Don't Call Him the Comeback Kid -- Just Yet

Trent Lott climbs back up

Will Trent Lott rise again? Back in 2002, the Mississippi Republican's career seemed over. At a birthday party for Strom Thurmond, Lott quipped that America would have been "better off" if the centenarian had won his 1948 segregationist bid for President. Lott apologized profusely but was forced to abandon his post as Senate majority leader. Since then, Lott, 64, has slowly regained stature--so much so that insiders think if he stays in the Senate, he will return to a leadership post. Lott tells TIME he "certainly will" consider running for a top G.O.P. job if he seeks a fourth term next...

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