As is the habit of Washington and such, there was tons of guessing as to the real reason that Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS) decided suddenly to resign from the Senate barely a year after being re-elected. The juiciest was that he was about to be outed by Larry Flynt for using a rent boy and that we were in for another episode of the Larry Craig/Ted Haggard Follies. What a fascinating yet bloodcurdling thought on all levels.
Fortunately for both Sen. Lott and all self-respecting members of the gay community who would rather do the macarena with Ann Coulter than have the helmet-haired former cheerleader from Ole Miss join their ranks, Benjamin Nicholas, the male escort named in the gossip, denies any connection whatsoever with the senator.
That makes the real reason behind Mr. Lott’s resignation — to make a pile as a lobbyist — seem comforting.