P.J. O’ROURKE ONCE WROTE that “The founding fathers, in their wisdom, devised a method by which our republic can take 100 of its most prominent numskulls and keep them out of the private sector where they might do actual harm”.
Yesterday we noted that the 108th Congress will include two senators who were once segregationists: Fritz Hollings of South Carolina and Robert Byrd of West Virginia, both Democrats. Reader Steven Allen writes:
You’re forgetting Sen. Zell Miller, who was executive secretary to Gov. Lester Maddox of Georgia (1967-71). Maddox became infamous in 1964 when he and his customers, with pick handles and a gun, chased African-Americans from his restaurant, the Pickrick. Other than George Wallace, Maddox was the most famous segregationist governor of the 1960s.
I’m sure one reason Miller isn’t inclined to switch parties is that he knows that as a Republican, he would no longer be given a pass over his “seg” past.
Add into that group Lott, Ted Kennedy, Tom Daschle, and Hillary, and the wisdom of O’Rourke’s line becomes even more obvious.