Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., had harsh words this weekend for his GOP successor when asked about the legacy of current Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn.
According to the Galveston County Daily News, Lott told a local gathering that Frist did not have the political experience necessary to lead the fractious Senate.
"I don’t think he’ll go down in history as one of the greats,” said Lott, who titled his autobiography "Herding Cats” to describe the difficulty in leading 100 Senators with 100 competing agendas.
And Lott didn’t stop there. Asked whether Frist had a legitimate chance to become the next president, he replied, "I don’t think he has a shot at that.”
As noted by the Daily News, Frist is retiring from the Senate at the end of the year, and his departure could open the door for Lott’s return to the majority leader’s office. Lott did not deny the ambition, admitting that he was contemplating a run for Senate leadership.
Lott’s prognostications stand in stark contrast to the results of a straw poll conducted in Memphis, Tenn. during the Southern Republican Leadership Conference in early March. Frist emerged the victor with 40 percent of all ballots cast. Experts have dismissed the win because of Frist's "home state advantage" with poll voters.