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."
Now, aside from the weird implication that the only form of violence Lott understands is against people who don't "look the same" (which is a lovely sentiment coming out of Mississippi), I think we can agree that there are plenty of "real people" who care about what is happening in Iraq. Lott apparently isn't one of them. Since I want people who do care about what's going on in Iraq to be setting Iraq policy, I want to marginalize Lott as much as possible. How do I do that? By voting Democrat and relegating him to the back bench.
It's about priorities. And Lott and the GOP don't share mine.