Like Nancy Reagan, Normally Hard-Hearted Trent Lott Has A Soft-Spot For Own Troubles
Mississippi Senator Trent Lott is angry because insurers won’t pay for property damage Lott sustained in Hurricane Katrina. Lott accuses the insurance industry of “outright meanness.”
As a prominent Republican Senator and former Senate Majority Leader, outright meanness is something Lott knows all about. It’s something he’s routinely practiced as a leading Republican since the Reagan years.
Lott is proposing legislation to investigate the insurance industry. No doubt the investigation is warranted. Still, the idea of the Southern conservative Lott using the federal government to go after private industry is ironic.
Lott may even end up doing other hurricane victims some good. Sometimes even lousy people can’t avoid helping others.
Lott’s concern about the conduct of the insurance industry mirrors Nancy Reagan’s work for stem-cell research after President Reagan was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Lott and Mrs. Reagan are two conservatives who did not care much about the misery of others until they each personally suffered a calamity.