Posted by Jack @ 8:26 pm on November 27th 2007

Trent Lott’s Resignation Announcement: Theories and Reactions

First there was the surprise announcement of his immanent retirement, complete with the traditional more time with family meme.

There followed extensive speculation as to the true reasons for his sudden departure. Early leader: By resigning now he avoids new lobbyist restrictions affecting former Senators that takes effect at the beginning of the new year. This seemed reasonable, though boring. And we can’t have that.

A somewhat juicier hypothesis: FBI agents are raiding his brother-in-laws offices as we report, and Lott, in the recent past, may have inappropriately intervened to protect him from prosecution. Ok, we’re getting there, but needs more zip, more pizazz.

But this! Trent Lott and a male escort! Which means Gay! With extra juicy Larry Flynt involvement! My schadenfreude levels are red-lining! Although the source’s credibility, due to a possible history of serial plagiarism, is rather questionable.
If confirmed this would certainly reenforce James Wolcott’s growing suspicion that all Republican men are privately, passionately, exceedingly gay.

But lets get beyond all that, and head straight to the epitaphs in which, considering Trent Lott’s Republican icon status, the right blogosphere has been aggressively condemnatory. Beltway blogroll provides a bipartisan roundup, here are the conservative outtakes:

Glenn Reynolds: “He will not be missed”

Michelle Malkin: “Inveterate Beltway creatures who love the pomp and power of their office do not just decide they are ‘ready to move on.’ ”

Captain’s Quarters: “Lott will most likely be remembered for his arrogance and his inability to adapt to the paradigms of open government in the Internet/blogosphere era”

Erick at Red State: “Trent Lott long ago stopped being useful and started being bitter. He hates the Porkbusters. He hates conservatives. He hates most anything other than establishment Republican ideals of entrenched power and earmarks. ”

That’s gotta hurt. Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan for both the right’s response and the juicier theories about Lott’s timing.


  1. Benjamin Nicholas denies having had a relationship-for-pay with Trent Lott.

    Comment by Adam — 11/28/2007 @ 9:10 am

  2. Wouldn’t you?

    Comment by Rojas — 11/28/2007 @ 9:54 am

  3. Good times.

    Good times.

    Comment by Mark — 11/28/2007 @ 10:02 am

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