Trent Lott on Principles & Values

Republican Jr Senator (MS)


Led the Singing Senators, and started Seersucker Thursdays

Trent Lott and former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle are about 27 chapters in on writing a book [which became "Crisis Point"]. It sounds like the political odd couple: "He and I, even though from different backgrounds--he was a South Dakota prairie liberal populist and I was a Southern Republican--we managed to work together day after day after day," Lott said.

"We had 9-11, the anthrax attack, impeachment of Clinton," Lott said. "But we managed to cut taxes, balance the budget, raise military pay."

Lott said Congress has become a mean and "dour" place, and it's affecting policy. "They don't have any fun," Lott said. "During my time in leadership I actually enjoyed it and had fun. They don't even smile any more. I had the Singing Senators quartet, and we started 'Seersucker Thursdays' so everyone would for one day look like a Southern politician," Lott said. "That's why I wore a kilt in the Senate one time--I had the worst looking legs in the Senate."

Source: N.E.Miss. Daily Journal on 2019 Mississippi Governor race , May 9, 2015

Voted with Republican Party 88.2% of 304 votes.

Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), was scored by the Washington Post on the percentage of votes on which a lawmaker agrees with the position taken by a majority of his or her party members. The scores do not include missed votes. Their summary:
Voted with Republican Party 88.2% of 304 votes.
Overall, Democrats voted with their party 88.4% of the time, and Republicans voted with their party 81.7% of the time (votes Jan. 8 through Sept. 8, 2007).
Source: Washington Post, "Congress Votes Database" on 2008 election , Sep 8, 2007

Resigned as Senate Leader over 2002 toast to Strom Thurmond

Pascagoula, Mississippi, Dec. 20, 2002, the morning that would change my life irrevocably.

The ragtag army of press representatives had been there ever since the remarks I'd made about Sen. Strom Thurmond at an affair celebrating his 100th birthday.

The pundits had transformed those forty words into a racial furor ten days earlier. My innocent and thoughtless remark was treated by most of the media as a hanging offense.

The phones had rarely been still. During this morning alone, I'd taken calls of support from three key Republican senators; they all pledged to back whatever decision I made. There also were calls from other GOP senators, terrified that the spreading political brushfire might engulf the Senate as a whole.

After all my editing, the statement came down to one sentence: "In the interest of pursuing the best possible agenda for the future of our country, I will not seek to remain as majority leader of the US Senate for the 108th Congress effective Jan. 6, 2003."

Source: Herding Cats, by Trent Lott, p. 1-5 , Aug 29, 2006

Resides on Mississippi Coast overlooking Gulf of Mexico

The winter sun turned the ripples on the Gulf of Mexico into that state of mottled silver so distinctive to the Mississippi coast. Even the Gulf itself was flat and glassy, a beautiful setting as the city around me plunged into the Christmas season. My house looks out over an expanse of grass and trees to the breakwater, and beyond that to the windswept Gulf Islands barely visible through the marine haze. From the back windows you can see a graceful neighborhood of distinctive homes meandering through the remains of a centuries-old grove of live oak trees, including some used to shelter horses during the Civil War.

Occasionally the pelicans dive into the Gulf, then soar from the surface with their catch.

Source: Herding Cats, by Trent Lott, p. 1 , Aug 29, 2006

1996: Legislative alliance with Bill Clinton via Dick Morris

In 1996, Bill Clinton hired Dick Morris as his reelection campaign strategist. Morris's plan centered on two unlikely partners: me and Bill Clinton.

What Morris proposed was a highly unusual alliance between the president of the US and the majority leader of the opposing party, with himself serving as clandestine intermediary. It may have been unique in the history of American politics.

Morris wanted me to forge a working relationship with Bill Clinton to enact a series of landmark bills. Morris embraced my suggestions for major welfare reform, a balanced budget act, that would include Medicare cuts, and immigration reform.

After thinking it over, I agreed to Dick's unorthodox suggestion [even though it would hurt the GOP's presidential chances in 1996]. Why, you might ask? I've always had a great enthusiasm for making law--and I believe that was why my constituents sent me to the Senate in the first place.

Source: Herding Cats, by Trent Lott, p.130-131 , Aug 29, 2006

Questioned timing of bombing Iraq during impeachment

From a political point of view, this was the worst possible time for a military response against Saddam. With the impeachment vote looming, any action could be challenged as an attempt to distract or delay Congress. On the other hand, if Bill put off air strikes on Iraq, he could accused of sacrificing national security to avoid political heat. On Dec. 16, Bill ordered air strikes.

An openly skeptical Republican leadership postponed the impeachment debate when the bombing started. Trent Lott publicly disputed the President's judgment. "Both the timing and the policy are subject to question," he said of the military action. Lott backpedaled when his statement was interpreted as in indication that partisan politics came before national security in this Congress.

The House leadership was determined to force a vote on impeachment in the lame duck session, before the Republican majority was reduced to 11 members in January, On Dec. 18, as bombs fell on Iraq, the impeachment debate began again.

Source: Living History, by Hillary Rodham Clinton, p.488-489 , Nov 1, 2003

Employed Dick Morris while also working for Bill Clinton

Bill and I considered Dick Morris a creative pollster and a brilliant strategist, but he came with serious baggage. First of all, he had no compunction about working both sides of the aisle and all sides of an issue. Although he had helped Bill win five gubernatorial races, he also worked for conservative Republican Senators Trent Lott of Mississippi and Jesse Helms of North Carolina.

Morris's specialty was identifying the swing voters who see-sawed between the two parties. His advice was sometimes off-the-wall; you had to sift through it to extract the useful insights and ideas. And he had the people skills of a porcupine. Nonetheless, I thought Morris's analysis might be instructive, if we could involve him carefully and quietly. With his skeptical views about politics & people, Morris served as a counterweight to the ever optimistic Bill Clinton.

By 1991, Morris had picked up more Republican candidates, and nobody in the Democratic power structure liked or trusted him

Source: Living History, by Hillary Rodham Clinton, p.251 , Nov 1, 2003

Godfather of Conservative Opportunity Society

Some trace the idea for the Conservative Opportunity Society to a meeting Gingrich had in 1982 with former President Nixon about the need for a more idea-oriented party. Nixon said, "You can't change the House yourself. You have to go back and form a group."

The idea had been germinating well before Nixon offered his advice. Gingrich had spent four years seeing his fellow Republicans in the House react instead of act. Newt reached out first to Rep. Vin Weber of Minnesota. Together they recruited Robert Walker of PA, Judd Gregg of NH, Dan Coats of IN, Connie Mack of FL, Joe Barton of TX, and Dan Lundgren and Duncan Hunter of CA. The group met weekly and planned.

"Trent Lott was the godfather," Gingrich recalls. "He hosted a weekly luncheon. Dic Cheney came. I was the senior planner. I didn't have any thoughts about being in the leadership. I thought it would be 5 or 6 years before that would happen and, when it did, Cheney or Lott would be the Republican leader and I'd be the senior planner."

Source: Newt!, by Dick Williams, p. 98-100 , Jun 1, 1995

Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

Vote on the Nomination -- a YES vote would to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reference: Alito Nomination; Bill PN 1059 ; vote number 2006-002 on Jan 31, 2006

Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Vote on the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination of John Roberts; Bill PN 801 ; vote number 2005-245 on Sep 27, 2005

Religious affiliation: Baptist.

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