You'll recall that Lott was forced from GOP leadership in 2002 after his comments praising segregationist Strom Thurmond:
Lott provoked controversy when he declared at the Thurmond birthday celebration: "I want to say this about my state: 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." [Video]Now we see the face of the new GOP. It's the face of the old GOP: an avowed racist.