Breaking: Trent Lott elected Senate minority whip

posted at 10:54 am on November 15, 2006 by Allahpundit

Just across on Hotline. CNN says the margin was one vote over Lamar Alexander.

Suspect on racial issues and pork-friendly. Just the right man to help remake the party. Between this and Mel Martinez, we’re really on a roll.

All that’s left is get to Boehner and Blunt back in charge in the House.

Formal announcement is coming soon. Mitch McConnell supposedly has been elected minority leader, which is no surprise.

Update: Memory lane via John Miller at the Corner.

Update: What about House minority whip? Slim pickings, says WashTimes:

The current whip — Rep. Roy Blunt of Missouri, who hopes to retain the position — has talked about the need for “cultural change in Washington,” but is an old ally of ousted leader Tom DeLay. It didn’t help that he attended a fundraising golf tournament last weekend, just days after his party lost 30 seats amid charges of corruption…

Challenging Mr. Blunt is Rep. John Shadegg of Arizona, a conservative who lost his bid earlier this year for majority leader.

“He was one of the guys who got here in the ’94 Republican revolution and didn’t go native,” said Rep. Paul D. Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, who supports Mr. Shadegg.

But others say Mr. Shadegg is uninspiring and aloof. Many have settled on Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, Mr. Blunt’s chief deputy whip, who actively supports Mr. Blunt’s re-election.

“Everybody is asking why Cantor is not running,” said one Republican staffer who requested anonymity to speak freely about the leadership race.

Update: Speaking of Martinez, here’s a little gratuitous Tancredo for you:

Another leading critic of Bush’s stance on immigration, Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.), chairman of the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, offered tepid support for Martinez.

Tancredo called the senator a “competent spokesman for our party,” but added that if he “rejects the will of rank-and-file Republicans and uses the position to advocate for things like the president’s amnesty proposal, then I believe the party could be headed for another shellacking at the polls in 2008.”

Update: Jonathan Martin at NRO says Martinez’s appointment makes more sense in light of Lott’s election. More sense than Michael Steele’s?

Update: Barnett: “If there’s one message that the electorate sent the Republican Party last week, it’s that we hadn’t given them enough of Trent Lott.”


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ARRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGG.

Alex K on November 15, 2006 at 10:57 AM

“the margin was one vote over Lamar Alexander.”

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!

Alex K on November 15, 2006 at 10:58 AM

Kill me.

Please.

thirteen28 on November 15, 2006 at 10:58 AM

Yawn. We’re off to a great start here, aren’t we???

stenwin77 on November 15, 2006 at 11:02 AM

Pathetic!

Pam on November 15, 2006 at 11:04 AM

Proving once again that the true Republican Party died with Reagan.

John on November 15, 2006 at 11:07 AM

Awesome. Let’s just finish off the party and encourage Cheney to run for President with Delay as his VP.

Jiggity on November 15, 2006 at 11:08 AM

The beginning of the end.

Marty on November 15, 2006 at 11:09 AM

It’s the Rangel effect. He insults Mississippi, we respond with this.

SouthernGent on November 15, 2006 at 11:10 AM

Good Lord. They’re daring us to start another party, that’s all I can think of….

Iowa Voice on November 15, 2006 at 11:12 AM

At least it’s not Mel Martinez.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 15, 2006 at 11:12 AM

Good Lord. They’re daring us to start another party, that’s all I can think of….

I’m with you on that.

Some days the libertarian party doesnt look … so bad. That’s really REALLY sad.

One Angry Christian on November 15, 2006 at 11:16 AM

Stupid Republicans. They just lose an election, and they still keep throwing this retrograde Mississippi jerk wad out there as the one of the faces of the party leadership.

“Why YES, that whole ‘small government conservative’ thing was just a way to snooker a few moderate voters. We actually are just a bunch of racist Southern Bible-thumpers – join us in our agenda of Christian socialism. Open borders for all! Bigger government for the right people! Death to homosexuals. Ululululululu!”

Enrique on November 15, 2006 at 11:21 AM

All we need now is Strom Thurmond as president; and we are gold!

lorien1973 on November 15, 2006 at 11:21 AM

he was a pretty decent senate leader in the 90s
Honestly it was better then it could’ve been

Defector01 on November 15, 2006 at 11:22 AM

ugh.

pullingmyhairout on November 15, 2006 at 11:24 AM

At least it’s not Mel Martinez.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on November 15, 2006 at 11:12 AM

Of course, Jorge has already tapped Mel Martinez to flip off and enrage the base in other ways, so that’s not much consolation.

My question now is how stupid can the republicans get? Martinez over Steele because Jorge wants to accelerate illegal immigration. An idiot porkster like Lott returned to a leadership postion, and the distinct possibility that the house will keep Boenher and Blunt in leadership positions instead of getting new blood like Pence and Shadegg.

Can it get any worse?

Wait, please don’t answer that question.

thirteen28 on November 15, 2006 at 11:25 AM

Quoting myself:

ARE YOU EFFING KIDDING ME?

I was yelling that at a driver in front of me this morning and didn’t know where it came from. Now I know.

Editor on November 15, 2006 at 11:31 AM

The verdict is in, the Rpublicans have lost touch with reality!

Checkpoint Charlie on November 15, 2006 at 11:31 AM

Lott’s a good man whom the Dhimmis forced us to get rid of because he might have been obliquely praising Thurmond’s racism…
Well, early this morning the Dems put up senile old fool and Klansman Robert Byrd for President Ex Tempore of the Senate, 3rd in line to the White House (guess that’s why they’d call it “white,” huh?)
Speaking of pork, it seems just about everything in W. VA is a public works pork project named for Byrd.
And Lott is better any day than Frist!
At least he has a small pair of gumballs, in my book.

Jen the Neocon on November 15, 2006 at 11:33 AM

Can someone please put my into one of those ten year comas? With this sort of idiocy, it’s going to be a long politcal winter.

Clark1 on November 15, 2006 at 11:35 AM

Can someone please put my into one of those ten year comas?

Don’t you know? Nancy is speaker now – there are no more comas.

Editor on November 15, 2006 at 11:36 AM

DAMN.

Aunt B on November 15, 2006 at 11:37 AM

This is just ridiculous. Should we just give the Democrats ’08 right now? There’s no question anymore, these fools are not interested in listening to us and reforming the GOP.

New party please.

WisCon on November 15, 2006 at 11:38 AM

Don’t you know? Nancy is speaker now – there are no more comas.

Or cancer, or Alzheimers, or AIDS, or birth defects. She’s the stem-cell maven!

SouthernGent on November 15, 2006 at 11:39 AM

Great, fodder for the Democrats.

The Yelling Box on November 15, 2006 at 11:40 AM

What was – post-election – supposed to be a unified storming of Congress by the Democrats and a time for a much-needed refreshing and re-energizing of the Rupublican party seems to be turning into a giant bipartisan trainwreck at both ends of Pennsylvania Ave.

Let me be the first to predict if Justice Stevens retires the renomination of Harriet Miers.

eeyore on November 15, 2006 at 11:43 AM

Lott’s not so bad and better than Frist!
Speaking of alleged bigots, the Dems just appointed Robert Byrd President Ex Tempore of the Senate–there’s enough “stuck on stupid” for both parties.

Jen the Neocon on November 15, 2006 at 11:44 AM

Sorry, make that “President Pro Tempore.”

Jen the Neocon on November 15, 2006 at 11:44 AM

Beginnings of the permanent Republican minority . . . What a joke.

“”I’ll just say this about the so-called Porkbusters. I’m getting damn tired of hearing from them. They have been nothing but trouble ever since Katrina.” — Trent Lott, new Minority Leader of the U.S. Senate

elle_k on November 15, 2006 at 11:48 AM

OMG. 2008 is going to be a disaster.

Jaibones on November 15, 2006 at 11:52 AM

Fortunately, David Duke wasn’t available. I’m sure he’d have won by a landslide. They just can’t stop digging can they?

High Desert Wanderer on November 15, 2006 at 11:56 AM

What about House minority whip? Slim pickings…

oh great. a dead guy.

but seriously , i’m about to go get one of those “impeach rove” shirts.

jummy on November 15, 2006 at 11:56 AM

I need to take up swearing or heavy drinking. I can’t take any more of this.

elle_k on November 15, 2006 at 12:05 PM

but seriously , i’m about to go get one of those “impeach rove” shirts.

Saw one of those “Fire Rove” stickers yesterday. Before last week I used to think, “Bitter effing liberal.” But yesterday it was, “Hmm. That might not be a bad idea.”

God help me when I’m agreeing with my neighbors in Seattle.

Editor on November 15, 2006 at 12:08 PM

He can’t be any more racist than the Oreo throwing libs.

E L Frederick on November 15, 2006 at 12:13 PM

Lott: Admin Assist to democrat William Comer from 1968-72.
And still a closet democrat like Bush.
A slimy joke on us, is Lott.

LZVandy on November 15, 2006 at 12:22 PM

Told ya so.

see-dubya on November 15, 2006 at 12:25 PM

Can someone please put up a poll of suggested names for a new Party?

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on November 15, 2006 at 12:25 PM

Un.Fricken.Believable.

americanpundit on November 15, 2006 at 12:27 PM

They ARE the Stupid Party.

Lehuster on November 15, 2006 at 12:29 PM

AP, LOL–nothing to gin up a 5-minute hate for Lott like posting a picture of him as the Joker in Batman: “Wait’ll they get a load of me!”
All that’s missing are the big lipstick clown lips!

Jen the Neocon on November 15, 2006 at 12:29 PM

Con.Sti.Tu.Tion

y2church on November 15, 2006 at 12:29 PM

Why doesn’t the Bush administration roll over on it’s belly and appoint Jimmah Carter to Secretary of State while they’re at it.

Lott is/was a gutless, pandering, walking on eggshells, worthless pile of crap. It’s reached the point where I can only think of one MAN left in the party.

Mr. John (stick it where the sun don’t shine) Bolton.

fogw on November 15, 2006 at 12:37 PM

Did we just enter a wormhole that has broken the time continuum sending us back to the Days of Trent?

No. Maybe there was a tornado and the house fell on….. No.

Maybe it was that tuna salad…. It actually didn’t smell good…. Mold on tuna?

Fargus on November 15, 2006 at 12:38 PM

Let me be the first to predict if Justice Stevens retires the renomination of Harriet Miers.

eeyore on November 15, 2006 at 11:43 AM

Let me be the first to predict that even The Mushroom wouldn’t survive a ‘Rat-infested Judiciary committee. They’re going to hold the seat open until 2009 in hopes of President Clinton (Hillary) nominating Supreme Court Justice Clinton (Bill).

steveegg on November 15, 2006 at 12:41 PM

I just sent the below e-mail to Sen. Cornyn, the junior senator of my state of Texas:

I chose “federal employees” from the list above as my topic because there wasn’t a more specific category tailored to the content of my message. Maybe I should have chosen “welfare reform,” since it has something to do with pompous blowhards like you and all the other Republicans in the Senate who are there to do absolutely nothing while collecting a government check.

I suppose I should at this point make clear that I am a Republican myself.

Lott back in the Republican Leadership? You people are complete idiots. Thanks for keeping the good of our party in mind.

No, that wasn’t a sincere thanks, but a sarcastic one. I guess it wasn’t fair to spring it on you like that, considering Republicans in Congress apparently don’t have any sense of irony.

You are all traitors to the legacy of Ronald Reagan. Come 2008, I hope somebody has the stones to jump in the primary and put you in your place.

I have already made my objections known to Sen. Hutchison.

Again, in closing, I AM A REPUBLICAN. I JUST DON’T LIKE YOU.

I sent a letter of pretty much the same substance to Sen. Hutchison as well.

That makes 3 letters sent to representatives in the last 2 days. I could really get into this. It’s sort of fun to demean them directly to their faces (or to their inboxes at least). It’s not like they’ll respond to anything more cordial.

Mark V. on November 15, 2006 at 12:42 PM

From Mel to Ol’ Trent
The base is told to get bent
Where’s The Next Reagan?

Kid from Brooklyn on November 15, 2006 at 12:45 PM

…Well, early this morning the Dems put up senile old fool and Klansman Robert Byrd for President Ex Tempore of the Senate, 3rd in line to the White House (guess that’s why they’d call it “white,” huh?)….
And Lott is better any day than Frist!
At least he has a small pair of gumballs, in my book.

Jen the Neocon on November 15, 2006 at 11:33 AM

I’m surprised they didn’t put The Black Pantsuit in that slot. Of course, if the Senate Pro Tempore were ahead of Speaker of the House, that would be another story.

As for Cave-A-Lott having gumballs, they’re “safely” locked away inside said pantsuit.

steveegg on November 15, 2006 at 12:46 PM

I’m sorry but we, the Base, are either irrelevant or ignored, or perhaps both.

It’s almost like the way Catholic laity is viewed by the Clergy. “The great ignorant unwashed masses.”

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on November 15, 2006 at 12:49 PM

Newt… Newt… Newt… Newt… (the chants begin to swell)

Editor on November 15, 2006 at 12:58 PM

Folks!!! Wake up!!!

This is no accident – NOR – is this bad or misguided decision making. THIS IS PURPOSEFUL!!!

The current GOP leadership AND their DEMOCRAT allies is doing everything possible to discourage true conservatives from rejoining the party or voting for its platform.

The end result will be total absolute isolation of the conservative caucus when they try a filibuster…

Both the RINO and CINO GOP as well as their democrat leadership supporters will finger them as “not team players” and question their “Republican membership” and the Whitehouse led by Bush along with the MSM will play right along along with it. It is going to get super ugly for the conservative caucus.

Lott’s role will be to test each member of the conservative caucus to see what their “price” is.

It is more important than ever to let each member of the conservative caucus (Tancredo and others…including a few democrats) know that we stand behind them more than ever.

All the leadership moves you see on both sides of the aisle right now are also meant to sent a message of intimidation at the conservative caucus before Congress has even reconvened.

=8-)

mrrabbit on November 15, 2006 at 1:01 PM

Lott was a strong a leader, a far sight better than Frist. I think he will be effective at gathering GOP support as Whip. I don’t think this even compares to the horrific Mel is Chairman choice. I have never been this disappointed at Bush. It almost seems he is having trouble hiding his excitment at the prospect his amnesty bill will get passed.

SCGOPgirl on November 15, 2006 at 1:09 PM

We can complain all we want to. But the problem is that there is nothing in a pig sty but pigs.

Labamigo on November 15, 2006 at 1:15 PM

We can complain all we want to. But the problem is that there is nothing in a pig sty but pigs.

Labamigo on November 15, 2006 at 1:15 PM

Pigs – a good metaphor. This is just like Animal Farm, and the pigs are walking upright now.

thirteen28 on November 15, 2006 at 1:17 PM

Well, looks like I don’t have to worry about any black Democrats jumping ship anytime soon.

Newt… Newt… Newt… Newt… (the chants begin to swell)

Are you serious? Do you actually think that little weasel has even the slightest chance of getting elected? Stalin could defeat him in a general election. Hillary will crush him. Especially when a lot of youth voters who were too young to remember the guy are reminded that he is essentially the icon of American partisanship, of the great impeachment witchhunt, and of personal hypocrisy.

Please, oh please, nominated Gingrich. You’re already going to get decimated in senate elections in 2008. Just put that gun to your head and pull the trigger in the primary by nominating Gingrich. Get it over with. Democrats will run this country for a generation.

Grebrook on November 15, 2006 at 1:23 PM

Ya can’t fix stupid.

bloviator on November 15, 2006 at 1:23 PM

If the youth are too young to remember they can’t be reminded.

SCGOPgirl on November 15, 2006 at 1:29 PM

Anyone who has made a study of how the Senate works would conclude that Lott did a very good job while leading the Senate, and he lost his position due to much ado over nothing.

America lost faith in many of our best Congresspeople, and now America will pay the price for casting votes ignorantly. Bush could care less, and the GOP will get the blame for that as well.

Things will get worse after Democrats take their positions of leadership in Congress, but the media will be ecstatic at the liberalizing of America. That is all that matters.

DannoJyd on November 15, 2006 at 1:29 PM

Here’s an option. Scroll to the bottom. Ignore the trolls.

Puritan1648 on November 15, 2006 at 1:30 PM

If the youth are too young to remember they can’t be reminded.

I wasn’t even born when Kerry was campaigning against the Vietnam War. The GOP sure did a good job of reminding me about it how “KERRY HATES AMERICA RAWWRRR”.

Grebrook on November 15, 2006 at 1:31 PM

You weren’t reminded you were enlightened.

SCGOPgirl on November 15, 2006 at 1:32 PM

Can someone please put up a poll of suggested names for a new Party?

How about the “Conservative” Party. What better way to come right out and say “this is who we are”. We’re neither red nor blue, we’re red-white AND blue. Our mascot is not an ass or a pachyderm, it’s the bald eagle.

RINOs and libs need not apply.

CliffHanger on November 15, 2006 at 1:37 PM

Since the Senate is 49-49, shouldn’t Reid adopt Lott’s power-sharing agreement when the Senate was 50-50?

Valiant on November 15, 2006 at 1:39 PM

Why don’t we just bring back Nixon, Spiro Agnew and Ford, and call it a winner all around?

And I thought the Dems were the self-loathers… Cheers, everyone.

Halley on November 15, 2006 at 1:39 PM

As Michelle would say,”Balls”.

vcferlita on November 15, 2006 at 1:40 PM

“Why YES, that whole ’small government conservative’ thing was just a way to snooker a few moderate voters. We actually are just a bunch of racist Southern Bible-thumpers – join us in our agenda of Christian socialism. Open borders for all! Bigger government for the right people! Death to homosexuals. Ululululululu!”

Enrique on November 15, 2006 at 11:21 AM

I want you out of my party along with John McCain.

DwnSouthJukin on November 15, 2006 at 1:42 PM

Anyone who has made a study of how the Senate works would conclude that Lott did a very good job while leading the Senate, and he lost his position due to much ado over nothing.

Well, it may be debatable whether it was over nothing. And yes, he may have been a strong leader. But his embrace of power for its own sake ruined the Republican Congress. His bare contempt for conservative principles was most aptly demonstrated by his love of pork and his dismissive attitude toward those, like Porkbusters, who tried to ween Congress off of it.

somebody above mentioned Stalin… another “great leader,” but another one whose policies, quite frankly, sucked. We don’t just need a good leader, we need someone who will lead the troops in the right direction.

Mark V. on November 15, 2006 at 1:56 PM

Since the Senate is 49-49, shouldn’t Reid adopt Lott’s power-sharing agreement when the Senate was 50-50?

Valiant on November 15, 2006 at 1:39 PM

You mean we finally booted Taxachusetts from the Union?

Seriously, those two “independents” (1 honest-to-God Socialist, 1 who was forced to become an “independent” for the election after he lost his primary) are caucusing with the Dems.

steveegg on November 15, 2006 at 1:59 PM

How about the “Conservative” Party. What better way to come right out and say “this is who we are”. We’re neither red nor blue, we’re red-white AND blue. Our mascot is not an ass or a pachyderm, it’s the bald eagle.

RINOs and libs need not apply.

CliffHanger on November 15, 2006 at 1:37 PM

I’m curious: are you ok with being a permanently minority party? That’s where ideological purity takes you–think bell shaped curve. If you are, good for you. If you aren’t then you need to familiarize yourself with the idea of compromise.

honora on November 15, 2006 at 2:00 PM

I want you out of my party along with John McCain.

DwnSouthJukin on November 15, 2006 at 1:42 PM

Thus spake Leslie Gore….

honora on November 15, 2006 at 2:01 PM

I just said a really bad word.

Slublog on November 15, 2006 at 2:29 PM

Looks like we have 28 senators stuck on stupid.
One of them (according to InstaGlenn) may be Santorum.
Don’t let the door hit you Ricky!

liberrocky on November 15, 2006 at 2:43 PM

Was it “grebok”, Slublog?

thebookkeeper on November 15, 2006 at 2:45 PM

Pfaw.

I was all for getting rid of him as Leader long before they did before; The little gaff that they did fire him for was nothing, but I was glad to see him go nonetheless because he was weak and NO leader at all; Frist, as bad as he was, was still an improvement.

Now they put him back in. (expletive pre-deleted)

What happened to the GOP leadership? Have they all been replaced with Pod People? Carville slipping LSD into their toddies?

OK only room for one knife left in my back. What will it be: Bolton fired?, Cheney dumpped?

You guys that have been calling us idiots for our third-party ideas STILL think thet the GOP can be saved?

LegendHasIt on November 15, 2006 at 2:55 PM

How about the “Conservative” Party. What better way to come right out and say “this is who we are”. We’re neither red nor blue, we’re red-white AND blue. Our mascot is not an ass or a pachyderm, it’s the bald eagle.

I’ve got a name for your party. The Jingoists.

Grebrook on November 15, 2006 at 2:57 PM

3-2 on Slublog saying “balls” ;-)

steveegg on November 15, 2006 at 3:06 PM

LOL We should protest in DC. We could demand everything the Dems promised NOW! This would include of course raising Chris Reeves from the grave. Free walk in clinics,cars that run on Mr.Bubbles, Walking to the mail box to pick up a welfare check would be considered employment. We can solve the Islamic threat if we change the term terrorist to the more politically correct historically or geographically challanged LOL WHAT DO WE WANT UTOPIA! WHEN DO WE WANT IT NOW!

sonnyspats1 on November 15, 2006 at 3:16 PM

Stupid idiots! I can’t wait till the next call from the RNC – they are going to get an ear full.

Ellen on November 15, 2006 at 3:33 PM

All of this does make a strong case for the parlaimentary system. Let every party – Rebuplicans, Donks, Libertarians, American independant, Greens, etc. – be represented in proportion to their numbers and then form coalitions around the issues they care about. Then the parties could all be ideologically pure and the voters would know what they are getting.

I hate that politicians are always trying to appease the uninformed and uncommitted “moderates.”

Coyote D. on November 15, 2006 at 3:40 PM

The GOP has showcased it’s incompetency and an inability to perceive the truth as to what their problem is. What a bunch of freaking idiots. Martinez and Lott! In the words of Bugs Bunny…What a bunch of maroons. It’s only 2006 and they are throwing away 2008. I have renounced my membership in the Republican Party. I am now just a concerned conservative. I just can’t get over their stupidity! Disappointing to say the least.

ultracon on November 15, 2006 at 3:50 PM

I hate that politicians are always trying to appease the uninformed and uncommitted “moderates.”

Coyote D. on November 15, 2006 at 3:40 PM

So you would prefer living under the rule of one party/one political bent? That a dangerous little game!!!

honora on November 15, 2006 at 3:51 PM

I’ve got a name for your party. The Jingoists. — Grebrook

…and I’ve got one for *YOURS*…the Communists.

Make a little room in that old ash-can of history…Republicans and Democrats racing to make it there first….

Puritan1648 on November 15, 2006 at 3:53 PM

You guys that have been calling us idiots for our third-party ideas STILL think thet the GOP can be saved?

I do, actually, think the GOP can be saved. I think we’re all still shell-shocked from last Tuesday, even Bush went out of town.
The Libertarians have some good ideas but they never win elections, except for Ron Paul of TX.
We all know what happened in ’92 when we went off the Ross Perot cliff…gee, President Clinton, huh? who ruled as if he’d won a mandate but never got more than 50% of the vote.
Save the GOP? You bet, because the alternative is far, far worse. Oh, yes.
Our ideas are better; we just need to make sure that the people we put up for office and elect are true Conservatives and not RINOs.
“These are the times that try men’s souls.”-uttered during another American war by Thomas Paine in 1776.

Jen the Neocon on November 15, 2006 at 4:05 PM

I’ve got a name for your party. The Jingoists. — Grebrook

…and I’ve got one for *YOURS*…the Communists.

Puritan, rofl…I think I’m in love! Perfect!

Jen the Neocon on November 15, 2006 at 4:06 PM

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