If we give Lefties an inch on race, they’ll take a mile. It seems their reaching already. Joshua Micah Marshall, whose Talking Points Memo blog has been vigorously peddling the Trent Lott Is A Racist line, is now setting his sights on Ashcroft the Racist. That’s right, he’s dredging up that interview Ashcroft gave to Southern Partisan. So they’ll even fight old fights if they think the climate helps them. Again, this is why the GOP has to stand up for Lott — whatever one may think of him as majority leader, allowing him to be crucified in this manner is very, very destructive.

Da capo:

Trent Lott: I want to say this about my state. When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We’re proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years, either.

John Ashcroft: Your magazine also helps set the record straight. You’ve got a heritage of doing that, of defending Southern Patriots like Lee, Jackson, and Davis. Traditionalists must do more. I’ve got to do more. We’ve all got to stand up and speak in this respect, or else we’ll be taught that these people were giving their lives, subcribing their sacred fortunes and their honor to some perverted agenda.

This is racism?

PS — Marshall is also commenting that Lott’s mea culpa (or should I say mea culpa maxima omnifaria — can someone check my Latin?) on BET included an admission that the senator now “absolutely” supports affirmative action. They can’t be allowed to do these things with impunity; now the head Republican in the Senate and an otherwise stalwart conservative “absolutely” supports affirmative action.

Hey, maybe he is a racist, after all.