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Posted at 03:24 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Flashback: The Senate’s final Seersucker Thursday


Mike Lee, Mitch McConnell, Kirsten Gillibrand and Lisa Murkowski at last year’s Seersucker Thursday. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Just a year ago, former Sen. Trent Lott explained to us the origins of Seersucker Thursday, one of the Senate’s newer and quirkier traditions. Turned out the then-majority leader got it started in the late ’90s, urging his colleagues to don lightweight cotton suits on a particular day in June for a bipartisan celebration of southern style.

Well, no longer.

Our colleague Dana Milbank reports that Seersucker Thursday came to an end this year: because current leadership believed it “politically unwise to be seen doing something frivolous when there’s so much conflict over major issues.” Sad news for Lott, who told Milbank the Senate needs a few fun icebreakers: “You can’t get serious things done because you don’t have events where you can enjoy each other’s company.”

Read earlier: Seersucker Thursday in the Senate: Trent Lott explains the tradition, 6/23/11



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