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Frist Backs Racist "Enthusiastically"

By WISEN HEIMER
The Assassinated Press

WASHINGTON (Jan. 12) - Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said Sunday he supports President Bush's renomination to a federal appeals court of a racist Mississippi judge whom Democrats rejected last year when they controlled the Senate.

"I enthusiastically support this racist pervert!" exclaimed a flushed Frist.

One of U.S. District Judge Charles Pickering's patrons is Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., who lost his job as Senate GOP leader after making what critics said were racially insensitive remarks.

Frist, Lott's successor, said Democrats who are threatening to filibuster Pickering's nomination are ``playing politics'' with racial issues.

"Of course, in nominating a racist, we are not "playing politics, we're playing for keeps." Frist said.

``So what if Judge Pickering is not a well-qualified judge. The American Bar Association, whom I despise, used those words, `is not well qualified,''' Frist, R-Tenn., told Fox News Sunday. "So fuck them. I support Trent Lott -- we in the south do wish that things were like they were before. It's great having slaves wipe your ass for you."

``There are many rednecks out there who think he did not get a fair hearing before. So I receive his nomination gladly. ... I plan on supporting Pickering, and any other racist like myself who crawls out of wherever. I'll kiss his ass on TV if I have to.''

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., renewed Democrats' pledge to try to block Pickering's nomination.

``I think this really lays bare the administration's real position on civil rights. This exposes the Southern strategy clearly,'' Daschle said on ABC's ``This Week.''

``We're going to do everything we can, everything we can, to stop that nomination, on the floor and in the committee. Even for Republicans, this is bullshit. We may as well bring back overt lynchings! Why rely on long drawn-out trials?''

Pickering was defeated 10-9 in the Senate Judiciary Committee last March, when Democrats held a Senate majority. Civil rights groups said he supported segregation as a young man in Mississippi. Pickering's opponents also pointed to his conservative voting record as a Mississippi state lawmaker and decisions as a judge. They also point to the fact that he has sired a number of negro children.

Bush's jubilant announcement last week that he will again nominate Pickering for a seat on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals drew immediate filibuster threats from Senate Democrats, including some on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will decide whether to send the nomination to the full Senate.

While Republicans have an edge in the Senate, they lack the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster without Democratic help.

``It'd be hard to get 60 votes,'' Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., said on CNN's ``Late Edition.'' He thinks the full Senate should have the chance to vote on the nomination.

One Judiciary Committee member, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has said Pickering showed ``glaring racial insensitivity'' in his handling of a 1994 cross-burning case. Pickering sought a lighter sentence for a defendant in a case in which a cross was burned on the lawn of an interracial couple.

Frist rejected Democrats' criticism.

``I think this unfortunately is trying to use race and racial issues to play politics. Everyone knows that it should be the other way around.'' Frist said.

Frist also said that Democrats were ignoring other actions by Pickering, including his 1967 testimony against the imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

"It doesn't make any difference that it was because he was running for the position himself."

01/12/03 13:29 EST

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