Monday, March 28, 2005

"Dr." Frist for President

Is anyone else rubbing their hands together in malevolent anticipation of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's prospective run as a Republican presidential candidate? From the moment he came into the national spotlight -- during the scandal over Trent Lott's remarks at Strom Thurmond's birthday, where Republicans professed to be shocked, simply shocked at Lott's praise of the former segregationist -- I've found he gives me the creeps. He's the real face of the religious wing now ascendant in the Republican party, the one that George Bush masks so well. Bush has that aw shucks, back-patting, nickname-giving demeanor, which seems non-threatening. This allows him to be the friendly, non-scary face of the activist religious right. But Bill Frist is what that group really looks like, and he gives me the willies. The footage of his speech before Congress where he "diagnosed" Terry Schiavo as not being in a persistent vegetative state* is really bad. He looks prissy, dishonest, judgmental, hypocritical -- like a bad TV preacher. So if Republicans are thinking he's their next presidential candidate, I'm all for it.

* Just to reiterate what I've said before, I'm not claiming to know the exact nature of her condition, because I don't know, and neither does Bill Frist.

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