What Trent Lott Brings to the Party
The election of the once disgraced politician as the number two Senate Republican may mean that the G.O.P. has no intention of getting along too well with the new party in power.
To some observers, the choice of Trent Lott as the new number two Republican in the Senate may seem like a step backward for a party still reeling from its election drubbing. But in fact the upset victory by the Mississippi Senator, bounced out of his post as the Republican leader of the Senate four years ago after he made comments praising then-Senator Strom Thurmond for his segregationist 1948 presidential campaign, may be the clearest sign yet of how the G.O.P. plans to move forward.