MS: Lott Will Quit This Year

This news is somewhat old, but I am just getting around to it. From Fox News.

Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, will announce his resignation effective this year, FOX News has learned.
The senator, after 34 years of public service in Congress, is not wealthy like many of his colleagues and has talked for some time about leaving so he could earn more money.

So, aides said, the senator decided to leave by year’s end to circumvent new lobbying rules — instituted by Congress this year and effective in 2008 — that that would bar members from lobbying their colleagues after two years.

Mississippi will now become the second state next year to hold two separate elections for their two US Senate seats after Wyoming. Thad Cochran, Mississippi’s other Senator is up for re-election next year as well.

Posted by Dave at 3:19 pm
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22 Responses to “MS: Lott Will Quit This Year”

  1. Bitterlaw says:

    First. I don’t know if I like a Senator who says he’s poor or hate the fact that Senators are over-paid for doing very little.

  2. lisab says:

    christmas coming early 🙂

  3. Wes says:

    Yet another sign the GOP candidate for President will win 37 states and carry 50 Republicans into the House and 10 into the Senate, right, BL and Gehennastomach? Actually a reflection of a quite different reality from that, I’d say.

  4. Bitterlaw says:

    Wes – I don’t recall predicting anything other than the GOP presidential candidate getting pounded in 2008 unless it is Rudy. I never express opinions on the House and Senate (you can let me know if I forgot a posting).

  5. Wes says:

    The GOP nominee won’t be pounded, BL. Every damn one of them would lose to Hillary though. From one of the early chapters of Winning Elections, edited by Ron Faucheux: Never underestimate the danger of an unpopular administration. Amazing how all the purported political prognosticators on here forget that one simple truth.

  6. Tim says:

    The reality of the Congressional situation is that 24 Republicans are vacating their seats. Only three Dems are doing so. And, two of those are leaving the House to run for the Senate. This always happens when a Majority Party loses power.
    And, 2010 will be a much better time for the GOP to make gains. 2008 is just not the time it’s going to happen.

  7. Wes says:

    I know, Tim. My comment was directed at all the pollyannas on here who think the GOP will win next year. The Republicans will lose, end of story.

  8. Tim says:

    Yes, Wes. They will lose the Congressional Elections. I don’t see any way around it.

  9. Wes says:

    The presidency’s gone too, Tim. The only other President to be as unpopular as Bush for a sustained period of time was Hoover–and we all know what happened then.

  10. Tim says:

    Wes, I can certainly see your point, there. But, I really think that the Presidency might be up for grabs. Who the nominees are will certainly affect the voting.
    I don’t mind telling you that a lot of Democrats are nervous about that.

  11. Wes says:

    My oft-repeated rule of politics, Tim: Never underestimate the danger of an unpopular administration. Go over to polipundit and check out the ebullience of those delusional enough to think they have this in the bag.

  12. Wes says:

    Tim, were I you, I wouldn’t worry too much–about 2008. 2009 and 2010 are when i would start sweating. They’re not going to be pretty for the Dems in all likelihood.

  13. Daniel G. says:

    MS Governor Haley Barbour is already attempting to rewrite the State Law calling a Special Election in Nov. 2008.
    Should Lott resign in 2007 as he has promised the State Statute Election Law is very clear.
    There will be a Special Election 90 Days after Barbour received the Resignation. That would be in March with low turnout etc.

  14. Tina says:

    The Presidency is likely to be close. The Ds are likely to retain the Congress – but they have a very low approval rate.

    The Presidency will be won by a person who can best define that he/she is not from Washington. Its an anti-Washington mood out there.

    I still predict that its very likely one of the two frontunners in the national poll, will not make it to their respective party nomination. I still have it at about 50% that both will not make it.

  15. Tina says:

    Tim, why are Democrats nervous and about whom?

  16. Tina says:

    Wes, he’s likely to be replaced by Chip Pickering, who is more conservative than Lott, who is just an amnesty supporter/open borders fanatic. The racist Lott is gone. I will celebrate.

  17. Wes says:

    I think Pickering will be a great Senator for Mississippi. They’ll be lucky to have him.

  18. Tim says:

    I am a bit nervous about both Senator Clinton, and Senator Obama. Many Democrats are. The issue is electability.
    The polling definitely shows that neither of them have shown the ability to be able to pull away from leading Republicans, especially Mayor Giuliani or Senator McCain.

  19. CambridgeRep says:

    I don’t hear many serious people saying that the GOP can take back either house of Congress next year. The party is virtually guaranteed to lose seats in the Senate. I think they might be able to hold essentially even in the House by ousting some “accidents” from last year (i.e., in DeLay’s and Foley’s old districts), but there’s no chance of ousting Pelosi (well, unless Cindy Sheehan beats her!)

    Dems who think the White House is a done deal are almost as foolish, though. If the GOP candidates are doing as well as they are in head-to-head matchups with the Dem candidates this far out, before the electorate, currently blinded by Bush fatigue, starts thinking seriously about what an HRC administration would actually mean, I think that’s a good indication that no one should start measuring the drapes yet.

    One last point–I think it was Truman, not Hoover, who was the last president to have negatives as sustained as Bush. Of course, that doesn’t bode well for the incumbent party holding the White House…

  20. MDefl says:

    The math is awful for the GOP, not in the Senate, but now in the House as well. The GOP will lose seats in both, the only question is how many.

    That does not mean that HRC is a shoe-in. I still think there is a 60% chance that she wins the whole thing (even against Rudy, her toughest opponent) but that is far from 100%. Enough people dislike her (even Dems) that may result in ticket splitting especially if Rudy is the nominee. Much to the chagrin of the social cons, there is not that much that separates the 2 on social issues. It becomes more of a game of who do you trust the most. It is still an uphill battle but not impossible.

    Of course, if the GOP goes crazy and nominates “Fred”, then it will be a disasterous election evening in 08.

  21. MDefl says:

    Should have typed “not only”.

  22. David says:

    Nothing against Huckabee or Romeny, but they cannot not win next November. It will be a nightmare if either of these candidates get the republican nom.