That little jerk has mastered the art of demonization. If the Repubs are going to be successful in the least bit, they are going to have to find a strong leader capable of dealing with that Daschle.
Lott is not that man. He is a waffler/ politician. Furthermore, this nonsense that he will bolt the Senate if he is forced to quit or is replaced is embarrassing. He should be ashamed. He is going to hold the goernance of the country hostage because he's an idiot? If nothing convinced me before, I certainly am convinced now. He's out!
You are going to need a man/ woman that looks Daschle in the eye and says "we are going to set the agenda and we are going to pass the agenda. We can do it with you, around you or through you. If you continue to obstruct and demonize, I will make your political life a misery. Also, if you think that your party got whipped in 2002, wait for 2004. I will make it my life's work to smash your party and your political career. I hope that I have made myself clear."
Then go out and do it.
I earlier predicted Lott would step down as ML within the week -- that seems to be on track. The White House has made it's decision and Nichols has broken the ice.
Now for a further predicton: Mitch McConnell will be the new ML. His hardball statements on THIS WEEK (in re the censure move) will win him support of Lott loyalists while not alienating Lott's republican critics (who want Lott gone, not because of his comments per se, but because he's hurting the party). Nichols, by being the first to call for Lott's ouster, has effectively taken himself out of the Majority Leaders race -- and he knows it.
Look at it this way: if the terrorists bring down the Sears Tower, Lott will vanish from the radar screen.
Maybe they're holding off until the media settles back into complacency. If Lott steps down, kaboom!
So maybe the President and his advisors are secretly asking Trent to stay up there and keep taking arrows for as long as he can.
Hey, I have an active imagination.
I've been wondering about this since impeachment.