Trent Lott can go to hell
Evern since Lott was deposed a few years ago over that mountain-out-of-a-molehill comment about Strom Thurmond, he's soured on the GOP. Though he has been semi-restored in the party's leadership via his Minority Whip position, he's still sore about that whole thing. As a result, he's showing nothing but contempt for the people of Mississippi, as well as for constituents of his party.
It wasn't bad enough that he said talk radio was a problem that needed to be "dealt with". He had to take it one step further by insulting and provoking his base. From Novatownhall:
Meanwhile, Lott says regarding the phone calls, take a hike, but bring it on:"I've had my phones jammed for three weeks. Yesterday I had three people answering them continuously all day," Lott said. "To think that you're going to intimidate a senator or any senator into voting one way or the other by gorging your phones with phone calls - most of whom don't even know where Gulfport, Mississippi, is - is not an effective tactic. But it's their right to do that."
How about that? "What do them hicks from Miss'sipp know about what's good fer 'em?" Apparently, voicing your displeasure to your elected official is now known in D.C.-speak as "intimidation". The arrogance of this buffoon is astounding.
As for the "talk radio is a problem that must be dealt with" comment made by Lott, Mark Levin shows where Lott falls on the side of free speech and the (un)Fairness Doctrine:
Trent Lott and the Fairness Doctrine
Associated Press, June 3, 1987
"But Rep. Trent Lott, R-Miss., said the burden on broadcast journalists is minimal.
'We have unfairness now even with the Fairness Doctrine,' he said. 'Heaven knows what would happen without a Fairness Doctrine.' "
October 26, 1987
Since Reagan's veto of the earlier fairness bill, Hollings and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.) have vowed to see the doctrine become law by other means. And in case fairness is lifted from reconciliation in the Senate, the lawmakers are said to have a backup. Dingell, reportedly with the blessings of House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.) and minority leaders, Robert Michel (R-Ill.) and Trent Lott (R-Miss.), plans to fasten a fairness amendment to a catch-all spending bill (the continuing budget resolution). The current resolution, which keeps the government operating, expires on Nov. 10, and Reagan would be unlikely to veto such a measure.
Yep...Trent Lott supported the freakin' Fairness Doctrine and fought Reagan on the matter! By the way, Trent, to respond to your rhetorical scenario "Heaven knows what would happen without a Fairness Doctrine", I'd say "how does a 12-year run as the majority of Congress sound?"
Trent Lott is a fool, and while I know that Mississippi will in all probability NOT send a Democrat to DC for their Senate seat, perhaps the good people there can find a primary opponent who doesn't show that kind of arrogance towards and contempt for his constituents.