Lott Saved by Collins and Warner, Who Killed Him

The Hill’s Alexander Bolton demonstrates yet again that politics do indeed make strange bedfellows:

Sen. Trent Lott’s (R-Miss.) stunning return to the Senate leadership was made possible by the last-minute defections of Sens. John Warner (R-Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) from Sen. Lamar Alexander’s (R-Tenn.) rival campaign for Republican whip.

Ironically, four years earlier, Warner and Collins helped drive Lott from leadership by giving his rivals support at crucial moments during the controversy over his comments at the 100th birthday party of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.).

What Collins and Warner taketh away they also give, apparently.

via Taegan Goddard

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