Lott: Republicans Should Have ‘Kept Their Mouths Shut’ About Bush Meeting

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"Lott: Republicans Should Have ‘Kept Their Mouths Shut’ About Bush Meeting"

Desperate to cover-up the increasing conservative divisions over Iraq, Senate Minority Whip Trent Lott (R-MS) today blasted the Republicans who spoke to the media about their meeting on Tuesday with President Bush.

During a CNN appearance today, Lott said that he was “concerned” that the Republicans “had this frank discussion with the president, which could have been very positive, and then they came out and started talking about it.”

“[T]hey broke one of the cardinal rules, in my opinion,” Lott said. “If they’d have kept their mouths shut, their value of speaking candidly would have been worth a lot more.” Watch it:

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BLITZER: Have you ever seen this kind of situation unfold, where members of the president’s own party are going in there, and they’re expressing their deep concern about a specific course of action? Obviously, going back to Watergate, we remember that, but this is pretty extraordinary stuff, isn’t it, Senator?

LOTT: No. No, I’ve seen it happened many times. I’ve been in Congress 35 years. Presidents sometimes do become more isolated than they should and don’t hear enough divergent voices. But most of the time, those of us that are also elected to office find a way to express our views to administration officials. I mean, who really thinks the president doesn’t know what the situation is? He wants a different result, he wants a successful result to occur in Iraq. He sees, or knows about, the polls.

The thing that concerned me about that is, that they went over there and had this frank discussion with the president, which could have been very positive, and then they came out and started talking about it. You know, they broke one of the cardinal rules, in my opinion. If they’d have kept their mouths shut, their value of speaking candidly would have been worth a lot more.

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