CalPundit calls attention to Larry King's relentless grilling--not!--of John Ashcroft WRT his connections to the same bunch of neo-Confederists whose association with Trent Lott is keeping the heat on.
"Then it was on to the war on terror," CalPundit notes. Talking Points Memo has an interesting comment on that subject, riffing on a recent WaPo article:
The [White House] officials said Bush and his aides believe Democrats are hypocritically exploiting the issue out of partisan opportunism, and that the absence of news from the war on terrorism last week contributed to the focus on Lott. The officials said Bush would oppose any effort by Democrats to undermine Lott.
To an extent, the second clause of the first sentence is simply a statement of fact. But it's also, I think, a kinda revealing statement of how much the White House has to come rely upon and use [emphais in the original] the war on terrorism to muffle down domestic political problems.
You can believe in the necessity of the war on terrorism and still recognize how crassly the White House sometimes exploits it for the narrowest political purposes.