Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., said Bush and his advisers have "dealt themselves out" of congressional negotiations by refusing to compromise.
Party support in Senate erodes around Frist
Senator Trent Lott, a Mississippi Republican who lost the leader's post to Frist, said the GOP leader needed to be tougher on his colleagues to deliver the president's priorities. "The leader has to be prepared to roll people," Lott said. Asked whether Frist was doing that, Lott said, "No."
Lott and others said Frist's presidential ambitions are complicating his role as leader.