Jan 6, 2003
In an attempt to clean up their image, Senate Republicans replaced Trent Lott as their majority leader. Lott had embarrassed them by openly expressing his admiration for the segregationist stance taken by Strom Thurmond in 1948.
Of course, the Republicans allowed Lott to remain in the Senate, stripping him only of his majority leader status. And the Democrats acceded to this. Apparently, neither party was upset at the idea that an open racist occupied a seat in the Senate.