Trent Lott's announcement that he'll resign from the Senate revives the 2002 controversy that cost him his position as majority leader in 2002. To refresh, Lott praised fellow Senator Strom Thurmond's run for president in 1948 as a segregationist.
Bloggers have been credited with bringing the story to light. But it was Lott's performance in an interview with Black Entertainment Television that solidified his downfall as majority leader.
Sen. Lott Retrospective
Perhaps the moment that ended Lott's hope of keeping his leadership role came when he claimed to be for affirmative action "across the board," saying he practiced it by hiring minorities on his staff. Gordon responded with a minimum of condescension, "you understand ... to have a black on your staff and to push legislation that would help African Americans, minorities across the board are completely different."
The tension spilled over into the commercial breaks, where the two men sat in cold, awkward silence waiting for the stage manager's cue to restart the conversation.
The GOP's convert for affirmative action announced he would step down as Senate leader four days later (coincidentally, Ed Gordon's show, "BET Tonight" was cancelled shortly after the interview.) Lott said after his 2002 resignation, he had "only himself to blame." And Ed Gordon certainly didn't save Lott from himself.
So, to paraphrase Luke Skywalker, is the dark side stronger? It doesn't take a mathematician to calculate the leader in this battle. Boston's World Series win last night puts them up 2-0 over the Yankees since dropping the evil label on the Bronx Bombers. Add to that the greatest come-from-behind victory in baseball in 2004 when the Sox beat the Yankees in four straight games after falling behind 3-0 to reach the series.
But now the tables (or should I say labels) have turned and it seems the devil wears crimson.
First Look: U.S. Crime Surge
Just minutes into the debate, the three found themselves in a sharp exchange over the war in Iraq and terrorism when Clinton pointedly disagreed with Edwards' characterization of the war on terror as a "bumper sticker" and a mere "political slogan." Clinton not only refused to endorse that view, she came dangerously close — for a Democratic candidate — to complimenting the Bush administration. "I believe we are safer than we were" before 9/11, she said before adding: "We are not yet safe enough."
As it has been for nearly the past four years, however, it was the war that provided most of the spark and starkly demonstrated one of the major fault lines in the Democratic race.
First Look: Dr. Kevorkian
First Look: TB Patient
CBS News producer Sarah Carter reports from Johannesburg about a similar case of drug-resistant TB two years ago that took the lives of dozens of people:
Nurses collected samples from the two very ill patients, and 43 others being treated with TB and anti-retroviral drugs, and sent them off. By the time the results came back eight weeks later, 10 of the patients were dead, including the two who had been very ill.