"By the way, Bob Herbert thinks Trent Lott should stay. Doesn't that tell you something?" --Andrew Sullivan at 1:01:18 this morning
Yeah, Andy, it tells me that you either can't read or can't understand sarcasm -- or that you deliberately want to deceive the readers of your blog. Sure, you provide a link to the Bob Herbert column in question, but you're hoping that most of your fans won't click on it and see what Herbert really said:
"There are calls now for the ouster of Trent Lott as the Senate Republican leader. I say let him stay. He's a direct descendant of the Dixiecrats and a first-rate example of what much of his party has become."
"Keep him in plain sight. His presence is instructive. As long as we keep in mind that it isn't only him."
In other words, let him stay because cutting a decayed pinky off a week-old corpse does nothing to stop the corpse's rot. (The gentlemanly Herbert wouldn't put it that way, but I will.)