It’s being reported that Jesse Helms’ surviving entourage (who are these people?) are attempting to whitewash his homophobia and legacy of hatred and vilification of gays. Did Strom Thurmond’s survivors try to whitewash his racism? I think it says the most about the man that his people find it necessary in 2010 to try to rewrite his history for posterity. Gosh, wouldn’t he want to be compared to Hitler?