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December 08, 2002

READER PAUL SWANSON HAS A THOUGHT:

I've been wondering if Lott's comments had any effect on the Louisiana Senate race. I mean, if I were black (and I realize that such projection is usually dubious) and living in Louisiana and heard about Lott's comment I would be going to the polls saying "Hey Lott, poll tax this!" I found the first hint that this might be the case in a Washington Post article which had the following line: "Landrieu ... apparently benefited from a heavy turnout of African American voters, her most ardent supporters, in New Orleans and other urban areas."

I'd be interested in knowing whether this got much play in the Louisiana black community.

Meanwhile, Howard Owens has some suggested speakers for an upcoming Trent Lott "roast" in Mississippi.