In a stunning turn of events, Sen. Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) was defeated in a vote for Senate majority leader by Indiana"s own Sen. Evan Bayh. Although last week"s election results gave the Republicans a two-vote majority in the Senate, it appears that GOP senators mistakenly identified Bayh as a member of their party and voted for him to lead the Senate.
"What do you mean Bayh"s not a Republican?" asked a flustered Sen. Thad Cochran (R- Mississippi) after the GOP caucus. "Hell, he"s to the right of Orrin Hatch on most issues." Other senators blamed their confusion on Bayh"s quick and vocal support for President Bush"s plans to wage war on Iraq and the former Indiana governor"s career-long push for poor-punishing welfare reform policies. According to a spokesman, Bayh was unwilling to comment on his surprise selection until polling data was available to inform him how the event affects his 2008 presidential election bid.