Paul Krugman has a good column on that comment Trent Lott made at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party. You know:
“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.”
Also, Atrios has been all over this. Lots of good links, just keep scrolling.