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Update: Lott Announces Retirement

Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) announced Monday that he will retire from the Senate effective late next month or early January, stunning Republicans who had only last year reinstated Lott to their leadership ranks.

"It's time for us to do something else," he said at a press conference in his hometown of Pascagoula, Miss.

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Lott, 66, made the decision over the Thanksgiving weekend at home with his family, saying that his state's recovery from Hurricane Katrina had improved sufficiently so that he felt he could pass "the flag" to a younger generation of Mississippians. Lott's move shocked Republicans on Capitol Hill, who have seen a wave of veterans announce their decision to retire next year as the GOP looks increasingly certain to remain in the minority.

But Lott is the most senior Republican to announce he is leaving office, and his decision comes barely a year after he won re-election to a six-year term.

Lott's departure is equally stunning because, after cruising to his re-election last year, he completed a political rehabilitation from allegations of racial insensitivity because of remarks he made at a 100th birthday party for Strom Thurmond in December 2002, which led to his banishment from GOP leadership. Last November, after four years as a back-bench Republican who burnished his image as a deal-maker, Lott won a narrow race to become GOP whip, the No. 2 post in leadership.

Lott said that he was going to move into the private sector after 35 years in Congress, but denied that he was getting out before a new two-year "cooling-off" restriction takes effect on Jan. 1. The restriction bars lawmakers from taking lobbying jobs for two years after they leave public service. Lott also denied that health issues were the cause. "Let me make it clear: There are no problems, I feel fine," he said.

The exact timing of Lott's departure is up in the air. While he said it would come by "the end of the year," election law in Mississippi may require a special election within 90 days of the vacancy if steps down any time this year. A retirement effective in early January would likely prompt an appointment of a replacement by Republican Gov. Haley Barbour (Miss.). A special election in November would then fill the remainder of Lott's term. A fall election may be a better option for Senate Republicans because their campaign committee currently faces a $14 million deficit to the Democratic committee.

While the seat is likely to remain in GOP hands because of Mississippi's conservative tilt, Lott's resignation is a highly symbolic blow to Republicans who have already seen a handful of veteran incumbents announce their retirements rather than seek re-election next year. Several of the retirees are former committee chairmen leaving in part because they are unlikely to reclaim their gavels any time soon, but none possess the inside knowledge of the chamber and its parliamentary procedures like Lott.

Lott acknowledged that this year, filled with somewhat intractable fights over Iraq war policy and most domestic issues, has been "awfully tough". And GOP aides said Lott grew tired of the political infighting in the Senate as Republicans have been forced into a position of merely blocking a Democratic agenda.

Lott began making calls on Sunday, informing President Bush and his colleagues of his decision. That set off a round of maneuvering inside the Republican conference to succeed Lott. Aides confirmed that Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.), the No. 3 member of the leadership team, is seeking to replace Lott while a half dozen or more Republicans were jockeying for the more junior leadership posts, which are coming open out of a domino effect started by Lott's retirement.

Today's decision will complete a two-year roller coaster ride for Lott and his emotional investment in the Senate. In December 2005, Lott returned home for the holidays expecting to announce his retirement at the end of 2006. But, as he explained again today, he reversed course and decided to run for re-election because he wanted to help the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, which was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Lott lost his Pascagoula home in the storm, and complained at the time that he had little personal money to rebuild it.

Billions in hurricane rebuilding funds have been approved, and a veto override this month to save a water projects bill should keep the Gulf Coast in good stead for years to come. Moreover, Mississippi Sen.Thad Cochran (R), the top Republican on the Appropriations Committee, announced this month he would seek a sixth term, taking political pressure off Lott.

"That is a factor that has entered into my mind," he said.

Lott was first elected in 1972 to the House, where as a freshman he served on the House Judiciary Committee that voted to impeach President Nixon. He rose to House Republican whip in the 1980s, then won a Senate seat in 1988. He became GOP whip in 1995, and won the race to succeed former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.) when he stepped down as majority leader in the spring of 1996 to pursue the presidency.

Lott had been excoriated for his remarks at Thurmond's birthday party five years ago, during which he reminisced about Thurmond's failed presidential bid in 1948, saying that the United States "wouldn't have had all these problems over the years" if the segregationist candidate had won.

The comment was widely condemned, including by President George Bush, who helped recruit Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) to replace Lott as majority leader.

By Paul Kane  |  November 26, 2007; 1:29 PM ET
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Let's remind him not to forget his hairpiece. Goodbye!

Posted by: Philo Farnsworth | November 26, 2007 10:06 AM | Report abuse

What happened Trent? Get tired of being an Anti-American neo-scum?

Posted by: DWayne | November 26, 2007 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Do us all a favor on your way Out Mr. Lott - tell us the real reason you are leaving. Tell us about what has happened to your party, tell us why it isn't worth your time anymore.

If you really consider yourself a good American, think of America first

Posted by: K | November 26, 2007 10:11 AM | Report abuse

I guess money is more important than the people of Mississippi or America. Ah, Republican values in action.

Posted by: Greg in LA | November 26, 2007 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Lott must be having a bad hair day!

Posted by: carlos | November 26, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Made enough money in congress for him and generations of his family to live like kings for rest of thier lifes so its time to retire. The country needs term limits and then maybe True Americans will run for office instead of the treasure seekers we have now.

Posted by: Bud Spaulding | November 26, 2007 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Mission Accomplished. He guaranteed funding for rebuilding that nice house with the ocean view, and he finally realized that Bush & Co. really are stupid venal little sh!ts after all.

Posted by: richard schumacher | November 26, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

I smell fish. Anyone else smell something fishy? Anyway, the Last Republican Singing Senator goes down. 'Bout time.

Posted by: Boris | November 26, 2007 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Bye Trent, maybe you can visit Bush, exiled in Paraguay, and keep licking his boots.

Posted by: thebob.bob | November 26, 2007 10:17 AM | Report abuse

Good... now maybe the 'tight' pursed conservative will stop being so liberal with other peoples monies.

Posted by: AlSmith | November 26, 2007 10:18 AM | Report abuse

good riddance to another pompous right wing blowhard! too bad for the hairstylist who will lose another 2 hr. pompadour appointment as these old timers file out.

Posted by: veroman | November 26, 2007 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Knowing the kind of person Haley Barbour is likely to appoint, my enthusiasm is somewhat muted.

That said, I will not miss this guy. Young Americans (say high school age) were put off politics, and thus any real knowledge of how their government works, by people like Gingrich, Lott, the House impeachment managers from 1998.

As well, Lott's not much better than David Duke. At least Duke will tell anyone who asks what he stands for.

Posted by: CRix | November 26, 2007 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Another rat racing for the stern of the U.S.S. GOP and throwing himself over the side.

The many Republican defections this year is the surest sign that GOP congressional members know a reckoning is at hand in November.

Posted by: reporter1 | November 26, 2007 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Hey Neo Con GOP Bush Butt Kisser Trent Lott
please take those yellow cowards Neo Con
Mitch McConnell,Amnesty John McCain and
Democrat Losers Crazy Harry Reid and Dirty
Dickey Durbin,and Nutcase Madame Speaker
DINO Nancy Pelosi,Teddy Kennedy,and DINO
Republican in Democrat Clothing Dianne
Feinstein and Steny Hoyer along with you
Trent baby! Good Bye And Good Riddance!

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | November 26, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Caught with a boy or caught with a girl?

Posted by: ROSITA | November 26, 2007 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Is one rehabilitated after making a racially insensitive remark by winning election in Mississippi?

Posted by: Mississippi | November 26, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

What is the real reason? Is it the Washington D.C. madam diaries or "Hustlers" magazine Larry Flyntt threating to expose Lott?

Posted by: tanaS | November 26, 2007 10:24 AM | Report abuse

That's right, he's retiring because he's "tired" of his job. Sure, sure.
The fact that his brother-in-law, Dickie Scruggs, is shortly to be criminally indicted for actions that may be connected with his representation of Lott in a lawsuit against State Farm has nothin' to do with nothin'. Move along, folks, nothing to see here.

Posted by: Realist | November 26, 2007 10:25 AM | Report abuse

One more bad apple gone....

Posted by: Maverikk | November 26, 2007 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Good News: a-hole from Mississppi leaves congress.
Bad News: another a-hole from Mississppi will be taking his place.

Posted by: Sophie McGlumphy | November 26, 2007 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Great, another republican who tried to compromise and work with Dems is leaving. Just what the Senate and country doesn't need, a GOPer who pushed for the Dems SCHIP bill, more help for Katrina recovery, and something with illegal immigration besides securing the border. Sorry to see you leave, Senator Lott.

Posted by: katem1 | November 26, 2007 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Sen. Lott you will be missed in Washington, in this age of partisanship there are few like you. Note to all Liberal Democrats or Progressive Democrats what ever you are calling yourself today. Sen. Lott has been above partisanship in the House and Senate. Sen. Lott voted to Impeach President Nixon... Wish I could say the same about House Democrats who held a pep rally for Bill Clinton when he was impeached.

Then again time after time has shown Republicans can raise above partisan ship and do the right thing... not the politically Right Thing... as many on the Left seem to do time and time again.

Sen. Lott we wish all the best in retirement, You will be missed!

Posted by: Dwight Patel | November 26, 2007 10:28 AM | Report abuse

well their is something going down . by the way I hear that that TAXHIKE MIKE is a lot like Trent Lot. ol taxhike is the other neocon we do not need at ALL .

Posted by: looking at you. | November 26, 2007 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Of course Lott is retiring. Before 2006, the Senate must have been a wonderful place to work -- three days of work a week, rubber-stamping Bush's every decision, being feted by lobbyists at every turn, having Karl Rove congratulate you and promise you electoral success until you're 95, treating your Democratic Senate colleagues like House Negroes. Now that the party's over, why be the Republican whip? Why do all that work, having to stand there when the chickens all come home to roost?

Posted by: Well, of course | November 26, 2007 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Senator Lott had floated the notion that he was considering leaving Washington for financial reason following the destruction of his home by Hurricane Katrina.

The biggest mistake Senator Lott and the rest of his "true" Conservative colleagues made was putting party above American principles. I'm glad to see democracy finally working again. My only hope is that the pendulum doesn't swing unchecked to far to the left. If it does and we'll be having this discussion again about how democracy has broken down.

I grew tired of the current crop of Republican political leaders simply because they are not true principled conservatives and because they lacked the courage to stand up to the real coward George W. Bush / Dick Cheney. I really fell bad (not really) that these departing Republican Senators' legacy will be smudged with the stench of George W. Bush's incompetence.

Posted by: SteelWheel | November 26, 2007 10:37 AM | Report abuse

but, but, but, we're going to win with one of our conservative candidates, we'll still be able to torture, invade countries, help the rich get richer, lie to the American people.. Trent, you'll miss all the fun!

Posted by: BushBot | November 26, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Cut and run??!!! What a self serving hypocrite coward. Thought we were at war. Doesn't he support the troops?

Sen. Lott loves the terrorists more?

Posted by: Your Conscience | November 26, 2007 10:38 AM | Report abuse

is that his thing that you remember most about Trent Lot , that he voted to impeach Nixon ? big deal , my god man. what a legacy this neocon has left , he voted to impeach and bad mouthed a lot of people in one nasty comment. then was told to step down. and he did step down like , man he was the same as impeached himself .

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Nota Lott in the future. But then there's always been Nota Lott there anyway.

Posted by: bandmom | November 26, 2007 10:39 AM | Report abuse

He is a joke , their is more to come on this you can be sure. by the way I hear that taxhike mike is a lot like trent lot . check out taxhike mike .

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

This exodus of Republican leadership seems to be the one benefit we (America) will have gained from the Bush misadministration. I can't wait to see the whole rotten bunch voted out of office come next November.

Posted by: jvanhorn | November 26, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Mark Allen Stamaty's "Bob Forehead" left a couple of years ago. Trent no longer has a role model.

Posted by: Ethcor | November 26, 2007 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Hope his picture shows tears of remorse for doing so little for Miss...but it may just be crocodile tears, what else would one expect of a boot licker.

Posted by: Maria Garzon | November 26, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse

"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."

The barbarians have CHOSEN to take the obstructionist path...but that's not the source of my real's the part about the Rug's point that there's no health issue.

Posted by: Kase | November 26, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

He will not be missed - Good Riddance!

Don't let the door hit you in the arse, Trent!

Posted by: A DCDenizen | November 26, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"Sen. Lott has been above partisanship in the House and Senate."

Now that's funny.

Posted by: KR in DC | November 26, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

good riddance to a racist rubbish!

Posted by: azharo | November 26, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Gosh! Think he would be available to speak at my birthday party next month? It would be really special, I know.

Posted by: jimbeaux | November 26, 2007 10:50 AM | Report abuse

It is exactly scumbags like this greedy racist republican Lott that make me so happy god has placed term limits on life.

Posted by: chasemonster | November 26, 2007 10:51 AM | Report abuse

The Post needs to get better sources, this is from the CNN article:

"A senior Republican source close to Lott said one reason for the decision is the new lobbying restrictions on former lawmakers.

A law kicks in on January 1 that forbids lawmakers from lobbying for two years after leaving office. Those who leave by the end of 2007 are covered by the previous law, which demands a wait of only one year."

Posted by: Schweg | November 26, 2007 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Trent isn't the only Republican to realize that it just won't be fun anymore when the party enters into permanent minority status in 2009.

Posted by: Andrew | November 26, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I just can not hardly wait to see where the pay-OFF will be.. Billy got big Pharma.. Lindsay Graham got the big bargain in the soul-selling store.. Oh, he's not the only one! Let's give Ron Paul a chance to let-us-down..www theradioavenger com

Posted by: william allen | November 26, 2007 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear he is leaving, but at least he stuck around long enough to take care of all the people affected by Katrina, as he promised.

Posted by: Anthony G | November 26, 2007 10:54 AM | Report abuse

***many of the retiring GOP lawmakers were former subcommittee chairs and senior members not happy with minority status***

Too clowns had your chance and chose to line your pockets and follow the dim-witted clown in the White House over the now take your ball and go home and pout.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Lott is cashing in while the getting is good. If he resigns before the end of the year he can join a lobbying firm immediately and start reaping millions for the connections he made while serving on the public payroll.

Posted by: DFC | November 26, 2007 10:56 AM | Report abuse

This has a familiar ring to it...

Uncle Don:

Radio show host Uncle Don had finished telling his last story of the day. He wished a good night to all the children in his audience, and then sang his familiar sign-off song. As the station began a commercial break, he sighed, saying to no one in particular, "There, that oughta hold the little b@stards!"

Trent Lott?:

Senator Trent Lott was just finishing up his last news conference of the day, looking out to all of the sheep in the audience as he said good night and refusing to answer any questions. As the next speaker began his session, he sighed, saying to no one in particular, "There. That oughta hold the b@stards!"

Posted by: ceton | November 26, 2007 11:00 AM | Report abuse

don't forget to take Larry Craig with you

Posted by: hermit | November 26, 2007 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Not to worry. The Republic will go on...without the garbage.
Let's see if Americans have learned anything at all...
We will have to wait and see who will replace the racist neo-con.

Posted by: Nelson | November 26, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The Singing Senators!! They're getting back together for their first reunion since 2007! Singing Senators Larry E. Craig (Republican) and Trent Lott (R) know how to hit the high notes! In June 2007, Singing Senators Ashcroft, Craig, and Lott gave their first priceless performance in more than six years. Singing Senator Larry Craig was subsequently voted into the Idaho Hall of Fame. Priceless. After doing a heckuva a job for the formaldehyde trailer people in the state formerly containing New Orleans, President Bush stood behind Singing Senator Trent Lott on Trent Lott's porch and pushed his pork through as hard as he can.

Seriously, if Trent Lott is stepping down because he does not want to be associated with the allegations of intellectual property theft, torture, serial burglary and much more conducted against Americans of patriotism by influential Southern Republican backroom insiders, I urge Trent Lott to stop worrying about his own personal fortune and help this crime victim set this situation right.

Posted by: Mel Carnahan | November 26, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

With Larry Flynt about to reveal a huge sex scandal involving a US Senator who also happens to be a Republican, one has to wonder if it's Lott.

Posted by: Buck Batard | November 26, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

I'm guessing someone has a photo of ol' Trent in bed with a dead girl or a live boy.

Posted by: PMaranci | November 26, 2007 11:16 AM | Report abuse

dude -- how do YOU proposed paying for the stupid Iraq war? We have to pay back the foreign countries that we borrowed from.

Posted by: for "check out tax hike mike" | November 26, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

OK, enough! Let the man go. What point in piling on him now? If you want an enemy to focus on, look at the people who will be remaining in office ...

Posted by: Gonzo, MD | November 26, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Ya gotta hand it to some of these Republicans: they know when their party's over, or when Americans are over their party.

This country may get back on the right (as in correct) track, yet. When King George and his court depart and Hillary Clinton takes the oath of office, this nation will breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Can all you televangelists say "amen" and thank God for this latest chatisement? He does, indeed, work in mysterious ways, sometimes, but this time, it's not so mysterious, is it? Clearly, all your moralistic, compassionate conservative servants have failed on important levels and God is trying to tell you something. I look forward to hearing EXACTLY what.

In the meantime, perhaps Oral Roberts will heal the nation, if he isn't too busy trying to prop up his own falling house of cards. I can't wait to tune in to see what the psychic healers on the 700 Club heal next. Hubris? Hypocrisy? Lying? Hillary bashing? War mongering? I'll stay tuned.

Posted by: judy kilgore | November 26, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

What is all the speculation about a successor? Nowadays, doesn't his seat just go to his wife?

Posted by: steveboyington | November 26, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Lott is and has always been a racist, his assurance over the years for reelection. Moreover, he epitomizes the demagogue, one of many in the Senate. Not to worry, however, the people of Mississippi will choose another exactly like Lott. He hasn't contributed an iota to the needs of the entire country; rather, he has been one of the princes of pork.

Posted by: Diogenes | November 26, 2007 11:24 AM | Report abuse

This reflects just a small part of a revolutionary new beginning for the GOP. After Dec 16th 2007 nothing will be the same in the Republican party.

The party of Lincoln will have a bold new front runner. A man who represents honest leadership based on integrity and the principles of freedom and liberty.

Posted by: Mark Maxwell | November 26, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Hurry, Trent...jump from one trough to the next...grab that lobbyist gig before the new laws kick in...maybe Wide-Stance Larry Craig can be your butt-boy...

Posted by: nighthawk | November 26, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Note to Trent: Wipe that brown spot off of your nose first, then go rebuild your home that Bush chose to leave in rubble.

Posted by: Pecos45 | November 26, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Wow. Doesn't anybody think the guy has done anything in all the years of public service. Personnaly, I will miss Mr. Lott, and I do think trying to keep the Dems in check has to be a full time laborious, stinking job. I would like to keep some of my money and sanity. Hopwfully, smiling nancy will leave as soon as she realizes there is more to being the speaker than a nice wardrobe and teethy smiles.

Posted by: Paul Zoerner | November 26, 2007 11:31 AM | Report abuse

The angry, hateful and hyper-partisan comments on this board are very telling about the current state of the supposedly caring Democrat party. Liberals are full of hate and venom and it will bring down their party in November 2008.

Posted by: dman | November 26, 2007 11:35 AM | Report abuse

About Trent Lott I am ambivalent. After Katrina and his party's obstructionism, versus the constructionism they promised, I had hoped Trent would get mad and go back to voting with the Democrats.

Still, one more Republican Senate seat for a non republican to take in the next general election. Maybe only 24 Republicans left in the Senate in 2009.

Posted by: ceflynline | November 26, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Lott is a duper of the mind and why does the link to Ron Paul's rebellion - see your left side of today's page.. just why does it go blank? Why doesn't it link? Is this part of the truth deal you, as a former watchdog, where you deny access to words? I like Ron Paul even more now--you globalist *deleted*!

Posted by: DEAR WAPO | November 26, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

a Cut and Run Republican.

gittin' out while the gittin' is good

Posted by: pv | November 26, 2007 11:39 AM | Report abuse

So sorry to hear about Lott's resignation. Lott was a pragmatist who tried to work with the other side. Lott did a lot for ALL Mississippians in making sure we got our share of revenue. He also recruited industries to locate here.
And contrary to what has been written, Lott is not a racist. Who would want to go to Washington today with all the media bias and political correctness. We can only hope that Haley will appoint someone with political skills, integrity, and convictions.
Senator Lott, I wish you and your family the best in your retirement.

Posted by: One who knows | November 26, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

We can expect to see a lot more articles like this one. The vast majority of the men and women in Congress are in their 60's and 70's.

Finally, new blood...

Posted by: Drew | November 26, 2007 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Good Riddence! one more idiot gone....

althiough I wonder what Bushie has on him... tap-dancing in airport stalls, or worse...God knows what Bushies wiretaps came up with.... had to be holding something on this bafoon!

Posted by: Elvis1 | November 26, 2007 11:44 AM | Report abuse

I can't say that I'm a fan of the Republicans or the Administration but I am disappointed at the gloating and/or venomous tone of 99% of these posts.

I guess civility really is dead....

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Hey people, are you actually listening to yourselves. There's a lot of hate out there!

Posted by: rargar1 | November 26, 2007 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Wow looks like the libs are working themselves into a frenzy.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Bye-bye, Senator Mushmouth - enjoy your rebuilt second home and set a place for Bush to come a sit a spell. I'm sure the last laugh will be on rest of us, when the destruction is complete. As for the complaints about gloating and hate - Where were you righteous twits living during this creep's reign? Or do you save your outrage for those agin' Bush and Co?

Posted by: LAC | November 26, 2007 11:56 AM | Report abuse

I give it less than three months after his retirement for whatever scandal he's running from to break.

Posted by: MizTeeJay | November 26, 2007 12:02 PM | Report abuse

I believe a couple of the writers have their facts mixed up. Trent Lott was on the Judicary committee. My recollection is that he did not vote to impeach.

Posted by: b. Lester | November 26, 2007 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Rats leaving the SS Craptastic while Cap'n Monkeyboy goes down with the ship. (Vision of Mickey Mouse in ancient Steamboat Willie cartoon.)

He's an oily, smarmy type, we won't miss him a bit. By his leaving he will materially improve the Senate.

I wonder if that dirt-digging guy in DC (can't recall his name now) has the goods on him, like he did on Vitter and the DC Madam caper. Hmmmm...

Posted by: I like it. | November 26, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

He and others like him (Rep. ranks are full of "Lotts") can't vacate soon enough. Let us get back to "democracy and the constitution" in governing!

Posted by: Tim | November 26, 2007 12:09 PM | Report abuse

There is a difference between hate and anger. I believe the conservatives have the market cornered on the latter, while we democrats are finally filled with righteous (as opposed to self-righteous) anger. Yes, there is a lot of hate out there, but please understand the difference between those who spew hate and those who express disgust and anger. Sarcasm is a far cry from name-calling, outright lying, rumor spreading, foaming-at-the mouth hatred.

Who among you republicans would like to defend the Karl Rovian tactics we have been exposed to all these years?

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

I suppose I am in the minority here but I'm sorry to see him go. He was an effective member of the Senate and the people of Mississippi seemed to agree.

Posted by: Jack | November 26, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Correction: I meant that republicans have the market cornered on hate, not anger.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 12:12 PM | Report abuse

And Mississippi gets Pickering as a replacement for the next thirty-odd years. This was planned for sometime by Haley Barbour et al.

Posted by: cap'n_ tom5574 | November 26, 2007 12:13 PM | Report abuse

"Lott, 67, grew tired of the political infighting in the Senate as Republicans have **>>been forced into

Oh, he's "grown tired" of it, is he? And way to misspell "chosen"--nobody's forced the GOP to adopt any strategy.

This sentence does beautifully capture the self-perpetuating Republican m.o., however: Put people who don't believe in government in charge of governing, let them trash the place, then whine about how broken the system is and try to capitalize on popular resentment thus engendered.

Posted by: youarestillidiots | November 26, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance Strom Thurmon butt kisser!

I here the GOP is giving you a retirement present, a golden noose. Wear it in good health!

Posted by: Kevin Schmidt, Ojai CA | November 26, 2007 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Another ol GOP dawg "retires', will become a lobbiest in one shape/farm or another still reap/rape $$$ and Haley appointing the replacement?..LOl, perhaps one of other croinies will be put in place, like one from one of the contractors who helped to rebuild after Katrina with no bid contracts and great profiteering ability pushed full throttle to maximize their profit lines...Biz as usual folks, nothing much new or astounding!!

Posted by: Bozzy | November 26, 2007 12:25 PM | Report abuse

He was an effective member of the Senate and the people of Mississippi seemed to agree.

Posted by: Jack | November 26, 2007 12:12 PM


You don't talk to African Americans very often, if ever, now do you?

Posted by: Kevin Schmidt, Ojai CA | November 26, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Tired of fighting the obstructionist battle? Hmmmm. The rules of this site appear to prohibit further comment.

Posted by: Bob Pomeroy | November 26, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, he won't be leaving the area. They never do. The just bounce back like a bad check. The $$$ is here, not in MS. It would be better if he dragged his butt back to that racist state from which he came but I don't see it happening.

He will quickly recover from his "fatigue" and begin his lobby practice.

Posted by: Michael1945 | November 26, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: HAROLD | November 26, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I am a born and bred Southerner whose family marched in the 1950s for integration---not the 60s but earlier. Maybe our crusade for tolerance and justice should include letting Senator Lott retire in peace without all this verbage which would be more appropriate for the Fascist News Network (FOX). Maybe we should all ease up.

Posted by: Dr. Dan Spector | November 26, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Yes, in response to those who are shocked, shocked that Bush, Lott & Co. inspire such "hatred" and "venom," you might consider that these people have for years been tarring Democrats and anyone else who dares to disagree with this Administration as being unpatriotic, cowards, traitors, and worse. In this world, you sow what you reap. It makes me think of former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder's classic comeback when Oliver North, then running for the Senate, complained that he was "the most investigated man in America." "Well, Col. North," drawled Wilder, "there may be good reasons for that."

Posted by: lydgate | November 26, 2007 12:28 PM | Report abuse

I'm finding it harder and harder to understand why so many very loyal bushies are leaving the Washington DC area. These are not people who are disgruntled with Bush but people who are completely loyal. Is something going on? Like the Asst Secretary of State who said she would still be working with the Administration, just not in Washington DC. If something is in the wind concerning the DC area, don't you think it would be in everyone's best interest to know about it. Just seems odd that there has been a two year migration of his most loyal followers from the area.

Posted by: robin | November 26, 2007 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine the comments if Ted the swimmer was to have the decency to leave?

Posted by: tom spruce | November 26, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Really, after reading most of these comments, I really wonder who has the corner on hate and anger...

Posted by: vatownsend | November 26, 2007 12:32 PM | Report abuse


Trent Lott, scumbag rebublican resign from the Senate, after being caught in the men's room with Larry Craig.

They were both reported to keeping a wide stance, while they were tap-dancing and singing Turbonegro's "Rock Against Ass".

Posted by: Qwerty | November 26, 2007 12:36 PM | Report abuse

One less Republican Racist to deal with.

What does the Republican Party stand for today? Imposing extremist religious views on the public, restricting civil liberties, social welfare for the richest Americans.

What happened to fiscal conservatism? What happened to limited government?
What happened to keeping America the world's leader?

Republican values have failed.

Posted by: AngryLiberal | November 26, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Governor Barbour ought to appoint Governor Barbour to replace Senator Lott. He's been about the only bright Republican spot in some time.

Say what you want about Lott's Thurmond remarks (and he did apologize, btw), he has been an extremely effective Legislative Branch leader. He was a much better Republican Majority Leader than Frist, and maybe McConnell, too, but a notch below Dole.

Posted by: dsda3731 | November 26, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. Lott you will be missed in Washington, in this age of partisanship there are few like you. Note to all Liberal Democrats or Progressive Democrats what ever you are calling yourself today. Sen. Lott has been above partisanship in the House and Senate. Sen. Lott voted to Impeach President Nixon... Wish I could say the same about House Democrats who held a pep rally for Bill Clinton when he was impeached.

Then again time after time has shown Republicans can raise above partisan ship and do the right thing... not the politically Right Thing... as many on the Left seem to do time and time again."

What planet do you live on? The Republican push for partisanship above all the needs of our country is why we are in this mess.
The Neocon Republicans deserve to be thrown out like the thieving bums they are.
Maybe then real Republicans will take back their party........but I won't hold my breath.

Posted by: Navy Brat | November 26, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

If they would all just go....what a mess they have left to clean up!

Posted by: Edith Veirs | November 26, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I think he and Larry Craig are going to open a Bed and Breakfast in Biloxi.

Posted by: lex pk | November 26, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. Another lap dog falls asunder.

Posted by: greg | November 26, 2007 12:40 PM | Report abuse

You might want to give some thought to thanking God, or your lucky stars as the case may be, for the 1st Amendment freedoms that enable you to make these sort of statements without any fear of the consequences. In some places, you would be hunted down and had your face re-arranged. In others, you would just be shot until dead.

Posted by: cmoore1950 | November 26, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I would feel better about Lott's departure if I thought there were any chance of replacing him with someone who is less of a Republican ideolog. Unfortunately, he is a perfect reflection of his state, and the next person to fill his office will be as well.
Mississippi is changing, but ever so slowly. It will be Republican and racist for quite a while yet. Texas will fall first.

Posted by: Southern Girl | November 26, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

After 1 January, persons leaving Congress may not register to lobby until two years have passed. Those leaving before 1 January, however, may register and lobby after being "out of Washington" for only 1 year. Perhaps Mr. Lott is simply venal. He may want to supplement his generous congressional retirement money with the dollars generous firms and right wing ideologues pay well-connected ex-Senators and Congressmen for jollying up their successors and ex-colleagues. Could it be, Mr Cheerleader-of-the-Right?

Posted by: RDBworddoc | November 26, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

A great American! Hard to replace!

Posted by: | November 26, 2007 12:41 PM | Report abuse

is Mississippi still actually considered a state?......I mean...really...

Posted by: Rick | November 26, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

"The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch."

--George W. Bush, first responder, Sept. 2, 2005

Posted by: Rick Alexander | November 26, 2007 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Navy Brat:
Put down the crack pipe, I think you've had enough.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

And people wonder why intelligent, ethical, and hard working individuals don't run for public office?

Posted by: TxEx | November 26, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The senior republicans are finally coming to terms with reality. They are no longer in control of all the lobbying and money grabbing efforts. These guys really did a lot of damage to the image of this country with their greed and corruption. I'm a conservative army veteran and I will say that I'm ashamed of the actions of the majority of republicans in the lst 12 years. The lst eight(8) years has been a shameful period for this country. I can't wait for the current administration to leave. They are now claiming success in Iraq to facilitate our departure soon. This should have happened two years ago. Now the media is helping them claim victory by counting the amount of people killed. This is a shame. But they will do anything to claim victory and run. This is the republicans story. Sad, very sad.

Posted by: Gusto | November 26, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

People have been writing the obituaries for both parties since Lincoln. Dems are currently at the helm because of one unpopular war. Put Hillary in charge and watch how fast the repubs take back the Congress. I'm not sure why both parties like to repeatedly stamp on the imagined grave of their adversary, but it sure makes the stampers look childish.

Posted by: DCJO | November 26, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The pure hate expressed on this thread says a lot more about the posters than it does about the target of their hate.
Trent Lott was an intelligent , honorable man who serve d his constituents well in the Senate.
He will be missed in the Senate.
I feel quite sure that his replacement will not be any more acceptable to the idiots that are venting on this thread than he is.
Gov. Barbour will appoint another conservative Republican to replace him ,and the people of Miss. will keep him in office in the next election.
So , all of you Lib/Dem losers can gloat all you wish, Nothing will change as far as that Senate seat is concerned.

Posted by: algibbs | November 26, 2007 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The guy who made the "Scruggs" connection got it right. Lott is going to get dragged through the mud again, and he deserves it. He tried to screw State Farm Ins as has much of the legal community of Mississippi. So much for the Republican mantra of reducing ridiculous litigation. Lott is in the thick of this one. The Republican Party doesn't need this guy.

Posted by: Va Rebublican | November 26, 2007 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Navy Brat:
Hitler would have voted to impeach Nixon.

Posted by: Greg | November 26, 2007 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Which industries is Trent in hock to??? Who bought and paid for him in the Senate? I seem to recall its big tobacco? Maybe the cotton and sugar industries? Thats who he'll become a lobbyist for once he's gone...After all, ya gotta dance with the ones that brung ya!

How effective is ole Trent gonna be with the newly Democratic controlled House, Senate and WHite in '08? He might have trouble greasing enuf palms to get anything done for his pimp corporations.

Posted by: smeesq | November 26, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Another NeoCon rat bites the dust! Maybe there's hope for some real changes in the Senate. Trottee boy most likely is leaving due to bad knees....after all when you're the President's dog-lacky, it takes its toll on your knees and hands being on all fours all day. You did a heck-cof ah job, Brownie(nose)..heh, heh

Posted by: Hugh Hopson | November 26, 2007 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Good bye.

Hey Mitch McConnell, YOU ARE NEXT.

The state of Kentucky will not allow you to be Speaker nor the Republican majority leader.

Posted by: Kentucky | November 26, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

my, my, my, bleeding heart, secretly racists liberals all over this page. Of course, this being the Washington Post page
I will be surprized if this comment is posted because it does not have the same contents as the others. Isn't it amazing what we "deem" racist????? Washington Post You have allowed on your site for people to make fun of people who do not have any hair, a racist to call MS a racist state and basically to tear down a man who they HATE because he may have different views than they do. Liberals prove the republican's point every time.

Posted by: elene | November 26, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

"You might want to give some thought to thanking God, or your lucky stars as the case may be, for the 1st Amendment freedoms that enable you to make these sort of statements without any fear of the consequences. In some places, you would be hunted down and had your face re-arranged. In others, you would just be shot until dead."

I thank God we still have first amendment rights as the Bush administration has done their best to rewrite the constitution to fit their every whim. (Wire Taps, Torture, etc....)

Posted by: msb | November 26, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I agree - there is a difference between hate and anger, and there are many of us who are very angry. We have been subjected to lies, hypocrisy, racism, fearmongering, war profiteering, and the devastation of our civil liberties ever since the Republicans took over all branches of the government along with most of the mainstream media. The Republican machine has slandered true Patriots like Max Cleland, managed to elevate a draft-dodging chickenhawk's service over that of a real soldier, and outed an undercover CIA agent who was working to contain weapons of mass destruction.

I know little about Trent Lott's voting record or the good he has done in Mississippi, and he certainly may have benefitted his state and the people in it. However, I can only judge from statements he made concerning his positions. He always sounded like a racist, homophobic, jingoist to me. With the exceptions of a very few Republican moderates, I can't say I'm sorry to see any of them go.

Unfortunately, there's not a lot of hope among the Democrats in terms of any kind of progressive agenda either. A choice between Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama - or even John Edwards (the best of a bad lot of front runners) and a real nutcase like Giuliani leaves much to be desired.

What a dreadful state of affairs we find ourselves in! Having Trent Lott leave the senate is just one very small step in the direction home.

Posted by: LeeAnnG | November 26, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

I hope Sen. Lott's departure will clear the way for a speck of progressive light to now shine through from Mississippi in the form of Mike Moore. I must admit that the Senator's departure is something I never would have expected after his apparent comeback earlier this year as minority whip. That was quite a comeback from his segregationist slip-up at the Thurmond Party where he inadvertantly revealed why so many southerners turned Republican after 1964. It does make you wonder what's happening here.

Posted by: Rich in Harrisburg | November 26, 2007 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Now all we need is to get rid of the excessive baggage in the Democratic Party. We can start with Senator Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi then include any others who opposed the Cheney impeachment.At the same time we should be looking into criminal charges for the Bush Administration and Blackwater to start.

Posted by: Kenneth Biggs | November 26, 2007 12:53 PM | Report abuse

The real reason he's leaving like all the other republican dogs is there's more money to be made by lobbying...

Posted by: cflynn | November 26, 2007 12:55 PM | Report abuse

99 percent of these comments are just disgusting and disappointing. Sure, if Chappaquidick Ted resigned, they'd be the same but from the right ... and it would be equally disgusting.

Like one previous poster said, civility is truly dead.

And if you people are typical of the next generation of "leaders" in this nation, then God help us.

Posted by: jlanderson | November 26, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

We can all wish Senator Lott well and Thank Him for His Service to our country.

Posted by: Dwight | November 26, 2007 1:00 PM | Report abuse

jeez, all those purty words, but not one mention of larry flynt...

Posted by: linda | November 26, 2007 1:03 PM | Report abuse

All politics is local and Trent Lott will be sorely missed. He and his staff have come to the aid of many Mississippians over the years (myself included). Like him or hate him, he has helped our state, especially post-Katrina. I don't agree with him on many issues, but he has served Mississippi's recovery well. Compare our state with Louisianna and that's clear. And by the way, that's no hair piece, if you saw him covered in mud after Katrina you'd know that. He may have had a nicer house than many, but he knows the pain and despair of losing all the things that simply can't be replaced even in the finest stores.

Posted by: Mississippi Gulf Coast | November 26, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

***"You might want to give some thought to thanking God, or your lucky stars as the case may be, for the 1st Amendment freedoms that enable you to make these sort of statements without any fear of the consequences. In some places, you would be hunted down and had your face re-arranged. In others, you would just be shot until dead."***

another freedom-loving repuke, i see....the party of family values. murder, rape, torture -- yeehaw! bring it on, babeeee

Posted by: linda | November 26, 2007 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance. Now the Republicans and the good people of Mississippi can send someone to replace him that is equally as bad.

Posted by: bdinphoenix | November 26, 2007 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Folks, Paul Kane should apologize for not being more clear about Lott's service on the House Judiciary Committee. Lott voted *against* impeaching Nixon.

Those (few) here who claim Lott voted to impeach Nixon are wrong. Indeed, it was his demonstrated loyalty to Nixon that sealed his rise in the GOP ranks.

Here's the audio of the roll call. Lott comes up at 1:30.

Posted by: jjohannson | November 26, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

And if you people are typical of the next generation of "leaders" in this nation, then God help us.

Posted by: jlanderson | November 26, 2007 01:00 PM

These comments are reflective only of the "far left" wing of the Democrat party. It seems that the WAPO forum is one of their favorite places to vent their hatred of most things Republican and/or American.
I do not believe that the percentage of overall Dems who think like this bunch of haters is nearly as high as it is on this site.
This site has a huge percentage of the move-on nut cases that hate all things conservative . Fortunately they are in the minority nationwide.

Posted by: algibbs | November 26, 2007 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I only have one thing to say. Let's elect a democratic president and a huge democratic majority in both the house and senate. It's time to clean up the gigantic mess left behind by Bush and we need someone with a lot of Washington experience who can hit the ground running from day one with both the House and Senate behind them. For all of you doubters out there I say lets give it 4 years and if you are not happy then elect someone else. Let's have some real change in 08!

Posted by: lets here it for the 1st amendment | November 26, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

the country will be much better off without LOTT AND THE REST OF THE G.O.P.

Posted by: tmac | November 26, 2007 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Remember when ole Trent lost the big job after those remarks at Storm's party a few years ago? He pledged then to make up for it by being the best senator on race relations ever. We are still waiting.

Posted by: kevinyc | November 26, 2007 1:15 PM | Report abuse

With new restrictions taking effect in January on congresspeople becoming lobbyists after leaving office, what an amazingly propitious coincidence that Lott will have resigned from the Senate only days before he would have been bound by those restrictions!

I wonder which K Street address we should send his mail to?

Posted by: PETE TENNEY | November 26, 2007 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The Real Reason that Sen. Trent Lott is resigning his seat early is that if he stayed in Congress, he would be subject to the new rules prohibiting him from lobbying his former colleagues. Since it is of significant value to him personally of being able to collect large fees as a lobbyist, he chose to take the money road and cut short his Senate career. We probably haven't seen the last of Republicans resigning from Congress to become high paid lobbyists.

Posted by: Real reason | November 26, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

After presiding over the looting of the national treasury over the past seven years of the bush theftocracy I guess the implosion of the economy does not make it cost effective to stay around. I suspect, also, an awakening middle-class will put policians in place who will be looking for some payback. Trent, and he is a smart one, is getting the hell outta town before the posse arrives.

Posted by: Derek Stewart | November 26, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Lott is an honorable man and I will miss him from the U.S. Senate. I do hope he finds a good job and will ad his comments to the political discourse.
God bless you and your family.

Posted by: Albert Jackson | November 26, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Just look at this URL:
courtesy of the Republican Administrations, there is no end in sight to paying off what the "Borrow and Spend" Republicans have given us. I would bail out now too if I were him!

Posted by: Jeff | November 26, 2007 1:21 PM | Report abuse

In some ways I think we'll miss Trent. He had a gentlemanly quality that made it easy for people to talk with him. Sure, he was a racist conniver, but what else could you possibly have with a Mississippi Republican. All in all, it will be good to get rid of the corrupt old bastard, but don't expect anything better if his replacement is another Republican.

Posted by: spud | November 26, 2007 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I think his retirement has everything to do with the federal corruption investigation by the FBI that is taking place in Alaska. The program NOW with David Brancaccio aired a story about this over the weekend. This investigation has centered on Senator Ted Stevens, but it mentioned Trent Lott's involvement as well as other Republican Senators. My guess is that the FBI has a lot of dirty laundry on Mr. Lott and he has decided to exit the stage before it hits the fan.

Posted by: CBinMilwaukee | November 26, 2007 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Ah, the lefties are rejoicing and dancing in the aisles, spewing their hate and pointing fingers at Lott and the R's. This whole country has turned into a giant game of "gotcha" while the country suffers. The R's are no worse than the D's and vice versa.

Posted by: Boon | November 26, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

There is a sick sound in this country, it's the sound of the "Right Wing". Thanks to people like Lott and Falwell. We talk about being free all the while, taking away Freedom. Goodbye and Good riddence.

Posted by: ddhondo | November 26, 2007 1:27 PM | Report abuse

So much for the Grand Dragon's access inside the Beltway, huh....

Posted by: braultrl | November 26, 2007 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Good bye Trent. Hope you have a crappy retirement. Hopefully you will become bed-ridden so you will have plenty of time to watch the senate in action on c-span.

Posted by: Calvin Gray | November 26, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Wow, so ole Trent doesn't like being in the minority. Too bad he never asked his fellow Mississippians with darker skin how it felt.

Posted by: Loudoun Voter | November 26, 2007 1:31 PM | Report abuse

"Sen. Lott is an honorable man and I will miss him from the U.S. Senate. I do hope he finds a good job and will ad his comments to the political discourse.
God bless you and your family."


Very droll.

However, Lott is getting out one step ahead of the new Senate Ethics rules.

If he does not retire by year's end, he will be faced with new restrictions about the amount of time he must wait before becoming a lobbyist.

So, as ever, Lott is putting personal well-being before public service.

Plus, he can see the oncoming tsunami that will wash away the GOP and does not wish to spend the rest of his career being a member of an irrelevant minority."

Posted by: pali2500 | November 26, 2007 1:35 PM | Report abuse

As much as he represented the failed old Republican Guard, the new Republican Guard is fundamentally more radical, beholden to religious freaks, speaks to no one but Jesus, and an absolute danger to the Constitution. It's no great loss to the country that he has gone, but at least he had the ability to reach across the aiusle now and then without beating his opponents over the head withg a crucifix.

Posted by: Left Coast Mike | November 26, 2007 1:39 PM | Report abuse

GOP Senator Trent Lott's reasons for retiring, "Fatigue has set in, Lott grew tired of the political infighting in the Senate as Republicans have been forced into a position of merely blocking a Democratic agenda," said the GOP aide. Instead, why doesn't Sen. Lott do what is right for America rather than just buckling under to the pressure coming from the White House? Do not run away from responsibility Sen. Lott, but if you must please, please, please take your lying, incompetent, dictator loving, war mongering, government trashing, constitution bashing, bad for America Republican cronies, i.e., President Bush and VP Cheney, with you.

Posted by: EricPrentis | November 26, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's beat that deadline into the world of lobbying ~~ heck there is even more money to be made there! It's nice to see people show their real colors, Hope the people remember the lack of sincerity when you ran for re-election and were telling the flock that you wanted to represent their best interest!!

Now the public can see (without glasses) that you were only representing your own interests.

The truth is,-- you are finally doing what is 'right' for the American people by leaving.

Now you have more time to attend Klan meetings!

Posted by: Bob Egan | November 26, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I am a democrat and not a fan of Mr. Lott and I certainly have disgreed - sometimes quite vocally - with him and his agenda. But let's DO remember that he has tried to honestly represent the people of Mississippi in the House and, later, the Senate. I think his values and principles are badly misplaced, but I have no doubt that he has done what he honestly believed - and still believes - were the right things to do and the right path to follow. I can strongly fault him for his perspective but we should all treat him with the respect that someone who lives by their principles deserves. The golden rule applies here and I hope that others will do the same for me.

Posted by: Doug McCone | November 26, 2007 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Senator Bad Hairpiece must know about the military coup for 2008, and he's getting in position to be the neo-Confederate Zone czar! Good luck, and may you be granted plenty of human slaves, I mean "enemy combatants undergoing rehabilitation through labor" Massa Lott...

Posted by: Bukko in Australia | November 26, 2007 1:50 PM | Report abuse

We're really going to miss you Trent...NOT!!!

Posted by: Andre' | November 26, 2007 1:55 PM | Report abuse

"I invented the paper clip!"

Posted by: Buckeye | November 26, 2007 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Is this the same Trent Lott that was screaming about Clinton while carrying an extramarital affair at the time? It couldn't be, -- that would make him a hypocrite! Everyone knows that a fine, upstanding 'Christian' like him must be pure!

I remember that the KKK claimed to be a 'Christian" organization!!
Enjoy the meetings Trent!!

Posted by: Bob Egan | November 26, 2007 1:58 PM | Report abuse

Gotta wonder if there's not a scandal in here somewhere. The GOP is losing some very powerful people in the 2008 re-election cycle. I'd guess scandal's a part of more of these than we know. I hope that more Americans understand that not only are the GOP President and Vice President incompetent and dirty, in the sleaziest sense of the word, but that coupled with addiction to power, these folks are the worst crew to ever have worked together to oppress the American people.
If Lott's lot has been compromised by scandal, one has to wonder when some of those in the GOP who are "clean" are going to speak out, and state, clearly, that they're ashamed of their party's record.

Posted by: Zennhead | November 26, 2007 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I believe that every public servant who enters public office does so with the intent of doing some good for his local community, city, state or country! I don't believe that Mr. Lott "was" any different! Yet, as time passes, I think there is a dimenishing return. However, I do believe there is a need to have experience in office.....ergo, we need better checks and balances to keep those elected from becoming self centered or indulgent. That tends to sway from public serving to self serving.

Shifting to finances....we can't expect to attract our best and brightest to public office (not saying Mr. Lott is or isn't) in a capitalist society witout some expectation of an acceptable payday so I don't fault Mr. Lott for going after the money. I just hope that he voted to increase the pay and benefits for our public school teachers prior to his departure! Kinda hard to get the best and brightest without having them taught by the best and brightest.

Oh, but I forgot, Mississippi still has room for growth in education!

Posted by: klw | November 26, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Those posters that think that 'Good o'l boy' Trent was doing anything but promoting his own agenda, should stop picking their own mushrooms!

Posted by: Bob Egan | November 26, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Posted by Dwight Patel"
Then again time after time has shown "Republicans can raise above partisan ship and do the right thing... not the politically Right Thing... as many on the Left seem to do time and time again."

First off, it's "rise above," Mr. Patel. And second, while Sen. Lott may have indeed shown more common sense over the last five years, that doesn't absolve his past -- you must have been asleep prior to that. And most importantly, I hate to tell you this, the GOP practically invented the rancorous political environment in which we have to suffer.

Posted by: vegasgirl | November 26, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Meh. Lott read the writing on the wall and responded appropriately. Everybody knows the Republicans are finished... Lott is just acting on that knowledge.

Posted by: ErrinF | November 26, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

It's getting hot in the Kitchen so like Dennis Hastert, Lott is leaving before the indictments. Lott has robbed the Katina fund and got billions plus the new second home Bush promised him. Yes Lott was involved in the illegal charges against a Governor. So much more and don't forget Palfrey's made up case of hired prostitutes. All this with the stolen Iraq money as the White House Crime team is taking what they can and leave. Look for more up power players to be collecting their stolen money and putting it in off shore accounts as more secret crimes come to light. Scott knows alot more about the crimes that the GOP have done and still doing. Watch Boner start crying some more as he gets in pockets lined with Lobby money. Stevens will be next to resign as he uses the GOP script of leaving to spend more time with his family. I look forward to Connie Rice getting kicked out as she says she's leaving to spend time with her family even if she has no family it's the GOP cover story for all.

Posted by: Jackie Rawlings | November 26, 2007 2:10 PM | Report abuse

I don't know about all they're saying about Trent Lott, but I would like to defend Dick Durbin. He's been a long-time advocate for mental health issues, and I just want to stick up for him and encourage his continued support for mental health laws.

Posted by: ACTsai | November 26, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Somebody check the archives. I recall that Lott was among the Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee who voted AGAINST impeaching Nixon.

Posted by: allbetsareoff | November 26, 2007 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I guess he realized his quest for segregation isn't ever going to work again.

Happy Trails Sen. Lott !

Posted by: syd | November 26, 2007 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Once again Lott reveals what a despicable public servant he is.

Posted by: cms | November 26, 2007 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I am probably as blazing a liberal as exists on this blog, but even I am dismayed by the tone of most of these comments. We are starting to sound as hateful and venomous as the right wing-nuts. Please, Democrats and other Progressives, let's show the decency that we accuse them of lacking. I am very pleased to see Lott leaving, but I am pragmatist enough to doubt that it will mean a lost GOP seat in the Senate. Even if Barbour doesn't get to appoint a croney, Mississippians are not yet ready to elect a Democrat. All in time, folks. Meanwhile save your bile and venom for the truly evil people out there...Rove, Cheney and Fox News.

Posted by: normboyd40 | November 26, 2007 2:16 PM | Report abuse

It is a sad time when a loon like lott is among the most sensible and sane member of a governing political faction. A party that makes an extremist like lott appear voice of moderation is one that deserves to become the minority congressional party for most of seven or more decades, like from the Great Depression through the 1990s. It is only the quirks of history and the pull of racism and religious bigotry that have given the right such a stranglehold on American politics. Time to take the South up on it's 19th century offer to seceed. Then we could treat the confederate states like the third world nation they are, teach them American values, bring in basic education and health care, teach them about science and modern medicine, and bring them into the 21st century.

Posted by: Geraldo | November 26, 2007 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The GOP Ship of State is floundering...........
...............Captain "W" is still "Staying the Course"
GOP leaders fear facing VOTERS



Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

What is the Council of Conservative Citizens going to do now? Their Grand Wizard is abandoning them.

Posted by: trippin | November 26, 2007 2:21 PM | Report abuse

"Geraldo" Ouch!!!! I don't think we can blame the entire South for the bad republicans in office. However I have to wonder what makes the democratic party think that Senator Obama has a snowballs chance in hell of being elected president of the United States without the vote from the South (The south that would rather elect a little green martian than a black man)!

Posted by: msb | November 26, 2007 2:22 PM | Report abuse

The ship is sinking, the ship is sinking.
All off, all off......!!!!!!!

Posted by: jacques coffe | November 26, 2007 2:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm assuming he will become a corporate lobbyist, possibly using tax-deductible funds to "rebuild" McCondos and cassinos on the Gulf Coast to replace poor peoples' houses... good example of "Disaster Capitalism" - let disasters wipe out the undesirables, replace with McSuburbs.... more shall be revealed.

Posted by: Dianne Foster | November 26, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I wish him the best, but I am NOT sorry to see him go.
He is the blow hard, but, do little icon that fosters the attitude that politics is the go along, get along sausage making mess most Americans Abhor.

Posted by: dano | November 26, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Retiring this year will allow the good senator to officially lobby his buddies after a one year wait. If he retires next year, the new rules kick in and he would have to wait two years before joining the lobbyist circle. Smart man!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I believe that much of this has been misconstrued...I am not from belief seems to be "no one is perfect" and if there is some good in a person, let us PLEASE concentrate on those qualities. I am sure (from reading some of the comments) that Mr Lott did some good in his home state. Take a look at Mr Kyl's voting record here in my state.
Mr Lott is retirement age, and should go with as much grace as possible.

Posted by: wmck1212 | November 26, 2007 2:28 PM | Report abuse

I believe that much of this has been misconstrued...I am not from belief seems to be "no one is perfect" and if there is some good in a person, let us PLEASE concentrate on those qualities. I am sure (from reading some of the comments) that Mr Lott did some good in his home state. Take a look at Mr Kyl's voting record here in my state.
Mr Lott is retirement age, and should go with as much grace as possible.

Posted by: wmck1212 | November 26, 2007 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Goodbye you worthless guttersnipe Nazi pig.
Wallow in your pork barrel with your GOP buddies and overbill your illiterate constituents in the private sector, with same ferocity you showed ignoring them while in Congress. You Bush ass kissing shell of a human being. I mean this in a positive, Christian, family values way, of course.

Posted by: Tom M Murray | November 26, 2007 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Trent Lott could not be counted on by conservatives, which is why he and the Republicans are "on the outs" right now. Trent cared more about what his collegues in the Senate thought of him, than of sticking by conservative and American principles.
He was part of the old Blue-Blood Republican Club and really WAS what lib's often say about us. That is the hardest medicine to have to swallow. But we swallowed it. Then we took a walk!
On top of that, he was hated by Lib's for being conservative. Wow. Tough position, huh?
He made a racist remark at a private party. Something he shouldn't have said, and it probably did reveal something of his deepest held feelings.
He is crucified and excoriated in the comments above by the same people who say conservatives want to limit free speech. We don't. Free speech let's people know who you really are.
Those of us who follow Christ and are Conservative in our reading of the Constitution, are not racist, not even in private.
For us, the last 3 years have been a perfect storm, politically. Evangelical leader caught practicing the sin he condemns even as he stumps for moral values in government. Republican Leaders sent to prison for paying or taking bribes. John McCain and Lindsay Graham prevent Republicans from confronting Democrats who are holding up conservative judges.
Gee, why couldn't the Republicans get out their base?
Trent, don't let the door...

Posted by: Phil Strickland | November 26, 2007 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Trent Lott ! What will happen next ?!
Can the tax cuts for those poor, poor rich people survive now that so many Bush supporters are leaving ? What will happen to Larry Craig ? (Are any Congressional Pages allowed near the rest rooms around the Senate anymore ?)Does anyone know why Trent Lott would leave in the middle of his term ? (Not child molestation , was it ?)What will happen next to these republickanz ? Man ! Do you think Lott might turn into a 'support the troops private contracting salesman' for Halliburton on Capitol Hill? Wow ! Did he lean too hard on FEMA to get some Katrina Disaster MONEY, maybe ? I'm worried...

Posted by: Daniel Wargo | November 26, 2007 2:35 PM | Report abuse

And so, Mr. Lott leaves the stage. I suppose that he did his best. I also suspect that the reasons, as suggested by many of the comments posted here, are somewhat more complex (and interesting) than "I'm tired."

I also agree that there is way too much venom in here, but it is easy to understand the rage. Sort of like watching the freedom-loving people of Iraq pulling down Saddam's statue in the first few days of the "war". Of course, that too was staged...

So, the Republicans will fall, and the Democrats will rise. I don't question that the Neocons have made a mess; the evidence is overwhelming. What is intriguing is how they did so. They simply changed the labels on things, and that made it all better. You reduce air-pollution standards, and call it "Blue Skies". You bury your armed forces into a centuries-old civil war, and call it a "terrorist insurgency". You run up nearly $5 trillion in debt, and call the economy "robust". There is no better delusion than self delusion...

But my real question is this: What do we mean when we say that the Democrats are going to clean the mess up? Other than pointing out the crimes of the current administration (which are legion), what is the plan to actually "clean up the mess"? Will the Democrats use the White House and overwhelming majorities in both halls of Congress actually "fix things"? Will they agressively deal with the $10 trillion in tangible debt? Will they deal with the $50 trillion in "unfunded liabilities"? Will they actually fix the economy, solve global warming, resolve the energy crisis, restore faith in the dollar, rebuild New Orleans, protect marriage while being gay-sensitive, bring real peace to the Middle East, end terrorism, cure cancer, and secure a better future for the as-yet-unborn generations of Americans? I suspect not. And the reason is because, as any reasonably astute aeronautical engineer will tell you, a bird (or a plane) can't fly with just one wing. Oh, you can tuck that right wing in pretty far, and flap like hell with the left, but you're in serious aerodynamic trouble. What we need to do is understand that we need both wings. We need them working together. We need them healthy. We need one wing to be sufficiently self-confident to understand that they don't need to commit yet another vengence attack against the other wing, just because the other wing smacked at it last time the other wing was in control. We truly need some leaders who can "reach across the aisle" for some purpose other than shoving a knife into somebody on the other side. I can't say that I'm terribly optimistic. My guess is that we remain a house divided, and as Mr. Lincoln pointed out, a house divided cannot stand for long. Of course, we can always bank on inertia for awhile...

I suspect that we will see the new Administration and Congress spend a lot of time rehashing about how hard it is, and how big the mess is. Like the dog chasing the car, they are about to find out what happens when you catch it. Like a dog barking furiously at an empty, parked car, they are about to appear ridiculous.

I can't help but wonder if, in a few hundred years, a tyrant will rise in the country formerly known as the American Empire. He will be "bad", no doubt. But he will be tolerated by the rest of the world because he will manage to establish order (in the manner of a Saddam or a Tito) over two warring peoples; the Republicans, and the Democrats. Finally, no bloodshed in the streets, no fighting, just peace at the price of liberty. What a grand vision to which to aspire!

This country was founded by some very smart men who did not always agree. There is a wonderful story of two of the greatest among them (Thomas Jefferson and John Adams) who were united in their desire to start a country, but polar opposites on many of the critical topics of how to do so. At one point, Ben Franklin took them both out together in a small boat, and refused to return to shore until they found a way to bridge their differences. But as wonderful as that idea might be, (and one should never let the facts get in the way of a good story) there was a key difference between the debates then and the debates now. Today, each party holds that the other party is wrong (regardless of topic) because each party has to be the one who is right. What Mr. Bush is doing on a global scale, with his conviction that what America does is right by definition simply because it is America that is doing it, echos in the halls of the American body politic, where in the view of the Democrats, anything the Republicans do is wrong by definition, and vice versa.

So, Mr. Lott goes home. Let's stop tearing down his statue, and get on with the very real business at hand. Let's remember that we are all flying on the same plane, and the plane is going down fast. We need both wings!

Posted by: ChrisH | November 26, 2007 2:41 PM | Report abuse


If his retirement age has anything to do with his leaving, why did he run for a 6 year term when he only intended to serve 2 years of it?

Posted by: Robert Egan | November 26, 2007 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Thanks to jjohannson for setting the record straight about Lott and his friend Nixon.

However, it is undeniable that Lott was good for MS. They usually rank #1 or 2 in federal dollars returned to the state (about 3:1 ratio). What's ironic is that he does this while railing against the federal tax code and those blue states that keep MS solvent.

Posted by: mus81 | November 26, 2007 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Change is a come'n to the GOP!

Posted by: oneman | November 26, 2007 2:48 PM | Report abuse

As a Member of Our Congress for over 35 Years Retires, He deserves a lot better from people of this Country than the Childish cheap-shot Comments I have read!

Why ANYONE would want to represent TRASH like You, is completely beyond me! I guess he came to feel the same way!

Putting up with 600 Congressional Oversight Reviews in 100 Days, having to deal with Wrong-headed Amnesty Bills, Partisan Based Power Bills, and all the rest of the Garbage associated with a Congress with 11% Approval, would make any decent person with an ounce of Pride want to get out!

Would YOU want to be associated with ANYTHING with an 11% Approval Rating?

Kay Bailey-Hutchison, and John Cornyn are willing to at least keep 11% of us Happy!

Promote them!

Happy Trails to Senator Lott-You have done your time, and I feel sorry for the others who are having to deal with snits like these other Posters, and HORRIBLE Reps. like Reid and Pelosi!

Posted by: RAT-The | November 26, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: RICHARD SHADE | November 26, 2007 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Wonderful post!!
Unfortunately, The Dems will talk about clean-up and then pack in the pork that they promised not to.
The Dems are missing a great chance through greed!

The rise and fall of political parties should be helpful, but they only seem to be getting worse. It all reminds me OF 'Boss" Hague, the mayor of Jersey City,N.J. for over 30 years. When he left office, it was taken over by his nephew who only lasted one term because of corruption! As 'Boss' Hague said ' He tried to steal in three years what took me thirty!

Posted by: Robert Egan | November 26, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Reading a lot of these comments it is know wonder a person would like to get out of politics. A lot of you have become so full of hate that it's sad to see the house and senate become so partisan that they can't work together anymore. I believe that we have good people on both sides that want to get things done but unfortunately they are in the minority. All of you who believe that only the dems deserve to be elected better check your facts before you throw out all republicans that they can't stop the dems because that is all that stands in the way of higher taxes, draft, government healthcare and illegals taking over this country.

Posted by: Sque | November 26, 2007 2:56 PM | Report abuse

ChrisH: That was a terrific comment. Thank you.

Posted by: Hillman | November 26, 2007 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance, and good luck on K Street Trent!

Posted by: Cashmere1 | November 26, 2007 2:59 PM | Report abuse

They get tired when they filled their pockets with lobby and campaign money. One more proof that democracy suffers terminal illness when you see garbage like this last so long in a position of power.

The stench will last an eternity.

Good riddens,

Posted by: JORGE DE ZAMACONA | November 26, 2007 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Could it be just a coincidence that Lott is retiring on the eve of a new law taking effect next year limiting his ability to make millions working as a lobbyist? Let's not let public service get in the way to lobby some conservative cause and make millions to boot. I thought the old Dixiecrat Lott would be happy "whipping minorities", I mean being "minority whip for years to come, but money comes first, always first.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | November 26, 2007 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Some of the more paper-assed posters here bemoan the hatred expressed towards the right wing...

Better get used to it.

I for one firmly believe that the only good conservative is a dead one.

Posted by: Kase | November 26, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I am going to hire him to lobby for amnesty for illegal aliens . I hope he still knows those neat cheers .

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Too bad so many of you are short sighted. Since you despise him so much get off your fannies and run for office! Let's see what you can do!

Posted by: Lee Ann | November 26, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

The people making all these remarks against Mississippi should remember that there was a time when the state of Mississippi tried its best to secede from the U.S.A. An extremely violent war was waged against the former Confederate States of America and they were forced to be a part of this country against their will. If people in other parts of the country don't like the Senators and Representatives that southerners send to Washington, they can blame it on their own ancestors!

Posted by: Hillbilly | November 26, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

All of your shots at Mississippi in general are spiteful and, in a way, bigoted. I have a news flash: not all Mississippians are racists. Furthermore, which of your respective home states has a statesman serving in the Senate? By the looks of it, not many. So, why don't you move out of your glass house before throwing stones?

Posted by: MissDelta | November 26, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Treating collegues like house negroes! Please...The democrats had their way for decades. The power,control, abuse and thievery was shameless. Not to mention a government run amok. We are reaping what they sowed.

Posted by: Lee Ann | November 26, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

"Unfortunately, The Dems will talk about clean-up and then pack in the pork that they promised not to." Good post Robert Egan. Robert, you mean like this recent Pelosi crowd!! The poor angry left. If only they could spout a cause against conservatives that their party isn't in up to their ears.

Posted by: nomi | November 26, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

I first met Senator Lott in Mississippi in 1977 right after Senator Stennis (Remember him?) shangheid the Naval Oceanographic office out of Suitland to the NASA site (Now called Stennis Space Center) north of Bay St. Louis, MS. He had just been elected (hand-picked by Stennis) and stood on the podium to welcome us to the great state of Mississippi. One of the men standing next to me said, "I'd never buy a used car from that guy." The Naval Oceanographic Office went from being a premier scientific organization to a field organization doing essentially nothing. Very, very sad. Unfortunately, Lott leaving the senate is about 30 years too late. He's been selling used cars with his oily manner to a lot of people and it's time he took the mask off and becomes a lobbyist.

Posted by: Plaka | November 26, 2007 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Chris H, the Big Bird you describe with two healthy wings is what they used to call socialism. The textbook definition of socialsm was that it delegated private enterprise to those entities where private ownership and control worked best and public ownership where public ownership and control worked best. It was the Republican party who flew in with one wing and declared that socialism was a bird with one LEFT wing and that they, Ronald Reagan, Coors, neo-cons et. all and ever since were the true "centrists." Both left and right have been flying with THE ONE RIGHT wing ever since. That is why you are today looking at a crippled bird that once was the COUNTRY called America, is now the CORPORATION called America.

Posted by: socialmedic | November 26, 2007 3:20 PM | Report abuse

So! Another Bush acolyte bites the dust. Too bad that sinking ship can't take the entire 'pub look-a-likes with it when it goes down for the 3rd time.

Posted by: puciret | November 26, 2007 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Racist Pig. Good riddance.

Posted by: sequoia | November 26, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Well, he waited long enough to get back up in the ranks, then gave Bush and the republicans the finger.
Hopefully we will be reading a book from him spilling the beans about just how corrupt Bush and Cheney really are.

Posted by: Ruth | November 26, 2007 3:24 PM | Report abuse

If only he were leaving feet first. Good riddence. COWARD! He wouldn't be leaving if his party was in power.

Posted by: cynic | November 26, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

He will have more time to play naked leapfrog with his butt buddy Larry! And then get together with the other singin senators for a congressional circle jerk. Have fun butt pirates!

Posted by: Maricopa Joe | November 26, 2007 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Lott, Please explain to us Americans why, since 1980, there has been a Clinton or a Bush in high office?

Please, Mr. Lott, tell us in a real Democracy that dynasties cannot exist. Tell us why they gave us two families, and Americans became distracted.

Please, Mr. Lott, assure me that after 8 years of Hillary, they won't offer Neal or Jeb Bush as the GOP candidates in November 2017.

Tell me we still have our country as founded by the Father of OUR COuntry.

Thanks for your 'service'.


Posted by: chauncykat | November 26, 2007 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Little to all those Dimos coming out from behind the skirts...

Posted by: Florida guy | November 26, 2007 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to ignorant old rubbish.

Posted by: Charles Anderson | November 26, 2007 3:36 PM | Report abuse

My first reaction was "Who cares?"

But then I realized that his "resignation" means ONE LESS bible-thumping, racist, lying, crooked Republican politician.

And that is GOOD.

I guess my initial reaction, "Who cares" would apply to his comment that he "feels good."

And, my reaction to his comment that he "denied that he was getting out before a new two-year 'cooling-off' restriction takes effect on Jan. 1" . . . his lips are moving . . . he's still lying.

Posted by: DocChuck | November 26, 2007 3:40 PM | Report abuse

dollar's down, surge is a farce, housing burst, economy tankin': the writing is on the wall for Reps. why not "cut and run".

Posted by: mississippidreamin | November 26, 2007 3:43 PM | Report abuse

the real reason he's so tired is the long hard fight he has had as the lead obstructionist in the senate. fighting to keep his enemies from keeping their promises to their constituents. its great to be able to gang up on people but sometimes your eagerness gets you into trouble. have fun trying to stir s__t from the outside.

Posted by: neil | November 26, 2007 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance ...Another rat jumps off the ship of the worst administration ever !

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I'd love to read a true account of his tenure, though I wouldn't be willing to pay for it. And if Lott writes one, it won't be true.

Posted by: aguy7 | November 26, 2007 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mr. Lott

don't go getting on any private jets with Jake Horton.

Good luck deriving any integrity in your life after you've helped loot US consumers through energy price gouging.

Posted by: HortonsGhost | November 26, 2007 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Sen. Lott says he's leaving before the end of the year. When a senator retires/resigns/dies, I believe his replacement is chosen by the governor. That would be Republican Haley Barbour, who's own term expires in 2011. By law, he cannot succeed himself.

I can forsee the following: Barbour names himself as Senator, resigning his governorship. That would give him an excellent head start on the 2012 election.

I cannot tell you whether he would be an improvement or not.

Posted by: VA_Lady2007 | November 26, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I stand corrected: Gov Barbour says he'll call a special election for Nov 2008, and that he will not be running himself.

Surprising. Pleasantly so. So pleasantly so that I am unable to repress the notion that something even worse is being conjured up.

Posted by: VA_Lady2007 | November 26, 2007 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I guess it did get unpleasant defending a presidency that is so morally corrupt. And having to defend the across-the-board failures of this administration and Congress that rubberstamped every move it undertook. Take your toys and go home, Trent. Others will mop up the mess you guys made.

Posted by: Jay | November 26, 2007 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I fail to understand why so many of the above writers assume that if you are enraged at this sham of a man, Trent Lott, and all of his works, if you are completely horrified and disgusted by the criminally murderous follies of the Bush administration, or even if you merely read the Washington Post,you must be a "liberal" (and what exactly is a liberal?), or surely a Democrat (and what kind of Democrat?) I'd say that we are in very bad shape if there are only two kinds of people in this country, or if only two possibilities are allowed within ant category. We just don't SEE each other, do we? If so, how long before the "Shiites" and "Sunnis" of this country start to attempt the extermination of their counterparts?

Posted by: peterdemian | November 26, 2007 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Too bad you did not get that Southern Border Barrier built before you left office. We need it!!!!!

Posted by: Jay Dee | November 26, 2007 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Senator Lott's unexpected resignation is yet another straw in the wind [or hurricane, as the case may be] of the great changes roiling the Republican Party. An article in this morning's Times discussed the national GOP actively recruiting wealthy individuals who can pay for a campaign out-of-pocket to run for House seats, given the slim financial resources in party coffers. A chancy policy, what with the perception of the Republican Party as beholden to the rich rather than the electorate at large anyway. Love him or not, Lott's a canny politician first and foremost - I take his resignation as another indication that the Republican Party is in serious trouble and canny political actors like Senator Lott know it.

Posted by: clare_d_loon | November 26, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I see ol' slippery Trent from Kent is getting out just before the new restrictions are in place for Lobbying. I expect to see him in place with a plush job toot sweet.......

Posted by: bonas50 | November 26, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I am neither repub or dem but,

To all the repubs on this board...

Why the hell are you even here? If you dislike the left and the WP so much, why are you even reading this?

Even if the Dem's are spineless have thier "evil ways", are you proud that the GOP flushed this one great country down the toilet for GREED and legacy? Come on...give me a break! This administration from day one are a bunch of con artists that you voted are you stupid. Save all your patriotism crap. I served my country and paid my screw off!

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Atten: Senator Lott. Re: Your proposed resignation.
Thanks for your sound and reasonable carreer in the U.S. Government. You have been a voice of reason during unreasonable times, and we shall miss you.
Sincerely yours: Cyrano.

Posted by: Kenneth B. Smith, P.E. | November 26, 2007 4:23 PM | Report abuse

What another Hit and Run scenario?!

Posted by: Daniel Stevens | November 26, 2007 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Paul, you and the Post should seriously consider discontinuing this "post a comment" feature. Occasionally one posts an erudite, quality, useful comment but, for the most part, posters submit at best irrelevant and at worst vulgar and meandering rants. The fleeting thrill it may provide the writers is not worth the waste of space, the time it takes to monitor the posts, the distraction to the readers, or the degradation of your fine column and newspaper.

Posted by: Fred Smiley | November 26, 2007 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Its funny how the word conservative has been twisted around. Lets see the last conservative left our country in debt up to our eyeballs for a pie in the sky missile defense shield that was never built. This one has borrowed more money from foreign countries than all the other presidents combined. And left the country in even worse shape. I don't see what's conservative about that. The similarity isn't just the amount of money spent its also the fact we didn't get anything for all that money. We are less safe than we were in 2000 and we are in far greater peril because of the looting of the country by these so called conservatives.

Posted by: Griz | November 26, 2007 4:41 PM | Report abuse

time for that bigoted little worm to go! next on the list should be dick 'sweat' cheney and the bush liars.

Posted by: glen | November 26, 2007 4:42 PM | Report abuse

What did he ever do for the people of Mississippi? NOTHING. It's still the poorest state in the country, worst academics, bottom of the ladder in every measurable way. Goodbye you 'ol typical Republican hypocrite bigot! The days of Ozzie and Harriet are dead.

Posted by: mthomas | November 26, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

At this rate, there will be no rats left on the sinking ship.

Posted by: alzach | November 26, 2007 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Somebody above already questioned if getting re-elected in Mississippi really rehabilitates one after making a "racially insensitive" remark.

Note to WP editors -- the man said, repeatedly over the years, apparently, that "all these problems we have had" were because Strom Thurmond wasn't elected President on his Dixicrat segregationist platform.

This is not racially insensitive. This is nonsense, and racist nonsense at that. The man who would say such a thing is a racist. He didn't shrug and say nothing when somebody else said it, he volunteered it on several occasions, when he could have said something else.

I would have also mentioned that he finally, as a reward for stepping down after his lamentable racist remark, got the Yazoo pump approved. This is a $200 - $300 million (estimated) project to build the largest pumping station in the world and a series of canals to drain a large wetland, part of which is a national wildlife refuge, in Mississippi so that the land can be turned into farmland to grow subsidized soybeans.

No word yet on real costs, or the costs of running the thing, or what effect it might have on the precarious state of water supplies in the area, or anything else for that matter. Suffice it to say a few agribusinesses have been pushing for it for most of a century, but for all those decades it was apparently written off as too stupid and expensive. Congrats Trent Lott. What a shameful mess made by a shameless man.

Posted by: Anderson | November 26, 2007 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps there is something going on that is driving Senators to retire early. Could it be that they see the demise of the country and are ready to bail out to a safer & better place? Or is it that they see a changing political environment that will challenge their qualifications to stay in office?

Posted by: rlbowolick | November 26, 2007 4:54 PM | Report abuse

The face of Southern bigotry finally leaving! Will anyone besides Rush Limbah miss him?

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Posted by: JOHN | November 26, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Do I detect a political money dilemma?

If Trent must resign BEFORE Jan 1 in order not to have to wait 2 years to start raking in the lobbying bribes, but that would trigger a special election in 90 days under Mississippi law, then what oh what will Trent do for the good of the party of the Southern Strategy aka "States Rights"???

Posted by: pat | November 26, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Senator Lott deserves to be treated better. At least he has the sense to resign with dignity than his Singing Senator pal, "Wide Stance" Larry Craig. The good people of Idaho deserves more than a joke as their U.S. Senator.

Posted by: ewe2 | November 26, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

No problem for the GOP here, just find the next Mississippian who think the US would have been better off if Strom Thurmond had won the Presidency. Good riddance Trent!

Posted by: areid45 | November 26, 2007 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Did Lott just make himself available as a vice presidential candidate? He's a white Southern good ol' boy who can carry the Nascar voting bloc by speaking in code to all racists who harbor deep resentments about entitlements, immigration, and liberals.

His Senate experience also makes him an asset to Rudy not only on the Hill but filling in on ceremonial functions. As VP candidate he can get his rebuilt house in Biloxi tricked out with all the fancy security equipment and other perks of the office.

It's a shrewd move on his part.

Posted by: Anadromous2 | November 26, 2007 5:16 PM | Report abuse

The good thing about this is it will open up a post for new blood. After 35 years in the House and Senate it is time for him to go and let new people with fresh ideas come in. It would also be good if Sen. Teddy Kennedy (D-MA) and Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV) would also retire as well. Both of them have been in the Senate longer than I have been alive. Get all the old farts out of Congress and bring in new people with fresh idea's. I dosen't matter which political party you are from. Also, and I know I will catch holy hell for saying this, NO MORE BUSHES OR CLINTONS IN OFFICE. We need new people in all branches of Governemnt

Posted by: R. Doherty | November 26, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Rat-The wrote: Kay Bailey-Hutchison, and John Cornyn are willing to at least keep 11% of us Happy!"

Congrats -- I'm sure you're proud of being a member of this sad, delusional group, Rat.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 5:24 PM | Report abuse


You are correct!

Posted by: Kase | November 26, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Just know that all our best wishes do NOT go with you, Sen. Lott, and the rest of your America-hating neocon scum.

May you burn in Hades ...

Posted by: Will in Seattle | November 26, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Trent Lott decided over the weekend to end his Senate career? This came as a surprise to many? What should have come as a surprise years ago was the fact that this imbecile was in the Senate at all. The former Ole Miss cheerleader with the lacquered, freeze-dried hairpiece has been one of the most unremarkable senators during recent congressional sessions that have exceeded the precedents of unremarkability, greed, corruption, partisanship, criminality, hypocrisy and pork barrel spending. Trent somehow managed to re-ingratiate himself with his fellow GOPer's after having had to resign his leadership position for making a "racially insensitive" remark in 2002. Yup, Trent said publicly that "We wouldn't have had all these problems all these years" if the segregationist Strom Thurmond had been elected president in 1950.

Trent has always been a little too slick. In his latest display of that sleazy slickness, his desire to resign now allows him to seamless move into the parallel existence of all retiring congressmen; he can now become a lobbyist. The new legislation requiring two years to lapse between retirement and signing on as a high priced influence peddler has yet to go into effect. So now, Trent is free to do in the private sector precisely what he has done in the public sector - screw the American people at every turn, line his pockets and enrich his coterie of good old boys down in Mississippi.

Trent Lott should be remembered not only as an embarrassment to the senate but also as one of those who helped usher in the particularly rabid brand of partisanship that has rendered our legislative branch useless. How many dirty deals has this flack been involved in back home and in Washington, DC? How many sweetheart deals has he crafted in the dark of the night? How much pork has he delivered unto Mississippi while that state remains struggling to educate their young, provide fore their needy and overall somehow move beyond its sordid past?

Trent will now go on to make some real money. He will enter that elite group of former politicians who have access to their former colleagues and will shamelessly use that influence at every opportunity. Trent must also be somewhat of a gambler. He appears to have calculated that the odds of ever being re-elected and escaping from office before an indictment were just too close for comfort. Good riddance. One less scumbug in office is a start.

Posted by: BC | November 26, 2007 5:33 PM | Report abuse

I think Trent has a nice fat job at a firm that he needs to take immediately or risk falling under the cool off ruling. He's a smart old boy.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 5:40 PM | Report abuse

A lot of these posters have got it all wrong. Lott is a moderate, especially compared to the neocon Barbour is sure to appoint. I wish we had let the South secede; we would have a much better union without them.

Posted by: Bill W | November 26, 2007 5:51 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 5:55 PM | Report abuse

I feel sorry for Lott. I surely thought he was a man of class, but I was wrong. He should have been defeated long ago, but it took old age to get rid of him. Can Mississippi a First Class senator? I am 68 years old, and I do not remember one.

Posted by: Wendell Franklin Wentz | November 26, 2007 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Senator Lott is a great American who served this nation in the House and Senate for 35 years.

His wisdom, intellect and the ability to build consenus will be sorely missed in Washington.

Thank You Senator Lott for your service!

Please disregard the cynical and negative comments by some in the peanut gallery of this blog.

Posted by: Jeffery West | November 26, 2007 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Wait Trent! who's going to back up President Thompson? Rats run from the sinking GOP ship to their monetary reward for 8 years of de facto treason.

Posted by: ratrunsfromship | November 26, 2007 6:11 PM | Report abuse

the scumbag smells the money and is afraid he won't get his share as a lobbyist, so he's leaving early, shows you how much he cares about the people of mississippi.

Posted by: good ridance | November 26, 2007 6:12 PM | Report abuse

So long to King Georgie's rubber stamp in Congress. You and your cronies in Congress have done more to diminish our democracy here in America and establish a government for the wealthy upper crust. Glad to see you go.......

Posted by: Carlos | November 26, 2007 6:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that over the last 34 years in both the House and Senate, Mr. Lott has bilked the taxpayer, through numerous PAC's and Federal contractors of billions of dollars in order to assure he and his family a "Good Life".

Posted by: Jack | November 26, 2007 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps all the Republicans who are so miserable being in the minority--powerless and voiceless--ought to remember how this feels when they pass legislation that negatively affects the various minority populations in the U.S.

Posted by: joho | November 26, 2007 6:39 PM | Report abuse

I wish Senator Lott well. He is an intelligent man who has cooperated across the aisle and tried to get bipartisan agreement when he could. He has a profound understanding of the rules of the House and Senate. He has served his constituents well, both in the Senate and in the House.

In this age of namecalling and partisan bickering, I wish that there were more members of the Senate and the House who operated from a professional, bipartisan perspective.

While I don't agree with many of Senator Lott's positions, I do respect how he conducted himself as a Representative and Senator from Mississippi.

I observed Mr. Lott firsthand on the Hill and wish him well.

Posted by: ANetliner | November 26, 2007 6:45 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that 95% of these blogs violate your rules and should be removed because they contain personal attacks. Why not obey your own rules and help reduce the venom that is consuming our nation?

Posted by: Mary Nell James | November 26, 2007 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Is there really this many under-educated, hate-filled and spiteful people who comment on news of the day, as it appears today on this Washington Post weblog?

Me thinks NOT!

It's amazing how uncouth and ridiculous many of YOU appear to be. YOU are not the American public!

People are nowhere as mean, rude or utterly ignorant as most of your comments indicate YOU are. Sounds like YOU need a real life, an education, common courtesy and common sense.

The comments on this blog do not respresent the American people at all.

Rather, the comments here today are coming from A SMALL GROUP OF N'ER DO WELLS who are wasting ink, exposing the entire contents of their tiny intellects for all to see, all the while hiding behind phony juvenile names and signatures.

Readers who happen in here by chance don't take YOU seriously, or as a reflection of the American public at large.

YOU are as phony as your multiple phony signatures!

Posted by: Jeffery West | November 26, 2007 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Something is fishy.

Posted by: katman | November 26, 2007 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Please talk David Vitter and Larry Craig into leaving office with you!! Another messed-up GOP false Christian.moralist who is a money-hungry hypocrite.

Posted by: Louis | November 26, 2007 7:14 PM | Report abuse

What pains me is that
1.Gov. Barbour will appoint a republican caretaker he hopes will hold the seat.
2. the state of mississipi is so locked into republican dogma that in 2008 they will elect a republican no matter how dumb to replace him. The question about our moral compass surely applies here. Guess progressives will just have to win without the deep and I mean DEEP south and rebulid from there.

Posted by: greedbeforeneed | November 26, 2007 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Returning to the Confederacy?

Posted by: RamuR | November 26, 2007 7:25 PM | Report abuse

I dont blame Senator Lott for abandoning this group of GOP losers and the clowns that are trying to occupy the White White House I have never voted for a Democract but I will in 2008.

Posted by: Frednecker | November 26, 2007 7:34 PM | Report abuse

So nice to see the bush butt kisser jump ship,Hey Lott, take the other republican good for nothings with you they wont be missed either.

Posted by: sharon | November 26, 2007 7:41 PM | Report abuse

Is there anything to the rumor that Lott is quitting due to fears that the guy who allegedly bribed Senator Ted Stevens (among other Alaska politicians) has named Lott as a beneficiairies of his favors? Is Lott going to be indicted like Ted Stevens? The same guy in Alaska has also named Denny Hastert, who is also suddenly quitting to "spend more time with my family."

Posted by: Tom in Minnesota | November 26, 2007 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Trent Lott has been a facilitator of legislation not a road block. He has been able to reach across the aisle and bring Democrats and Republicans together for important bills. He has been a class act for 35 years and will be missed by many. History will be much kinder to Trent Lott that those posting to this web site have been.

Posted by: Travelbee | November 26, 2007 8:00 PM | Report abuse

When poor Trent lost his position after the Strom remarks I suggested that he return to Ole Miss as a cheerleader emeritus. He didn't respond!

Now there are jokes around that he is to be the new coach at Ole Miss.

As a Mississippian I am disgusted that he would run for re-election in '06, costing this poor-ass state so much money, then retire after one year when he knew his plans.

And, adding insult, forcing that other GOP'er to decide to run again after he announced his plans to retire.

Trent is a product of the Mississippi Republican party: that spells Dixiecrat turned inside out.

Posted by: | November 26, 2007 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Not sad to see him go, but he'll be replaced by a younger racist cracker from Mississippi. A state with the largest black population in the US and they keep electing the more racist white guys that they can find.

I haven't liked Lott since he called me a kleptomaniac. At least my hair is real!

I don't blame Lott for bailing, especially after Bush backstabbed him in late 2002 to get his toady, Frist, to do his bidding. This lasted until Republicans lost half their Senate seats up in 2006.

So long, it's been a Lott of fun.

Posted by: AxelDC | November 26, 2007 8:21 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: lonewolf | November 26, 2007 8:30 PM | Report abuse

So, if he bailed because news was on the boil about his patronizing a rent boy, would we believe it?

Posted by: J.R. Terrell | November 26, 2007 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Dwight Patel:President Clinton should never have been impeached in the first place. Many of the holier than thou rightwingers who voted to impeach him were doing things much worse. Dan Burton from Indiana has a son not by his wife,Henry Hyde of IL. running around with a married woman,Newt.the same thing,Bob Livingston having an affair while married.The damn republican's impeach one of the best president's we've ever had. You republican's can't stand it because Clinton was such a great president and Bush is such a dud.I didn't approve of what Clinton did but you who are so pure cast the first stone.From the looks of the trash the republican's have been in lately they are the adulters and homo's of Washington,DC.Look in your republican backyard before you trash President Clinton and the Democrat's.Could it be that Lott and the other republican's who are choosing not to run know that Bushie Boy and his corrupt administration are in for some suprizes even when they are out of office?I certainly hope so, there is enough evidence of wrong doing from wire tapping,spying,reading email's just to name a few for those crooks to be in deep trouble.If Nancy Pelosi had any gut's or sense impeachment would going on now.

Posted by: clyde | November 26, 2007 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Can't push Dems around, so he takes his rug home. Here's hoping all others who devalue federal government will follow, so we can again have good government.

Posted by: jhbyer | November 26, 2007 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Lott resembles Hank Hill from "King of the Hill."

Posted by: johng1 | November 26, 2007 8:43 PM | Report abuse

GOP.. Grand Old Pedophiles.. Corrupt... Raving Homos... Child Molesters... They have Gutted and Usurped the Unitd States Constitution to enrich their Neo Con Conglomerate Cronies.
The Republican Mushrooms are bemoaning the hate filled posts.. The Republican Mushrooms who are kept in the dark by the Neo Con owned Conglomerates and fed feces.
Personally I'll go along with the other poster who said the only good consercative is a dead one.. Only send the Treasonous Neo Con Parasites over to Iraq to help defend the Liar in Chief's oilfields.
Any rebuttal from the Republican Lemmings with their noses up Bushs butt as they hurl themselves off the "Cliff of Stupidity"?? Any? Any?

Posted by: CurtJ | November 26, 2007 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I live in the Mississippi Delta and I have never voted for Trent: cheerleader at Ole Miss or Senator.

Trent and a group of reactionaries at Ole Miss decided that they could take over the State and they did. Easy when most voters aren't very attuned to real politic but do recognize buzz words: Republican which means Dixiecrat turned inside out.

My main problem with the loser is his running in 2006 and retiring in 2007. This is one poor-ass state and such games cost us too much scarce money. Insult to injury: that other Republican was retiring but decided to stay on another term: Trent fessed up that he was out so the R's had to keep Thud in office.

There's a new day coming...and I'm hoping Mississippi will be a part of it.

Posted by: | November 26, 2007 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Dewight Patel: I may owe you an apology,it seem's that navy brat wrote the post I was answering.

Posted by: clyde | November 26, 2007 8:47 PM | Report abuse

Do any of you have jobs or is your job to camp out on-line all day to spew venom? Who pays your bills (let me guess it starts with "tax" and ends with "payers").

You can thank me for working and paying the taxes that support all of you "patriots" who stay home in your bunny slippers all day and post comments. (By the way - I have NOTHING against bunnies)

I know it is not polite to correct grammar and spelling on here but since most of you do not appear to be employed, would it be possible for you to take a little more time to type your comments so they make sense.

I guess I should translate that for most of you:

I no it is knot polite to correct grammar and spelling on hear butt since most of u do not appear to be employed, wood it bee possible four u to take a little more time to type ur comments sew they make cents.

Posted by: Bill | November 26, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

where have you Lott lovin idoits been this last 7 years,we have every reason to be angry(whereas you republican trash do not).every problem we had when bush and this republican congress took over we still have and they have made it a hundred times worst. name one thing that the republican congress did for the people.

Posted by: joe | November 26, 2007 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Hello, Mary - the rule about personal attacks is with respect to our fellows who comment. For better or for worse, attacking public figures is not just par for the blog, but all in good fun.

Posted by: jhbyer | November 26, 2007 8:58 PM | Report abuse

"It's time for us to do something else," he said at a press conference in his hometown of Pascagoula, Miss."

Let's see here. In November 2006 it was time for him to be a Senator again for 6 more years. Then in November 2007 it's time for him to do something else. Why is that. Do the voters in Mississippi feel duped here? If he didn't want to be a Senator, why did he run for re-election?

Posted by: Kate Henry | November 26, 2007 9:07 PM | Report abuse

So long Senator Lott. It's good to see you go. Now if only we could
pursade 99 others to follow you we would be better off.
I am fed up with hearing what my senator did for my state. I want to hear what they did for America.

Posted by: William J. Welsh | November 26, 2007 9:09 PM | Report abuse

One year into a six year term, out of the blue and speaking in the third person, this career creep slithers off to "spending more time with his precious family and pursuing new interests".....All the time saying there's nothing wrong. What?
Reeeiiiiiiiiiiiiighhhhhhhht! I go with the K St. scenario.
The folks who elected him to his six year term should rightly be looking for his bloody scalp to nail to a post. In stead, he'll get a pass, make a few speeches about how privilaged he was to have served the people; and become a Gucci-shod consultant for the folks of his own ilk, who stroked him for the past thirty years. Didn't they make America great for themselves? And aren't we a bunch of suckers for letting them do it!

Posted by: mikie44 | November 26, 2007 9:14 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: sam | November 26, 2007 9:17 PM | Report abuse

name one thing bush and the republican congress did for the american people? lied us into a war,gas prices,katrina response,mortgage mess,huge deficit,etc.,

Posted by: joe | November 26, 2007 9:17 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: J.R. Terrell | November 26, 2007 9:18 PM | Report abuse

It was a high-rent MALE escort by the name of Benjamin Nichols.

I don't care what anyone's sexual preferences are but if you are going to preach AGAINST gay rights you may want to actually be Straight!!!

Here's an exerpt from -

Trent Lott Fallout: The Gay Escort Who Knew Too Much
Monday November 26th, 2007 5:35 PM by BHDC Staff
Filed under: Scoops, Gay, Trent Lott
UPDATE, 5:30: "Here's my public comment, on-the-record: Sen. Lott and I have no current affiliation with one another. I'm sure he would appreciate no further scrutiny," Benjamin Nicholas tells Big Head DC.


Must credit Big Head DC:

Once upon a time, there was a twentysomething boy-next-door type with reddish blond hair and a brilliantly white smile. Not one to shy away from attention, he wrote a blog called "Fifteen Minutes," and also became a freelance writer for various publications, including The Stranger in Seattle. He'd often focus on his non-traditional lifestyle as a gay male escort -- a topic that often fascinated his readers, which, in turn, helped him to garner a substantial amount of powerful business acquaintances through the years.

Based in San Antonio, he would travel all over the world to meet his clients, which included high profile celebrities, businessmen and even politicians in the United States Congress.

Sometimes within his writings he'd give advice on how other males could become successful escorts. Other times he'd post videos of himself flexing on YouTube. Once, he even scolded gay escort Mike Jones for outing Rev. Ted Haggard as one of his gay escort business participants.

"You were paid for sex, Mike," he wrote in 2006. "The most important rule you can follow when taking people's money in exchange for sex is that--no matter what--their lives stay their own and whatever passes between the two of you remains private. Period."

Many of his clients greatly appreciate his professionalism. In fact, according to one 66-year-old patron who reviewed him on a gay escort site, he is "a very reliable escort who keeps you informed."

The boy happens to be real, and his "stage name" is Benjamin Nicholas. One of the politicos Big Head DC has learned he's alleged to have been involved with is the married Sen. Trent Lott, 66, who unexpectedly announced his retirement on Monday. Lott is well-known to have been against a plethora of gay rights issues throughout his terms in Congress. He was also good friends with Sen. Larry Craig throughout his time in Congress.

Nicholas told Big Head DC today via e-mail that he didn't want to go on the record to talk about his dealings with Lott, because, said Nicholas, "Trent is going through his fair share of scrutiny right now and I don't want to add to it." However, e-mail and other records confirm that the two have met on at least two occasions.

"All I can say at this point is no comment," Nicholas told us. "It's the professional thing for me to do."

In a subsequent e-mail message, Nicholas confirmed that another publication is working on a story about a "possible relationship" between Lott and himself, but Nicholas also "politely declined" an interview for that story.

"As I said before, Lott has quite a bit on his plate right now and I don't really want to add fuel to the embers," Nicholas told Big Head DC.

Posted by: Keeping It Real | November 26, 2007 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Oh please. Lott ran for office again so he`d be elected again and could still retire. Then the Republican governor would appoint another Republican to complete the period until they would have to run in another election to complete the six year term. The assumption being that the new guy would then have a step up to win the seat against a Democrat based on the one year in the seat. And knowing MS, it`ll probably work. How sad.

Posted by: Karen | November 26, 2007 9:32 PM | Report abuse

let's look at this honestly.

what is going on is that the rats are putting on makeup and saying...

that wasn't me.

What a load of crap. Trent Lott, Hastert, Blackwater, $720 MILLION DOLLARS A DAY ON occupation that will pay

Carlyle Group, Bechtel, KBR, Halliburton, Blackwater, Dyncorp,


unless you stop it, and that includes DIANNE FEINSTEIN's husbands $BILLIONS$

it's a ruse. The embezzlers haven't been arrested, and their gang is still in place. Tom Deal Aide, Scrotumous LIBBY, KARL naziboy ROVERER [ Reichstag fire user ] , Gonzales are still working it, Rumsfeld, the Kagans, William Kristol...

and others

are still working it, and pulling in the dollars...

they'll just move their names out of the headlines, as they continue


if they get someone that they can lead in the whitehouse, they'll be back in 4 years...

you have to keep giving them the medicine until the disease is gone, not just until you feel better....

you have to kill the disease, not diminish it.

.otherwise you get a more resiliant strain.

study a little immunology and wipe the scum out.


Posted by: sooooooooooooooo..... | November 26, 2007 9:37 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: RobH | November 26, 2007 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Another fat, bloated snake slithering off to his den, secure in the knowledge that a high-paying lobbyist job is waiting for him.

The people don't even get the slightest bit of satisfaction by getting to throw his corrupt as s out.

And since he knew he had no chance in hell to win re-election, you can add "courage" to the list of distinguishing qualities this slimeball doesn't have.

Posted by: JL | November 26, 2007 9:45 PM | Report abuse

all those black people, aka democrats in the south,

did they ever make it back into New Orleans?

or are they parked out back of the EXXON-MOBIL HOLDING FACILITY IN BATON ROUGE...

DID TRENT LOTT INVEST IN REALESTATE, that was stolen from those people,

because they have been out of work living in that trailer facility behind EXXON-MOBIL in BATON ROUGE LOUISIANA ????


was TRENT LOTT part of that lily white, republican group buying up realestate and acquiring section 8 housing to take it off the market and turn into luxury condoiminiums in the heart of New Orelans ????

as black families got moved off of that property, and eventually lost it because of back taxes...

check it out:

Big Easy to Big Empty The Untold Story of the Drowning of New Orleans... Greg Palast, reporting for BBC, Harpers and more. ...

Greg Palast: Big Easy To Big Empty ...

Posted by: for instance... | November 26, 2007 9:47 PM | Report abuse

To remain in office as long as Senator Lott has required him to mirror the opinions of the majority of the likely voters whether this represented his own views or not.

Posted by: Jim | November 26, 2007 9:53 PM | Report abuse

And the upcoming waiting period extension to two years for former members of Congress to become high paid lobbyists had NOTHING to do with Mr. Lott's decision. Heck. Why have any waiting period at all? Allow sitting members to lobby. Satchels full of $100 bills will buy a lot of votes.

Posted by: Peter Knott | November 26, 2007 9:54 PM | Report abuse

and his aptly named supporter,

rat the.

a pretend poster, who represents the slyitherings

.may he rest in private quarters at a penal colony near you.


Posted by: take out the trash... | November 26, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

That's it Lott, you greedy right-wing jackal- get out before the rules on lobbying change and you'd have to wait TWO years to start bribing you GOP buddies in Congress. This way, you just have to wait one year.

Good riddance. Why don't you go down to the VA hospital and take care of some of the wounded soldiers you so proudly sent to Iraq for no reason?

Posted by: LH | November 26, 2007 10:33 PM | Report abuse

It's been two years already. If they had lived in Bangladesh during the tsunami, they'd be back home. But in New Orleans USA, more than half the original residents have not, CAN NOT, return to "The City That Care Forgot." Now, in Big Easy to Big Empty, our investigative documentary re-released this week, meet the people that EVERYONE forgot.

- Stephen Smith who had no car, and no way to evacuate New Orleans. He tells us his devastating story of being left behind, closing the eyes of an old man who died while waiting to be rescued on a bridge, watching helicopters soar pass overhead, and no one coming to rescue him or the dozens stranded with him, on that bridge, for days. After the storm it took him 3 months to find his children. He is currently working in a grocery store in Houston and wants to come back to New Orleans but has no place to live.

- Ivor Van Heerden, Deputy Director of Louisiana State University's Hurricane Center reveals who knew what and when -- before, during, and after the storm -- and warns that his job is in danger for telling us his story.

"FEMA knew at eleven o'clock on Monday that the levees had breached, at 2 o'clock they flew over the 17th St. Canal and took video of the breaches, by midnight on Monday the White House knew, but none of us knew."

- Brod Bagert, Former New Orleans' City Councilman and lawyer takes us to a neighbor's house where 5 bodies were found after the storm -- in the back yard we find the levees that were supposed to protect the city from flooding; the levees that were supposed to protect the people who died here.

"Old ladies watched as water came up to their nose, over their eyes, and they drowned in houses just like this, in this neighborhood because of reckless negligence that is unanswered for."

- Pamela Lewis, who had guns shoved in her face when she tried to evacuate with her 86 year old mother, has now been relocated over 100 miles from the city to one of FEMA's giant trailer parks fenced in with barbed-wire and has lived there for 9 months. The trailer park is in a field literally in the middle of nowhere behind an Exxon Oil Refinery -- the only bus available for residents goes only to Wal-Mart.

"It is a prison set-up. I've never been to the bottom of the barrel until I came here."

- Patricia Thomas who broke her teeth while trying to evacuate is now homeless and is locked out of her public housing unit in the Lafitte housing project near the French Quarter. We go with her as she enters her blockaded apartment (which she now plans to illegally occupy) and find that it was not damaged by the flooding and could be re-opened within a week's time.

check it out, it's not a left or right thing...


learn what's going on, that is if you want a social security system to be there,

and a pension, and insurance...

cause babies, if you aren't watching, it's being stolen...


Posted by: GETA GRIP !!!!! | November 26, 2007 10:37 PM | Report abuse

These Republican posters bleating about how bad the Democrats are crack me up. When Clinton got elected, I saw a huge sign go up that said "Impeach Clinton" one day later that stayed on a guy's lawn for 8 years. For 8 years, the Republicans oozed hatred over the fact that a Democrat had actually gotten elected president after their god Reagan and his anointed follower Bush 1, and they actually DID try to remove the guy! Then Bush 2 had the cojones to run on the divisions his own party had caused, saying he'd be a "uniter"! Of course, that was followed by f-you, it's my way or the highway. I have news for you, if you folks can start acting civil, you'll find that the Democrats will respond. How about asking Rush Limbaugh (self proclaimed America's Anchorman!) to tone down his hatred, calling his fellow citizens traitors, America haters, and worse, while screening his calls so only the brain-dead ditto-head ass-kissers get through. That's probably where Bush got the idea of screening the audience for his every public appearance. What kind of crap is that.. in America? You're wondering why people are mad? Here's a clue... our country has been turned into a three-ring circus.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 26, 2007 10:41 PM | Report abuse

CHRIS H --- You lost me and as I suspect most others after the first several paragraphs.You lost me especially when I peeked way down the page and saw that you went on and on and on forever.
Some of the above comments may be close the line but the writers said essentially far more in one or two paragraphs than you did in your endless diatribe. Regards, Carl W. Lundquist, JD, Colonel, Army of the United States (Retired)......Boston

Posted by: cwlund@verizonnet | November 26, 2007 10:42 PM | Report abuse

Boon said:
"Ah, the lefties are rejoicing and dancing in the aisles, spewing their hate and pointing fingers at Lott and the R's."

algibbs said:
"The pure hate expressed on this thread says a lot more about the posters than it does about the target of their hate."

To you and all the others who are so pure you can throw stones while living in a glass house -

Less than four hours after William Jefferson Clinton took the oath of office for President of the United States on January 20, 1993, a caller to C-SPAN stated that Clinton could not be President since he protested against the war in Viet Nam, and therefore was a traitor. The caller went on to say that traitors could never be given a security clearance, and that since Clinton was a traitor, he should be shot like any other traitor.

Hate? Yes
Only from Democrats? Not by a country mile.

Maybe the GOOPers should check their own history, political philosophy, and lack of regard for the welfare of ALL the American citizenry (except for the rich) before they start hurling charges of "hate" against Democrats.

Posted by: Critter69 | November 26, 2007 10:43 PM | Report abuse

Its amazing how many of these republican are so ashamed of their records that they lack the courage to even attempt to explain themselves to the voters and win their seats again.

Posted by: Greg | November 26, 2007 10:48 PM | Report abuse

please.. the real reason he's leaving is because his gay love affair with Benjamin Nicholas is being exposed. It's all over the DC blogs. Lott is gay just like the rest of the conservative anti-homosexuals. Pathetic.

Posted by: me | November 26, 2007 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Jesus, thank you JESUS!!! The power of prayer really works. Being a Mississippi Democrat, I have often wondered why so called Bible thumpers keep voting for such a crook. This has been a beautiful day for Mississippi.

Posted by: lenena | November 26, 2007 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Trent isn't retiring from politics....he's going to work for the real decision makers in Washington.

Posted by: Kevin Morgan | November 26, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Those posters that think that 'Good o'l boy' Trent was doing anything but promoting his own agenda, should stop picking their own mushrooms!
Posted by: Bob Egan

What a priceless comment!

Posted by: nbahn | November 26, 2007 11:31 PM | Report abuse

the real reason he's leaving is because his gay love affair with Benjamin Nicholas is being exposed.

It's all over the DC blogs. Lott is gay just like the rest of the conservative anti-homosexuals.


tap dancing Larry Craig, Jeff Gannon the BJ Kidd in the shyyytehouse ona regular basis....

getting paid to perform...........

and these little pathetic , vile , evil , dishonest , sheep shucking gomers have the nerve to talk about

the truth.... none of this is a lie, and yet the republicscammers will lie at the drop of a hat.

Libby, Karl Rove, the Kagans have all posted here....and under pressure _ALL_ resort to the LIE...

GINGRICH, the major flamer, relies upon the lie....

he was schtuppin a FELLOW CONGRESS PERSON, WHILE HE WAS MARRIED, when he was talking about MORALITY and about "the monica," incident....

LARRY CRAIG the tea room TRADE, "tapdancers looking for a quickie," was holding Newts hand as they stood together for MORALITY...

sort of like Goebbels and Goerring, saying that they loved jews, that they were misunderstood...

right, indict, arrest, try, convict, execute for war crimes...

NEXT !!!!!!!

mach schnell.


Posted by: the truth........... | November 26, 2007 11:49 PM | Report abuse

All of your shots at Mississippi in general are spiteful and, in a way, bigoted. I have a news flash: not all Mississippians are racists.

No, it's just the vast majority of whites who are racists. Lott knows his constituency well. Just like Ronald Reagan did.
Of all of the reasons listed for resigning, the one that seems most plausible to me is his beating the new rule on lobbying; although the FBI investigation is pretty intriguing.....
To everyone who has been deploring the incivility of these posts, I can only say that you all have short memories. Back in the 2002 election the G.O.P. ran attack ads accusing a decorated Vietnam vet (the guy lost three -- count'em, three! -- limbs for christ's sake) of secretly supporting Osama bin Ladin. The vet lost the election. Is it any wonder that Democrats are enraged with the Republican leadership? You reap what you sow and the REPUGNANTcans are reaping the hate and divisiveness that they sowed in '02 and '04.

Posted by: nbahn | November 26, 2007 11:59 PM | Report abuse

I think the measure of Senator Lott is more then his positions on
a few transient political disputes. From everything I could
tell he was a real decent boss in a field where that is hard to find.
His staff were loyal and devoted and stayed with him far longer
then most members of congress would see. When I went to see
him or his staff, i was always given a courteous and fair hearing
and I never thought that the basic tests were not always about the best thing for the people of Mississippi.

I think the sad thing about Trent Lott leaving the Senate
is that he was a real institutionalist, like Sen Byrd or
Sen Weiker or Sen Stevenson. had been. The Senate is
an ancient body with unique and special responsibilities
udner our constitution and Sen Lott was one of the people
who truly understood what that meant and worked hard to
preserve those elements of that tradition.

I can't say I always agreed with the Man on his policies,
but, if we don't have people who care about the institutions
of government, our government will soon degenerate into
the rule of the Mob and the Gun, and that to lose a traditionalist only weakens a key institution that serves as a bulwark against that fateful day.

Posted by: pat bahn | November 27, 2007 12:01 AM | Report abuse

Time to bail out before you reap what you have planted.- poison

Posted by: Scott L | November 27, 2007 12:12 AM | Report abuse

pat bahn ,

says that with the passing of the bushCO and CRONY


Trent, "I CAN GET IT FOR YOU FREE," Lott...

a family member as in bushCO and CRONY MAFIA MEMBER....tom dealaide's permanent best friend, working for the devil...kinda man...

Trent Lott, is a sensitive, opportunistic, bible selling cross dressing hum dinger

a real lolly polloooza.......

a swamp gimme that thing kinda guy...

traditonalist seditionist...


Posted by: what a shuckster... | November 27, 2007 12:15 AM | Report abuse

The net is buzzing that Lotts sudden departure may have more to do with Larry Flynt's millions than any lobbbying rules.

Posted by: IamZardoz | November 27, 2007 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Lott did not make a racial remark. The fact is that things would have been better or worse or no change had the old guy won the presidency. He just spoke the truth but dummies can't understand that.

Posted by: Daniel | November 27, 2007 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Tell me, you so-called perfectionists. If Lott was a racist, why did so many black people support him? Strom Thurmmond would have made a good president as would any other. Final word; Most blacks were not insulted, only whites who think they are civil rights supporters.

Posted by: Daniel | November 27, 2007 1:59 AM | Report abuse

thank you and goodbye senator Lott. But why could you not have sponsored a bill to limit terms in senate to 12 years, and in congress to 10. you had the power why didn't you use it. I really do mean thank you for your service wish it could have been used more for the whole USA instead of just Georgia

Posted by: silverfoxneb | November 27, 2007 2:41 AM | Report abuse little comment - one with none of the name calling I have seen has been removed. Interesting.

well, basically, I recall after 2004 a lot of Republicans saying all the democrats and independents needed to get a "wambulance" because they were crying 'Wah wah wah.

Of course, that is exactly what they are doing in here.

Now realizing they are now marginalized, that they can't run the sand box any more,they want to take their toys and go home. They don;t want to just have an 'obstruction' role to play.

Well Repugs, maybe you should have had a real agenda that included the American People and some of the interests of the people on the other side of the fence. and by that, I do not mean illegal aliens, the only issue you could agree with Dems on, but not the majority of the American People. Remember, there are a lot of independents who don't think much of your very limited agenda either - lower taxes on the rich, raise taxes on the poor.

Its sad that this is what 35 years of service have come to mean.

Posted by: TortFeaser | November 27, 2007 5:28 AM | Report abuse

There should not be a "2 year cooling off period before lobbying". It should be a forever kind of thing as the lawmakers are probably in debt up to their ears and for many year in owing somebody something. Let's get rid of the "politicians" who are only out for the chosen few and have term limits for the Senate and Congress as well as for the Presidency and try to start making room for "statesmen" who might run for an office "of the people, by the people and for the people" rather than for the "power" that one might retain "of the rich, by the rich and for the rich.

Posted by: Betty Krambs | November 27, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Lott is apparently leaving the Senate due to his alleged association with a gay male excort. Apparently this is the story Larry Flint has been working on for months. Apparently Flynt recently confirmed he was working on a sex scanal story that involved a GOP United States Senator. His story is due out in two weeks. What a bombshell! Is every GOP politician GAY? Amazing this has not hit the major news outlets as it is posted on blogs all over the country but I'm sure they are afraid to put it in print until Flynt's story hits the newstand. Andrew Sullivan of The Atlantic Monthly recently had a piece on this. Here is the link:

Posted by: Robert | November 28, 2007 2:01 AM | Report abuse

So, Senator Trent Lott has announced he's taking his act to K Street. And despite the fact that the good Senator starts collecting on his very generous government pension for life as soon as his wingtips hit the pavement, he doesn't want to wait for the normal two year probation period to transition from elected hustler to paid one.
Of course, in order to grant Trent his fervent wish, the poorest state in the Union would have to fork over a few million here, a few million there, just to hold Trent's Special Election in the same year as the General Election, but why are we surprised? It's just Trent Lott doing what Trent Lott has always done.....sticking it to the good people of Mississippi, once more, with feeling. Fortunately, Haley Barbour has put the kabosh on any special election nonsense. Now, if the Gov could just find a way to outlaw Senators doing barbershop quartet singing, now THAT would be what I call a real Public Service !

Bill Baldwin, Jr.
Los Angeles

Posted by: Bill Baldwin, Jr. | November 28, 2007 6:00 AM | Report abuse

No wonder Americans elect idiots: they clearly have no memory. I noted only one person commenting that Lott voted NOT to impeach Nixon (which the Post smoothly skipped over in quickly passing). My memory is that he was the ONLY one who so voted, and how embarassing it was to this Mississippian to see such typical party caveling on the part of this spineless go-along(although certainly in keeping with his basic LACK OF principles, which was duly rewarded in time by his same-old-same-old cronies). And now he gets credited with a brave standup vote he never made.

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Posted by: votenic | November 30, 2007 3:02 PM | Report abuse

There was no racism. Even blacks supported Lott after the innocent comment. The world might have been better off. Hypocrisy is worse than racism. You haters should clean up your act.

Posted by: Daniel | December 2, 2007 1:56 AM | Report abuse

The truth is that Lott did vote to impeach Nixon, albeit reluctantly. When the evidence was in, he did the right thing like all of us should do. He also voted not to impeach Clinton for which Waste-o-rats should be grateful.

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Posted by: votenic | December 3, 2007 12:51 PM | Report abuse

I have to chuckle at Republicans lamenting the lack of progressive civility. But really what you are witnessing is a healthy venting of pent up anger. The GOP has given us the wedge issue, race baiting, gay bashing, the Savings and Loan multibillion dollar rip off, the gaming of the west coast energy market, the unjustified impeachemnt of Bill Clinton, the subprime mortgage debacle, mounumntal national debt and the Iraq war over nonexistent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Oh, and did I mention condoning torture, equating dissent with treason, gutting of all our environmental protection laws and taking away our constitutional rights. I'm ready to "grab a pitchfork or lock and load". There isn't anything civil about how I feel about being screwed over by successive Republican administrations.

Posted by: afgail | December 5, 2007 3:29 AM | Report abuse

When our elected officials are getting thos bills passed, and shoving things under the carpet we leave them alone- when one of them wants to step down and get into the private sector we jump all over him? Why must politics be such a circus? This guy wants to move back into the private sector where he can get SOMETHING change, without being on such a tight leash- those who have any idea what DC is really all about should value and appreciate the notion and give the guy a break. I don't even follow his politics, anddon't even care, but the smell of blood and sharks is all over this water, and it just goes to show that even if a person wanted to step up to te plate and try to use his power to GET things done in DC the public is going to FEED on it like a bunch of SHARKS! Leave the guy alone, and lets see what he is up to, BEFORE we JUMP to ay conclusions! Maybe, he is trying to be MOBILE, because in the seat, as a SENATOR his hands are rather tied, to get much done. Has ANYONE considered that he MAY be trying to act in our best intrest, to use his talent and skill in DC to lobby, and network? Lighten up SHARKS!

Posted by: Tammie Anderson | December 26, 2007 3:30 PM | Report abuse

sorry about the spelling of my previous post- I was on a roll- forgot to spell check! not as literate when I get pissed...
(need to work on that )

Posted by: Tammie Anderson | December 26, 2007 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Goodby to an American Patriot. Unlike all the other folks comments, who I doubt have done much for their country, I will take this opportunity to applaud Senator Lott for his contributions and service. I would be interested in seeing those other folks bio's--I am sure it would make for interesting reading in the "John."

Posted by: Ron Thompson | January 1, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Sense you took my comments off. Let me say it more plainly and direct. I will go to the bathroom and take all the above comments with me. You figure it out. Dare you to post these comments
it and leave it for all my liberal friends. Thanks for your service Senator Trent Lott and may your retirement from public service be as lucrative as all those liberal democrats who have gone before you.

Posted by: Ron Thompson | January 1, 2008 12:18 PM | Report abuse

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