Trent Lott is concerned. The former Republican senator worries about the Tea Party candidates, especially if they win.
All of these bumptious new politicians making noise. All of that fractious stubborness. How on earth are these people going to be able to craft a compromise on the Comprehensive Federal Jobs and Employment Act of 2011 or the National Playground Equipment Standards Resource Center Act of 2012 if they're all so...so...Tea Party-ish?
As he puts it in yesterday's Washington Post:
Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.), now a D.C. lobbyist, warned that a robust bloc of rabble-rousers spells further Senate dysfunction. "We don't need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples," Lott said in an interview. "As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them."
But Lott said he's not expecting a tea-party sweep. "I still have faith in the visceral judgment of the American people," he said.
"We need to co-opt them," said a Washington lobbyist. That quotation, copied el-cheapo style onto a postcard and dropped in the mail to "independents, undecided" would be the best, most efficient direct mail piece the Tea Party could ever imagine.