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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:16 AM
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Conason: Bush*s Attack Dog Needs a New Leash
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 02:26 AM by kskiska
When Bill Frist replaced the disgraced Trent Lott as the Senate majority leader last year, it seemed obvious that he possessed scant qualifications for the post. He had served only a single term in the Senate, without any great distinction. He had never even voted before he decided to run for the Senate, backed by his family wealth, in 1994. But the Tennessee doctor met the criteria cherished by Karl Rove: He is telegenic, articulate and utterly subservient to the White House. He displayed all those qualities, and more, when he rose on the Senate floor to denounce Richard Clarke on March 26.

In an ugly personal assault that must have thrilled the Fox News audience, Mr. Frist called Mr. Clarkes critical new book, Against All Enemies, "an appalling act of profiteering." He mocked Mr. Clarkes "theatrical apology" before the 9/11 commission for failing to prevent the Sept. 11 attacks. He distorted some of Mr. Clarkes remarks and ignored the rest. He predictably echoed the White House sniping at Mr. Clarkes credibility, and then he went still further.

The Senator strongly suggested that Mr. Clarke had committed perjury during his sharply critical testimony about anti-terror policy (or the lack thereof) in the Bush White House. "Mr. Clarke has told two entirely different stories under oath," he charged.

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Unless he suddenly can bring forth evidence to support his accusations, Mr. Frist should apologize to the man he slandered. Then he should apologize to his fellow Senators and resign his post. Conduct that would be unbecoming in an obscure backbencher should be unacceptable in a Senate leader.

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dfong63 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 02:24 AM
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1. they have no shame
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NJCher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 03:40 AM
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2. a couple surprises about Frist
I didn't know Frist wrote a quickie book that profited from the anthrax scare. What a hypcrite!

And I laughed out loud at the title of his book on his family history. What a completely out of touch, totally pompous a**.


Cher
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 09:27 AM
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3. Frist is telegenic ???
SAYS WHO ???
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 10:43 AM
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4. the attack dog should be sent to the pound
maybe some nice young med student will adopt him.

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jbfam4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 11:10 AM
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5. You made my day
Your comment is priceless.......L O L
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yellowcanine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 12:36 PM
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6. At least this may end talk of Frist for POTUS in 08.
Even many pubbies thought he went over the top. Should make them think twice before jumping on the Frist bandwagon in 08. OTOH if we are lucky, Dubya loses in 04 and runs again in 08 against Frist in the pubbie primaries.
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