The Next Hint: Bill Frist just jumped into the race for Majority Leader. You can be pretty certain he waited until Bush gave the go-ahead for this move. Everyone in the Senate will see this as a clear message from the White House that Lott will get no more support from the administration, and that Bush will quietly lobby for Frist. Nickles, who is nearly as powerful as Lott, and who has hinted before at a reach for the Majority Leader role, will step aside and endorse Frist. The walls close in on Lott.