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Commentary: Lott Throws In The Towel (Conservative base will be gone)
crosswalk ^ | 12/20/2002 | Gary Bauer

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.

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To: Torie
Yep, I wasn't have any fun anymore. I was thinking of scripting my farewell but sending it only to you.


81 posted on 12/20/2002 7:33:52 PM PST by jwalsh07
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To: All
I have not been following the entirety of this thread, but my take on the whole Lott deal is this:

If you want Lott out because you do not like the job he is doing, fine; get rid of him.

But if you want him out because of the things that he said at an old man's birthday; things that have been manipulated into portraying Conservatives (Not just Lott) as still racist; then you are playing right into the Liberals sweetest desires.

Don't be fooled by the theory that we are better with Trent out of there, because 'Now the Liberals don't have anything to complain about', because that is NOT what they were after.

They want to be able to not only attack Conservatives, but to GET RID OF THEM WHENEVER THEY WANT, WITHOUT EVEN THE SEMBALANCE OF DUE PROCESS!!!

Think about it; we suffered here for 8 long years with a President who openly broke Federal laws, AND WE COULD NOT GET RID OF HIM! The Liberals screamed that his crime did not 'Rise to the level of Impeachment'. And he got away with it.

Now we have an individual who BROKE NO LAWS; indeed, he simply exercised what is supposed to be his Freedom of Speech, and because his words were twisted to imply that he actively supported Racism, (Even though he DID NOT ACTUALLY STATE THAT), the Left successfully had him removed from his position with absolutely NO DUE PROCESS!!

Amazing. Mark my words; this has opened the floodgates. This opens up the potentional that anytime they (The Left) wants to get rid of a Conservative, all they have to do is find a way to tie him to the evil of Racism, (Or some other 'Politically Incorrect' stance) and they can have him forced out with absolutely NO DUE PROCESS!

In conclusion, the Right has proved themselves whimps once again by caving in, (Did the Left cave in and give up Clinton???? How about Byrd???), and they have handed another big power card to the Liberals. To all of those Conservatives that wanted to put their heads back into the sand by giving up Lott, well, you made a huge mistake. You've told the Liberals that they can have their way any time they want it.

82 posted on 12/20/2002 7:34:06 PM PST by OldFashionedAmerican
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Ann didn't ask Lott to step down. Get your spin right!

Up until two weeks ago, conservatives were clamoring for Lott's removal precisely because of his annoying habit of saying dumb things. (Showing their inferior intellect, liberals have only recently figured that out.) Republicans should ask Lott to step down as leader, but only for all the nice things he's said about Teddy Kennedy.
---Ann Coulter---

Just cause you are hot for her bod Todd, don't be a hypocrite. Ann called for republicans to dump Lott. You said to ban, boycott those who called for Lott to quit, (except for leggy blondes that ya like, I guess)

83 posted on 12/20/2002 7:34:07 PM PST by dogbyte12
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To: Reagan Man
Too many neocons, RINO`s and moderates and not enough conservatives

How many Real conservatives would promise Jesse Jacka$$ the sun the moon and the stars ?
84 posted on 12/20/2002 7:34:43 PM PST by John Lenin
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To: oldtimer
"Lott got caught committing thought crime which is doubleplusungood..."

Problem is, Lott has made a habit of saying stupid things that a.) embarrassed us all and b.) required apologies be made by and for him.

It was only a matter of time before he stepped in a deeper pool of you-know-what and took us along for the ride. What followed this particularly inane stupidity was breathtaking in its scope.

During the Trent Lott Apologia Tour, he managed to a.) give away the farm and b.) implicate us all in his own guilt.

Trent Lott did it to himself. The lib media set the stage but it was Lott who went out into the spotlight...and shot himself in the foot.

All of this serves to demonstrate why he wasn't an effective Majority Leader in the first place.

85 posted on 12/20/2002 7:35:27 PM PST by okie01
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To: dogbyte12
I was waiting for that, thanks I will be right back! You know dog I am always right! Well what was it 98% of the time maybe. LoL
86 posted on 12/20/2002 7:36:55 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Poohbah
What evidence leads you to this conclusion?

LOL, you've got to be kidding? This is an internet board, not the fifthe circuit.

But we'll do an unscientific poll.

I would like to know what the bush administrations stand is on the University of Michigan quota system. How about you?

87 posted on 12/20/2002 7:37:03 PM PST by jwalsh07
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Are we now going to throw in the towel because of the smear campaign against Republicans of the last two weeks?

That's the bottom line. Those who wanted Lott out have gotten their wish. Along with that wish, expect some unintended consequences - more affirmative action, more racial quotas, more abortion. And, perhaps, some sort of reparations payments. Oh, and more illegal immigration, since stopping that might be construed as racism.

But, what the hey, we got to hound Lott out of his leadership position! My, how brilliant we are! (/bitter sarcasm)

88 posted on 12/20/2002 7:37:03 PM PST by neutrino
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To: Marcia Law
Trent Lott's celebrated gaffe was probably nothing that any decent, fair-minded person should have gotten all steamed up about -- especially considering the occasion -- but the naked political opportunism and innate VICIOUSNESS of our foul-minded liberal opposition almost miraculously gave our party the best possible chance to rid itself of an embarrassingly incompetent, unprincipled and ineffectual leader who was never fit for his high ranking position in the first place.

Don't forget the VICIOUSNESS of the "canonized conservatives," who abandoned Lott. And George W. Bush, who jumped on Lott and all but labelled him a racist, but praised him today, as a "good man."

While you blast Lott as "unprincipled and ineffectual," remember this: he was elected, unanimously by his fellow GOP Senators.

When we wash the hypocrisy off, we can move on.

89 posted on 12/20/2002 7:39:26 PM PST by sinkspur
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To: dogbyte12
Inasmuch as Trent Lott was in kindergarten in 1948, he did not vote for Thurmond. He did not run on a "similar" platform to the Dixiecrats. He did not write a jacket-flap endorsement calling a segregationist an "American Dreamer."

The idea that Lott took the occasion of an old timer's birthday to introduce a new policy initiative to bring back segregation – a Democrat policy – is ludicrous.

Ann Coulter

90 posted on 12/20/2002 7:39:46 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Reagan Man
Bauer's right about one thing, the "GOP needs to find its backbone".

I want to see the party step up and fight for a change. We need leaders that strike fear into the hearts of the Democrats.

I want a majority leader that will leap onto the floor of the Senate, rip off his shirt like a barbarian warrior, and start cracking leftist skulls! I want a leader that will go toe-to-toe with the minority leader, and make him soil himself! I want to see nothing but yellow puddles under the chairs of every DemocRAT in Congress!

I can dream, can't I?
91 posted on 12/20/2002 7:40:09 PM PST by cryptical
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RE:#74 Correction: not serve, but severe
92 posted on 12/20/2002 7:40:18 PM PST by Reagan Man
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To: jwalsh07
LOL, you've got to be kidding? This is an internet board, not the fifthe circuit.

True, but irrelevant. We had an assertion. I was merely asking what led that guy to make the assertion--aside from wishful thinking.

But we'll do an unscientific poll.

Which will be worth about as much as it cost to perform.

I would like to know what the bush administrations stand is on the University of Michigan quota system.

I'd like to know where the government hid the crashed UFO from Roswell, especially since Al Gore was born exactly nine months after the event. Doesn't mean I'm going to get my way now, does it?

93 posted on 12/20/2002 7:41:30 PM PST by Poohbah
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To: skeeter
"Bill Frist has an 85 percent conservative rating."

Lott had a 93% ACU rating.

Was this before or after Lott threw himself on the mercy of the liberal left, confessed that he was part of an "immoral" racist southern GOP and pledged his support for affirmative action or whatever other position might help redeem his image with the left wing racebaiters?

94 posted on 12/20/2002 7:41:36 PM PST by Jorge
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To: John Lenin
None that I know. Your point.

Btw, Lott's BET interview was pandering and disgusting.

95 posted on 12/20/2002 7:43:40 PM PST by Reagan Man
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To: Poohbah

He was?

(and all this time I thought he invented it..)

96 posted on 12/20/2002 7:44:08 PM PST by Jhoffa_
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To: John Lenin
Trent Lott, I believe, is a decent man. He is, however, inept. I think if the President got involved in this mess, it was after Lott told BET that there had been immoral leadership in the South for a long time and that he was now for complete affirmative action. President Bush, at that moment, probably felt he had to do something. And people better start realizing that this President doesn't need Karl Rove or anybody else to tell him what to do. I am really tired of having people HERE insinuate that he can't make a decision without Rove's approval. I find that disgusting and it's what the RATS say to undermine him. Even liberal Bob Woodward had to reluctantly admit that this President is tough, strong and a leader. Bush was not about to sit there and allow this situation to continue - now, that would have been weak.
97 posted on 12/20/2002 7:44:41 PM PST by Wait4Truth
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To: Wait4Truth
Oh, now Bauer is worried about abortion after he endorsed pro-choice mccain over pro-life Bush in 2000? How low will you sink, anyway?

Well now, this is getting interesting. Talk about hypocrisy on display.

98 posted on 12/20/2002 7:44:55 PM PST by Jorge
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To: Jhoffa_
Yup, that's a real no-s**tter.

It would explain much, wouldn't it?

99 posted on 12/20/2002 7:44:55 PM PST by Poohbah
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To: Poohbah
You took up all that bandwidth to say nothing. Absolutely zero.

Your opinion is that Americans aren't interested in where the Bush administration stands on affirmative action.

My opinion is that your position is as clueless as it gets.

100 posted on 12/20/2002 7:45:22 PM PST by jwalsh07
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