Skip to comments.Commentary: Lott Throws In The Towel (Conservative base will be gone)
Posted on 12/20/2002 6:19:45 PM PST by TLBSHOW
Commentary: Lott Throws In The Towel Gary Bauer President, American Values
After days of endless apologizing, Trent Lott has thrown in the towel and resigned as Senate Majority Leader. Late last night he began making phone calls to GOP colleagues to let them know his decision.
Also over night the White House began a more concerted push to replace Lott with Senator Bill Frist, who will now emerge as the "frontrunner."
Frist is a savvy media personality, but he angered many conservatives by interfering in Republican primaries around the country, virtually always in favor of the moderate candidate over the conservative. And he was a staunch supporter of former Surgeon General Satcher, who was pro-abortion. I hope a more reliable conservative-- either Nickles or Santorum-- will throw their hat in the ring.
Now comes the hard part. This mess doesn't end with Lott's resignation. The GOP needs to find its backbone. One example: There are reports that the Administration is now afraid to go into court against the University of Michigan's offensive racial quota system that selects students from certain minority groups regardless of grades while rejecting white students with much higher grades.
For 30 years the Republicans have opposed these quasi-quota schemes. Are we now going to throw in the towel because of the smear campaign against Republicans of the last two weeks?
Some insiders are suggesting there will be reluctance at the White House to nominate conservative judges. Such reports better be inaccurate or the conservative base of the party will be gone.
Let me bring up again one easy way for the White House to signal that it knows how to play hardball and help Americans of all races. Many Washington D.C. schools are abysmal and the children, mostly black, trapped in them are ill served. The White House should send a school voucher program to Capitol Hill on the first day of the new Congress just for the District of Columbia. Ted Kennedy will scream. Hillary Clinton will pull her hair out. Daschle will reach for the Maalox. And they will line up and vote "no" against those black families and in favor of the teacher unions.
Last year Bush dropped his voucher plan because Kennedy refused to let it out of Committee, but there should be no cave in this time.
Glad to see someone gets it. He is anti-Bush. He has been on every thread he can find trashing Bush, Rove and Frist. The ACU likes Frist. His ratings for 2000 and 2001 were 92% and 100%.
Lott got caught committing thought crime which is doubleplusungood, and had to be made an unperson.
i didn't like the way lott sucked up to the dems during the impeachment.
Well, TLB is in a bind. He can't post any more Ann Coulter articles because she asked for Lott to resign too, and TLB stated that those who asked Lott to resign should be banned from Free Republic.
So Gary Bauer, Pat Buchanan, and Robert Novak columns it is.
So you agree with the liberal establishment, that Republicans are racists?
The GOP needs be united as a political party, if it wants to be successful and advance PresBushes agenda over the next two years and beyond. Taking these hits on the race issue, does the GOP no good.
A loser, a has-been, and a never-was. I sense a pattern here.
How Lott handed this past few weeks of "apologizing" speaks volumes on why the Republican Senate has been so tame, so docile, so unimaginative in recent years. Lott just wanted to "get along". He has no real principles to guide him. After these past few weeks, we see Trett Lott clearly - everything is 'all about him'. He will say anything to curry favor - anything to be liked. He announces that the definition of a racist is one who feels superior to another, and then he knocks down the straw dog by saying to the black audience that he does not feel 'superior' to them. Alas, he even goes so far as to insist he is and always will be for affirmative action. Lott tells people what he thinks they want to hear, and only a man without a conscience or principles can do that consistently.
I say, in the coming months and years, we will be thanking the Democrats over and over again for creating an atmosphere in which Trent Lott was forced to resign his position as Majority Leader.
And the Republicans played the Trent Lott implosion well: "You can do anything to me, b'er Fox," said the Tar Baby, "but don't put me into that Briar Patch."
No that was not what I meant ..
Lott said something wrong and stupid .. he handled the fallout even worse .. but now the party is is in the process of fixing this mess Lott created
Today is a good day for the conservative movement in America, and the United States in general.
Trent Lott, statesman extraordinare, has stymied the subversive lefts attempt to turn him into the next Newt Gingrich and has selflessly stepped aside to allow Frist to become Senate Majority Leader.
As Hasterts replacement of the unfairly maligned and truly founding father like Newt Gingrich has thwarted the race baiting souless evil democrat socialist crooks villification of the GOP leadership, so shall Frists appointment deny the leftist propagandists scum their pound of flesh.
Merry Christmas Senator Lott, and thank you for upholding the code of honor.