This may not be a widely held view but I think the Trent Lott episode is a huge plus for the Republican Party. It may gain them nothing at the polls but at least they have proved that they are capable of embarrassment and shame when on of their number demonstrates an unfitness for his office.
Tardy though it may have been, the disgust and outrage shown by Republicans over Sen. Lott's remarks contrasted with the Democrats' studied indifference to the past comments by Sen. Byrd or the vileness spewed by Rep. McKinney shows that while both parties may have bigots, at least the Republicans are ashamed or theirs.
Yes, I think that's how it will play. And I wonder, now, if more will be made of the Bonior/McDermott trip to Baghdad?