Salon’s Anthony York has more on the lack of reaction to Trent Lott’s comments by Congressional Democrats. Do I think that Trent Lott was thinking specifically of segregation when he made his comments? No. But the fact that segregation was not the first thing in Lott’s mind when he opened his mouth should tell us something. I’d guarantee that any black person who remembers Strom Thurmond’s 1948 Dixiecrat campaign knows that the entire purpose of the campaign was to prolong segregation. Is Trent Lott a racist? I have no idea. But clearly he doesn’t really care whether he looks like one.