Equally agreeable to bump into you.
Well, yes, I do think Carl Rove is extraordinarily powerful in this administration. But there are things the fellow cannot do, eg pick a new Chief Justice.
Here's a piece on the matter of how Lott might be removed... http://slate.msn.com/default.aspx?id=2075430
I suspect you are right in your assessment that he is damaging the party. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out, as I think it will be a classic example of power politics. Unfortunately, we won't really see what goes on. I'm hoping that, at least, John McCain will beat him up behind a pub somewhere. (McCain, by the way, is my main man)