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Tapped aptly warns that "the Democrats are never in more danger of overdoing it than when accusing Republicans of being racist" but has this to say about the conspicuous lack of leadership emanating from the White House:
This is a watershed for the Bush administration. Up until now, Bush has made a lot of noise about being a different kind of Republican. But he's done very little to prove it -- and nothing that would actually cost him something, politically or electorally. (Appointing Condi Rice and Colin Powell sent a good signal, but it didn't cost him anything.) Lott has provided Bush with a good opportunity to prove that being a different kind of Republican is worth something to his administration. But so far, Bush hasn't taken it.
As I've said before, this is a marvelous opportunity for the GOP leadership to stand up and say that the sentiments Lott expressed have absolutely no home in the Republican Party. Although the writing may already be on the wall WRT Lott's leadership position--the GOP has reportedly agreed to meet to reconsider Lott's election as Majority Leader--it's a pity that the question appears to be "eroding confidence in his leadership" rather than the odious policies he embraced.
Update: CalPundit notes that right-wing criticism of Lott has been far from unanimous, and quotes some of the prominent GOPers who see no reason (at least as of last Thursday) for Lott to resign.