"We're working on it. I still have a few more meetings before I make a decision. I'm going back to Washington today. I'm meditating on it for a few more days."

So said Sen. Trent Lott (R-MS), as quoted in today's Biloxi Sun Herald, on whether he'll run for re-election. Although, does this sound like the kind of guy stepping down for office?

Lott, along with U.S. Rep. Chip Pickering, who is rumored to be his heir apparent for the Senate seat, were at the state Capitol on Wednesday as Gov. Haley Barbour and lawmakers thanked the congressmen for their work on a federal Katrina aid package.

Lott told a joint meeting of the state House and Senate that the federal aid package "Is just another reminder of why Mississippi needs Trent Lott today in the Senate and for a long time to come."

Lott had to tell the meeting how great Lott is? I'm hoping that's just a typo, and that he wasn't forced to refer to himself in the third person and sing his own laurels. Either way, the story notes that "The comments drew a partial standing ovation from state lawmakers."