The choice of Trent Lott is a HUGE backwards step for Republicans, IMO. He and Newt Gingrich are nothing more than holdovers from the "old days" when neocons first came into power. They're yesterday's news.......or should be, anyway.
Voters repudiated the neocons on November 7; of course, if they want to stay out of power, they should go right ahead and stick with Lott, and while they're at it, nominate Gingrich for president in '08. Great strategy. Might not be so wonderful for the country---have we already forgotten the lessons about one-party rule??---but hey, they've got to maintain their fantasy that America actually WANTS hard-right wingnuts governing our every move and spending money like a drunken sailor on shore leave.