Republican Senators Mitch McConnell (L) of Kentucky and Trent Lott of Mississippi in an undated composite image. McConnell was elected on Wednesday to be Senate Republican leader, a Republican aide said. Lott was elected to replace McConnell as whip.
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was elected on Wednesday to be U.S. Senate Republican leader as his vanquished party prepares to turn over control of Congress to Democrats in January, a Republican aide said.
McConnell, now Senate Republican whip, ran unopposed. He will replace Bill Frist of Tennessee, who is retiring from Congress as he mulls a possible run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination.
McConnell is erudite, well-spoken and feisty. Bill Frist was a wimp who squandered majority power. Now, let’s see if McConnell will be able to work with Lieberman and Webb to form a conservative majority in spite of Harry Reid.
In a closed-door meeting of the Senate Republican caucus, Sen. Trent Lott (news, bio, voting record) of Mississippi, a former Senate Republican leader, was elected to replace McConnell as whip. Lott defeated Sen. Lamar Alexander (news, bio, voting record) of Tennessee by one vote, a party aide said.
McConnell’s and Lott’s elections were to be announced later in the day, as well as the outcomes of races for other Senate Republican leadership posts since the party lost control of the Senate and House of Representatives in last week’s congressional elections.
Trent Lott should never have been removed from the Majority Leader position in the first place. And to be replaced with Bill Frist? What were those senators thinking?
Go get them, Trent.
But, they are wrong.
Trent is way way better than meek and mild Lamar Alexander.
Hopefully, Senator Elizabeth Dole will retire from the campaign committee and be replaced with someone who can vigorously recruit candidates for the 2008 election cycle.
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