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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:00 PM
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WP: Lott Is Free to Indulge Maverick Streak
He once was the Senate Republicans' ultimate insider, but Trent Lott increasingly is playing the maverick, gigging his party's elite in the Bush administration and in Congress -- and seeming to enjoy it.

The Mississippi senator drew national headlines Dec. 15 when he sharply criticized Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's handling of the war in Iraq. "I am not a fan of Secretary Rumsfeld," Lott said in a speech in Biloxi. "I would like to see a change in that slot in the next year or so."

Many Republicans had shrugged off similar criticisms from GOP Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Chuck Hagel (Neb.), because the two pride themselves on their independence and outsider status. But this zinger came from the man who was the Republican Senate leader until late 2002, when he uttered ill-fated praise of Strom Thurmond's 1948 segregationist bid for the White House. Lott struggled to keep his post, but key Republicans -- including President Bush and numerous senators -- cut him loose, replacing him with Sen. Bill Frist (Tenn.).

Since then, Lott has exhibited a nothing-left-to-lose air. On Thursday, he called a Capitol news conference to chastise congressional leaders for sending Senate committee budgets to new heights -- or "larding our own nests," as Lott, the Rules Committee chairman, put it. Authorized spending for all committees has nearly doubled since 1997 ($95 million compared with the new Congress's $185 million), Lott said. He argued for more frugality, he said, "but I just got rolled by the leaders, and I don't like it."

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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-08-05 10:03 PM
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1. Come on Trent, you know Bushie and Frist screwed you over so go ahead
and f@#k-em every chance you get. :evilgrin:
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Liberty Belle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 02:22 AM
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2. Hmm. Let's urge him to speak out on vote fraud, too.
If he really wants to stick it to the Bushies, he could expose their election-rigging scheme, then sit back and watch the fireworks!
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tinfoilinfor2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 06:44 PM
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6. no way would he help the good guys...
remember on the 6th. when he butted in on the senate debate and acted so rude and insulting, telling everyone basically that it was time for this foolishness to stop.
I think he's still licking his wounds over what they did to him, but his system is still full of kool-aid.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 01:27 PM
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3. Bush has f*cked enough republicans over. When his policies
self-destruct there is hope here.
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 06:14 PM
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4. There is hope if lotty is rolling on them.
Edited on Sun Jan-09-05 06:29 PM by merh
Guess he is pissed cause they cut out some of the navy ship contracts that usually go to Northrup. Talk of cutting 2500 jobs over the next 3 years because of the cut backs.

I never thought I would say this, but "Go get 'em Chester*"

*real name is Chester Trent Lott
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two gun sid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-09-05 06:43 PM
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5. Little racist prick is setting himself up
for a presidential bid in 2008. Pom-Poms Lott is no maverick he's a republican party ass-sucker.
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