TPM Fave Steel Cage Grudge Match

July 19, 2010 1:01 p.m.
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Tea party conservatives are not happy with former Majority Leader-turned-lobbyist Trent Lott who ripped the movement over the weekend, saying: “We don’t need a lot of Jim DeMint disciples. As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them.”

That’s Lott’s way of saying these guys and gals don’t know how the game is played here in Washington and they get in the way of doing business. (If anything might give me a soft spot for tea partiers …)

But the best part of this whole tempest is watching an old TPM fave, former Rep. Chris “The Count” Chocola (R-IN), rip Lott right back. Chocola, who is now president of Club for Growth, goes straight for the kill, referencing Lott’s 2002 comments about Strom Thurmond that cost him his leadership post: “To paraphrase the former Leader himself, if recent Senates had had more Jim DeMints and fewer Trent Lotts making economic policy, ‘we wouldn’t have had all these problems over all these years.'”

Oh snap.

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