I'm really upset about Lott's saying it would be a good thing if Thurmond had won the presidency. One Pot Meal suggests Reading and Writing for links on the topic. Thurmond ran for president as the candidate of a separate political party formed for the sole purpose of fighting desegregation. If he had won we would still have segregated schools. Lott thinks that we would be a better nation for that????
Stom's strength in South Carolina is based partly on the fact that his office has done excellent constituent service. An article in The Economist said that when a significant number of South Carolina black began to vote then his office started providing services for blacks as well. But a student who knew someone who worked in his office said his opinion behind closed doors has not changed much.