LEARNED NOTHING, FORGOTTEN NOTHING: Trent Lott is back in the Republican leadership.

UPDATE: Andrew Stuttaford has the same take.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Ouch: “Suspect on racial issues and pork-friendly. Just the right man to help remake the party.”

Dean Barnett: “Is it just me, or is it becoming increasingly apparent that the Republicans and Democrats are determined to engage in a two year dumb-off?”

MORE: Did Santorum clinch it for Lott? If so, then good riddance, Rick.

STILL MORE: N.Z. Bear emails: “I’ll just say this about the so-called Minority Whip Mr. Lott. I’m getting damn tired of hearing from him. He’s been nothing but trouble since 2002…”