The Ashcroft thing is an argument for getting this done with as soon as possible. The longer the Lott story is dragged out, the more pain it will cause. End it now and people will soon forget about it, especially with Christmas next week. There’s a fairly short memory in politics so the sooner this is over with, the better for the Republicans it will be. Everyday Lott stays in power and in the news, the more likely it is that people will be snooping around old issues of Southern Partisan.