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LOTT TO BE RULES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN?
Roll Call (through Drudge)

Posted on 01/03/2003 10:56:25 AM PST by RobFromGa

BOOBY PRIZE: Republicans to offer Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) the chairmanship of the Rules and Administration Committee, ROLL CALL is set to report... MORE

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who was in line to head the Rules panel in the 108th Congress, has agreed to step aside to allow Lott to retain some institutional power...


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1 posted on 01/03/2003 10:56:25 AM PST by RobFromGa
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To: RobFromGa
The "Stupid Party" continues.................
2 posted on 01/03/2003 10:57:24 AM PST by BuddhaBoy
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To: RobFromGa
Roll Call Online Since 1995
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January 3, 2003

Lott Likely to Get Rules Chairmanship

By Mark Preston

Seeking to soften the blow from his ouster as the next Majority Leader, Republicans are likely to offer Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) the chairmanship of the Rules and Administration Committee.

Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who was in line to head the Rules panel in the 108th Congress, has agreed to step aside to allow Lott to retain some institutional power, several GOP sources said. Senate GOP leaders are scheduled to meet Monday to discuss the situation, which will be part of a broader conversation about choosing committee chairmen.

It is unclear whether Lott has agreed to accept the position. His office could not be reached for comment. Lott resigned as Republican leader in December under a barrage of criticism for a perceived insensitive racial remark he delivered at Sen. Strom Thurmond's (R-S.C.) 100th birthday party.

The Rules panel has jurisdiction over the internal workings of the Senate, ranging from doling out office space to handling contested elections. While Rules is powerful within the institution, it does not have the stature of influential committees such as Finance and Appropriations.

For more on Lott and incoming Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), pick up a copy of Monday's print edition of Roll Call or log onto rollcall.com.

Beginning next week, Roll Call will expand its coverage by moving to a three-day-a-week publishing schedule when Congress is in session. Issues will appear on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.


3 posted on 01/03/2003 10:58:14 AM PST by RobFromGa
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To: RobFromGa
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who was in line to head the Rules panel in the 108th Congress, has agreed to step aside to allow Lott to retain some institutional power...

Wonder what Santorum has been promised?

4 posted on 01/03/2003 10:58:33 AM PST by NittanyLion
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To: BuddhaBoy
Why is that?
5 posted on 01/03/2003 11:00:43 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: NittanyLion
Rush just mentioned the story. Hope it isn't true.

Here's the Roll Call link:

Roll Call Link

6 posted on 01/03/2003 11:01:10 AM PST by RobFromGa
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To: NittanyLion
Wonder what Santorum has been promised?

Hopefully it's the passage of a ban on partial-birth abortion.

7 posted on 01/03/2003 11:02:53 AM PST by My2Cents
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To: RobFromGa
The Rules panel has jurisdiction over the internal workings of the Senate, ranging from doling out office space to handling contested elections.

Trent is gonna be in charge of that?! Man, we are so screwed. He's gonna give Dems all the good office space to atone...ugh
8 posted on 01/03/2003 11:03:19 AM PST by BaBaStooey
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To: BuddhaBoy
Nothing stupid, unless Lott imposes a Poll Tax or Jim Crow restrooms.
9 posted on 01/03/2003 11:03:33 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: RobFromGa
Do you think the rats will have something to say about this?

Or just the Lott Stabers?
10 posted on 01/03/2003 11:03:43 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: KQQL
fyi
11 posted on 01/03/2003 11:03:46 AM PST by Free the USA
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To: TLBSHOW
You know better than anyone, that Lott always loses negotiations with the Democrats. The Rules committee is probably the WORST place they could have put him.

He is still in a position to give away the store. They should have kept him on the back bench where he could do no harm.

12 posted on 01/03/2003 11:04:30 AM PST by BuddhaBoy
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To: RobFromGa
That's what I hear. But why give the lousy Democrats anything to complain about? Stupid move IMHO.
13 posted on 01/03/2003 11:04:44 AM PST by rs79bm
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To: NittanyLion
We meet again! Remember, Santorum came out forcefully for Lott to remain as ML. It would seem logical (to a Lott adversary) to give Lott something one of his minions was supposed to get.

I'm not saying I dislike Santorum. But he decided to back the losing candidate and may be paying the price.
14 posted on 01/03/2003 11:05:47 AM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: Diddle E. Squat
I am really starting to believe that the Dems are blackmailing Lott. This was probably the price for getting him out if his old job, but he left himself in a position where he can still damage his own side and help the Democrats.

This really sucks.

15 posted on 01/03/2003 11:06:42 AM PST by BuddhaBoy
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To: All
Statement by the President


"I respect the very difficult decision Trent made on behalf of the American people.

As Majority and Minority Leader of the Senate, Trent Lott improved education for the American people; he led the way in securing tax relief; he strengthened our national security; and he stood for a bold and effective foreign policy.

Trent is a valued friend, and a man I respect. I am pleased he will continue to serve our Nation in the Senate, and


I look forward to working with him on our agenda to make America safer, stronger, and better."

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/12/20021220.html


16 posted on 01/03/2003 11:06:42 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: BuddhaBoy
You know better than anyone, that Lott always loses negotiations with the Democrats. The Rules committee is probably the WORST place they could have put him.

All I can figure out is that Lott declared himself an endangered species, and the GOP had to come up with an environment suitable for a spineless elephant...

17 posted on 01/03/2003 11:07:13 AM PST by dirtboy
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To: BuddhaBoy
This is great news, hey tell your sadness to the President post 16!


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18 posted on 01/03/2003 11:08:29 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: RobFromGa
Oh Crap - You would think they would put him in a corner somewhere facing the wall with a don't look at me I am an idiot sign on his back.
19 posted on 01/03/2003 11:08:52 AM PST by areafiftyone
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To: RobFromGa
While Rules is powerful within the institution, it does not have the stature of influential committees such as Finance and Appropriations.

And, I don't think it is the power position as it is in the House.

20 posted on 01/03/2003 11:10:35 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: My2Cents
Last night on hardball called the conservative agenda they started off with Banning PB Abortion and the rat going against it was laughed at and called a baby killer!

Rats on their way to the stone age!
21 posted on 01/03/2003 11:10:47 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Mr. Bird
Everyone stop overreacting. Rules has NO power in the Senate, only in the House.

The majority leader and his deputies make all the Rules decisions in the Senate.... there is no critical institutional role pertaining to legislative procedure for the Rules Committee in the Senate.

This is a figurehead job.

Santorum was supporting Lott because it was his job as #3 or #4 to do so.
23 posted on 01/03/2003 11:11:42 AM PST by mwl1
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To: dirtboy
I don't see this as any big deal. It's the crappiest chairmanship in the Senate, and it probably only meets a couple of times each session.

If this was the price to keep Lott in the Senate instead of stepping down entirely, it's a small price to pay.

24 posted on 01/03/2003 11:12:50 AM PST by Dog Gone
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To: RobFromGa
Sorry Rob, The trent affair was a disgrace by republicans!
25 posted on 01/03/2003 11:13:10 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: leadpenny
You are correct. Rules has no comparable stature in the Senate to its counterpart in the House... they are totally unalike.
26 posted on 01/03/2003 11:13:26 AM PST by mwl1
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To: mwl1
Thanks for the information on the Rules Committee Chairman responsibilities.

Does this figurehead ever make any decisions that might require vertabrae to carry them out?

27 posted on 01/03/2003 11:14:23 AM PST by RobFromGa
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To: RobFromGa
Rarely.
28 posted on 01/03/2003 11:15:21 AM PST by mwl1
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To: mwl1
Thank you. Do we even know who the previous Rules Chairman was?
29 posted on 01/03/2003 11:15:29 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: RobFromGa
Republicans all, found themselves in varying degrees of difficulty after remarks interpreted by many as racially insensitive at best and racist at worst.


So far, however, none has attracted as much attention or suffered as much as Lott, who bowed to intense pressure from inside and outside his party and gave up his position as incoming Senate majority leader a week ago.


''In a way, I guess the Lott situation might be teasing out all the slow learners,'' says Merle Black, a political scientist at Emory University in Atlanta who has written extensively on racial politics in the South.

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usatoday/20021227/ts_usatoday/4734623

30 posted on 01/03/2003 11:16:06 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
called a baby killer

Well, at least they got that one right.

31 posted on 01/03/2003 11:16:29 AM PST by My2Cents
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To: TLBSHOW
Sorry, TLB. We disagree on the Lott situation, I think he should have quit more gracefully. He is an idiot. But, I don't think you are an idiot.
32 posted on 01/03/2003 11:16:35 AM PST by RobFromGa
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To: leadpenny
McConnell had the chairmanship in early 2001 and then it went to Chris Dodd after the RATS stole the Senate.
33 posted on 01/03/2003 11:18:23 AM PST by mwl1
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To: leadpenny
Dodd is previous Rules Committee chairman. Link
34 posted on 01/03/2003 11:18:39 AM PST by RobFromGa
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To: mwl1
The fires are stoked, and dissenters are marked for public execution. Consider:


The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, which represents 180 traditional civil rights organizations, is urging President Bush (news - web sites) to toss away a slate of judges he has endorsed for positions on the federal bench simply on the grounds that their records have shown "deep hostility to core civil rights principles." What exactly the Leadership Council has in mind is not at hand, but we know that the conference wants an amendment to the transportation bill that would forbid racial profiling in any state. The federal government is not supposed to dictate to individual states procedures by which they seek to discourage crime. The implied reasoning here is that because more minorities are targeted by racial profiling, therefore the objective of racial profiling is to diminish the civil rights of minorities.

snip:

We will need to watch carefully how the Bush administration comports itself on the University of Michigan question. Will the Justice Department file an amicus brief defending the right course? Or has the Leadership Conference assumed veto power on the question?

William F. Buckley Jr

35 posted on 01/03/2003 11:19:26 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: leadpenny

Members

 

Democrats:

Chairman, Chris Dodd, CT
Robert C. Byrd
Daniel K. Inouye
Dianne Feinstein
Robert G. Torricelli
Charles E. Schumer
John B. Breaux
Tom Daschle
Mark Dayton
Richard J. Durbin

Republicans:

Ranking Member, Mitch McConnell, KY
John W. Warner
Jesse Helms
Ted Stevens
Thad Cochran
Rick Santorum
Don Nickles
Trent Lott
Kay Bailey Hutchison


36 posted on 01/03/2003 11:20:00 AM PST by RobFromGa
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To: RobFromGa
Those are the Members from the last Congress.

Lot's of high powered Senators on that one, including at least one racist, who used to be in the KKK.

37 posted on 01/03/2003 11:21:40 AM PST by RobFromGa
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To: BuddhaBoy
He is the chairman of the committee, not a dictator of the committee. He does have to have agreement among the others.
38 posted on 01/03/2003 11:24:37 AM PST by rwfromkansas
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To: NittanyLion
I actually think that it would be a good spot for Lott. The position allows absolutely no room for imposing policy or opinion, just inforce the rules.

As for Santorum, he was listed along with Patty Murray, in a poll of legislative aides, as #3 in the category, not exactly a rocket scientist. Patty got #1, and this was before her Bin Laden statements, I think.
39 posted on 01/03/2003 11:25:01 AM PST by Eva
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To: Dog Gone
I must admit my own personal hatred.

Anyone Senator that did not do his/her patriotic duty during the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton, will be held responsible.

I swore an oath to give my Senator from Minnesota a bloody nose once he became a civilian once again. The position of Senator is honored, and as long as he was in office, he was respected.

However, once he became a civilian just like you and me, I swore to punch him in the nose if I ever saw him in person.

Sadly, Sen. Paul Wellsone was killed in a tragic aircraft accident. Guess my oath was honored in a way that was never intended or desired. I was looking forward to being arrested for assault and battery!

Sen. Trent Lott betrayed the American citizens and I will never forgiven him for those actions.

If you live in Mississippi and punch him in the nose someday, let me know. I would probably sell everything I own to help pay your legal bills.

40 posted on 01/03/2003 11:25:35 AM PST by Hunble
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To: RobFromGa
Do my eyes deceive me? Is that surly fellow staring at me from the front page of the good old Drudge Report wearing a Confederate general's uniform a U.S. senator — a current U.S. senator?

It is indeed, and the senator in the suit that fought under the Stars and Bars of unhappy memory is not Mississippi Republican Sen. Trent Lott, the Democrats' vision of Pitchfork Ben Tillman reborn. No, the grizzled and menacing-looking U.S. senator in Confederate drag is West Virginia Democrat Robert Byrd. He is clutching a sword. Does that not send a chill down the backs of every Democrat in the country? The senior senator from West Virginia — a border state — has a cameo role in "Gods and Generals," a film about to come out from Warner Brothers.

Fie on both Warner Brothers and the senator, who incidentally is the only sitting member of the Senate to have once served as a member of the Ku Klux Klan, a group whose civil rights record has been even more unsatisfactory than that of the modern Republican Party.

Even the Clintons would agree with that. How could Mr. Byrd and Warner Brothers be so insensitive? What with all the controversy about the Stars and Bars flying from Southern state capitals, there has to be more to it. My estimate is that Mr. Byrd is trying to send racists all over the country a message. "I am with you, fellows," that is his message, and he probably is.


http://washingtontimes.com/commentary/20021227-39539824.htm
41 posted on 01/03/2003 11:25:40 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: Diddle E. Squat
Don't give him any ideas.

Trent Lott's Kwanzaa Message to the Nation
 

Waaaaaaaah Zuuuuuuuup? Props to all the homeys and bizzos back at Ole Miss, and a shout out to my D.C. posse.

Seriously, I would like to wish a Meaningful Kwanzaa to my people and join you in introspective confrontation of self and society from December 26th to January 1st in order to begin to receive and reconstruct our history and our lives, rebuilding a more positive image.

Umoja, Kujichagulia, Ujima, Ujamaa, Nia, Kuumba, Imani. Now, with that out of the way...

I mo take this op to lay my swerve on that riff I did at Double-Zero's candle jam. Yo peeps, I was just trippin, doing a buck fifty and just busted a shiz-nits. On the furilla, my niggilla. We was just kickin' it. But, no diggety, my rap was totally wack, nomsayin?

Now let's all slap skin and get down to the hardcore. Don't forget who got the phat pockets, and I'm fixin' to stack you brothers up some serious scrilla scratch. You heard? And all those Senate bee-yotches tryin' to Swazey my ass, ya need to just slow ya roll else we gone knuckle up and I mo bust a cap in yo doggy bone.

Crack another 40 and smoke some kill,    
 

42 posted on 01/03/2003 11:26:46 AM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: RobFromGa
perceived insensitive racial remark

Yep. More Democrat mind reading going on. They "divined" his thoughts, just like they "divined" the voters thoughts in Florida.

43 posted on 01/03/2003 11:27:04 AM PST by concerned about politics
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To: GraniteStateConservative
Is Trent a member of the East Coast or West Coast posse?
44 posted on 01/03/2003 11:30:46 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Diddle E. Squat
LOL!
45 posted on 01/03/2003 11:31:15 AM PST by Howlin
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To: GraniteStateConservative
The Rev. Al Sharpton called on Republicans yesterday to "clarify themselves" on civil rights issues, and said he has had conversations with incoming Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist that he hopes will "be healthy in this post-Lott atmosphere."

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I told [Mr. Frist] that this could be an opportunity for the Republicans to clarify themselves," said Mr. Sharpton, who is considering running for president. "They should not take Senator Lott's decision to step aside as a sign that the concerns of the black community have stepped aside."

http://www.washtimes.com/national/20021228-12372055.htm
46 posted on 01/03/2003 11:31:26 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: GraniteStateConservative
nomsayin?

LOL!

47 posted on 01/03/2003 11:31:32 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: Torie; Free the USA; deport; sampai; ambrose

48 posted on 01/03/2003 11:33:43 AM PST by KQQL
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Didn't Rush say that the Democrats Sen. Bryd would most likely get the position and that he is the one who belonged to the KKK club and said White N#G#E$$ on TV with Babwa Walters? I think the Repubs did this to be able to dare the Dems and to be able to point out that Bryd is a REAL racist?
49 posted on 01/03/2003 11:34:47 AM PST by Sungirl
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To: Howlin
Hey, you're an NC Stater, right? Thanks for thumping Notre Dame so soundly, what a great way to start the New Year.
50 posted on 01/03/2003 11:35:41 AM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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