines because it shows Bush's true colors. I'll bet it's pretty close to a dead-on interpretation.


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welcome to polictical game playing -seems to b a necessary evil in our age of Mass Media .
Well if it's necessary than I think it's time for a major revamp of our political system and process.


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HOWEVER- Mr Pubster-

I judge a man by his actions more than words.
gw has-
-built a culturally diverse cabinet.
-publically denounced trent's stupid statement.
-privately asked to have him removed.
-demonstrated racially senisitivty and compassionate conservativism since taking office-
a) by acknowledging Muslims
b) by ackknoweldging other cultures during the Holidays
c) by listening to a rock star who used to blast his father on stage and then said he agrees w the rock star on certain issues
d) refuses to crucify Trent more than necessary
e) will say that Trent is a moron but not a true bigot.
I won't respond to each of these points now because I'd rather do some research first.

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Its time for u Democrats to find some "real" "genuine" compassion and
find some "real" issues..
If you're including me in those you are addressing here, I'll let you know -- for what it's worth -- I'm not a Democrat. I think the Democratic and Republican platforms are too similar and I agree with neither. Frankly, I wouldn't miss either party if they both went away.

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is GW guilty of polictal gamemanship?
sure
...

Welcome to the modern age.
Just about every politician plays the games -- I'll agree. But that doesn't make it right. In fact, it's completely wrong.


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These are my words....and I think they emphasize the way a politician works. Especially a skilled one.

No different than the way any politician, no matter what party works.


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True, it works the same way in either party. And I still think it's wrong.
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just as long as dread and pub realize who their daddy really is..
me

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Of course not.

But that's a classic move to deflect attention and criticism; bringing up the transgressions of others, particularly members of the opposition, to soften something that one of your own has done. So many of the posters in this thread kept insisting that Lott was a some kind of victim of something other than his own way of thinking.

I certainly can appreciate it when Democrats get called for doing or saying something stupid, racist, or sexist (not Democrats!). It's when that's repeatedly brought up as some kind of justification for not going after someone like Lott that I disagree with it.


And, since when is a son responsible for the actions of his father? Or is there someting about Al Gore your not telling me?
Fair enough, martha. I guess my point in highlighting the transgressions of Gore and Clinton was because of an old biblically-based theme I personally try to follow, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Now I am cerainly not imposing a theocracy where all of our politicians and past politicians are forced to live by such biblical rules or that public policy should be shaped around this, but it is generally a good rule to live by.

Granted, Clinton and Gore are now on the entertainment and collegiate speech circuits, so I guess they do not have to worry about re-election consequences, but if they ARE going to make public comments about the situation, then they should expect people to put them under the scope of political correctness as well.

Regarding Al Gore, Jr. and the influence he woudl have had on his father, I am merely pointing out his relationship to another player in the whole Southern "states' rights" and "Dixieicratic" movements that I as a Southerner am so terribly ashamed of.

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these words are dread's opinion-his interprtation..

welcome to polictical game playing -seems to b a necessary evil in our age of Mass Media .
HOWEVER- Mr Pubster-

I judge a man by his actions more than words.
gw has-
-built a culturally diverse cabinet.
-publically denounced trent's stupid statement.
-privately asked to have him removed.
-demonstrated racially senisitivty and compassionate conservativism since taking office-
a) by acknowledging Muslims
b) by ackknoweldging other cultures during the Holidays
c) by listening to a rock star who used to blast his father on stage and then said he agrees w the rock star on certain issues
d) refuses to crucify Trent more than necessary
e) will say that Trent is a moron but not a true bigot.

Its time for u Democrats to find some "real" "genuine" compassion and
find some "real" issues..

is GW guilty of polictal gamemanship?
sure
is he indeed a compassionate man and broad thinker?
yes


I agree with you that he did those things but arent alot of those things things he SAID not ACTIONS?



We have all must relize what sort of world we live in and the politcs that are practiced. Bush isnt the president because his bus stopped at the white house he is the president because he is a great politician.

This say one thing and do another is a good political move to a degree. All of us here have figured out quite easily what Bush did with Lott. Do we not think no one else can just as easily figure it out and it could work againist him? I can nearly guarentee if Bush came out and denounced Lotts comments (even though they really arent as bad as some Dem. are making them) and support the man, Lott would still be around. Or is this just the opp. Bush was looking for to get rid of Lott?
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As for Mr. Lott.....He did not say, if you had won we would be better off because segregation would have made the country better. He made his comments and they have been interpreted to mean certain things. He made his comments at a party for a 100 year old man. A man, who despite his wretched beliefs, has served his nation, his state, and the people for a long long time. He made his comments, based on what I saw on TV to make the 100 year old man feel good not to say he believes the country would be better off because of segregation. There are a 1,000 other issues that he could have been referring to with his comments.

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"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." ...but it is generally a good rule to live by.


the whole Southern "states' rights" and "Dixieicratic" movements that I as a Southerner am so terribly ashamed of.

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Second, Bama, I have every faith that you personally have absolutely no reason to be ashamed of anything that was done in the name of The South. I can say that with certainty.

First off, sure, that's a good rule to live by. But it shouldn't be imposed to let people get away with things like this. To be honest, I feel very comfortable casting a stone in this situation.
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bottom line-
Trent is a clumsy ox and not adept for the job.
The majority of Republicans were looking for him to mis-step and he did, therefore finding a suitable excuse to transfer him.
He does represent the majority of Republicans
Its not that he is from the South, Frist is from the South.

Its that his timing and judgement are bad.
As a Republican in this day and age that can be to your demise, and lead to your extinction.

Not for Democrats though, we give them a pass, we hold them to a lower standard....

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Boy...for all these Republicans happy that Trent Lott is gone, there seems to be a lot of defending him going on.

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Not for Democrats though, we give them a pass, we hold them to a lower standard....
Care to elaborate on this sweeping generalization?

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plez refer to the wink..
however the way we chased out Trent..
and the way the dems handled Senator Robert "Sheets" Byrd-D by openingly using the "N" word less than a yr. ago should speak volumes..
Many are clueless here as the Mass Media which leans left chose to keep quiet..
Hypocrasy-sp in its finest form.

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Boy...for all these Republicans happy that Trent Lott is gone, there seems to be a lot of defending him going on.

Melon
Defending Lott, or objecting to the "word police" tactics used?

I didn't see any "I Trent Lott" bumperstickers out there.
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From Meet the Press last weekend:

MR. RUSSERT: ...a leading candidate. Let me turn to the role of President Bush in this whole saga. Trent Lott made his comments on December 5. One week later, on December 12, we heard from the president, and this is what he said:

(Videotape, December 12, 2002):

PRES. GEORGE W. BUSH: Recent comments by Senator Lott do not reflect the spirit of our country. He has apologized, and rightly so. Every day our nation was segregated was a day that America was unfaithful to our founding ideals.

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: Robert George, was that the beginning of the end for Trent Lott?

MR. GEORGE: Oh, yeah, definitely. I mean, the president sent a clear signal that any hint of a sense that segregation was right in any kind of way was not what he wanted in the Republican Party that heís trying to lead. And I think when you look back, Senator Lott never really recovered from that.

MR. RUSSERT: And one week later after that, David, Trent Lott was still holding on to his position. The secretary of State, Colin Powell, and then next day the presidentís brother, Jeb Bush, weighed in. Letís watch those both:

(Videotape, Wednesday):

SECíY COLIN POWELL: I was disappointed in the senatorís statement. I deplored the sentiments behind the statement. There was nothing about the 1948 election or the Dixiecrat agenda that should have been acceptable in any way to any American at that time or any American now.

(End videotape)

(Videotape, Thursday):

GOV. JEB BUSH, (R-FL): At some point this becomes such a, you know, swirling controversy that itís difficult for Senator Lott to carry out his duties as majority leader.

(End videotape)

MR. RUSSERT: All the while the White House press secretary was saying, ďThe president says that Trent Lott doesnít have to resign.Ē

MR. BRODER: And should stay, according to what he told U.S. News. This was a coup, and it was brilliantly executed on the part of the White House because, so far, nobody has actually been able to find White House fingerprints on this. But the president ends up with the very person that he most wanted as majority leader, Bill Frist, in the job.


Wow...and I did not see it last weekend. I always read the transcripts when I miss the show. Politics in action! The President brought Lott down. Impressive....Most impressive.

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The President brought Lott down.
Exactly. So all of you condemning the "tactics" that brought down Trent Lott, blame your president.

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Exactly. So all of you condemning the "tactics" that brought down Trent Lott, blame your president.

Melon
Nooooooooo.
Lott brought himself down.
Pres. Bush , our President and your President "facilitated" his exit.
Melon must you be so stubbornly obtuse?

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the 'tactics' were a blessing in disguise.
we employed them for the common good of our country whilst "screamers" over -played their hand.

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