David Corn ran into Trent Lott Monday and asked him about current events in Congress:
“I’m of two minds,” Lott said. “I’d like to be in the arena and help work something out. But it’s gotten too nasty and too mean these days. I couldn’t work with these guys.”
What do you think of how Boehner and the House Republicans are handling this?
“They’ve made their point,” Lott huffed. “It’s time to say enough and move on.” Referring to the die-hard tea partiers in the House Republican caucus, he added, “These new guys don’t care about making things work.” Lott noted that in the mid-1990s, he warned then-Speaker Newt Gingrich not to force a government shutdown. “I knew it wouldn’t be good for us,” he said.
Then Lott called for harsh treatment for Ted Cruz by his Senate GOP colleagues:
I asked Lott if his old GOP pals still serving in the Senate have lost control of their party. How do they feel about that? I inquired. Lott shook his head: “That Ted Cruz. They have to teach him something or cut his legs out from under him.”
Cut his legs out? Yeah, Lott replied with a chuckle. He noted that when he was in the House in the 1980s he mounted a campaign against a fellow Republican who had challenged him for a leadership post. “Took me two years,” he recalled. “But I got him. And he was out of the House.” Recalling his vindictiveness and hardball politics, Lott chuckled once more. “Call me if you want more red meat,” he said, before heading toward the car waiting for him.
I find it interesting that Lott is seemingly calling for a primary against an incumbent conservative senator. I thought those “nutty Tea Partiers” were the only ones that thought it was okay to go after incumbents.
What do you expect from a sellout like Trent Lott. Lott is a lobbyist at Patton Boggs, which has a significant health care policy advocacy practice:
Patton Boggs is nationally recognized for its sophistication on intricate regulatory issues and authorizing legislation, its strong ties to leading policymakers and its track record of success. Part of this reputation can be attributed to our long-standing working relationships with Members of Congress and senior staff on each of the House and Senate health-related committees as well as Congressional leadership.
Now that he’s a lobbyist, Trent Lott doesn’t have to pretend anymore that he cares about anything but his own self-interests. He showed his contempt for citizen groups when he told them to shove off in 2005 and in 2004 was critical of Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld solely because he didn’t think enough pork was going to his home state of Mississippi.
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