There are just under 300 million people in the US — only 100 of them are US senators. Given that large of a pool to choose from you’d think we’d come up with some prime cut quality leadership.
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush barely mentioned the war in Iraq when he met with Republican senators behind closed doors in the Capitol Thursday morning and was not asked about the course of the war, Sen. Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, said.
“No, none of that,” Lott told reporters after the session when asked if the Iraq war was discussed. “You’re the only ones who obsess on that. We don’t and the real people out in the real world don’t for the most part.”
Lott went on to say he has difficulty understanding the motivations behind the violence in Iraq.
“It’s hard for Americans, all of us, including me, to understand what’s wrong with these people,” he said. “Why do they kill people of other religions because of religion? Why do they hate the Israeli’s and despise their right to exist? Why do they hate each other? Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference? They all look the same to me.”
Remember, this guy used to be the Majority Leader of the United States Senate. It would seem that the case of foot-in-mouth disease (and the racism that helped to feed it) that brought him down hasn’t gone into complete remission – a point of some importance given the talk of his possible return to the GOP leadership.