Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Trent Lott loses interest in tort reform.

Remember how tort reform was a cause célèbre among Republicans? And remember how Senator Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) was a big proponent of it? Well, you can forget about that. Apparently, Senator Lott has changed his mind on tort reform.

What has caused Senator Lott to flip-flop on this core Republican issue? Like it did so many other things, Hurricane Katrina apparently turned Lott's position upside-down. According to the January 30 issue of The New Republic, Lott has hired his brother-in-law, the trial lawyer Richard "Dickie" Scruggs, to sue the State Farm insurance company for refusing to cover his home in Pascagoula, which Katrina destroyed. Lott complains, "How can insurance companies say we didn't have any wind damage from this storm?" Good question. Really. And while I wouldn't say that Senator Lott's suit is frivolous, well, um... it's just a darn good thing for him that that tort reform didn't happen before Katrina, isn't it?

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