In response to my previous post about the failure of certain right-wing blogophiles to be equally critical of the Pickering nomination as they were of Lott's pronouncements Barney Gumble commented, "What's missing is VIDEO. Trent said it on TV." No. What's missing are Republicans who are ashamed of their party's deliberate attempt to coddle racists even when those attempts are not visible to the public. That Sullivan and company were hard on Lott was good. But, if the reason they did it was because he was so public in his expression of racism, then that is not good. If they want to prove that they really don't like that aspect of the party then they have to be willing to be critical even without the kind of video record that Lott provided.