Get While The Gettin’s Good

I’ll admit, I don’t have a wide abundance of information on Senator Trent Lott.  He was a Singing Senator, an ultra conservative barber shop quartet, and that was all good and fun.  Then there was that little flap at a Strom Thurmond birthday gala where Lott kinda sorda hinted at how much nicer things would be if the civil rights bill hadn’t been passed.

That latter point taken into consideration, I suppose it might be good news that Lott’s planning on resigning from the Senate before year is up, but I’m sure I might be able to find a thing or two to be steamed up about.

Topping the list is a little bit of connecting the dots we see over at Think Progress that admittedly doesn’t outright confirm, but heavily implies why Senator Lott is in such a rush to leave the hallowed halls of the Senate.

The short version of the story is simple; Lott’s trying to get out of the Senate and join the lobbyist ranks before a law takes effect that would require Senators to wait for at least two years before rejoining the Hill as lobbyist.

Further, in a denial of this, Lott claimed that the ban didn’t play a “big role” in his decision to leave the senate.  This of course begs the question if not “big” what size of a role did the ban play?  Did it play a small role, or a medium one?  And is the size of the role proportional to the plausible deniability factor required a few months down the line when the headlines hit that Lott’s back in DC lobbying for more money than a Senator could ever dream of making?

Maybe I’m playing the wrong side of the semantics game here.  Maybe the ban in question didn’t play a “big” role because it in fact played a HUGE role, enormous, gigantic to the point of making the Great Wall of China jealous.

Okay, so maybe I’m being a little unfair, and I suppose we’ll all have to wait until headlines do (or, grudgingly I will offer, do not) confirm him as a lobbyist later down the road.

I’m a fair man.  I’ll wait.

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