Just when you thought the Senate Republicans couldn’t become any less exciting:
Sen. Trent Lott, ousted from the top Senate Republican leadership job four years ago because of remarks considered racially insensitive, won election to the No. 2 post Wednesday for the minority GOP in the next Congress.
Lott returned to the center of power by getting the position of vote- counting GOP whip, nosing out Sen. Lamar Alexander. Sen. Rick Santorum told reporters that Lott beat Alexander by a 25-24 vote.
After an intense evening in which both men lobbied colleagues during floor votes, the Republican caucus elected Lott, a one-time whip and majority leader, by secret ballot. Lott will be the GOP’s second-in- command to Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who was elected unanimously to be the Senate minority leader in the new Congress.
With the midterm elections finished and Santorum, another candidate for the post, failing to win re-election, Lott cast himself as the more experienced candidate and the better choice for a job.
The Tennessee senator was not new to the art of counting votes among finicky colleagues, any one of whom can use Senate procedure to hold up business or kill legislation. A former Cabinet secretary and governor and now a deputy Republican whip, Alexander cast himself as a morale-booster for a demoralized Republican caucus.
How about shaking things up, guys? Geez.
I concur with Mary Katharine:
Welcome to “Survivor: The Isle of Crappy Republican Leadership.”
This season: voting off everyone who could have a shot at turning the flailing party around! Next episode? Boehner and Blunt earn immunity! Season finale? George Bush and Karl Rove beat out DeLay, Boehner, Blunt, Lott, and Frist by forming a smart alliance with Martinez.
Get on the phones for Pence and Shadegg. We need them.
202-225-3121. Capitol switchboard, baby!
Is it just me, or is it becoming increasingly apparent that the Republicans and Democrats are determined to engage in a two year dumb-off? If it weren’t for the fact that there are some very determined lunatics out there trying to kill us, this would be funny.
But they are out there, so it isn’t.