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Old 12-20-2002, 11:59 AM   #1
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Big Grin No More Trent Lott!

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmp...go_co/lott_152

Lott Resigns As Senate Republican Leader
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By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Bowing to pressure from his fellow senators and the Bush White House, Sen. Trent Lott (news, bio, voting record) resigned his position as Senate majority leader on Friday after his colleagues openly began lining up behind Tennessee Sen. Bill Frist (news, bio, voting record).

"In the interest of pursuing the best possible agenda for the future of our country, I will not seek to remain as majority leader of the United States Senate for the 108th Congress, effective Jan. 6, 2003," Lott said in a written statement. "To all those who offered me their friendship, support and prayers, I will be eternally grateful. I will continue to serve the people of Mississippi in the United States Senate."


With Lott's departure, the only declared candidate for his post so far has been Frist, a close ally of President Bush (news - web sites). Frist, who made his candidacy known Thursday evening, had garnered public support from several senators before Lott announced his decision.


But Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania also were considered possible rivals for the job.


The 51 GOP senators who will serve in the next Congress plan to meet Jan. 6 to decide who their next leader will be.


Lott's methodical resignation a terse statement released from the office of Senate Republican leader here culminated a weeks-long controversy over Lott's racially insensitive comments.


His decision amounted to a 180-degree about-face.


Earlier this week, Lott had vowed to stay and fight, saying that "I was elected by the people of Mississippi to a six year term. ... I have a contract and I'm going to fulfill it."


Lott's fall followed a tribute that Lott gave earlier this month at Sen. Strom Thurmond (news, bio, voting record)'s 100th birthday party.


The Mississippian at the time hailed the venerable South Carolinian and said he thought the nation would have been better off if Thurmond had won his campaign for the presidency in 1948. Thurmond ran as a Dixiecrat at the time, on a mostly segregationist platform.


One Republican official said that Lott's office had informed White House officials beforehand of his decision. Despite speculation that Lott would demand a committee chairmanship or some other consolation prize, this official said Lott was stepping down with no strings attached.


Lott, 61, has been the Senate GOP leader since 1996, when Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., left the Senate to devote full time to his unsuccessful presidential bid.


At the Thurmond birthday party, Lott said: "I want to say this about my state. 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 either."


The remarks drew immediate criticism from black leaders and Democrats. They were quickly joined by conservatives worried that the comments would create a distracting firestorm that would harm the White House's and GOP's efforts to advance their legislative agenda.


While Lott initially attempted to stomp out the controversy with a terse press release and telephone interviews on radio and television, it began to spin out of control after President Bush issued a forceful denunciation of his remarks last week.


Leadership elections, conducted by secret ballot, are notoriously unpredictable affairs in which promised votes fail to materialize and lawmakers' decisions are based on personal relationships, past conflicts and any number of unpredictable factors.


While Lott had gained expressions of support from several veteran Republicans, Frist's campaign work gives him a ready constituency the eight newly elected GOP senators.


Frist, 50 and in his second Senate term, has worked closely with the Bush administration. A wealthy heart surgeon before coming to Congress in 1995, Frist has been a leading GOP voice on prescription drugs and other health care issues.

Hours before Lott's announcement, veteran Sen. Pete Domenici (news, bio, voting record), R-N.M., reversed field and endorsed Frist after initially saying he would stand behind Lott. homestate of Tennessee.

Bond said he "concluded that the current controversy has completely overshadowed our efforts to expand the American dream to all Americans. This is unacceptable." He said he told Lott that in a telephone conversation Thursday.

While Lott had initially gained expressions of support from several veteran Republicans, Frist's campaign work gave him a ready constituency the eight newly elected GOP senators.

Frist, 50 and in his second Senate term, has worked closely with the Bush administration. A wealthy heart surgeon before coming to Congress in 1995, Frist has been a leading GOP voice on prescription drugs and other health care issues.

One senator who has spoken to Frist cautioned that Frist's candidacy could be hurt by a perception that he may be too close to the White House.

"They don't want a senator who's a yes man for the president and Rove over here," said the senator, referring to top White House political adviser Karl Rove.

Until now, Republican lawmakers, aides and lobbyists had said Frist was reluctant to seek the job. Besides being a political lightning rod for attacks by Democrats, the post would be extremely time-consuming, taking away from his pursuit of health issues and, perhaps, preparations for a White House run in 2008.

Good riddance.

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Another victory for the speech police.
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I'm being irrational. I don't care about what he said. I'm glad that conserative a$$ is gone. The GOP can do far better.

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I'm being irrational. I don't care about what he said. I'm glad that conserative a$$ is gone. The GOP can do far better.

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Actually, I agree with you on the change in leadership. The methodology to force change is
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I'm being irrational. I don't care about what he said. I'm glad that conserative a$$ is gone. The GOP can do far better.

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I predicted about 2 weeks ago

good news for America.
Im glad he put the nation's intreset ahead of his own..maybe a week or 2 late but just the same, the country will recover..

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I feel sorry for his staff, though.
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good decision for all involved, imho.
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I find it sickening.....

I dislike Lott immensely, but I do not believe he should have been forced out.

Clinton committed perjury...........
Lott said something dumb........

I am truly amazed at how many people prefer the liar.


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Lott said something dumb........

No, he expressed what he's always felt. He is a racist, and he forgot that times have changed and no one is going to put up with that shit anymore. Praising Thurmond twice for running for president as a segregationist is out of sync in America. Protected, but out of the mainstream.


Crusader, it wasn't the speech police. No one told him he couldn't continue to express his racist, bullshit views. He just can't expect people to put up with it anymore. He got called on it. Times change, thank God.
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No, he expressed what he's always felt. He is a racist, and he forgot that times have changed and no one is going to put up with that shit anymore. Praising Thurmond twice for running for president as a segregationist is out of sync in America. Protected, but out of the mainstream.


Crusader, it wasn't the speech police. No one told him he couldn't continue to express his racist, bullshit views. He just can't expect people to put up with it anymore. He got called on it. Times change, thank God.
I said I do not like him. I just find it rediculous that a president can commit perjury(A CRIME) and nothing happens. Lott says something (Stupid and awful) and loses his job.

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Dreadsox:

Clinton committed adultery, then lied about it in testimony when it was being used against him to establish pattern and practice in cases that would be considered sexual harrasment if a Republican Senator or wealthy businessman had been accused of such. However, in these new days, many people accept adultery as a common and personal private event, which somehow gives certain people the Constitutional right to lie about it. I have even heard some people say that they admire former President Clinton FOR having extramarital sexual adventures because it makes such acts more acceptable.

I disagree with you on Senator Lott; I think it is wonderful that he stepped down due to pressure; remember: he is a public figure and is subject to more scrutiny than the average member of the web-based community known as www.interference.com and what-not. The only thing he has been forced "out" of is his Senate leadership position, and I am beyond certain that we will all benefit from this change in leadership. And maybe Senator Lott will quit trying to put oil rigs on the Emerald Coast.

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Let me again state.....

I DO NOT LIKE THE GUY. I would not vote for him if I could! Deep down I am happy he is not in a leadership position. He gives republicans a bad name. That said, I also believe he was cut by the Republican leadership to better their immage. Maybe that is the right thing to do. This has nothing to do with the outcry from the left wingers in this country. It has everything to do with Republicans working on their position in the country.


DO I think Lott thinks backasswards? Yes.
However, I think it rediculous that a man can speak at a party honoring a man (wether you like Strom or not, I do not) who has dedicated his life to public service, and lose a position of leadership over a comment meant to make a 100 year old man happy.

I am amazed at how many people worry about the patriot act and the loss of privacy and rights who want to lynch this man. Freedom of speech????????? What happened to it???? Since when do we have to be politically correct all the time. The right to say things does not mean we have to say intelligent things! I am probably making a good case for that right now

Has Jessie Jackson apologized for his comments about NY?
Has Senator Kerrey apologized about his comments about Italiens this past week?

Lott apologized many times.

Clinton......Lying under oath when he had taken a OATH to uphold the constitution....Is a far more offensive thing to me. Especially when people men and women in our armed forces have lost careers for lesser offences. People who put their lives on the line for us all are held to a higher standard than the president.

Where was Clinton's apology?



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Where was Clinton's apology?



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Is this a serious question?
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The Republicans respect the rule of law.
As far as racial issues, we can unequivocably say that we care/and act based on our record.
The Democrats cannot.
They can only watch on the sidelines as we conduct ourselves in a dignified calm orderly manner.
Not to worry my friend.
This move will unite the country as the opposition scrambles to find another "topic of the week"
Stand at ease.

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Is this a serious question?
the "shrill" will always be w us..
ignore him Matt, hes attempting to bait u.

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