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November 26, 2007
By: Kevin Drum

NO MORE LOTT....Republican whip Trent Lott is resigning:

Lott, 67, grew tired of the political infighting in the Senate as Republicans have been forced into a position of merely blocking a Democratic agenda, the aide said, stressing that the decision was not connected to any health or ethical issues.

I suppose that organizing a dozen filibusters a month could get pretty exhausting after a while, couldn't it?

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Trent needs to spend more time with his family and bill his time at a much higher rate.

Posted by: Horatio Parker on November 26, 2007 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

Apparently, if he gets out now he can start a lucrative lobbying career sooner.

Posted by: McCord on November 26, 2007 at 11:04 AM | PERMALINK

Being a member of the "40" camp instead of the "60" camp come 2008 would rob him of even his filibuster fun.

Posted by: steve duncan on November 26, 2007 at 11:13 AM | PERMALINK

Sad to hear about Senator Lott retiring. He did a great job serving the public as Senator fighting for what was right against liberals. Especially after the liberal smear against him by calling him a racist after quoting out of context his support for limited government and states rights, he got tired of the job and decided to spend more time with his family especially now that rising college tuition requires him to make more money to put his children through college. Democrats would've gotten more done if they decided to compromise instead of simply playing to their liberal base, but I don't think it will change so long as Democrats keep control of Congress.

Posted by: Al on November 26, 2007 at 11:23 AM | PERMALINK

Good riddance. Unfortunately, Miss. Gov. Haley Barbour gets to replace a soda cracker with a saltine.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on November 26, 2007 at 11:26 AM | PERMALINK

Al's phoning it in today.

Posted by: DJ on November 26, 2007 at 11:30 AM | PERMALINK

Al's phoning it in today.

He sounds like a bot whose battery is running down.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on November 26, 2007 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

This doesn't have anything to do with Larry Flynt's self-proclaimed impending Washington sex bombshell, does it? Kinda of hard to imagine, actually...

Posted by: c on November 26, 2007 at 11:40 AM | PERMALINK

The Al-bot: "Sad to hear about Senator Lott retiring. He did a great job serving the public as Senator fighting for what was right against liberals. Especially after the liberal smear against him by calling him a racist after quoting out of context his support for limited government and states rights ..."

Out of context? From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (December 8, 2002):

"Thursday was the 100th birthday of South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond, who ran for president against Harry Truman in 1948 as the candidate on the "States-Rights Democrat" or "Dixiecrat" ticket.

"Campaigning exclusively upon the preservation of legalized racial segregation and his opposition to voting rights and civil rights for African Americans, Thurmond garnered more than one million votes and carried four Southern states.

"Honoring the congressional centenarian on national television this week in Washington, incoming Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R, Mississippi) said, 'When Strom Thurmond ran for president we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years.'

"Lest anyone harbor any further illusions about the GOP congressional leadership's commitment to 'trust in our government and fairness in every segment of society,' need one say more?"

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on November 26, 2007 at 11:44 AM | PERMALINK

I had no idea he was only 67. I would've guess ten years older.

Posted by: gussie on November 26, 2007 at 11:45 AM | PERMALINK

al: fighting for what was right against liberals.


is that why 6 gop senators and more than a dozen gop house members have either resigned in mid term or announced they won't run in '08?

nothing says commitment..

like cutting and running..

from elections..

Posted by: mr. irony on November 26, 2007 at 11:47 AM | PERMALINK

I have nothing good to say about Trent Lott, but, if I lived in Mississippi, I'd be outraged. Only a year ago, he campaigned--hard--for re-election; in the absence of something compelling, he owes the people who voted for him. The fact that it's not fun anymore doesn't cut it. The wimp.

Posted by: Donald A. Coffin on November 26, 2007 at 11:48 AM | PERMALINK

As they said about Nixon: "The poor man ... he's suffered enough ..."

Posted by: DCBob on November 26, 2007 at 11:52 AM | PERMALINK

I suppose that organizing a dozen filibusters a month could get pretty exhausting after a while, couldn't it?

I'd like to see the Republicans forced actually to deliver those filibusters. Let's see how happy that would make both them and the American public.

Posted by: frankly0 on November 26, 2007 at 11:54 AM | PERMALINK

Let us not forget that Thurmond, whom Lott noted "we voted for" and were "proud" of supporting, was running as a member of the "States' Rights Democratic Party." So when, in 1980, Ronald Reagan opened his campaign in Neshoba County, Mississippi, praising "States' Rights," there's no real dispute about whose votes he was seeking. Nor any surprise that Lott, like Thurmond, became a Republican, not a Democrat.

Posted by: David in NY on November 26, 2007 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

Oh my God! Now we cannot rely on the Republicans to threaten to filibuster the bills we write to shore up the leftwingnuts' support.

Posted by: ChuckDianeHarry on November 26, 2007 at 11:56 AM | PERMALINK

gussie: "I had no idea he was only 67. I would've guess ten years older."

And let that be a lesson for older men who dye their hair, rather than age gracefully. Personal vanity is not often flattering.

Posted by: Donald from Hawaii on November 26, 2007 at 12:03 PM | PERMALINK

I expect it's parody Al, but I had to look.

Son: Chester Trent Lott, Jr. (lobbyist)
Daughter: Tyler Elizabeth Lott Armstrong (executive with MetroJackson Chamber of Commerce)
http://www.nndb.com/people/366/000024294/

When BellSouth hired Chet Lott, for instance, it already had a stable of seasoned communications lobbyists. Lott was living in Kentucky, running a string of pizza franchises and playing polo, having earlier dabbled in country music.
Hire a Lawmaker's Kid

Posted by: cowalker on November 26, 2007 at 12:16 PM | PERMALINK

This little ditty (to the tune of "Alouette" pretty much says it all:

The Full-a-Bluster Song
By Madeleine Begun Kane

“Filibuster.
Ban the filibuster!”
Ancient bluster
from the GOP.

With a Dem majority
Republicans think differently:
“Great device!
Ain’t it nice.
Blocks Dem bills!
They’re all on ice.”

Oh…

Filibuster
Suddenly has luster.
Grand Old Party’s
Hack Hypocrisy.

http://www.madkane.com/madness/category/trent-lott/

Posted by: majun on November 26, 2007 at 12:21 PM | PERMALINK

He's probably trying to get out and cash in before the new law forbidding lobbying for two years by ex-Senators goes into effect.

Posted by: Joe Buck on November 26, 2007 at 12:27 PM | PERMALINK

Joe Busk - if you read the article linked, that is exactly why the craven SOB - who voted against ethics reform - is leaving before the end of the year.

Posted by: Blue Girl, Red State (aka G.C.) on November 26, 2007 at 12:33 PM | PERMALINK

Why are the “principled” repugs, the non-neo-con, quitting this administration?

Somebody has got to save the Repug Party. Just remember how MAD when Bush fail to support Lott when he lost his minority leadership – loyalist Bush BS?

Posted by: Me_again on November 26, 2007 at 12:59 PM | PERMALINK

...Republicans have been forced into a position of merely blocking a Democratic agenda.... said a senior GOP aide.

What he meant was:

"To hell with the country; we're all about stopping Democrats, regardless of whether their ideas will be of benefit to the citizens we represent. We don't want to take this position. But we have to. No other choice. *sigh*"

Posted by: editor on November 26, 2007 at 1:02 PM | PERMALINK

He's got to be quitting for the money. He either gets out now, or he misses his chance to cash in on K-Street. It's a bit odd, given he's come back from his fall in 2003 to become the number 2 guy for the Senate GOP, but I guess being in the minority isn't as much fun as making oodles of cash.

Any idea who'll replace him as GOP Whip?

Posted by: gf120581 on November 26, 2007 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

...Republicans have been forced into a position of merely blocking a Democratic agenda

...and the Democrats are such passive wimps that it's too easy and neither fun enough nor challenging enough.

Posted by: AJ on November 26, 2007 at 1:25 PM | PERMALINK

Take Today's Quick quiz

What do you think is the REAL reason Trent Lott Is suddenly resigning?

( ) Jeff Gannon
( ) Jack Abramoff
( ) DC Madam

Posted by: Poll on November 26, 2007 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

Nah, gf120581, it's got nuthin to do with K street.

He has to get his butt back to Mississippi quick, or he won't have time to booby trap his rebuilt veranda before George W. comes to visit.

Posted by: nicteis on November 26, 2007 at 1:46 PM | PERMALINK

How effective can a piranha as Lott be lobbing a Democratic congress? “al” is as delusional as normal; if “al” can be considered normal!

Posted by: Defender on November 26, 2007 at 5:42 PM | PERMALINK

An alternative explanation for Lott's resignation is at bigheaddc.com

Posted by: fidelio on November 26, 2007 at 6:56 PM | PERMALINK

Organizing what fillibusters? Bills are politely withdrawn after a failed cloture vote. They aren't even CALLED fillibusters any more, they are called "Democrats failing to get the required 60 votes." As though the cloture vote rule were in any way legitimate or Constitutional.

There are 49 Democrats in the Senate. It's like saying the Phoenix Suns failed to field a football team.

Posted by: Jalmari on November 26, 2007 at 7:29 PM | PERMALINK

Lott's only 67?

Posted by: Tilli (Mojave Desert) on November 26, 2007 at 7:55 PM | PERMALINK

( ) Jeff Gannon
( ) Jack Abramoff
( ) DC Madam
(x) Benjamin Nicholas

Posted by: Kuks on November 26, 2007 at 8:32 PM | PERMALINK

Donald from Hawaii - Read earlier today that Lott's vacant seat must be filled by a special election. If Lott steps down after Jan 1, it could be held during the general election. However, if he steps down prior to Jan 1, the election must be held within 120 days. If I could remember where I read it, I would show the link.

Posted by: bob in fla on November 26, 2007 at 10:06 PM | PERMALINK

Yes, I see someone has noted the allegation that Trent Lott used the services of gay rentboy Benjamin Nicholas. Perhaps this is the story that Larry Flynt has been promising?

Posted by: Anon on November 27, 2007 at 12:14 AM | PERMALINK

Lott, 67, grew tired of the political infighting in the Senate as Republicans have been forced into a position of merely blocking a Democratic agenda

From Roll Call back in April (via TPM):

"Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott boasted, 'The strategy of being obstructionist can work or fail. So far it's working for us.'"

Posted by: Swift Loris on November 27, 2007 at 1:24 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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