Trent Lott on "How to Lose Friends and Influence People to Do the Opposite of What you Want"

This story is already well documented in the “Logireaders” section, which I encourage the millions and millions of logifans to click on, but I want to highlight a single quote by the former majority leader of the Senate, Trent Lott (R?).

Comments by Republican senators on Thursday suggested that they were feeling the heat from conservative critics of the bill, who object to provisions offering legal status. The Republican whip, Trent Lott of Mississippi, who supports the bill, said: “Talk radio is running America. We have to deal with that problem.”

At some point, Mr. Lott said, Senate Republican leaders may try to rein in “younger guys who are huffing and puffing against the bill.”

A couple of weeks ago I had the unfortunate opportunity to watch cable news. Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, and Bill Maher all supported the amnesty bill, though O’Reilly had some reservations. I generally listen to NPR on my way to work (pro-amnesty), read the NY Times (pro-amnesty), the Wall Street Journal (pro-amnesty), and National Review (mostly anti-amnesty). If Trent Lott is going to get his panties in a wad because Lou Dobbs and Rush Limbaugh go against the grain of what 90% of the media is supporting, well, is it any wonder why it’s so hard for the GOP to raise money these days? Sure hope these guys like being in the minority. Besides supporting Bobby Jindal in Louisiana I have little faith in the GOP.


2 Responses to “Trent Lott on "How to Lose Friends and Influence People to Do the Opposite of What you Want"”

  1. Rip Says:

    I also noticed the following comment buried at the bottom of the article:

    “A new proposal floated on Thursday in an effort to deter the hiring of illegal immigrants would put biometric identifiers into Social Security cards.”

    Those geniuses have a solution for every problem.

  2. wdporter Says:

    WHAAA??? That’s just too funny. That’s all we need.

    This is the problem I have with “comprehensive” reform.

    How’s about securing the border, THEN worrying about the rest. Passing stupid legislation that says, “we promise not to do ANYTHING else until we’ve secured the border…you should definitely believe us this time, even though we’ve never fulfilled that promise the last seven times we’ve said we were going to do it.

    The same thing goes for when the subject of “comprehensive” budget reform, or “comprehensive” tax reform.

    Why not look at the budget first, forgetting taxes, and find the areas where the Fed does not belong or programs that have produced nill or entire agencies that have gone WAY beyond the threshold of Federal responsibility. You could reduce the budget SIGNIFICANTLY, THEN take a look at the tax code.

    Instead it’s always, “let’s look at who’s not paying their ‘fair share’–like rich dead people, for instance–so we can get this thing back to surplus.”

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