Wednesday :: Oct 5, 2005

Now It's Lott's Turn To Poke Bush In The Eye


by Steve

"He's not the nominee, and it's not enough to just say 'Trust me.'"
--Trent Lott, this morning.

Trent Lott is having so much fun with this payback mode of his.

Add Senator Trent Lott (R-Miss.) to the list of Republicans not entirely pleased with President Bush's nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.
Lott, appearing on MSNBC-TV on Wednesday morning, told anchor Randy Meier that wants more information about Miers.
"I need to know a lot more about her, her experience and her level of competence and what is her philosophy. I really don't know this lady and I do think I owe it to my constituents and to my own conscience to do due diligence and find out actually who this person is," he said.
"I don't just automatically salute or take a deep bow anytime a nominee is sent up," he said. "I have to find out who these people are, and right now, I'm not satisfied with what I know. I'm not comfortable with the nomination, so we'll just have to work through the process in due time."
"There are a lot more people - men, women and minorities - that are more qualified in my opinion by their experience than she is," he said.

Ouch. See, the fun thing about Lott is that Rove has already screwed him once, and Lott no longer cares about pleasing the White House and isn't in fear of Rove. Lott is talking about retiring next year, and he can do whatever he wants between now and then. But he also still has much support inside the Senate GOP caucus, and with the discredited Frist carrying Bush's water, Lott may find himself the leader of the opposition faction inside the caucus, putting himself out there to catch the flak for others without fear of what it means to him personally.

Sure, he'll probably cave in the end, but he may stir this up a lot between now and the confirmation vote, and any uncertainty about Miers' positions and qualifications for the job, stoked along by Lott's direct challenge to her qualifications, will be a wild card in this mess the White House has created.

Think of it this way: all the good will and poll numbers that Bush generated for himself by getting Roberts on the court, as well as the work and billions of dollars spent by the right wing in this country over the last two decades to take over the Court, were flushed down the toilet in fifteen minutes by Bush on Monday, and again yesterday when he said incredibly that she was the best person he could find.

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